Ankur Gupta , MD, Real Estate, Brookfield Asset Management
Ankur Gupta is a Managing Director in Brookfield’s Property Group and Head of Real Estate business in India, responsible for all aspects of property business in the country including strategy, investments and asset management.
Mr. Gupta has held numerous senior roles within the firm. Previously, he was a senior member of Brookfield’s property investments team in New York where he was involved in investments and financings totaling more than $25 billion including IDI Logistics, Capital Automotive REIT, Associated Estates, Rouse Properties and Forest City Realty Trust. He has also overseen the establishment and growth of Brookfield’s real estate business in India through three large portfolio acquisitions totaling more than 25 million SF and setting up of Brookfield’s operating team in the country.
Mr. Gupta has more than 12 years of experience in Real Estate. Prior to joining Brookfield in 2012, Mr. Gupta worked for a leading real estate development firm.
Mr. Gupta received his MBA with Dean’s Honors from Columbia Business School and holds a Bachelor of Technology in Chemical Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay.
Murali M, Chairman & MD, Shriram Properties
An alumnus from the prestigious Harvard Business School, Mr. Murali Malayappan is the Managing Director of Shriram Properties. Born in Pudukottai, Tamil Nadu, he first started out his career as a civil engineer. His talent and skill soon caught the attention of Shri.R.Thyagarajan, founder and Chairman of Shriram Group. Under his leadership, Shriram Properties grew to even greater heights.
Through a foundation of trust, transparency and credibility, he has been instrumental in growing the business exponentially. But for him, the biggest focus is to make Shriram Properties the most trusted property developer in the industry. As one of the biggest property developers in India, his objective is to make the 'Housing for All' mission a reality. Mr. Murali Malayappan, MD of Shriram Properties, also frequently participates in several national and international seminars and has delivered guest lectures at premier business schools like IIM, Bangalore. He is a former member of governing real estate bodies like CREDAI and industry forums like CII and FICCI. He is also actively involved in various social welfare programs to help the blind, differently-abled, underprivileged children, and the destitute through NGOs like Give Life, Chennai.
Vipul Roongta , MD & CEO, HDFC Capital Advisors Ltd.
Mr Vipul Roongta is the Managing Director & CEO of HDFC Capital Advisors Ltd, investment manager of the largest affordable and middle-income housing fund in India. Vipul manages more than US$ 1 billion and focuses on providing long term equity and mezzanine capital to the real estate sector.
Prior to setting up a dedicated platform for investments in affordable housing, Vipul was heading the investment team at HDFC Asset Management Company Limited (HDFC AMC), where he successfully raised and deployed over US$950 million in the real estate private equity sector in India. The fund was awarded “Best Real Estate Fund” in India for 3 years in a row from 2013 to 2015 and “Real Estate Fund of the Decade” in 2016 by CNBC-Awaaz. Prior to HDFC AMC, Vipul was part of the core team that set up one of the first Indian real estate venture funds under HDFC Property Fund.
Mr Roongta has cumulative experience of more than twenty years in the real estate sector and has managed real estate investment funds in excess of US$3 billion. Outside of work, Vipul loves to travel, is a food enthusiast and runs a food club in New Delhi.
Mr Roongta has been honored with some important awards, the leading one being the fund manager of the decade in 2016 by CNBC Awaaz.
Sharad Gohil , Managing Director, IndoSpace Capital Advisors Pvt. Ltd.
Sharad Gohil joined IndoSpace in 2015, and currently oversees asset management across the platform. He has over 18 years of experience in real estate, specializing in asset management and investments across the core, value add and development real estate sectors in the UK, Europe, and India. Sharad has previously worked for Apollo Global Management Real Estate Funds in Europe, Asia Pacific and India, as well as, Citigroup Property Investors Asia Pacific, AXA REIM and The Portman Estate in the UK.
Rohitashwa Poddar, MD, Poddar Housing & Development Ltd.
Mr. Rohit Poddar is the Managing Director of Poddar Housing and Development Ltd., a Bombay Stock Exchange listed Public Limited Company promoted by the Poddar family of The Poddar Group. Mr. Poddar is also a fellow of the Aspen Institute India for the India Leadership Initiative focusing on business ethics and was also voted one of the 200 Global Young Leaders by Asia Society in 2010.
