Amitabh Taneja
Amitabh Taneja

Amitabh Taneja, Chairman & Managing Director and editor-in-chief, Images Group, has been working for over two decades now to modernize and expand the Indian retail market and build informed consumerism in India. He is also the founding director of the Shopping Centres Association of India and the Fashion Alliance India. He is the chief convenor of The India Retail Forum, India Fashion Forum, Food & Grocery, and Food Service Forum India. He is also on the board of several business & trade promotion organizations and had been instrumental in setting up operations for the International Council of Shopping Centres in India as its India Director in 2004. Headquartered in New Delhi, with offices across Indian metro’s and the Middle East, the Images Group is recognised by the international retail community and trusted as a lead catalyst for profitable growth of modern retail through knowledge platform leadership.

Phil Mc Arthur
Phil Mc Arthur
CRX, CDP, CSM Founder and MD

Phil McArthur has dedicated his professional career to the development and expansion of shopping centres globally.

Over the past 35 years, Phil has developed an international reputation for strategically positioning projects, ensuring efficient execution and delivering consistently strong financial returns in the shopping centre industry across the Middle East, North America, North Africa and Asia.

In the Middle East, Phil has held senior directorial and managerial roles on such prestigious projects as Dubai Festival City, Deira City Centre, Mall of the Emirates, Muscat City Centre and CityStars in Cairo.

Prior to founding McARTHUR + COMPANY, Phil held senior executive positions at renowned real estate companies such as Ivanhoe Cambridge, Al Futtaim Group, CityStars, MAF Shopping Centres and Brookfield Properties. He has a long association with the New York-based International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC) as a past Trustee, as well as a faculty member of the ICSC’s John T Riordan School for Professional Development. Phil has served as President and Board Member of the Middle East Council of Shopping Centres, as well as Chairman of the ICSC Middle East & North Africa Design and Development Awards. He is currently a member of the ICSC Global VIVA Awards committee.

Sumitro Ghosh
Sumitro Ghosh
Tata Starbucks Private Ltd

Sumitro Ghosh is the chief executive officer of Tata Starbucks Private Ltd, the 50/50 joint venture between Starbucks Coffee Company and Tata Global Beverages Limited. In this role, Ghosh provides overall strategic direction and leadership to the joint venture in India.

Sumitro was appointed as the ceo at Tata Starbucks in January, 2016. He worked for Starbucks for over 8 years, which helped him deliver the mission and values for the largest coffee chain in the world. In the course of his tenure, he primarily operated as a Regional Vice president where he was responsible for almost 600 stores and $800M in annual sales. In his current role as the ceo, he will be leading the brand and its vision for growth in India. He has also has held positions in general management, operations and real estate development with major companies like Yum Brands and ARAMARK.

Sumitro holds a credential in advertising from the Michigan State University and is currently based in Mumbai with his Mother, Wife, and Daughter, while his 2 sons are studying in USA currently. In his free time he enjoys sports, music and time with his family.

Govind Shrikhande
Govind Shrikhande
Shoppers Stop

Govind Shrikhande spearheads Shoppers Stop, the largest department store chain in India. A textile graduate from VJTI, Mumbai and an MBA from Symbiosis, Pune, Govind has more than 25 years of experience in leading textile and apparel companies like Mafatlal, Arvind, Arrow and Bombay Dyeing. He was part of the team responsible for creating the Denim Revolution in India in the ‘90s. He was also a key member of the Arrow launch team. He is the recipient of Retail Professional of The Year award by CMAI in 2009.

Anshul Jain
Anshul Jain
Country Head & MD
Cushman & Wakefield

Anshul Jain is the Managing Director for Cushman Wakefield in India, and is responsible for overall strategy and growth of the firm in the country.

Anshul has over 20 years of international experience in the property sector and has successfully led businesses and teams in India, Europe and Singapore. He has a versatile experience in property sector, with consulting, investment and leasing transaction experience in India, UK, Central & Eastern Europe & South East Asia. His experience also includes a stint in the office design and project management industry and has keen interest in the social evolution which is shaping office designs to suit the millennial work force in emerging new age firms. Prior to taking on this role, he was CEO of DTZ in India.

Sunil Biyani
Sunil Biyani
Future Group

Sunil Biyani is a Director with Future Group with over 2 decades of experience in textile and retail sector. He is part of group that has promoted the largest retail chain in the country, with more than 30 brands under its umbrella like Big Bazaar, Food Bazaar, Central, Home Town, Collection i and more. He leads the property, mall management and food and beverage teams of various group companies within the organization.

Ramesh Nair
Ramesh Nair
CEO & Country Head
JLL India
Current Responsibilities

Ramesh is the CEO & Country Head, responsible for the overall direction, strategy and growth of JLL India, the largest real estate services firm in India with more than 9,500 diverse professionals, with India business revenues nearing INR 3,000 crores in 2016-17. JLL is a Fortune 500 company, creating value for owners, investors and users of real estate. Globally, with annual revenues of $6 billion, JLL operates in 1,000 locations across 80 countries.

