Yogesher Sharma
Yogesher Sharma
Executive Director
Select Infrastructure Pvt. Ltd.

An exemplary shopping centre professional, Mr. Yogeshwar Sharma is Executive Director at Select Infrastructure Pvt. Ltd.

Mr. Sharma has successfully led the country’s most admired shopping centre, Select CITYWALK and has been with the organization for 10 eventful years since its inception. He has been responsible for various functions for Select CITYWALK starting from Leasing, Operations and now management of the Shopping Center. He is a 1996 batch pass out of Executive Masters in International Trade from Indian Institute of Foreign Trade(IIFT) and has educational qualifications and credentials in science, law, finance and shopping center leasing & management and believes his drive to lead the Company in best business policies. He has attended various executive management & development programs including educational programs held by International Council of Shopping Centres (ICSC) and also programs organized by MECSC in the middle East.

Mr. Sharma has been visiting faculty in several institutes including being a lead faculty in International Shopping Malls conference in Malaysia last year. He is recipient of several awards and industry recognitions such as Retail Icon Award from Asia Retail Congress and has been recognized as 50 most talented retail professionals of India by CMO Asia.

V. MUHAMMAD ALI
V. MUHAMMAD ALI
COO, Retail
Forum Malls (Prestige Estates Projects)

Heading the mall operations for Prestige Group, Areas of expertise in the field of Shopping Centre Development and management include strategy and product development, retail planning & design, tenant mix determination, mall zoning and centre leasing and operations post opening. Prestige Group has 5 malls in south India across Bangalore, Chennai, Hyderabad and Mangalore with 3 million sft GLA in operation. 5 more Malls are in the pipeline in Bangalore, Mysore, Kochi, & Mangalore; task involves running all the centres as an individual profit center.

15 years’ experience in Shopping Centre development, Leasing, Mall Operations and Mall Management.

Was part of the team who were assigned the Mall Development foray of Prestige Group in 2001 to plan and develop the first mall in India named The Forum Mall, Koramangala, Bangalore.

Have been instrumental in leasing and opening all the 5 shopping centres under the Forum Banner. Leased more than 3 million sft of GLA with 750 stores in 15 years.

Spearheaded the opening of the first Forum mall outside Bangalore in Chennai which is a mix use development of 1 million sft.

Been an active member of Retailers Association of India and an active participant in shaping the landscape of retail industry in various forums.

Sunil Shroff
Sunil Shroff
CEO – Malls
Viviana Mall (Sheth Developers)
Javier Sotomayor
Javier Sotomayor
Managing Director
Cinépolis India

Javier joined Cinépolis in 2002 and has worked in Mexico, Central America and India. He was appointed Managing Director of Cinépolis India in January 2013 and has been in Cinépolis India Board since 2007.

In his previous roles, Javier was in charge of the first international expansion of the company to Central America in 2002. Back in Mexico he was Global Director of Marketing from 2005 to 2007 and Global Director of Supply Chain in 2010. From 2011 to 2012 he served as Director of New Ventures, position in which he created and led Cinépolis low-budget cinema concept in Mexico, which accounts for more than 100 screens, so far.

Javier was part of the initial team of Cinépolis India, and was its Chief Executive Officer from October 2007 to December 2009.

Javier has over 20 years of experience in start-ups, marketing, business development, and strategic planning in the industries of retail, entertainment and financial services. He is an Industrial and Systems Engineer by ITESM, with an MBA degree from IPADE Business School.

He is married with three children. His interests include long distance running, reading, traveling and eating.

Bhavik Jhaveri
Bhavik Jhaveri
Founder
Ambab Infotech
B V Bharadwaja
B V Bharadwaja
Country Head India
CapitaLand Malls Asia
Anupam Tripasuri
Anupam Tripasuri
Vice President, Retail
Lodha Group

Anupam is a well known and seasoned retail professional with extensive experience from start up to operations of high quality malls. He joined us from Runwal Group, where he worked as CEO-Malls. Previously, he operated his own advisory firm and also worked with Kalpataru retail ventures, Numart property management service, and Inorbit Malls india, among others.