He has been a part of the Poddar Group since 1995 handling various businesses such as automobile tyre manufacturing, textile and apparel manufacturing and organic farming. He cofounded the Organically Grown brand in the USA in 2005 which is an organic lifestyle brand. Mr. Poddar is the visionary behind the affordable housing venture for the Poddar Group which was flagged off in 2009. He is a Director in several of the Poddar Group Companies.
By education, he is an Engineering and Management Graduate. He holds BSc. (Hons) in Civil Engineering and BA in Business Management from Kings College London, UK.
Mr. Poddar is an avid sportsman with special interests in tennis, golf, running and skiing. He is also an avid ‘Iyengar Yoga’ practitioner.
Rajesh Krishnan, MD & CEO | Brick Eagle Group
Rajesh Krishnan is the founder of Brick Eagle, a pioneer in the Indian Affordable Housing market. Started in 2011, Brick Eagle has been amongst the first to identify, understand and deliver on the needs of sustainable housing solutions for the urban poor in the country.
The Company is passionately focused on ‘Housing for All’ and also runs an Incubator to support entrepreneurs serving the Affordable Housing Sector.
Under Rajesh’s leadership, Brick Eagle has incubated 6 developers and 7 service providers focused on the Affordable Housing sector. Brick Eagle is now collaborating with Niti Aayog to set up an Atal Incubation Center to promote businesses that address the challenges of urbanisation. Notably, Brick Eagle is also part of the consortium that has been shortlisted for the redevelopment of Dharavi, one of the largest informal settlements in the world.
Prior to Brick Eagle, Rajesh was an investment banker with Lehman Brothers, Nomura and Standard Chartered Bank. Rajesh holds a B.Tech degree from IIT Delhi and an M.BA from the Wharton School.
Anand Narayanan K.B, Chief Operating Officer, Puravankara Limited
Anand Narayanan presently is the Chief Operating Officer of Puravankara Limited. He is responsible for the company’s strategic initiatives across Sales, Marketing, CRM and Project Execution. Anand has been instrumental in developing and implementing disruptive strategic marketing and sales plans to achieve the larger corporate objectives for the organization’s products and services.
Anand has been associated with the real-estate and banking industry for the last 13 years, both in India and overseas. He has worked in diverse areas across the residential real-estate space as well as in consumer & institutional banking. As such, his domain understanding of consumer marketing strategies and perspective of the domestic & international real estate & financial markets are well-honed.
Prior to joining Puravankara, Anand was part of the leadership team at Knight Frank India. He was responsible for its residential transaction, transaction-linked advisory business and corporate communication initiatives.
He was with ICICI bank for close to a decade, in various Sales and Marketing roles, across a gamut of domains including International Consumer Banking (NRIs), Mid-Corporate Banking (SME) and Institutional resource raising & syndications, both in India and overseas.
Amit Ramani, Founder & CEO, Awfis Space Solutions Pvt. Ltd.
Mr. Amit Ramani is the Founder & CEO of Awfis Space Solutions which is India’s largest shared workspace company with 30000 seats across 63 centres in 10 cities in India. He started Awfis Space Solutions with the vision of revolutionizing the office space delivery ecosystem in India through technology – backed just in time solutions.
He is also the Vice-Chairman & Strategic Advisor of NCUBE India which is a leading group in Asia providing design and real estate consulting services with resources of over 120 people and 3 locations in Asia.
Mr. Ramani’s strong background has allowed him to provide innovative and complex project services to multinational corporations such as Astra Zeneca, Duke Energy, Bank of America, AT&T, Marsh McLennan, Bristol Myer-Squibb, Lockheed Martin, Morgan Stanley, Goldman Sachs and Toyota. Prior to joining NELSON, he has worked with organizations such as HOK Consulting, Toyota Motor Sales and The Environments Group.
Mr. Ramani is the member of the Young President’s Organization (YPO) Delhi Chapter which is a group of top 200 business leaders and owners in the community. He has been an active member of the International Facilities Management Association CoreNet for eight years, and serves on the board for the latter’s Charlotte Chapter. His work has been published in the Journal of Corporate Real Estate and he has been a frequent speaker to industry forums such as CoreNet Global Summit on topics ranging from real estate strategy to developing effective work environments. He is also an active member of RICS and NASSCOM. His contribution to the field of real estate and facility planning has made him the recipient of the prestigious IFMA foundation award three years in a row. He has also been a guest lecturer at Cornell University, New York University and Texas A&M.
