CoreNet Global India Conference 2017
Bangalore | 21 June 2017 | ITC Gardenia


Erwin Chong

Head, Corporate Real Estate Strategy and Administration, DBS Bank Limited

Erwin Chong is currently the Head of Corporate Real Estate Strategy and Administration for DBS Bank Ltd. DBS is a leading financial services group in Asia, with over 250 branches across 15 markets. Headquartered and listed in Singapore, DBS is a market leader in Singapore with over four million customers and also has a growing presence in the three key Asian axes of growth, namely, Greater China, Southeast Asia and South Asia. 

Erwin manages all corporate real estate owned or leased properties across all markets and regions the bank operates in, and manages a team of 80 professionals in Real Estate strategy and transactions, project management and facilities management. Erwin was previously with Citi, for 9 years, and was the head of its Singapore Corporate Real Estate team. Prior to Citi, Erwin was a project manager with Jones Lang LaSalle in Singapore.

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Sanjay Dutt

CEO- Operations & Private Funds, Ascendas-Singbridge India

Mr Sanjay Dutt is the CEO- Operations and Private Funds of Ascendas-Singbridge India.

Sanjay has over 22 years of experience in the real estate business in India and spearheaded major strategies across cities. As CEO of Ascendas-Singbridge's India Operations and Private Funds, Sanjay is involved in strategic planning and in expanding and enhancing the Group's portfolio of assets in the country. His role is to develop and manage commercial real estate developments and investments under private funds and Group's balance sheet, which includes IT parks/ SEZ's, Industrial and Integrated Developments.

Sanjay was previously the Managing Director of India at Cushman & Wakefield, where he used to provide end-to-end real estate solutions across State government and State owned entities, Occupiers, Developers and Investors. The businesses include Research, Valuation, Strategic Consulting, Transaction Services, Project Management and Asset Management Services.

Prior to joining Cushman & Wakefield in 2012, he was the CEO Business with Jones Lang Lasalle (2008 – 2012). Earlier in his career, Sanjay also worked for Cushman & Wakefield (2001 – 2008) and CBRE (1996 - 2001). He also had a short stint working in the logistics sector in the late 1980s, as an entrepreneur.

Sanjay holds a Bachelor's degree in Commerce, Accounting & Business Management from Delhi University, India and a Post-Graduate Diploma in Marketing and Human Resource from the International Management Institute, New Delhi, India. He was awarded Fellowship by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (FRICS) and is Past Chair for CORENET, India Chapter.​

Shekhar Gupta

Founder and Editor-in-Chief, ThePrint

Shekhar Gupta is Founder and Editor-in-Chief of ThePrint, an exciting news media start-up. He is a prolific columnist, with the highly influential column National Interest, which is translated into several languages, including Hindi, Telugu, Kannada, Gujarati and Marathi. He is a senior prime-time anchor at NDTV.

Previously, Shekhar was with the Indian Express and the Express Group of publications where he concluded a 19-year stint as Editor-in-Chief and led the country's largest network of award-winning journalists. He was also an editor with India Today.

Shekhar hosts 'Off the Cuff', an offering from ThePrint – which sees him in conversation with an eminent guest every month. Off the Cuff is telecast on NDTV 24X7 and NDTV Prime at the end of each month. He also hosts 'Walk the Talk' on NDTV 24×7 every week. A collection of his news-making interviews will be published soon. He does a second weekly show in Hindi, 'Chalte Chalte', telecast on NDTV India.

During a 38-year career, Shekhar has reported on key Indian and international events, including the Nellie massacre in Assam, Operation Blue Star, the student uprising in Tiananmen Square in Beijing, the fall of the Berlin Wall, the first Gulf War from Baghdad, the first "jihad" in Afghanistan, and the many twists and turns in the troubled 1983-1993 decade in Sri Lanka's Tamil North.

Over the past two decades, National Interest has been regarded as the sharpest, most perceptive analysis of current events as they unfold. Shekhar's columns were collected in the bestselling book, Currently, National Interest appears in Business Standard every Saturday.

Abhinav Joshi

Head of Research, India, CBRE

Abhinav Joshi is the Head of Research for CBRE in India. He is responsible for driving thought leadership initiatives, managing market intelligence, and hiring of research professionals. he joined CBRE In 2010 and has almost 11 years of experience in real estate research and advisory domain. He and his team work towards providing a full and innovative range of research, analysis and consultancy services for CBRE clients.

He is a member of CBRE's Asia Pacific Research Executive Committee and works closely with his regional counterparts in delivering quality research covering diverse sectors such as office, retail, residential, industrial, capital markets, amongst others.

Venu Kota

Director, Head Corporate Real Estate, India & South Asia, Visa

Venu is Head & Director Corporate Real Estate for Visa Inc. leading India & South Asia  region and part of Visa Inc. Global Corporate Real Estate Leadership team. He has more than two decades experience in the area of Corporate Real Estate with expertise in various business enabling functions across IT / RIM/ ITES/Product/R&D sectors.

His responsibilities include managing all CRE functions such as Real Estate strategy & transaction services, Facility Management, Client Services, Design & Construction, Project Management, Workplace strategy, Employee Transportation,  Physical security etc.

Prior to Visa Inc. Venu worked with reputed Organizations such as GE, HSBC, IBM, PwC etc.

He is an Alumnus of IIM Bangalore.

Nirmal Mangal

Director and Head of Office, M Moser

Nirmal is the Country Head – India for M Moser Associates, a global architectural, interior design and planning firm with 15 offices located around the world. M Moser's India offices are located in Delhi, Bangalore and Mumbai. He has led the design of numerous projects in USA, Mexico, Russia, Europe, China, Taiwan, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, and India.