Vishal Mirchandani
Vishal Mirchandani
CEO
Retail and Commercial, Brigade Enterprises

Vishal Mirchandani has over 22 years of industry experience in retail, fashion & lifestyle and malls. Vishal has successfully served senior management positions at Shoppers Stop, Provogue & Prozone – as President of their joint venture with Capital Shopping Centres of UK, Madura Garments (Aditya Birla Group) as Business Head and now serves as CEO – Retail at the Brigade Group. Under Vishal’s leadership, the Brigade group plans to develop more than 3 million square feet of retail space within 4-5 years, the group has recently opened its first mall – Orion at Brigade Gateway, Bangalore.

Sanjeev Mehra
Sanjeev Mehra
VP, MALL OPERATIONS
South City Projects

A fourth generation retailer in the family business, worked with McDonald’s in the U.K. & sharpened his retail skills with the Apeejay Group heading the Oxford bookstore & Cha bar chain. Well versed in Sports marketing, having spent the first four years of his stint in India, setting up Tiger Sports Marketing,Spent four years in the appliances trade with IFB Industries understanding distribution networks across the country and specifically eastern India, both rural & urban. Extensive travel in China, with appreciation of the retail Infrastructure & the development of retail in China. Currently looking after The South City Mall, one of the India’s largest malls. Highly disciplined and extremely system oriented, a stickler for rules.

Shrirang Sarda
Shrirang Sarda
Chairman and MD
Sarda Group
Rajneesh Mahajan
Rajneesh Mahajan
ED
Inorbit Malls

Rajneesh brings with him more than 14 years of rich and diverse experience in Leasing, Business Development & Operations functions from real estate and retail industry. His experience in retail industry as a Retailer, Developer and Consultant helps him to approach subject from view point of all stake holders. In this position, he is responsible for Operations, Leasing, Business Development. Rajneesh has a passion for knowledge sharing and has written many articles. He has previously worked with Cushman and Wakefield and Barista Coffee Company Ltd.

Mukesh Kumar
Mukesh Kumar
VP
Infiniti Mall

Mukesh Kumar is a graduate from Ranchi University and Three years Diploma in Hotel Management, from IHM, Chennai. Certified General Manager by Ramada International University, Geneva. He is Senior Executive with close to 25 years of experience in P&L, Operations at Unit and Corporate level, Business development, International Tie up, Project Management, Facility Management and Start-up operations of Hotels, Resorts and Malls. Currently, handling the operation, marketing and leasing of Infiniti Malls in Mumbai.

M A Mehaboob
M A Mehaboob
Promoter and Director
HiLITE Builders

M.A. Mehaboob is the promoter and Director of Hi LITE Builders Private Limited, the foremost developer of premium homes, business and retail spaces. He has more than ten years experience in real estate and has been instrumental in conceptualising and executing the Focus Mall, the first mall in Kerala. And the group is also going to open the second and the best mall- HiLITE Mall in Calicut, Kerala, in this year. He is the Managing Director of Secura Investment Management India Pvt Ltd, the Investment Managers of First SEBI registered Shariah complied Venture Capital Fund in India – Secura India Real Estate Fund. He is also the President of CREDAI, Calicut.

M.A. Mehaboob was a practicing company secretary for ten years and the past Chairman of the Calicut Chapter of Institute of Company Secretaries of India.

M.A. Mehaboob is a B.Com graduate from University of Calicut and a fellow member of Institute of Company Secretaries of India.

Abhishek Bansal
Abhishek Bansal
ED
Pacific Malls

Abhishek is the mainstay behind Pacific Group’s endeavor into retail real estate. One of the fastest growing realty and infrastructure developer, specializing in Real Estate, Hospitality and Education, the group has recently established their flagship shopping centre, Pacific, a million sq. ft. development in the heart of Delhi. With an experience of construction and management of the groups five operational shopping centres, Abhishek is currently involved in developing over 5 million sq.ft across major parts of North India like Delhi, Ghaziabad, Noida, Dehradun etc.

