Sameer is a Director with KPMG in its Infrastructure, Government & Health Practice and has
over 16 years international experience in government advisory, large program delivery for global
customers in Government, Telecom, Finance sectors. In his current role, Sameer focuses on
urban governance in India and has been involved in National Missions including Smart Cities,
Swachh Bharat, AMRUT, Make in India, Digital India, etc.
He has been advising the central government since 2014 on Smart Cities and has been working
very closely with some of the key Smart Cities including, Vizag, New Delhi, Indore in the areas
of Technology selection, ICT Master planning, financial models, etc.
He also has entrepreneurial experience having been one of the Founding member of a new-age
management consulting start-up, dealing with building up new service lines, IT & business
models, and advising CxO level clients.
Prior to KPMG, Sameer has performed leadership roles in Ericsson and TCS and has spent over 8 years in US and China. He is a 2013 recipient of “Next 100 CIO” Award, recognizing India’s Top 100 professionals with potential to take on CIO role in near future. He has also been Awarded IIM Ahmedabad Dean’s List
Director & CEO
Deepak Garg has a rich experience of 25 years in manufacturing and construction equipment
sector. Under his leadership, SANY India is being evolved into an export hub, catering to Middle
East, Africa and South East Asia.
In April 2016, SANY signed a contract with Jawaharlal Nehru Port Trust (JNPT) for design,
manufacture and supply of 15 ERTG cranes. In 2016-17, SANY has been No. 1 in truck-
mounted cranes, No.1 in piling rigs, No. 2 in crawler cranes, and No.2 in reach stackers. In 2017-
18, the company has introduced a range of new equipment to the Indian market. These include
SPC250, Concrete Pumps and Compactor and Excavators SY500LC-9H and SY120. The
company is also actively involved in operator training initiatives in association with IESC and
Crane Owners' Association.
Dr. A. Sivathanu Pillai
Born on 15 July 1947, Dr. Pillai graduated in Electrical Engineering from Madras University,
underwent Management Programme at Harvard Business School, and obtained PhD from Pune
University and D.Sc from Tumkur University. Dr. Pillai’s four decades of experience in ISRO
and DRDO under the great visionary leaders Dr. Vikram Sarabhai, Prof. Satish Dhawan and Dr.
APJ Abdul Kalam made him a Technology Leader in the field of launch vehicles and guided
missiles. His contributions to the successful development of SLV-3 as a core team member and
evolution of PSLV configuration for ISRO have been remarkable. Fmr. Chief Controller DRDO
(Special Secretary to Govt. of India) and until recently, Distinguished Prof. at ISRO, he is
currently the DRDO Dr. D S Kothari Chair (Research and Innovation), IIT – Madras.
Dr. Pillai’s skills in networking multiple institutions for the development of critical missile
technologies overcoming denial regimes enabled realization of Agni, Prithvi, Nag and Akash
missiles under the IGMDP as its Programme Director.
BrahMos Aerospace is a unique Joint Venture, first of its kind between India and Russia to
design, develop, produce and market the most advanced supersonic cruise missile. His
outstanding leadership qualities made India proud to possess the fastest, highly precise and the
most potent missile BRAHMOS which is now inducted in the Indian Armed Forces. BRAHMOS
is a world leader in the family of Cruise Missiles surpassing those in the developed countries. As
the founder CEO&MD of the Joint Venture, Dr. Pillai is regarded as the “Father of
BrahMos” which has become a role model for establishing joint ventures between the countries.
Is globally regarded as a project and program management guru, and has authored books like &
The Success Mantra of BrahMos & and Revolution in Leadership.
Dr Ritesh Tiwari
Director Highways & Structures
Dr. Ritesh Chandrashekhar Tiwari has over 20 years of experience in Metro, Rail & Road Sector,
Smart City, Master Planning, and Multi-modal Transit Hub for Engineering, BRT, PRT, Mono
Rail, LRT, Ropeways and Consultancy domains. He has held senior positions in leading global
companies of repute. Dr. Tiwari is a Doctor of Philosophy in Structural Engineering, M.TECH.
IN STRUCTURAL Engineering, M. Tech in Geotechnical & Geo-environmental Engineering,
BE Civil and MBA. Currently he is the Director – Rail, Roads & Structures at Egis India and is
considered one of the best minds in the business with a futuristic vision for the sector on the
Mr. Matsumoto joined the Overseas Economic Cooperation Fund (OECF) in 1990. In 1996, he was appointed as Representative at Bangkok office and in 2008, as Deputy Chief Representative at Malaysia office. He worked primarily on Japanese ODA loans to Mekong region countries and South Asia. In June 2018, he was appointed as a chief representative in JICA India. He was responsible for several of the largest Japanese ODA projects, such as the Greater Mekong Subregion: East-West Corridor Project and railway projects, such as the Bangkok Metro and the Bosphorus Rail Tube Crossing Project in Turkey. In India, Delhi Mumbai Industrial Corridor and Chennai Bengaluru Industrial Corridor as well as ODA projects are under his responsibility. He graduated in 1990 with B.A. in Law from Hitotsubashi University and in 1995 with an M.A. in International Affairs from Columbia
Dr. Pradeep N
Industry Manager - Utilities, Transport and Mining
Esri India Technologies Limited
Mr. Sandeep Singh is the Managing Director of Tata Hitachi Construction Machinery Company
Private Limited (Tata Hitachi), a leader in the Indian Construction Equipment Industry. He joined Tata
Hitachi in August 2015 where he aims to guide the company through the next phase of growth.
