CoreNet Global Conference, Speakers for India 2019
India Conference | 19 June 2019 | ITC Gardenia
Online registration ends on June 15. Onsite registration will be available. Please plan on arriving by 9:00 to process your registration.


Armstrong, Tim

Head of Occupier Business Development, Asia Pacific, Knight Frank

Operating within the property industry for over 18 years, Tim has actively worked with clients across the office, industrial and retail sectors. In his current role, Tim assists corporate real estate professionals and multinational corporations develop and execute their workplace strategies across the Asia Pacific region. Prior to his current role as Knight Frank’s head of Occupier Business, Tim previously run Knight Frank Australia’s Industrial and Logistics division and leverages his knowledge of the rapidly evolving supply chain landscape to develop effective change-management strategies. Asia Pacific comprises some of the world’s fastest growing and most dynamic economies and Tim’s focus is on aligning overall direction and strategy of the business unit to with real estate solutions. Tim's ability to identify, formulate and implement real estate plans across Asia Pacific, along with his attention to detail and ability to handle complex negotiations has positioned Tim as a key advisor to Knight Frank.

Arora, Sumit

Senior Director and Head – Workplace Strategy & Change Management, CBRE India

Sumit Arora is a Senior Director with the Corporate Advisory Team at CBRE South Asia Pvt. Ltd. and heads the Workplace Strategy and Change Management practice for India.  He has been with the firm for approx. over 14 years, and has been actively involved in providing strategic advisory services to Corporate Clients on diverse aspects including workplace assessment exercises, mobility / work profiling, space utilization studies, buy vs. lease strategies, optimization of real estate portfolios, location selection advice, change management engagements, etc. 

Sumit would bring in a service provider’s multi-sector experience on the table during this discussion and shall play a key role in adding relevant perspectives towards RE strategies & workplace initiatives that have contributed to successful implementations in the past.

Baijal, Shishir

Chairman & Managing Director, Knight Frank India Pvt Ltd

Shishir has over 40 years of experience across diverse industries that include real estate, hospitality, education and entertainment. He is responsible for managing the operations of Knight Frank India.
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 conceptualisation and design, leasing, property management and investment exits.

Bhusan, Shashi

Director Construction, ST Telemedia Global Data Centres India

Currently employed with ST Telemedia GDC and heading DC projects handling multiple green field Datacenter projects.

Delivered more than a million sq ft of white space with around 35 MW of IT load.

Handled Green building and Green Datacenters

Qualification: B. Tech in Instrumentation technology

22+ years of experience in power electronics, Critical infrastructure Engineering and Datacenter projects

Climate Change champion, Climate change initiative role out in multiple organizations of TATA group and helped them for Carbon footprint mapping.

Chawla, Vikas

Head - Global Real Estate & Facilities, SAP Labs India Pvt. Ltd.

A strategic RE & F Professional supported by over 25 years of accomplished career with well-known IT, Real Estate, Insurance and Hospitality organizations. I have been associated with the various facets of Corporate Real Estate & Facilities Management, in various capacities. My professional career has been involved in building, shaping and providing RE&F strategies. This has also resulted in the organizations winning laurels and creating a benchmark of RE&F standards in the industry. I have been involved in managing complex situations in medium to large sized people organizations. My leadership acumen encapsulates almost every business imperatives of organization, people-process-technology coordination, associated with running and managing a global business delivery outfit.

Chulani, Anand

International and award-winning speaker,

International and award-winning speaker, legacy advisor to family businesses and India’s number 1 success coach, Anand Chulani have been activating champions in the fields of business, sports, government, and entertainment for over a decade. Anand’s mission is to create 4-Dimensional champions - Absolute Champions, who triumph in all dimensions of their life — personal, relationships, career/business, and family/community. The inventor of the ‘Absolute Champion Model’, Anand has dedicated his life to activate peak performance champions who deliver success with happiness and confidence. 