Vineet Gautam
Vineet Gautam
Country Head
Bestseller (Jack & Jones, Vero Moda, ONLY)
Sunil Munshi
Sunil Munshi
Sr. GM
Mall Operations, Orion Mall
Sanjeev Rao
Sanjeev Rao
Director
Business Development, Raymond
Sanjay Vakharia
Sanjay Vakharia
Director & COO
Spykar Lifestyles
Rachna Lanewala
Rachna Lanewala
Head
Store Planning, Bentel Associates
Pramod Arora
Pramod Arora
Managing Director & CEO
Future Market Networks
Lalit Jain
Lalit Jain
Head
Properties Project Planning, Spencer's Retail (RP Sanjiv Goenka Group)
Bipin Gurnani
Bipin Gurnani
CEO
Prozone INTU Properties
Benu Sehgal
Benu Sehgal
Head
Retail and Marketing, Ambience Mall
Atul Goel
Atul Goel
Director
Goel Ganga Group (Glocal Mall)
Anish Puri
Anish Puri
Assistant Vice President
Retail Advisory, JLL India
Amit Sawant
Amit Sawant
Head – Marketing
The Phoenix Mills (High Street Phoenix and Palladium)
Alexander Köth
Alexander Köth
Managing Director & Founder
Minodes GmbH (Germany)
Varun Shrotriya
Varun Shrotriya
Director
Studio 13 Design
Sumeet Soni
Sumeet Soni
Shibu Philips
Shibu Philips
Business Head
Lulu Mall

A graduate from Mumbai University, Shibu Philips brings with him 20 years of experience launching
international quick service restaurants and state of the art shopping malls. He is one of the
pioneers who transformed the retail arena of the country, with a glittering track record that dates
back to the year 2000. One of the main driving forces behind the launch of three of India’s best
Shopping Malls, Inorbit Malad Mumbai, Oberoi Mall Mumbai and Lulu Mall Kerala, he is a Level 3
certified Shopping centre Manager from International council of shopping centres – ICSC (USA),
receiving professional recognition of the body twice during Maxi 2007 and 2014.
In 2010, he joined Lulu Group to play a key role in the visionary project of the MD of the group, to
bring international shopping experiences to Kerala for the first time. Needless to the say, the
dream was realised in record time, and Shibu Philips was part of the team that gave life to that
vision. Currently he is the Business Head of Lulu Mall Kerala, making waves in a market with no
prior exposure to international shopping malls, marching ahead by setting one milestone after
another. He is also playing a key role in Lulu Mall’s extensive expansion plan to markets like
Lucknow and Trivandrum.
Real commitment never goes unrecognized and recognitions came looking for him, wherever he
rendered his service. Being adjudged one of the “Most Influential Shopping Centre Professional” in
India is just one feather in his cap. Here are some of the achievements accomplished during his
tenure at various organisations.
Inorbit:
1. Mall of the year-2005/2007
2. Shopping centre of the year-2005/2006
3. Best Looking Mall -2006
4. Best Commercial Building-2006
5. Retail Destination of the Year-2006
6. Best Managed Mall-2007
7. Excellence in Mall Management-2007
8. Silver Maxi from International Council of Shopping centres-2007
9. Developer of the year-2007
Oberoi Mall
1. Most Admired Shopping Centre of the Year –Metros, Shopping Consumer Insights Awards
2008.
2. Emerging Retailer of the Year (Mall) Award, Asia Retail Congress Awards 2008
3. Most Admired Shopping Centre of the Year – Marketing and Consumer Promotions at the
Shopping Consumer Insight Awards 2008
4. Most Admired Shopping Centre Developer of the Year at the Shopping Consumer Insight
Awards 2009
5. Finalist, Maxi Award (USA) 2008
6. Asia Shopping Centre Award 2009, Singapore – Community Building Initiatives
Lulu Mall
1. ‘The best loyalty program award’ at the global marketing excellence awards, 2016
2. The best in house magazine award at the global marketing excellence awards, 2016
3. Shopping centre congress award for the most admired shopping centre of the year south
2016 – Asia Africa retail & shopping centre congress and awards
4. Shopping centre of the year south – Indian retail awards 2016
5. Images most admired shopping centre of the year south – non metro 2016
6. Most admired shopping mall of the year (socially responsible) – Asian shopping mall
leadership awards 2014 in Dubai
7. Shopping centre of the year (south)- Asia shopping centre and mall awards 2014
8. Images most admired shopping centre of the year non metro south 2014
9. Best retail marketing campaign of the year online –awards for retail excellence 2014
10. Most admired shopping centre of the year non metro south 2014
11. Best retail marketing campaign of the year online-awards for retail excellence 2014
12. Best CSR initiative of the year 2014 – Indian retail awards
13. Images most admired shopping centre design of the year 2013
14. Listed as the 7th most successful mall in the country as per knight frank India
15. The Indian concrete institute award for the best concrete structure in Kerala 2013
A perfect family man, who loves to spend his free time with his family, he is married to Mrs. Rosy
Shibu who is a homemaker and is blessed with three kids, Sowmya Maria Shibu, Sofiya Alphy Shibu
and Sarah Rose Shibu.