Mr. Singh has over 32 years of experience in sales, marketing, customer support and general
management roles across automotive, tractor and construction equipment industries.
He has spent 22 years at Toyota where his last position in India was as Dy. MD & Chief Operating Officer in 2014. Prior to joining Tata Hitachi, he was based at Bangkok, Thailand where he was responsible for strategy planning operations of Toyota Motor Asia Pacific
Mr. Singh began his career with the Mahindra group where he worked in the Tractor and Automotive industry. He also had a 5 year stint in the Construction Equipment industry with JCB India, where he was the Executive Vice President, Sales & Marketing.
Mr. Singh is an engineering graduate from National Institute of Technology, Surat.
Director - Global Infrastructure Ratings
India Ratings & Research
Mr. Siva Subramanian is currently working with India Ratings and Research (Fitch Group) as
Director – Global Infrastructure Ratings. Mr. Subramanian possess close to twelve years of
extensive experience in project feasibility analysis, project cost assessment, means of project
finance and proposal drafting. Expertise and background in preparation of detailed project
reports, presentations on projects, initiatives and financial models.
Mr. Subramanian’s experience includes assessment of regulatory and policy environment ,
evaluating financial health of infrastructure project vehicles in the area of ports, airports and
roads. Mr. Subramanian was involved in various credit rating processes of state government
entities, urban local bodies, and educational institutes as well.
B K Arora
Afcons Infrastructure Ltd
More than 37 years of Experience in Construction and related activities of Infrastructure Projects within the country and outside. Having experience of executing specialized heavy foundations like Large
Dia Piles, Diaphragm wall and Well foundation Marine Construction of jetty and Wharf with Custom made Gentry and Barges.
Segmental Construction with Launching truss. Executed Bridges, Flyover,Road, Metro Elevated structure, Underground station, Underground cut and cover tunnel for Service Corridors as Project Manager/
Co-ordinator. Commenced Company’s International operations and developed business at Middle East. Extensively travelled African Countries tosource Business in African Countries. Keen interest in Contract related matters.
Executive Director, Infrastructure Research
CLSA is Asia’s leading capital markets and investment group, connecting global investors to
insights, liquidity and capital to drive their investment strategies. Award-winning research, an
extensive Asia footprint, direct links to China and highly experienced finance professionals
differentiate our innovative products and services in asset management, alternative investment,
corporate finance, capital markets, securities and wealth management. As the international
platform of CITIC Securities, China’s largest investment bank, CLSA is uniquely positioned to
facilitate cross border capital flows and bridge China to the world and the world to China.
Chief Executive Officer
L&T Infrastructure Development Projects Ltd.
Mr. Pathak has over 3 decades of experience shared evenly between the private sector and
Government of India's IAS (Indian Administrative Service). He started his career in 1986 with a 4 year investment banking stint at ICICI and HSBC before joining the IAS. He rejoined the private sector in
2006, in IDFC. He returned to the ICICI group as Senior Director (Investments), ICICI Venture,
investing private equity in infrastructure. He joined Larsen & Toubro in 2017.
He has 360 degree experience in infrastructure finance and execution, having worked in private
equity investing and fundraising, both national and global, project finance, project structuring,
preparation and appraisal, and investment banking. His government roles included Secretary, Public
Works Department, MD of the State Infrastructure Development Corporation and MD of the State
Industrial Development Corporation. He has also raised large funds from multilateral and bilateral
Organizations like Asian Development Bank, World Bank, European Commission and the United
R. K. Pandey
Member – Projects
Graduation from Govt. Engineering College, Jabalpur (MP)
Post Graduation from Maulana Azad College of Technology, Bhopal (MP)
Joined Ministry of Road Transport & Highways as AEE in 1986 and rose to the rank of Chief
Presently working in National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) as Member(Projects).
Member of the various Committees of Indian Roads
Vice President, IABSE
Managing Director & CEO
Ramesh Palagiri, is a Graduate in Mechanical engineering with over 25 years experience in the field of Construction & Mining machinery industry. He started his career in Chennai at Greaves Cotton & Co ltd as Sales engineer trainee and later moved to Mumbai, the HO of Greaves where he was the all India Head, Construction &Mining Department. He was one of the Co-promoters of Schwing Stetter India, a start up and during his stint of 8 years the company had achieved prenominal average growth rates of 50 %. He was the Chief Operating Officer at Schwing Stetter India He is currently the Managing Director & CEO of Wirtgen India Pvt Ltd, a 100 % subsidiary of the German based Wirtgen Group, World leaders in manufacturing of machines for Road building & Road rehabilitation, both of Flexible (Bituminous) and Concrete roads as well as Mineral Technologies. Wirtgen Group has their fourth production facility outside Germany at Bhandgaon, near Pune in India, where Hamm Compactor, Kleemann Screens, & Vogele Asphalt Pavers are being built.