Prior to moving back to India 4 years ago, Nirmal worked in the US for more than 30 years and has held leadership positions with global design firms including HOK, RTKL, Canon Design, Leo A Daly, Fluor Corporation and Friedmutter Group among others. He was also the Director of Taliesin Architect's Studio, the successor firm of Frank Lloyd Wright in Scottsdale, Arizona, USA.

Nirmal has a keen interest in workplace design and how it is changing interior design of corporate India. Global firms in India are increasing providing variety in the work place ranging from flexible seating/hoteling, Activity Based Work Place (ABW), and hot desking etc. Nirmal is involved with M Moser in the design of workplaces which supports the business process, provides choices and flexibility of workplace, collaborative spaces, sustainable design and more importantly work environment focused on wellbeing of employees.

Nirmal holds bachelor's degree in architecture from Chandigarh College of Architecture, Chandigarh and master's degree in architecture from the University of Texas, Austin, Texas USA.

Ramesh Nair

CEO & Country Head, Jones Lang LaSalle Property Consultants (India) Pvt Ltd

Ramesh is the CEO & Country Head of JLL India. He is responsible for the overall direction, strategy and growth of, the firm. JLL India is largest real estate services firm in the country with more than 9,500 diverse professionals, with 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.

Devdutt Pattanaik

Bestselling Author,

Devdutt Pattanaik writes on relevance of mythology in modern times, especially in areas of management, governance and leadership. Trained in medicine, he worked for 15 years in the healthcare and pharma industries before he focused on his passion full time. He is author of 30 books and 600 columns, with bestsellers such as My Gita, Jaya, Sita, Business Sutra and the 7 Secret Series. He was a speaker at TEDIndia 2009 and spoke on “Myths that Mystify, East versus West”. His TV shows include Business Sutra on CNBC-TV18 and Devlok on Epic TV. He consults organisations on culture, diversity and leadership and also consults various television channels and filmmakers on storytelling.

Dayakar Reddy

Head of Shared Services (ICRES & Procurement), Capgemini

Dayakar Reddy is the Head of Shared Services (ICRES & Procurement).  Dayakar has been with Capgemini from 2005. As an integral member of the HSBC account leadership team, Dayakar was Client Delivery Executive for HSBC Cards and Shared Services for 2 years , and thereafter Global Delivery Executive for HSBC from March 2008 to date. He was also the Hyderabad Center Head for three years from 2005 till Aug, 2008, where he was instrumental in creating our new campus and growing the center from 800 to 2200 associates. Dayakar is also an active member of the Industry associations including NASSCOM, ITsAP and is part of the core group set up by the IT ministry for industry & Academia collaboration in Andhra Pradesh

Dayakar has over 25+ years of diversified and Global work experience in Main stream Banking in several  key General Management roles that include running large distributed Global Delivery, client relationships for large Global Client, running large delivery Centers. He was responsible for running the Retail & Consumer technologies for ANZ both for its Captive and as Head of Technology for SAME Regions. Demonstrated competencies in Consumer Banking, Business & Technology Integration.

Sanjeev Sethi

Director Global Workplace Solutions, Adobe Systems India Pvt. Ltd.

Sanjeev Sethi, is the Director of Global Workplace Solutions for Adobe's JAPAC region

Having joined Adobe in 2013, Sanjeev:

  • Has worked with ONGC, Videocon, Cadence Design Systems and NIIT with experience across Corporate Real Estate, Project and Facilities Management, Procurement, Supply Chain, Travel and Risk Management over the last 25 years in the industry.
  • Is an electrical engineer and Lead Quality and Environmental systems auditor with 28 years of experience.
  • Is the recipient of Chairman’s award at ONGC, Videocon, Cadence Design Systems and NIIT Ltd
  • Is Member of the Board of Directors for Corenet India
  • Is Member of the Board of Advisor for INFHRA
  • Is Member of the Board for a Logistics startup company, Reliable Records

Nitasha Sreekumar

Technology Partner, Cushman & Wakefield

As the Technology Partner for India, Nitasha leads all initiatives and development/integration of the latest technology solutions for our clients as well as C&W employees. With her team, she is responsible for the proposal, deployment and successful usage of tools and technologies that assist teams on ground to optimize their delivery of services to our clients.

Nitasha has worked with large real estate firms across India in consulting, developing and implementing complete ERP technology solutions, including automating processes that range from business development, legal / liaising, sales / CRM, construction/ purchase management, rentals and property management. In her current role, she has experience with designing & developing custom solutions for clients, leading and delivering complex technology deployment projects and providing strategic technology input for best in class software implementations.

Joe Verghese

Managing Director, Colliers India

Joe started his career with Financial Consulting (Arthur Andersen, Manila) followed by Equity & Custody Services (HSBC, Mumbai). His experience also includes setting up a software services firm (Blastasia, Philippines) and leading the E-Business Division, South East Asia to build a Web Services and CRM platform for Austrade (Singapore). He has been with Colliers International, India since April 2006 when he took over as Chief Operating Officer, India and has been the Managing Director for the India business since January 2008.

Karan Virwani

Director, WeWork

A young, dynamic and successful entrepreneur – Karan Virwani, Owner- Promoter-Director at WeWork (India) has been instrumental in bringing WeWork, a New York based collaborative work space giant and the 9th Largest start-up in the world to India.

With a passion for start-up community and a degree in Business Administration from Kent University, Karan’s responsibilities include driving growth for the new venture, vision and strategy as he aims to democratize the collaborative work space in India. His vision is to find unique ways of building communities and propagating the work culture of ‘Do What You Love’ in the Indian scenario.

A gamechanger and a pro-community building person, with WeWork, Karan is creating a culture of ‘Do What You Love’, yet shaping and innovating future growth opportunities for the company.