Sapna Kumar
Sapna Kumar
Sanjeev Khanna
Sanjeev Khanna
Robert Boomiyar
Robert Boomiyar
Centre Head
Orion Mall, Panvel
Rema Menon
Rema Menon
Rajendra Kalkar
Rajendra Kalkar
Pushpa Bector
Pushpa Bector
Executive VP & Head
DLF Premium malls division, DLF Utilities

WHAT: CREATING AND SETTING UP THE BIGGEST MALL OF INDIA – THE LEARNING AND THE OUTCOMES.

WHO: PUSHPA BECTOR, EVP & HEAD, DLF MALL OF INDIA

WHERE:

What it takes to set up a Mall in India – The Road Ahead for any Developer thinking of creating Shopping Centre spaces

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Pushpa Bector is the EVP, Head, DLF Mall of India, India’s first and the largest upcoming destination mall. She is also responsible for marketing, finance and operations processes of the 1800 crore project, spread across the retail space of 2 million sq. ft. in Delhi-NCR (Noida).

Pushpa Bector brings along an extensive experience of over two decades and has been a renowned name in the retail and mall business domain. During her previous role as the Vice President & Mall Head of DLF Promenade (for three years), she took the charge of the mall from its inception to making it a successful and admired fashion destination by designing creative marketing campaigns, and establishing cohesive operations and processes.

In the early years of her association with DLF, she has also headed the Food and Beverage Division. The concept of food courts initiated by her was a successful move making her a renowned name in the Food and Beverage segment in the country. Adding to her credit, she has been instrumental in establishing over six food courts & handling the leasing processes of the retail spaces in the mall business segment of DLF Utilities.

Following her continuous contributions to the retail and real estate segment, she has been honored with the International Women Leadership Award for the Excellence in the Retail Industry organized by CMO Asia in 2013, Most Admired Shopping Centre Professional of the Year at Asia Shopping Center and Mall Awards 2014, and Women Leadership Award for Excellence in Retail Industry at CMO Asia 2013.

Paresh Mishra
Paresh Mishra
Nirzar Jain
Nirzar Jain
Nikhil chaturvedi
Nikhil chaturvedi
Munish Baldev Snap
Munish Baldev Snap
Head Retail
Unitech

A civil engineer by profession, Munish Baldev started his career with Ansals Group where he eventually rose to the CEO’s position. Having worked his way up, Munish is today one Of the few professionals from the Indian real estate Industry who possess hands down experience in construction, mall management, marketing & right tenant mix to name a few. Currently serving as the Head Retail for Unitech, Baldev plans to launch malls in state capitals with project coming up in Bangalore, Kochi, Lucknow, Kolkata, Trivandrum, Bhopal & Mumbai.

Krishna Kumar
Krishna Kumar
Gitanjali Singh
Gitanjali Singh
selectCitywalk
Ashish Shukla
Ashish Shukla
Ashish Bhandari
Ashish Bhandari
AVP
Infiniti Mall
ANUJ PURI
ANUJ PURI
Chairman & Country Head
Jones Lang Lasalle

Anuj Puri oversees a team of over 4500 staff in 11 cities across India. With over 20 plus years of experience ranging from feasibility studies and program requirement derivation to fund and investor sourcing, Anuj has expertise in planning, undertaking demand assessment studies and transactional services including marketing strategies based on technical real estate market analysis

Mr Anil Malhotra
Mr Anil Malhotra
COO
Elante Mall

A multifaceted professional known for his outstanding managerial capabilities, Mr Anil Malhotra pioneered the hospitality industry with his out-of-the-box ideas for about two decades before taking over the reins of Elante, Chandigarh, the most happening mall of the northern region. A self-motivated veteran who passionately drives his team towards organisational goals with a strong customer focus, Mr Malhotra has carved a niche for himself in the hospitality industry with his professional acumen. An alumnus of Sophia College, Mumbai, he started his career with The Oberoi, Mumbai, which together with his successful stint at Leela Kempinski, served as a springboard to set his illustrious career in motion.