Vijay has over 16 years of experience in Infra, Pharma, Healthcare and IT sector. Previously, he was worked with KPMG in M&A.
Vijay is B.Com, FCA and completed Sr. Management Programme from IIM Calcutta.
CEO & Managing Director
Mr. Sandeep Garg has been associated with the Welspun Group since July 2012. Mr. Garg is currently the Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of Welspun Enterprises Limited. He also serves as Managing Director of Adani Welspun Exploration Limited.
He is a Bachelor of Technology from IIT Roorkee and an alumni of Harvard Business School. He has over 37 years of experience, majorly in the core sectors wherein he has been at the helm of affairs in organisations such as Punj Lloyd Limited and IL&FS.
In his current role with Welspun, he alongwith his team has made possible the turnaround of the company. Some of the acknowledgements and laurels that come along in this journey include twice in row Best Company of the group award, Most Contributing Team of the group award and an appreciation by Shri Nitin Ghadkari, Honourable Minister for Road Transport & Highways, Shipping and Water Resources, River Development & Ganga Rejuvenation in (Government of India), for developing the first 14 Lane Expressway of the Country under the aggies of NHAI in a record time. Today, Welspun Enterprises Limited is one of the most respected emerging players in the country for the Roads and Highways sector, focused on the Hybrid Annuity Model.
Manoj Kumar IAS
Delhi Transport Corporation
Head-Strategy & Planning
Rohan Suryavanshi joined DBL in 2007. He holds a BA (Hons) in Commerce from the
University of Pune and an MBA (Finance and Management) from The Wharton School,
University of Pennsylvania. At DBL he is responsible for business strategy, financial planning,
business process streamlining, and investor management.
Manish is Partner and Leader for Transport and Logistics Sector in PwC’s Advisory services
vertical. He has over 23 years of experience across the various segments of transport and
logistics with both services providers and infrastructure developers.
Manish’s initial years were spent in the industry developing airports, ports, railway projects,
SEZs and cargo terminals, while during the last 15 years he has been providing consulting
services to both government and private sector clients on policy and regulatory matters, project
structuring, bid advisory services, due diligence, transaction advisory services and business
planning. Besides India, he has undertaken consulting assignments in various other countries
including South Africa, Indonesia, Kuwait, UAE etc.
He holds a Bachelors degree in Mechanical Engineering and a Master’s in Business
Administration with specialization in Finance. He is a speaker in various industry forums and has
published numerous articles on business issues in Transport & Logistics and private participation
in transport infrastructure.
He manages day-to-day operations of the ENR editorial team to ensure brand quality and further
best practices. Also develop workflows and support the editor-in-chief on policy and budgeting.
He spearheads ENR's various competitions, including Best Projects and the Award of
Excellence, and organize editorial content at events including the Global Construction Summit.
Published by BNP Media, ENR's predecessor magazines date back more than 143 years.
Specialties: He has worked in media and publishing for over 25 years, including radio, film,
television, digital media, music composition, newspapers and periodicals. Also gained valuable
industry experience from multiple perspectives: as an editor, producer, public speaker,
advertising sales executive, music director, general manager, freelance writer and circulation
Chief Executive Officer
Essel Infra and Smart Utilities.
A visionary industry veteran with more than three decades of experience across Government & Private Sector. Mr Rohit Modi is the CEO at Essel Infra and Smart Utilities. He is credited with spearheading businesses in both the private and public sector in transportation, construction and engineering fields. As the CEO of Essel Infra and Smart Utilities, Mr Modi plays a key role in driving the growth of the company in India across its core verticals- Transport, Power Transmission and Distribution, Urban Infrastructure, Environment, Renewable Energy and Integrated Utilities (Power, Water & City Gas Distribution, Solid Waste Management).
Mr Modi has been instrumental in adding value to the company and its stakeholders through his sharp business acumen and ability to convert challenges into opportunities. With a focus on driving business growth in India, he has succeeded in exploring key emerging markets in the country.
During his 14 years as an IAS Officer, he worked in various Departments/Districts in the State of Manipur, as also in Government of India. While in the Department of Economic Affairs, Ministry of Finance, Rohit was the Nodal Officer for IMF & IFC. He handled World Bank & ADB projects across Infrastructure, Industry & Finance, Coal (Including Co-financing by JEXIM), Urban Development, Textiles & Fertilizer.
For the last 19 years in the Private Sector, Rohit has been working with Infrastructure, Renewable & EPC Companies, handling Operations - both within India & Abroad.
President ( Marketing )
Being one of the youngest CA in the country at the time, Mr Sailesh Mohta had to wait 6 months to get his CA Membership. That did not stop him from scaling to the heights he has reached today. With over 30 years of experience in the cement industry, his experience is not only immensely valuable but also insightful. Not only does he come with a strong academic background, extensive management experience but he also strongly believes in team work.
Prior to this, Mr. Mohta was the Head of Marketing of a leading cement brand, and had a fruitful stint. He's persistent, believes in bringing out the best in others and is extremely sharp and focused.