Speakers

Suresh Prabhakar Prabhu

Minister of Commerce & Industry and Civil Aviation

Govt of India

Suresh Prabhakar Prabhu is an Indian politician and currently serving as the Minister of Commerce & Industry and Civil Aviation. He is a Chartered Accountant by profession and a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India(ICAI). He currently represents Andhra Pradesh in the Rajya Sabha. He is also a part of the Hon. Board of Advisors of IIMUN.

He has constantly featured in the list of top five ministers in India from 2014 to 2017 in terms of both performance and accessibility in nation-wide surveys conducted by various institutions.

Graham Robinson

Executive Director

Global Construction Perspectives

Graham Robinson is an Executive Director of Global Construction Perspectives – a leading think-tank for the global construction and engineering industry – and is the co- author of Global Construction 2030, a forecast for global infrastructure and construction, sponsored by the world’s largest construction companies.

Liz King

Director – Middle East and South Asia

Mott MacDonald

A chartered civil engineer and Managing Director of Mott MacDonald’s Indian business for nearly 4 years until earlier this year, Liz King says her 35-year career has been driven by the desire to learn and be challenged.
Mott MacDonald has a 50-year heritage in India and, with offices in six major cities, continues to enjoy growth in the Indian domestic market, where a large part of our business is advisory and design for the manufacturing industry. We have also been successful in leveraging our international capability in the ambitious infrastructure plans for India, be it smart cities, industrial corridors, or rail.
We believe in opening opportunities with connected thinking. Getting our staff connected though global informal networks is a key driver. Now based in Dubai, Liz is motivating more than 3,500 staff across the Middle East and South Asia region to be active in business-critical networks. This includes;

  • our global practice networks which drive technical excellence,
  • our global early career professional network which encourages early career professionals to contribute to the future direction of the company, and
  • our change agent network to accelerate adoption of business change.
This approach is underwritten by the fact that Mott MacDonald is employee owned. Liz also chairs the company’s Shareholders’ Committee, which comprises senior employees along with two independents. On behalf of the employee shareholders, the Committee is responsible for oversight of the Executive Board’s performance.

Katsuo Matsumoto

Chief Representative

JICA India

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

Subodh Dixit

President (Construction)

Shapoorji Pallonji Group

Mr. Subodh Chandra Dixit is the Executive Director - Engineering & Construction of SPCPL (Shapoorji Pallonji And Company Private Limited.) Mr. Dixit graduated from B.I.T.S. Pilani (B.Tech Civil) and has done his M. Tech from I.I.T. Mumbai. He has broad and diversified experience of over 31 years in the Construction industry.

Mr. Dixit began his career as a Consultant at Tata Consulting Engineers Ltd (TCEL).He joined SPCPL in 1996 as Senior Project Manager and was elevated to the position of Executive Director in 2014. In between, he has held several senior positions including Regional Head (South), Executive Vice President, Director-Operations and President (Construction Group). Mr. Dixit heads SPCPL’s Engineering & Construction Indian Construction Business and oversees day to day management of the organization, including business development and strategic planning.

Under Mr. Dixit’s Leadership, the Company has witnessed more than 20% growth year on year, for past many years. The Group business encompasses all product type projects from Commercial, Institutional, Residential, Airports to Healthcare and Sports arena and a large percentage (about 80%) of portfolio of the business is under EPC & GC model.

The Company has taken many initiatives to integrate technology viz. 3-D BIM Modelling, in-house developed mobility solutions to field, system to track labour attendance and productivity as well as robotics for construction. SPCPL is pioneer in bringing top down construction methodology to India.

Presently, Mr. Dixit is a Director on the Board of SPCPL and also Board Member of other SP group companies.

Sandeep Singh

Managing Director

Tata Hitachi India

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.

Rohit Modi

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.

Sanjay Bhatia

Chairman

Mumbai Port Trust

Shri Sanjay Bhatia assumed charge as Chairman, Mumbai Port Trust with effect from 13th April 2016.
He is a Mechanical Engineer and an MBA from Southern Cross University, Australia. He is a Maharashtra Cadre IAS Officer in the rank of Secretary, GoI. He is a preceptor of Heartfulness (Sahaj Marg) Meditation and has been practicing meditation for last seventeen years.
He has 33 years' experience in serving at various senior levels in Government of India and Government of Maharashtra. He has held a number of important portfolios like Vice Chairman & Managing Director, CIDCO (Development of New towns, Airport, METRO), Commissioner, Sales Tax, Chairman, Maharashtra State Electricity Board, etc.
He has brought transparency reforms in management and HR development in all these organisations with the help of meditation techniques. He has been awarded a number of awards like 'Ananya' Award for Fighting against corruption, E-Governance Awards, Rajiv Gandhi Gatiman Prashashan and Maha Shilpkar Award.