Anand was mentored by motivational guru and success coach, Anthony Robbins, as his natural protégé, Anand has been the advisor to world-class organizations such as Google, Disney, Accenture, Airtel, Toshiba, Ferrari Asia, AOS Orwell Ltd, Inlaks Ltd as well as elite family businesses like Reliance and Hero Motocorp. He has worked with government and public service bodies such as the International Association of Hostage Negotiators and the Restorative Justice Program in association with the Sheriff's Office in San Francisco. 

As a personal mentor and master of entrepreneurial psychology and mental fitness, Anand has coached prominent CEO's as well as individual champions in sports and entertainment such as Serena Williams, Hugh Jackman, Virender Sehwag, Jos Buttler, Ben Stokes and Ross Taylor, to name a few. 

He is an international award-winning speaker for the Young Presidents' Organization (YPO) International. His programs 'Live Your Legacy' and 'League of Leaders' have won regional awards for YPO Africa as well as the International Award for Best Event at YPO in 2016.

In addition to working with the champions of today, Anand is on a mission to create champions of tomorrow. His vision is to inspire a generation of youth to be happy, confident and successful world-changing leaders. He has advised the UK Government's Department of Public Policy during the riots and mentored Palestinian and Israeli Youth leaders to be ambassadors of peace. He has taken this vision to leading educational institutions such as Oberoi International School, Ecole Mondiale World School, the United World College, Harrow School and American School of Bombay through his Absolute Campion Camps. Anand has also been a regular guest speaker at Stanford University, Georgetown University and the Global Youth Leadership Summit in California. Anand has been training youth leaders so they can empower other youth and has now reached over 75,000 people from over 30 countries.

To know more about Anand, click on this Link

Khalil, Laila

Director of Corporate Operations & Community Relations, Lowe’s India

Ms. Laila Khalil has a Master’s Degree in Business Administration (MBA) from Texas A&M University, USA and an Undergraduate degree in Architecture from Manipal Institute of Technology, India. Ms. Khalil is a seasoned management professional with more than 18 years’ experience across global business operations, corporate real estate, workplace strategy, asset valuations, and architectural design development. Adept at conceptualizing and executing long and short-range real estate strategic plans, she is currently the Director of Corporate Operations for Lowe’s Services India Pvt. Ltd, where in her responsibilities encompass all aspects of property services such as maintenance and expansion, facility operations such as cafeteria, health center, ground transportation, travel, Lowe’s merchandise, safety and security, and internal branding. She is also the executive sponsor for all community relations and CSR driven employee engagement activities for Lowe’s in India.

Her previous assignment as the Country Property Director for Volvo Group saw her manage and maintain a real estate portfolio comprising of offices, commercial and industrial assets at a pan India level while being associated with future workplace office concepts and environmental initiatives at a global level. Ms. Khalil has been associated with CoreNet Global for more than ten years and was recently appointed the Membership Director for the CoreNet Global India Chapter. In addition to being a certified Member of the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors, she strongly advocates sustainable and environmentally friendly workplace choices and habits and having a more equitable gender ratio in the Corporate real estate, design, and construction industry.

Kumar, Uma Vinay

Lead Work Place Manager, Cisco

Uma Vinay Kumar has 20 years of work experience across corporate real estate, workplace strategy, and Facility management. She has completed her PG in Business Management from XLRI, Jamshedpur and her undergrad from Bangalore University.

Her current assignment is with Cisco Systems India as a Work Place Manager (WPM). As a WPM she has built strong client relationships through a detailed engagement process across business groups. She supports multiple business groups across all aspects of Work Place strategy and execution.

