Manisha Natrajan is Group editor, real estate & urban development, Network 18. News & Content - Investments, Cities, Sustainability.
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Raised in the city of Dubai, Navin Valrani went on to graduate with honors from the Wharton School of Business and then backed it up with a distinction in his MBA at London Business School. Navin today heads up the Al Shirawi Group’s foray into Education and Building Services, overseeing 9 companies, 3 Joint Ventures, over 5000 employees and a purpose built British Primary School by the name of The Arcadia Preparatory School. Navin also sits on the board of the Al Shirawi Group, a conglomerate that also has interests in Printing, Oil and Gas, Logistics, Electronics, Heavy Equipment and Manufacturing Industries.
Navin served as the Chairman of the Young Presidents Organization (YPO) Emirates Chapter during the 2014-15 year, having served over 5 years on the chapter board. In his spare time he enjoys giving back to his alma mater: serving on the Wharton Alumni Board from 1997 through to 2003; presently on the Wharton Executive Board for Europe, Middle East and Africa; serving as the Chairperson of the UAE Alumni Interviewing Committee for the University of Pennsylvania for the last 20 years; and presently a member of the International Alumni Council at London Business School and the Chair of the Governance and Nominations Committee on the Council.
In 2014, Navin furthered his commitment to the University of Pennsylvania and the London Business School by instituting the Monica and Navin Valrani scholarship fund at both institutions to support female students from India to attend both the schools.
Navin has been happily married for the last 20 years and has two wonderful sons who attend the American School of Dubai. His wife, Monica, runs the Ladybird chain of nursery schools in Dubai and has a passion for early years education.
Mr. Agnelorajesh is the CMD of St. Angelo’s VNCT Ventures. He is also the promoter, chairman and MD of St. Angelo's professional education. He has business interests in hospitality, construction, media, events and technology. A first generation entrepreneur, Mr. Agnelorajesh follows a philosophy of Learn, Earn and Return with a strong belief in social entrepreneurship and giving as the best form of living. Mr. Agnelorajesh is passionate about mentoring entrepreneurs and funds start-ups on the basis of their idea and potential of the entrepreneur. He speaks as a motivational and leadership speaker nationally and internationally at events, gatherings and various media.
His powerful initiative www.inspiringconversations.in provides a platform where successful entrepreneurs are interviewed about their experiences in climbing the ladder of growth faster. It is a give back to the entrepreneurial world and is being followed by thousands of entrepreneurs around the world.
Mr. Nagu Chidambaram, son of Tamil Nadu’s legendary personality V.N.ChidambaramChettiar, Ex Chairman of Madurai Meenakshi temple. He is the Founder and Managing Director of Sun Industries and Sun Investments. Following his father’s impressive footsteps, he won the National Award in 2003, as the “Best Entrepreneur of the Year”, from the then President, Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam. The VNCT Group is synonymous with trust and integrity, owing to its dedication, hard work and high standards of professional ethnics. He is also the Director - Finance and Project Management for all the real estate initiatives of the group.
Head of Capital Markets – MENA, JLL
Gaurav leads a team focused on real estate dispositions and acquisitions, sale and lease back and build to suit funding, development and structuring of real estate funding vehicles and advisory to family and institutional groups on their real estate portfolios. He has over 20 years of experience in the real estate and hospitality sector with extensive involvement in investments, fund raising, advisory and operations of mid and large scale real estate projects. Over the past five years, he has been involved in over US$ 2.0 billion of real estate capital transactions across the GCC across different assets classes and has advised leading regional and international investors on investments and divestments in the region. Prior to that, he had been involved in three pan-regional real estate funds where he was involved in conceptualizing, structuring and raising for over US$ 500 million of fund corpus. He holds a Masters from Cornell- Essec where he specialized in Real Estate Finance.
Siddhartha Ghosh is associated with the Real Estate Industry since 14 years. Currently working in the capacity of Head, International Investment with Anarock, he consults NRI’s based out of UAE to invest in Indian properties. He has also lead the UK operations for his company and shaped the real estate portfolios of NRI’s based out of UK when it came to investing in India via his expertise in providing high value-added investment solutions with minimum level of risks. He is a proactive planner with dexterity in identifying & adopting emerging trends in the capital market to achieve organizational objectives and profitability norms through strategic positioning. A Thorough leader with proven skills in managing teams to work in sync with the corporate set parameters & motivating them for achieving business and individual goals. His extensive knowledge about prevalent economic/financial reforms in financial market and evolving global best practices with excellent communication, relationship management and analytical skills is commendable.
Has more than 16 years of experience across different fields within the Real Estate Industry. Virendra has managed diverse portfolio of Residential, Retail and commercial real estate across different geographies in India. In year 2016, he joined the board of Asset India Group and is currently responsible for Business Operations in Europe and Asia. Before joining Asset India , Virendra was working for the McDonalds’s real estate department in Mumbai, India, during his association of 9 long years with Brand McDonalds, he was instrumental in Real estate Planning, Property Acquisitions and Investments for opening over 50 restaurants in the state of Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh and Maharashtra in India. Before this, Virendra was head of operations for Western region at Propmart Technologies Ltd wherein he initiated and started Retail and Commercial transaction services, which created a new revenue stream for the company. • He is a qualified Marine Engineer from The Marine Engineering and Research Institute ( MERI), IMU, Kolkotta , which is one of the most prestigious institute in India for Marine Engineering. Later on Virendra completed his Post Graduate qualification in Operation & Supply Chain from Welingkars Institute of Management, Mumbai . • Virendra is great believer in giving back to the society. Thus, he actively volunteers for Environment conservation NGOs and takes pride in teaching Underprivileged kids various subjects. In his free time, he enjoys being a wildlife photographer and strumming Guitar. Moreover he is an amateur Ornithologist.
Yudhist Narain Singh
Mr. Yudhist Narain Singh is a senior lawyer in the real estate practise of Kochhar and Co. based out of New Delhi. Mr. Singh regularly advises a wide array of clients ranging from multi-national & domestic companies, developers, quasi-government bodies and individual’s on various transactions and legal issues relating to real estate pan India. Some of the clients advised by him include the Airbus Group, Deutsche Bank, Tata Housing, Walmart (India), Harley Davidson, SalesForce amongst others. Mr. Singh regularly authors articles in leading publications on various on-going real estate issues and has been an ardent supporter of The Real Estate (Regulation and Development) Act, 2016 (RERA) right from its inception as a draft bill and thereafter as a legislation. He has regularly interfaced with the Ministry of Housing and Urban Poverty Alleviation and other State government departments on helping develop and implement this unprecedented legislation. he has authored several articles on the dilution of RERA rules by the States and other implementation issues. Mr. Singh advises developers, real estate agents and associations of allottees on RERA related registrations, compliance's and filing of complaints.