JLL is also the market leader in terms of market share, revenues, profitability and team size for all the business lines in India. Prior to taking over the role of CEO & Country Head, he has held positions such as COO – India, MD – West India, India Head of Land, South India Markets Head, MD – Chennai, MD – Hyderabad and MD – Industrial. Ramesh is also a non-Executive Director on the RICS Global Regulatory Board.


Ramesh has nearly 19 years of broad based, practical, hands-on, professional expertise in most facets of the real estate business and has worked across diverse asset classes such as office, retail, land, residential, warehousing and industrial advising many domestic and multinational owners, occupiers and investors in West and South India. Throughout his career, Ramesh has helped his clients define and deliver successful real estate projects of the highest quality.

Ramesh is a member of the Asia Pacific Leadership team, and leads the National Executive Committee and India Leadership Council of JLL India. He has been part of the core team which has been responsible for making JLL the largest real estate advisory firm in India. Amongst the pioneers of professional real estate consulting services in India, Ramesh has conceived, structured and negotiated virtually every form of deal and has also been instrumental in introducing many new concepts into the Indian real estate market.

Ramesh has been with JLL since 1999. He has also worked for Colliers International and CBRE, between 1996 till 1999. He has exposure to international markets through short stints in Singapore, New York and Washington D.C.

Ramesh became one of the youngest MD’s within JLL globally at 32. He is also one of the longest serving employees of JLL in India. He has written numerous articles in The Economic Times, The Times of India, The Hindu, The Indian Express and various other business publications. Ramesh is also a visiting faculty at Jamnalal Bajaj and LIBA, both top 10 Business Schools in India.

Education and Affiliations:

  • Global Advanced Management Programme from Kellogg Business School and ISB
  • MBA and BBA from the University of Madras
  • Post Graduate Diploma in Marketing Management from LIBA
  • Member of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS)
Shishir Baijal
Shishir Baijal
Chairman and MD
Knight Frank (India) Pvt. Ltd

“Shishir has 37 years of experience across diverse industries that include real estate, hospitality, education and entertainment. Shishir is responsible for managing the Indian operations of Knight Frank, an international property consultant with $800 million turnover and headquartered in London.

Shishir began his career with ITC Hotels Division where he spent over 18 years in various roles from 1979-97. His last role there was that of Area Manager & General Manager – Windsor Manor Sheraton & Towers, Bangalore.

Prior to Knight Frank, Shishir was Managing Partner at Everstone Capital Advisors Pvt Ltd. (ECAP), where he advised the deployment of approx. US$ 690 mn across different real estate asset classes. Under his leadership, ECAP positioned itself as an investment advisor with end-to-end real estate development capabilities across the value chain – project evaluation, land acquisition, project conceptualization and design, leasing, property management and investment exits.

Before ECAP, Shishir was CEO of INOX Leisure Ltd, where he was instrumental in rolling out the INOX chain across India and also establishing INOX as a multiplex brand at a national scale. Under his leadership, INOX was awarded the “Best Entertainment Retailer of the Year” at the ICICI Retail Excellence awards – 2004.

He is a Founding member of SCAI and Fellow of RICS, London.”

Krish Iyer
Krish Iyer
President and CEO
Walmart India

A long-term retail professional with global retail experience, IRF 2016 Chairman Krish Iyer brings significant management and leadership experience to his present role at Walmart India.

Krish has over three decades of rich experience in varied fields such as finance, marketing, retail & general management. In the field of retail, he has gained significant experience over the last sixteen years in various countries such as Hong Kong, Philippines, Taiwan, Malaysia, Thailand, Japan and USA in addition to India.

He joined Walmart International as a Senior Vice President in 2012. Prior to this, he served as Managing Director, A.S. Watson Group, a leading international health, beauty and lifestyle retailer. During his six years tenure at A.S. Watson Group, Krish handled the business in Thailand, Taiwan and the Philippines as Managing Director, and as Regional Business Development Director and Regional Director of Store Design and Development for Asia and eastern Europe.

Prior to that, Krish was Managing Director and CEO of Piramyd Retail Limited. He started as Executive Director and CEO of Piramyd Retail in April 1999. During his 7.5 years tenure, Krish was also CEO of Retail Business of Piramal Enterprises comprising of Shopping Malls, Department Stores, Supermarkets and Entertainment Centres & Managing Director of Piramyd Retail. He successfully concluded an IPO in December 2005. During this period he was also a member of several industry associations, notable among them being the role of Founding Member of Retailers Association of India. He is currently a member of the advisory board of Enactus India, an international nonprofit organization dedicated to inspiring students to improve the world through entrepreneurial action. He is also the chairperson of FICCI Retail & Internal Trade Committee and a member of the CII committee on MNCs.

Krish has a Bachelor’s of Commerce (Hons.) degree from the University of Mumbai, India. He is a Chartered Accountant and an associate member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India

Anshuman Magazine
Anshuman Magazine
Chairman, India & South East Asia
Roosevelt D’souza
Roosevelt D’souza
The Nielsen Company
Kamal Gianchandani
Kamal Gianchandani
CEO & Chief Business Planning & Strategy
PVR Pictures Limited & PVR Limited