Featuring Realty Stars and Celebrities – Truly a Dazzling Night
The 11th Realty+ Conclave & Excellence Awards – West Zone was held on August 16th in Mumbai’s Hotel Taj Lands End. The occasion was graced by eminent personalities from the real estate sector, architecture, finance and marketing.
The day began with the high voltage Realty+ Conclave. The energetic speeches by Dr. Annurag Batra, Chairman & Editor-In-Chief, Business World & exchange4media Group, the showstopper Amit Wadhwani, Co-Founder, Sai Estate Consultants Chembur Pvt. Ltd. and ever dynamic Ramesh Nair, CEO & Country Head, JLL India set the tone of the day.
The first panel discussion of the day titled Moving up the Ladder: Filling the Funding Vacuum in Real Estate was moderated by Jayesh Kariya, Partner, BSR &Associates. The panellist for the session were Amit Goenka, Managing Director & CEO, Nisus Finance, Gopal Sarda, Group CEO, Kolte Patil Developers Ltd. (KPDL), Ashwin Mehta, Managing Director, Pankti Group, Chetan Shah, Executive Director, Kotak Realty Fund | Kotak Investment Advisors Ltd., Kaushik Desai, Executive Director, Walton Street India Real Estate Advisors, Deo Shankar Tripathi, MD & CEO, Aadhar Housing Finance Ltd. and Sharad Mittal, Executive Director | CEO, Motilal Oswal Real Estate Investment Advisors II Pvt. Ltd. The panel highlighted the need of the hour in real estate- the funding crisis.
The second panel of the day focused on Making Time for What Matters: Voice of Architecture in Public Discourse and the moderator: Ar. Divya Kush, President, Indian Institute of Architects & Member, Council of Union of International Architects. The discussion highlighted the importance of sound architecture and design in urban planning and the panellist were Ar. Prem Nath, Founder & Principal Architect, Prem Nath and Associates, Ar. Anubhav Gupta, Business Head, Godrej Group’s Land Holdings (Vikhroli), Chief Design Officer & Head – Sustainability & CSR, Godrej Properties Limited (GPL), Uma Adusumilli, Chief-Planning Division, Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority (MMRDA) and Shweta Shalini, Advisor – Maharashtra CM & Govt. Policy Expert & ED Maharashtra Village Social Transformation Foundation.
The third panel point of discussion revolved around sustainability and efficiencies. Titled Agility in Chaos: Keeping Pace with the Sustainability Demands the session was moderated by Gurmit Singh Arora, Vice Chairman – CII, IGBC & National President – Indian Plumbing Association with speakers being Ar. Lalita Tharani, Co-Founder & Principal Architect, Collaborative Architecture, K. Mukund Raj, CEO, Raymond Realty, Amar Tendulkar, Chief of Design and Sustainability, Mahindra Lifespaces Developers Ltd., Vihan Jain, Managing Director, Vihan Electricals.
The fourth panel of the day Feed Success – Starve Failure: Has Budget Brought Cheer to the Real Estate was based on the just announced budget and its impact on the real estate sector. The session was moderated by Pankaj Kapoor, Founder & MD, Liases Foras and the panellists were Anshul Singhal, Founder & CEO, One Industrial Spaces, Chetan Shah, Vice Chairman, Marathon Realty, Sanjay Dutt, Managing Director & CEO, Tata Realty and Infrastructure Ltd. and Ambar Masheshwari, CEO – Private Equity Funds, Indiabulls Asset Management Company Limited.
The fifth and the final plenary session of the day highlighted the critical aspect of Social media in business. The discussion, Managing Online Reputation: Perils of Social Media & Trolling was moderated by Sonia Kulkarni, Managing Partner, Hunk Golden & Media and Founder #SheDares and the speakers were Sachin Bhandari, CEO, VTP Realty, Rani Wilfred, Co-Founder, Rewa Realty & Principal Co-Founder Company, Delphi Luxury Realty, Vikram Kotnis, MD, Sell.Do & MD Amura Marketing Technologies, J S Augustine, Real estate Industry Expert & Though Leader, CJ Mathews, Associate Vice President – Marketing, Rajesh Lifespaces and Nisha Jamvwal, Author, Interior Architect, Luxury Brand Consultant, Lifestyle Columnist.
Realty Plus also felicitated the esteemed members of the industry with the “Scroll of Honour” for the contribution and decades of dedication in their fields. The recipients were:
- Abha narain Lambah, Principal Architect, Abha Narain Lambah Associates
- Chetan Shah, Vice-Chairman, Marathon Group
- Divya Kush, President, Indian Institute of Architects & Member, Council of Union of International Architects
- Jayesh Shah, Director, Damji Shamji Shah Group
- Khushru Jijina, Managing Director, Piramal, Capital & Housing Finance Ltd.
- Kishore D Pradhan, Founder & Principal, Architect, Kishore D. Pradhan: Architecture + Landscape
- Vikas Dilawari, Founder, Vikas Dilawari Conservation Architects
- Vinay Sah, Former Managing Director & CEO, LIC Housing Finance Ltd.
As the night carried on the audience present at the Realty+ Excellence Awards was witness to the thought provoking speeches by the esteemed Dr. Niranjan Hiranandani, President NAREDCO & Managing Director, Hiranandani Group and Jaxay Shah, Chairman – CREDAI India & Managing Director – Savvy Infrastructure Pvt. Ltd, inspiring the sector to carry on the good work.