His long and rewarding stint with the Indian Hotel Company began at the Taj Mahal Palace, Mumbai, which gave him an opportunity to serve heads of states of several countries. The only Asian to be selected as the Food and Beverage Director for the Gulf Cooperative Council Meet at Bayan Palace in Kuwait, Mr Malhotra has numerous achievements under his belt. He also orchestrated the Food and Beverage operations at Sri Lanka during the SAARC Summit and the prestigious G -20 meet. Bearing an impression of Mr Malhotra’s innovative approach, Taj Krishna, Hyderabad and Taj Palace, Delhi have also gained immensely from his novel ideas and professional inputs.

Mr Malhotra made another mark in the hospitality industry by successfully launching The Taj Chandigarh, in the process setting new benchmarks for The City Beautiful in lifestyle and fine dining. All credit to Mr Malhotra’s organisational capabilities and relentless efforts, which saw him winning the Best Hotel of The Year Award in all categories, the unmatched appeal of The Taj Chandigarh is evident to all its visitors. Having received numerous awards and accolades from then Punjab Governor and UT Administrator Lt Gen S.F. Rodrigues (Retd) for his achievements, Mr Malhotra has changed the way the people of Chandigarh perceive hospitality.

An exceptional human resource assessor, Mr Malhotra has honed many hospitality stalwarts in international chains. He has also enriched others with his valuable experience through his newspaper column named “Across The Table” in The Indian Express. He has also appeared in the BBC Faster show “Your Seatbelt”. The “GM of the Year” award conferred on him by NDTV for bringing decisive changes at The Taj Vivanta, New Delhi is the latest feather in his cap.

In his new role as COO of Elante, Mr Malhotra is all set to take the mall owned by the celebrated Carnival Group to greater heights with his rich professional experience.

Amit Sharma
Amit Sharma
MD
MIRAJ Entertainment
Akshat Agarwal
Akshat Agarwal
Vikas Shetty
Vikas Shetty
CSM
Mall Head, Grauer & Weil - Growel`s 101

Vikas Shetty currently heads Growel’s 101 Mall, Kandivali East – one of the most uber cool hangouts in the western suburbs. Under his prolific leadership, the mall catapulted to an upward growth and a testimony to this is the steady rise in the Occupancy Percentage to 96 per cent in 2016.
With more than a decade of experience in the hospitality industry, Mr Shetty is a multi-faceted personality dexterously handling core areas like Facility Management, Mall Management, Contract Administration, Customer Relation, Event Management, Business Development, Procurement, Vendor Development, People Management, Leasing etc.
Mr Shetty stepped into the world of malls when he joined Inorbit Mall, Malad after completing his Bachelor of Commerce from University of Mumbai. He was one of the members of the founding team of the mall that is responsible for its strong edifice today. He was part of the core team that toiled to give the mall the name and fame it holds today. This was at a time when the concept of malls was just picking up in Mumbai.
Mr Shetty joined Growel’s 101 Mall in 2010 taking over the Mall Operations dept.
Soon, Mr Shetty rose to Asst. General Manager – Leasing & Retail Relations at the mall.
Mr Shetty is known by his team as someone who is deft in managing the complete leasing and facility operations including budgeting, security, housekeeping, manpower allocation and development in premises.
He has been involved in driving the growth of the mall by generating revenues, capturing market feedback and enhancing its value in the market. He has steered the group efficiently by developing relationships with key decision-makers in target

VASANTH KUMAR M
VASANTH KUMAR M
Executive Director
Max

Max, a division of Dubai based retail giant Landmark Group., has pioneered the concept of Value Fashion Retailing in the country. Launched in 2004, Max is today the Largest Value fashion brand across 18 countries with over 280 stores and combined Turn Over of USD 1.6 Billion .

As head of Max’s Indian operations, Vasanth is currently spearheading the brand’s aggressive growth plans in India and Max is already the largest brand in the segment with over 130 stores across 50 cities in India with T.O of INR 1400 Cr in 2014-15.

He is also heading Easybuy , a newly launched value apparel concept for Small cities in India . Easybuy currently has a distribution of 5 exclusive stores and 11 Hypermarket (SPAR) shop-in-shops and is targeting 100 Cr T.O in its first year of operations.

Vasanth reports to M Ramanathan, Director, Landmark Gulf Group of Companies based in Dubai.