Sameer Nayar, Founder & CEO, BuildSupply
Mr. Sameer Nayar is an experienced real estate investment and finance professional with a twenty plus year track record across USA, Europe and Asia. He is the Founder and CEO of BuildSupply, a PropTech company focused on solving intractable problems in the construction and real estate sectors.
Previously, Sameer was Managing Director at Credit Suisse (CS) and the Head of Real Estate Finance for the Asia Pacific region. In this role he deployed over USD 7.5 BN of debt and equity capital across Asia.
Prior to joining Credit Suisse First Boston in 2001, Mr. Nayar was a Senior Vice President at Moody's Investors Service in New York where he was responsible for CMBS ratings and served as a member of the Global Ratings consistency committee.
He is also the Founding Trustee of The Special Child Trust that works to raise awareness and provide services for children with Autism, primarily through the Autism Centre of Excellence in Gurgaon, India.
Tushar S. Vagal, Head IT, L&T Realty
Mr. Tushar Vagal is the CIO of Larsen & Toubro Realty since Feb 2013. He is a bachelor of Engineering in Production (1990 batch) from Fr Agnel, Bombay, India. He worked on Shopfloors of “Crompton Greaves” & “CPEC CROFT Gear Box Ltd”. He has built career on Three Pillars of Engineering, Finance & Information Technology. He was a part of IT Startups ‘Vision’ & ‘Sahir Projects’ from 1994 for 11+ years.
Tanuj Shori, Co-founder & CEO, Square Yards
Tanuj Shori is the Founder and CEO of Square Yards, India’s largest real estate and fintech aggregator. Established in 2013, the company has witnessed exponential growth in a very short span of time. Under Tanuj’s astute leadership, Square Yards has achieved a significant scale in facilitating real estate investments worth more than USD $2 Billion through its direct presence of more than 2000 employees in 20+ Indian cities and 10+ International locations.
Prior to starting Square Yards, he has worked in the capital markets division of top notch firms such as Lehmann brothers, Nomura and Standard Chartered Bank across different geographies such as the United States and Asia Pacific. He covered a host of sectors including banking, infrastructure, commodities and luxury consumer. While working at Nomura, he was the top ranked Asia analyst before he rose to become one of the youngest Executive Directors. Tanuj possesses considerable experience in capital markets (equities) domain and is one of the most respected Real Estate Consultants across the globe.
Tanuj’s leadership and strategic acumen has been acknowledged by leading business publications over the years such as the Business World, The Economic Times etc. He has been awarded the 40 under 40 by Business World, magazine in 2017. Apart from professional pursuits, Tanuj is an avid traveler, having been to all 7 continents, 50+ countries and is also an adventure sports enthusiast, having shark dived in Pacific Ocean and sky dived over rugged mountain terrains. Tanuj is a highly qualified finance professional with a degree in Finance from the prestigious Indian Institute of Management Lucknow, a CFA level 3 candidate, and has held certifications with SEC, FSA and Asian securities markets
Amit Goenka, MD & CEO, Nisus Finance
Amit Goenka is the Founder MD & CEO of Nisus Finance, a premier alternative asset manager with AUM of INR 450 cr. Amit was also the Founder, MD & CEO of Essel Finance, part of the USD 7 bn ZEE Group, managing financial services and real estate funds, both domestic and offshore. Amit has held senior roles at Knight Frank across various verticals, including as CEO of a domestic rental yield fund. He has also served in senior capacities with Alghanim and Adeem Group in the Middle East besides Ernst & Young and Aditya Birla Group in India.
Amit is one of India’s foremost thought leaders on real estate, known for his views on the developments in affordable housing, taxation, regulatory, statutory and structural frameworks. He is dedicating his second fund corpus of about INR 500 crores towards main stream mid-income and affordable housing opportunities. He has chaired conferences in association with NAREDCO, PwC, FICCI, IMC and APREA on subjects like Banking, Private Equity, REITs, Union Budget, RERA etc. Amit brings 20 years of top tier multinational experience in Banking, Direct Investments and Strategy and has been responsible for over USD 7 billion of transactions worldwide. He holds a BE, MBA, MRICS and CCF.