Her experience includes assignments with varied corporates – NetApp, VeriSign, GE, Ascendas and Colliers. In other organizations previous to Cisco she has handled a multi-country portfolio

Lall, Amit

MRICS, Head - Workplace Solutions, Sodexo

Amit heads Workplace Solutions for the Corporate Services segment with Sodexo India. With a career spanning 15 years within Global Consulting and Strategy roles with Global organizations, Amit has delivered end-to-end Strategic Transformation of the India/Global CRE organization of a Global IT giant. He brings rich experience in CRE Transformation, Workplace Strategy & Change, and Workplace Technology within Indian and Global landscape. He is passionate about helping clients create Intelligent Workplaces that augment Quality of Life of the occupants and create engaging & purposeful Consumer Experiences based on a solid foundation of Workplace Strategy, Design and Technology.

He holds the MRICS designation from RICS and is currently enrolled for the MCR.w program with CoreNet Global. He also holds multiple industry certifications with Project Management, Business Analysis and Change Management

Lesek, Nicholas

Director - Regional CRES Head APAC and Global ICT Facilities SME, Swiss Re

As part of this panel, we have Nicholas Lesek, Director and regional head of CRES APAC for Swiss Re, a leading wholesale provider of reinsurance, insurance and other insurance-based forms of risk transfer. Dealing directly and working through brokers, Swiss Re’s global client base consists of insurance companies, mid-to-large-sized corporations, and public sector clients.

We caught up with Nicholas as he was preparing to leave for India where he has oversight and sponsorship of the delivery of a major project for Swiss Relocated in Bangalore. The new facility will deliver business services support to the group and is an important part of Swiss Re’s regional workplace transformation plan. As the newest addition to Swiss Re’s APAC portfolio, the Bangalore project will exist as an embodiment of workplace initiatives and philosophies that have driven Swiss Re’s real estate decision making and approach over recent years.  See more here on Bangalore

Joining Swiss Re in 2014, Nicholas has broad responsibility for leading Swiss Re’s regional corporate real estate requirements taking in real estate strategy and portfolio optimization, facilities, capital projects, technology, and workplace. Prior to joining Swiss Re Nicholas has held various real estate/ICT leadership roles with other global companies including Nomura, Johnson Controls, Macquarie Group, Goldman Sachs and Honeywell.

Swiss Re has approximately 80 office locations in more than 30 countries. Within APAC Swiss Re maintains office locations in Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane, Auckland, Kuala Lumpur, Singapore, Bangalore, Mumbai, Osaka, Tokyo, Seoul, Beijing, Nanjing, and Shanghai

Mahajan, Kapil

Associate Director, Centre of Excellence Lead– Analytics and AI, Cushman & Wakefield

With 11 years of experience in Analytics area and working with top companies like IBM, TCS and Cushman & Wakefield, Kapil Mahajan has a deep understanding of the Analytics area. In his role as Head of Centre of Excellence, Analytics and AI, he works closely with Cushman & Wakefield business and gives them solutions. Some of them being developing the Global Occupier Services corporate portal. He was responsible for increasing usage of Self-Service BI tools within company.

Kapil has an MBA degree from FORE School of Management, Delhi and Advanced Management course in Business Analytics from Indian School of Business, Hyderabad.

Nagarajan, Krishnaswamy

Director – RESO, South Asia, IBM

Krishnaswamy is an experienced Leader in the space of real estate, work place strategies, facilities management and RE business consulting. He has successfully built and directed high-performing teams across sectors ranging from information technology, BFSI, airline, consulting, United Nations Organization (UN) and global delivery centres.

In a career spanning over two decades, Krishna has strategized and implemented projects and held leadership roles in teams cutting across global regions. Krishna’s expertise lies in delivering cost and process effective projects, building innovative work environment with technology enabled solutions and employee friendly workspace, and yet align corporate real estate organizations and capabilities with enterprise-level business objectives to meet the dollar value.

Krishna holds a Master’s Degree in Business Administration from Amity University with majors in operations and supply chain management. This apart Krishna holds the qualification of MCR (Masters in Corporate Real Estate) from CoreNet Global.

Krishna is also an active participant in country level and global RE forums and is a speaker on various corporate real estate forums. He was also part of an expert panel of speakers at the CoreNet Global Summit in Singapore 2016.