With an illustrious marketing career spanning 25 years, Vasanth has a rich and diverse career in Marketing, Sales and Retail Management in the Apparel, FMCG and Consumer Durable industries in India. Vasanth Kumar started his career with a sales & marketing stint in a Consumer Goods company where he handled various marketing campaigns and product launches.

He has also spent a decade with an Apparel Major handling their Premium brand portfolio as Vice President. He has successfully launched one of the largest selling Apparel Brands in the Value segment during his stint with the company. In Feb 2005, he joined the Landmark Gulf Group as President, Max Retail Division, Lifestyle International – headquartered in Bangalore and moved up to become the Executive Director of the brand.

Vasanth has an M. Tech from IIT, Madras and a PGDBM (MBA – Marketing & Finance) from XLRI, Jamshedpur.

Shirish Deshpande
Shirish Deshpande
President
Indian Association of Amusement Parks and Industries (IAAPI) and CEO, Pan India Paryatan (Essel World & Water Kingdom)
Shabnam Singhal
Shabnam Singhal
Managing Partner
SIRIUS D&E

Shabnam Singhal is a Managing Partner of SIRIUS D&E which is a high end International Property Consultant. Sirius is a part of a multi diversified group of companies involved in various fields such as Biotechnology, Software Developments, and Real Estate. The group’s expertise lies in delivering exclusively mandated luxury malls and retail destinations. Shabnam has been awarded the Young Women Entrepreneurs Awards by 4th IWEC (International Women Entrepreneurial Challenge), FICCI Ladies Organization (FICCI-FLO) and Confederation of Asia Pacific Chamber of Commerce & Industry.

Nimish Sonawala
Nimish Sonawala
MD
Skidata
Manoj Agarwal
Manoj Agarwal
Head Operations
L&T Metro Rail (Hyderabad)
Mahesh M
Mahesh M
CEO
Ishanya Mall
Ishita Yashvi
Ishita Yashvi
headed the fashion and lifestyle
Asia New Agency

Ishita Yashvi holds over 13 years of diverse experience in marketing, PR & the media industry. In the past, she has worked with some of the country’s best media houses namely India Today Group, Outlook & Images Group. She has also worked with Asia New Agency where she headed the fashion and lifestyle desk. Most part of media career saw her heading the features and copy desk. She quit the media industry as an associate editor at the Images Group.
She made a career switch to the world of marketing after spending a considerable years in the media. She has been with DLF Retail since 7 years . At DLF, she’s worked in the corporate marketing function, has headed marketing for DLF Promenade & launched DLF’s marquee.

Karthik Gurumurthy
Karthik Gurumurthy

Karthik has a decade of experience consulting leading retail and consumer goods client across Asia Pacific. He has worked with more than 8 FMCG companies and also worked with apparel, C-store retailers, large format grocery retailers as well as lifestyle and accessories retailers in India. He also worked in the strategy division of Lodha group wherein he played a pivotal role in partnerships with several retailers in India. He spearheaded the strategy, execution and partnerships of Xperia Mall in Mumbai and led several contractual discussions with retailers. He also developed the blue-print of marketing strategy of Xperia and understands the shopper behavior in India. Karthik carries with him a rich experience of working in China, Indonesia, Malaysia and Australia and understands the retail and consumer trends across Asia.

Edward Jervis
Edward Jervis
Market Head

Edward Jervis is currently Head of market for the Adriatic Region, Central Asia, Russia & CIS, India, Iran, Middle East Ukraine for the Mipim and Mapic 10 events around the world.
Prior to joining the Real Estate Division he was deputy director of operations.
His background is in hotel development, banking and Real Estate sector.
Not coming from the retail real estate sector but a witness of the industry changes following 20 years work and travel experiences with reed Exhibitions.
Edward holds a degree in sales & marketing from Cornell-Essec business school and graduated from the Ecole du Louvre.