Ankit Samdariya, CEO, The Hive Collaborative Workspaces
Ankit Samdariya is CEO at The Hive, a collaborative work-space platform backed by the Xander Group. He is passionate about design thinking, the future of work-spaces, technology and community building.
Previously as Vice President – Investments & Asset Management at Virtuous Retail South Asia, Ankit was instrumental in building a 5.5 Million sq.ft community-centric lifestyle shopping centres portfolio spanning across 5 cities in India. He has been with the Xander Group since 2013, and has advised the group on strategic initiatives and investments across real estate asset classes.
Prior to his MBA, Ankit worked with Royal Dutch Shell across the US, Netherlands, Malaysia and Singapore in its internal strategy consulting division. Later, he worked with International Finance Corporation in Delhi, and with Denham Capital in Houston advising on global energy and infrastructure investments.
Ankit is an MBA from Harvard Business School and holds a B.Tech from Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) - Delhi.
Kartik Iyer, Chief Financial Officer - TableSpace Technologies
Kartik is currently CFO of TableSpace Technologies – a recently launched managed office venture which has grown exponentially in the last 12 months. Along with the co- founders, Kartik is part of the Leadership team responsible for driving Sales and other Strategic and Tactical initiatives for the firm resulting in profitable Revenue generation. In addition to his CFO role, Kartik brings in Thought leadership and vast implementation experience to set and drive long-term vision for the firm ensuring key milestones are achieved in-time and with key focus on operational excellence.
Kartik has over 17 years of global experience as Finance and Business Operations lead for Accenture across verticals such as Technology, Consulting and Corporate functions. Working across geographies for Accenture and as an integral part of different leadership teams of the global firm, Kartik has succesfully done roles from leading finance operations, helming cross-functional Technology Finance projects and as a pioneer for global programs such as championing the Inclusion & Diversity agenda for Accenture India Corporate Functions.
Previously, Kartik was a key member of the Accenture India Technology Leadership team as the CFO for overall Accenture India Technology Business
Managed over $3 billion (single largest Accenture cost base), covering 110,000+ people and $4 billion in revenue for Resources Operating Group globally in Accenture Application Services business.
Responsible for the key turn-around of Philippines Technology business – a special project given to be executed in 18 months
Key role in setting up new Technology centres in Argentina, Mexico, Brazil and Morocco, in partnership with local leadership – known Finance expert in understanding the Latin American and European business for Accenture
In his downtime, Kartik likes to travel and explore new countries along with his family, playing football and is an avid cyclist to remain fit.
Kunal Mehra, MD - TableSpace Technologies
Kunal works in the capacity of an Managing Director/CoFounder in TableSpace He plays a pivotal role in strategizing end-to-end real estate solutions for key corporate occupiers and porperty aqqcusitions. Kunal’s responsibilities include providing comprehensive and innovative real estate solutions aligning with TableSpace clients' business strategy.
Kunal has over 10+ years of experience in the real estate sector and has been very well exposed to corporate real estate practices and developer operations. He has successfully transacted over 10 million sq. ft. of office space for Corporate Occupiers across lease acquisitions, renegotiations, asset dispositions, sub-leasing etc. in his prior leadership role in JLL.
Prior to joining TableSpace, Kunal Mehra was looking after key transactions at Jones Lang LaSalle, Kunal also co-founded Liquid Krystal, a firm that specialised in providing clients with a host of real estate consulting services. He also has over 3 years of experience with the Indian Hotels Company Limited.
Kapil Khandelwal, Co-Founder, El-Toro
Kapil is the co-founder of El-Toro, an investment firm that is looking to create a REIT related to the healthcare industry. Prior to Toro, he ran his own investment banking and advisory services company, EquNev Capital.
He has served as a senior executive with Groupe Danone, Britannia Industries, KPMG, Wipro Technologies, Jubliant Organics Group, and Cisco Systems and is also a director on the board of Pfizer Ltd (India). He has done Bachelors in Commerce from Jai Hind College, Masters in Commerce from Sydenham College and MBA in Marketing & Finance from Sydenham Institute of Management.