Ohlyan, Deepak

Vice President – Global Facilities, Dell International Services India Private Limited

Deepak is an experienced corporate real estate professional and a Six-sigma certified leader with over 25 years of experience in the real estate domain.

In his current role, Deepak is responsible for corporate real estate, site strategy, facilities management.

Deepak has also worked with organizations such as GE and Tata Tea where he led roles in facility & transport management, financial management & cost control, vendor development.

P, Gopalakrishnan

Managing Director, Green Business Certification Institute (GBCI)

As Managing Director, GBCI APAC and the Middle East, Gopalakrishnan manages business and market development of LEED and other GBCI rating systems for the Asia-Pacific and Middle East regions.

His expertise includes corporate strategy, international market expansion, branding, and business unit creation.

An alumnus of College of Engineering, Guindy and IIM Kolkata, he has more than 20 years of corporate experience in Asia-Pacific and Middle East regions.

Paramby, Tojo

EMEA and Asia RE Head, Juniper Networks

Tojo has over 25 years of work experience, of which he has spent 17 years in the Corporate real estate, Specializing in Real Estate Management, Work Place Strategies, Project Management, Procurement, Facility Management & Space Planning. He has been instrumental in setting up Juniper Bangalore operations from scratch, has successfully grown the portfolio several times over and constantly upgrading the sites to keep pace with future growth

Tojo is the Sr Director of Real Estate & Workplace Services for Asia & EMEA and leads the core team for the implementation of Real Estate, Projects and Facility operations across diverse locations and multi-cultural settings - Australia & New Zealand, South East Asia, ASEAN Countries, EMEA (Europe, Middle East & Africa) and India. He is part of the India leadership forum and plays a key role in the India Operations Committee (IOC) and other governance forums responsible for the organization strategic development managing the largest base for Juniper.

Prior to joining Juniper headed the operation in India for startups such as Allegro Networks and Xylan networks which were in the IT and Telecom domain.

He holds a B.E. (Electrical & Electronics) from Shastra College, Tanjore, Bharathidasan University and PGDBM from XIME. He also holds certification in MCR and SLCR from CoreNet, USA

Ramaraju, Aravind Babu

Director- Workplace Experience, Cognizant

Aravind (R Aravind Babu) is Director- Workplace Experience at Cognizant. With more than two decades of experience in facilities management, HR, travel and hospitality, Aravind has been an active member of various facilities management forums across the country. Prior to Cognizant, Aravind worked in manufacturing, IT, ITeS, BPO, restaurant and hotel industries across companies like Dr. Reddy’s, Wipro, Oberoi Group etc.

Aravind has a Bachelor's Degree in Hotel Management and is a Master in Hospitality Management. He has also an alumni of IIM Kolkatta, and is currently pursuing PhD in Organizational Behavior. An active blogger, a keen people person and an advocate of better people management and employee engagement in FM services, Aravind is on the board of iNFHRA and is Chapter Leader for GACS.

Sachdev, Ritesh

Head of Occupier Services | India & Managing Director | South, Colliers International, Colliers International India

Ritesh is the head of the Occupier Services division of Colliers International India. With over 19 years of corporate real estate and construction experience in India, working for both service providers and developers, Ritesh has lead teams across India and collaborated across multiple geographies and real estate markets, sharing his expertise, knowledge and leadership skills. Ritesh has worked with a diverse portfolio of clients, including IBM, Ericsson, Microsoft and GE, to name a few.

Sen, Narendra

CEO, RackBank Datacenters Pvt. Ltd

Narendra Sen is the founder and CEO of RackBank Datacenters Pvt Ltd, which is solving the digital infrastructure challenges of the global tech-giants by building Asia’s biggest Hyperscale Data Center Platform in India, starting with Chennai, Mumbai, Pune, Bangalore, and Noida.

He is the brain behind India’s first Data Centre Park, a 100-acre project of Madhya Pradesh State Electronics Development Corporation (MPSEDC) of the Government of Madhya Pradesh.