Ajay Malhotra
Ajay Malhotra
Aman kumar gupta
Aman kumar gupta
Amit Phull
Amit Phull
Dinaz Madhukar
Dinaz Madhukar
Chirag Boonlia
Chirag Boonlia

An Engineer plus  MBA (IT & Systems)  by profession with 14+ years of varied & enriching IT experience & currently contributing at Virtuous Retail (APG Asset Management &  Xander Group Company) as Vice President, Head – IT for the last 4+ years. Currently responsible for entire spectrum of IT for the group companies including End to End ERP system, CRM & Loyalty, Mobility, Proximity Marketing, Digital footprints, IT Infrastructure, Hotel, Plug & Play Co-working Office & Shopping Center Networking & other peripheral systems.
He has rich experience in multi-domain & multi-technology across marquee organizations like Infosys, Oracle, JSW, Aditya Birla Retail where he has led teams in managing critical development, deployment projects encompassing ERP (Oracle Apps), CRM (Oracle CRM & Siebel CRM), Retail (Oracle Retail), SCM (Oracle Order Management, Infor WMS) domain & IT support operations activities including support structure, vendor governance & continuous-focus on efficiency improvements.

Yogesher Sharma
Yogesher Sharma
Executive Director
Select Infrastructure Pvt. Ltd.

An exemplary shopping centre professional, Mr. Yogeshwar Sharma is Executive Director at Select Infrastructure Pvt. Ltd.

Mr. Sharma has successfully led the country’s most admired shopping centre, Select CITYWALK and has been with the organization for 10 eventful years since its inception. He has been responsible for various functions for Select CITYWALK starting from Leasing, Operations and now management of the Shopping Center. He is a 1996 batch pass out of Executive Masters in International Trade from Indian Institute of Foreign Trade(IIFT) and has educational qualifications and credentials in science, law, finance and shopping center leasing & management and believes his drive to lead the Company in best business policies. He has attended various executive management & development programs including educational programs held by International Council of Shopping Centres (ICSC) and also programs organized by MECSC in the middle East.

Mr. Sharma has been visiting faculty in several institutes including being a lead faculty in International Shopping Malls conference in Malaysia last year. He is recipient of several awards and industry recognitions such as Retail Icon Award from Asia Retail Congress and has been recognized as 50 most talented retail professionals of India by CMO Asia.

V. MUHAMMAD ALI
V. MUHAMMAD ALI
COO, Retail
Forum Malls (Prestige Estates Projects)

Heading the mall operations for Prestige Group, Areas of expertise in the field of Shopping Centre Development and management include strategy and product development, retail planning & design, tenant mix determination, mall zoning and centre leasing and operations post opening. Prestige Group has 5 malls in south India across Bangalore, Chennai, Hyderabad and Mangalore with 3 million sft GLA in operation. 5 more Malls are in the pipeline in Bangalore, Mysore, Kochi, & Mangalore; task involves running all the centres as an individual profit center.

15 years’ experience in Shopping Centre development, Leasing, Mall Operations and Mall Management.

Was part of the team who were assigned the Mall Development foray of Prestige Group in 2001 to plan and develop the first mall in India named The Forum Mall, Koramangala, Bangalore.

Have been instrumental in leasing and opening all the 5 shopping centres under the Forum Banner. Leased more than 3 million sft of GLA with 750 stores in 15 years.

Spearheaded the opening of the first Forum mall outside Bangalore in Chennai which is a mix use development of 1 million sft.

Been an active member of Retailers Association of India and an active participant in shaping the landscape of retail industry in various forums.

Sunil Shroff
Sunil Shroff
CEO – Malls
Viviana Mall (Sheth Developers)
Pankaj Renjhen
Pankaj Renjhen
Managing Director, Retail Services
JLL

Current Responsibilities

Pankaj Renjhen as Business head of Retail Services at JLL is responsible for the company’s growth and business across the retail services business vertical. In his role at JLL, he oversees and coordinates all the company’s Retail advisory and agency operations across India. He is an expert in Retail Mall Leasing, Retail Mall Sales and Investment, Retail High Street Transactions, Occupier Representation and lifestyle brand representation. He has specific focus on leading the shopping centre advisory and luxury retail services business verticals under retail for the firm.
Leading a team of real estate professionals, spread across eleven offices, he provides retail real estate solutions to leading global, regional and local clients in India.
Experience

He has over 17 years of real estate experience and has advised leading corporate occupiers and developers pan India. He has had an enriching experience as head of Mumbai and North India in Jones Lang LaSalle and the erstwhile Trammell Crow Meghraj and has advised over 100+ large occupiers for realestate across India overall in across segments.
Education and Affiliations

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Commerce (Honours) from Delhi University
  • Masters in Business Management with specialization in marketing and finance from Institute of

Management Technology (IMT)

Javier Sotomayor
Javier Sotomayor
Managing Director
Cinépolis India

Javier joined Cinépolis in 2002 and has worked in Mexico, Central America and India. He was appointed Managing Director of Cinépolis India in January 2013 and has been in Cinépolis India Board since 2007.