Amit Thakkar, Senior Vice President – Private Equity, Indiabulls Asset Management Company Ltd.
Balaji Rao, Real Estate Fund Manager, Axis Asset Management Company
Balaji Rao is a veteran of the Indian real estate industry, having over 3 decades of experience in the property markets of the country. Balaji is one of the few industry experts who has assumed leadership roles across the various aspects of the real estate sector, and has been associated with the marquee institutions of the industry as both a developer and a fund manager.
Prior to joining Axis AMC, Balaji was the managing director of Indic Capital Advisors, where he supervised the operations of the 630-million-dollar Sun Apollo Fund, along with the other development projects of the Sun Group in India. He served as managing director of Starwood Capital India, where he channelled investments of over a billion dollars in the Indian real estate sector. He played a fundamental role in setting up Mumbai’s premier office building, First India Financial Centre (FIFC) in the Bandra-Kurla Complex. During his tenure as managing director of TCG Real Estate, he entrepreneurially grew their real estate & infrastructure businesses in India and built an IT Park footprint of over 10 million sq.ft. across the country.
He previously served as Head of Property for ANZ Bank, India, where he managed a property portfolio of INR 12 billion. Before ANZ, he was the primary initiator and driving force of the Mortgages and Developer Lending businesses at Standard Chartered Bank India and ITC Classic.
As the Sales and Marketing Head for the K. Raheja Group, Balaji played an influential role in leading the Group’s foray into large retail formats with ‘Shoppers Stop’ and was responsible for conceptualizing and marketing the concept of integrated townships across major Indian cities.
He has also served as an independent director on the boards of L&T Realty and L&T Seawoods Ltd.
Balaji is a rank-holding Chartered Accountant and holds an MBA from IIM-Kolkata. He is also a Fellow Member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India (ICAI) and Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS).
Jay Gandhi, Partner, Shardul Amarchand Mangaldas & Co
Jay Gandhi is a Partner with Shardul Amarchand Mangaldas & Co and is based in the Mumbai office. Jay’s practice encompasses Mergers & Acquisition, Private Equity, Joint Ventures and Investment Funds and he has extensive experience across these areas both on cross-border and domestic deals.
For over a decade, Jay has been advising several large international and domestic private equity funds, international and domestic banks and financial institutions, multi-national corporations, Indian business houses and family run businesses, on various types of complex M&A deals, private equity and venture capital investments and leveraged buy-outs. He also represents international and domestic fund managers in relation to structuring, formation and regulation of all kinds of alternative investment funds and mutual funds, domestic funds and India focused international funds. He has been involved in strategic joint ventures for setting up several funds and regularly negotiates fund documents on behalf of the GP as well as the LPs. Jay frequently advises on the nuances of a dynamic regulatory regime and evolving trends around inbound and outbound investments, funds, pooling vehicles and financial intermediaries in India.
Jay is a qualified lawyer and chartered accountant and the dual qualification gives him an edge as a corporate lawyer who needs to understand and advise on transactions that are primarily driven by business related factors. He holds a bachelors in commerce and a bachelors in law degree from the Mumbai University, a Solicitor’s degree from the Bombay Incorporated Law Society and is a member of Bar Council of Maharashtra & Goa. He qualified as a chartered accountant from the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India and was a practising chartered accountant before pursuing a career in law. Prior to joining the Firm, Jay was a partner at the Mumbai office of another large tier 1 law firm.
He has recently been involved in some of the largest foreign direct investment transactions that India has witnessed, in the real estate, media and infrastructure sectors.
Jay has recently been recommended in the RSG Consulting Report for 2017-18 for corporate law. Clients commented that Jay is able to use his legal knowledge “to quickly understand all the commercial aspects of a deal” and offer “expert advice” with “efficient situation based solutions”, and that he has a “knack for anticipating issues and this helps him prepare us for the various situations that may arise”.
Girish Singhi, Principal, Godrej Fund Management
Girish Singhi is Principal at Godrej Fund Management. He is responsible for leading investment and asset management activities in select geographies for Godrej Fund Management. He has 10 years of real estate investment management experience.
He holds an M.B.A. (Finance) and B.E. from Delhi University.