Prominent Participations -

  • He was the youngest entrepreneur to have been nominated as a participant in a Business Delegation led by Honourable President of India Pranab Mukherjee in Sweden in June 2015.
  • He has been nominated for the "Young Digital Leader of the Year award” and was invited to be a panel speaker on a discussion on the topic "Asia’s Digital Charge – An Overview of Digital Deployment and Investment" at Datacloud Global Congress and Awards 2019 held on June 4-6 in Monaco.
  • He was also invited to be a panel speaker on a discussion on the topic Innovate, Grow and Make in India, held on June 2nd, 2015 in Stockholm, Co-hosted by India Unlimited. He spoke with a focus on the scope of the data center market in India which is reaching 2.03 billion this year.

Leadership style: Setting examples and walking the extra mile Motto in life: Help the government in making India Internet-equipped. Support startups through Data Center strategies. Enlighten young minds about cloud merits.

His vision: To make IT infrastructure and cloud affordable for everyone and creating the world’s first data center marketplace.

Favorite quote: “You can have data without information but you cannot have information without data” - Daniel Keys Moran.

Sharma, Ritu

Director - International Enterprise Services, Boeing India Pvt. Ltd.

Over 17 years of successful Corporate Real Estate, Building Operations & Property Asset Management, Facilities Management leadership in startup and territory expansion situations. Translate Management’s vision and customer insight into strategies which include conceptualization, solution design and execution while balancing needs across multiple businesses. Superb change agent and self-motivated professional with strong work ethics who believes in leading by example. 

Slumbers, Antony

Co-founder, PropAI

Antony Slumbers has been a software development and technology strategist in commercial real estate since 1995. Now he consults and works with real estate boards on Transformation, Technology, and Innovation. He is a regular international speaker on ‘Space As a Service’, AI and Innovation.

Antony ranked as No 7 in Duke Long’s Top 10 Most Influential Online Commercial Real Estate People 2018 and No 3 in Lendinvest's PropTech Power List 2017. He is a member of the Leadership Board of CRETech, mentor at MetaProp RE200 and No 1 ranked non-US commercial real estate blogger.

Antony is a well-known speaker in the real estate industry and he is a globally recognized expert on PropTech and #SpaceAsAService. Among his customers are real estate investors, developers, and trade bodies. Events include the Flex Office Conference (Austin), PERE Amsterdam (Private Equity Real Estate), HB Reavis and Rubenstein Partners (New York).

Thangadurai, Vignesh

Head of Real Estate – APJCI Region, Cisco Systems

Vignesh Thangadurai has a Full-time Master’s degree in Business Administration in Finance, possessing over 12 years of professional experience in Real Estate, both as occupier and service provider. His domain includes Corporate Real estate strategic plans, portfolio management, transaction management, asset valuation, and auditing.

He is currently Head of Real estate for Asia Pacific region in Cisco Systems, responsible for Real estate delivery and budgets.

His previous assignments were in Hewlett-Packard and Cushman and Wakefield.

Vignesh has been associated with CoreNet Global, India and Singapore Chapters, for over 4 years, and pursuing his MCR as well.

Varma, Ajit

Senior Real Estate Portfolio Manager, Microsoft India

Ajit is the Senior Real Estate Portfolio Manager for Microsoft India (R&D). He is based at their Hyderabad Campus, the largest outside the corporate campus in Redmond, WA, USA.

In his current role, Ajit is responsible for the long-term strategy as well as construction and refurbishment projects for the site. A strong operational professional, Ajit has a diverse work experience, starting with a stint with elite Indian Armed Forces where he was part of various active operations and subsequently charting a course in the corporate world. Prior to joining Microsoft, 8 years ago, he was also part of a corporate real estate team with Standard Chartered Bank Plc. where he was responsible for leading a regional site operations team. Ajit is a certified Green Belt Six Sigma professional and is currently pursuing an MCR through CoreNet.