In his previous roles, Javier was in charge of the first international expansion of the company to Central America in 2002. Back in Mexico he was Global Director of Marketing from 2005 to 2007 and Global Director of Supply Chain in 2010. From 2011 to 2012 he served as Director of New Ventures, position in which he created and led Cinépolis low-budget cinema concept in Mexico, which accounts for more than 100 screens, so far.

Javier was part of the initial team of Cinépolis India, and was its Chief Executive Officer from October 2007 to December 2009.

Javier has over 20 years of experience in start-ups, marketing, business development, and strategic planning in the industries of retail, entertainment and financial services. He is an Industrial and Systems Engineer by ITESM, with an MBA degree from IPADE Business School.

He is married with three children. His interests include long distance running, reading, traveling and eating.

Bhavik Jhaveri
Bhavik Jhaveri
Founder
Ambab Infotech
B V Bharadwaja
B V Bharadwaja
Country Head India
CapitaLand Malls Asia
Anupam Tripasuri
Anupam Tripasuri
Vice President, Retail
Lodha Group

Anupam is a well known and seasoned retail professional with extensive experience from start up to operations of high quality malls. He joined us from Runwal Group, where he worked as CEO-Malls. Previously, he operated his own advisory firm and also worked with Kalpataru retail ventures, Numart property management service, and Inorbit Malls india, among others.

Sanjeev Mehra
Sanjeev Mehra
VP, MALL OPERATIONS
South City Projects

A fourth generation retailer in the family business, worked with McDonald’s in the U.K. & sharpened his retail skills with the Apeejay Group heading the Oxford bookstore & Cha bar chain. Well versed in Sports marketing, having spent the first four years of his stint in India, setting up Tiger Sports Marketing,Spent four years in the appliances trade with IFB Industries understanding distribution networks across the country and specifically eastern India, both rural & urban. Extensive travel in China, with appreciation of the retail Infrastructure & the development of retail in China. Currently looking after The South City Mall, one of the India’s largest malls. Highly disciplined and extremely system oriented, a stickler for rules.

Shrirang Sarda
Shrirang Sarda
Chairman and MD
Sarda Group
Rajneesh Mahajan
Rajneesh Mahajan
ED
Inorbit Malls

Rajneesh brings with him more than 14 years of rich and diverse experience in Leasing, Business Development & Operations functions from real estate and retail industry. His experience in retail industry as a Retailer, Developer and Consultant helps him to approach subject from view point of all stake holders. In this position, he is responsible for Operations, Leasing, Business Development. Rajneesh has a passion for knowledge sharing and has written many articles. He has previously worked with Cushman and Wakefield and Barista Coffee Company Ltd.

Mukesh Kumar
Mukesh Kumar
VP
Infiniti Mall

Mukesh Kumar is a graduate from Ranchi University and Three years Diploma in Hotel Management, from IHM, Chennai. Certified General Manager by Ramada International University, Geneva. He is Senior Executive with close to 25 years of experience in P&L, Operations at Unit and Corporate level, Business development, International Tie up, Project Management, Facility Management and Start-up operations of Hotels, Resorts and Malls. Currently, handling the operation, marketing and leasing of Infiniti Malls in Mumbai.

Abhishek Bansal
Abhishek Bansal
ED
Pacific Malls

Abhishek is the mainstay behind Pacific Group’s endeavor into retail real estate. One of the fastest growing realty and infrastructure developer, specializing in Real Estate, Hospitality and Education, the group has recently established their flagship shopping centre, Pacific, a million sq. ft. development in the heart of Delhi. With an experience of construction and management of the groups five operational shopping centres, Abhishek is currently involved in developing over 5 million sq.ft across major parts of North India like Delhi, Ghaziabad, Noida, Dehradun etc.

Amitabh Taneja
Amitabh Taneja
CMD
IMAGES Group

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.

Sumitro Ghosh
Sumitro Ghosh
CEO
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
CCA & MD
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.

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.”

Roosevelt D’souza
Roosevelt D’souza
MD
The Nielsen Company