Dr Anup Wadhawan

Special Secretary

Ministry of Commerce

Dr. Anoop Kumar Mittal joined NBCC on March 1, 1985 and subsequently succeeded as the
Chairman-cum-Managing Director (CMD) on April 1, 2013. Before taking over the charge of
Chairman-cum-Managing Director, Dr. Mittal was Director (Projects) since December 5, 2011.
Dr. Mittal holds a Bachelor's degree in Civil Engineering from Thapar Institute of Engineering &
Technology, now a Deemed University. He has been conferred "Doctor of Philosophy"(Honoris
Causa) by the Chancellor, Singhania University, Rajasthan, by virtue of his attaining eminence in
the field of Civil & Construction Engineering. Doctorate was bestowed upon him in the Annual
Convocation held in November, 2013. His knowledge and expertise in the field is manifested by
many landmark projects he has undertaken and successfully executed. As CMD, Dr. Mittal
oversees policy and strategic decision making of NBCC.

Elias George

Chairman, India Infrastructure, Government and Healthcare.

KPMG

Mr. George joins KPMG after a distinguished career in public service as a member of the Indian Administrative Service. Over his 32 years in the IAS, he served with distinction in senior leadership positions in urban development, transportation, shipping, energy, water resources, urban transit, industry and labour.

Most recently he concurrently managed three significant projects - Kochi Metro Rail Limited, Kochi Metropolitan Transport Authority and the Cochin Smart Mission Limited – of a combined size of INR110 billion. His other responsibilities included serving as Government Director on the Board of Cochin Shipyard Limited.

Mr. George holds a Post Graduate Diploma in Public Administration with specialisation in International Economic Relations from the International Institute of Public Administration (IIPA), Paris. He also holds a Bachelor’s Degree of Technology in Naval Architecture and Ship Building from the University of Kochi.

Sunil Takyar

Managing Director

Bechtel India

Sunil Takyar in his current role oversees Bechtel India Private Limited, responsible for execution of all overseas Projects for our three Global Business Units namely Infrastructure, Oil, Gas & Chemicals and Mining & Metals, as well as Bechtel Engineering and Construction India Limited to execute work within India.

Sunil Takyar has a Bachelor’s degree in an Electrical Engineering (Hons.) from Regional Engineering College, Kurukshetra (now National Institute of Technology) and has served the Industry for over 36 years, primarily in the field of Project Execution.

In his spare time, Sunil enjoys playing Golf and participating in TSD car rallies.

R. K. Pandey

Member – Projects

NHAI

Qualifications:
Graduation from Govt. Engineering College, Jabalpur (MP)
Post Graduation from Maulana Azad College of Technology, Bhopal (MP)

Work Experience:
Joined Ministry of Road Transport & Highways as AEE in 1986 and rose to the rank of Chief
Engineer.
Presently working in National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) as Member(Projects).

Additional Experience:
Member of the various Committees of Indian Roads
Vice President, IABSE

Vinayak Pai

President Energy, Chemicals and Resources

Jacobs

Vinayak Pai is the President of Jacobs’ Energy, Chemicals and Resources business. Since joining the company in 2013, he has served as Interim Head of the Global Petroleum & Chemicals (P&C) business, Senior Vice President - Global Operations, Senior Vice President and General Manager for P&C in India and Asia and Managing Director of the Heavy Process business in India. Vinayak is a past board member of the Process Plant and Machinery Association of India and the Chemtech Foundation Advisory Board. He earned an engineering degree from the College of Engineering in Pune, India; a Master’s degree in management and business administration from the Symbiosis Institute of Management Studies; and holds an executive MBA from the Indian Institute of Technology in Mumbai.

Ajay Mathur

Director General

TERI

Ajay Mathur is Director General of TERI - The Energy & Resources Institute, and a member of the Prime Minister's Council on Climate Change. He was Director General of the Bureau of Energy Efficiency in the Government of India from 2006 till February, 2016, and responsible for bringing energy efficiency into our homes, offices, and factories, through initiatives such as the star labelling programme for appliances, the Energy Conservation Building Code, and the Perform, Achieve and Trade programme for energy-intensive industries.

Dr. Mathur was earlier with TERI from 1986 to 2000, and then headed the Climate Change Team of World Bank in Washington DC. He was President of Suzlon Energy Limited, also headed the interim Secretariat of the Green Climate Fund.

He has been a key Indian climate-change negotiator, and was also the Indian spokesperson at the 2015 climate negotiations at Paris. He is a global leader on technological approaches to address climate change; recently, he joined the global group of industrial, financial and think-tank leaders to co-chair an Energy Transitions Commission which will suggest ways for companies and countries to move towards climate-friendly energy futures.

Vijay Agarwal

Director

Equirus Capital

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. 

Dip Kishore Sen

Whole Time Director and Senior Executive Vice President (Infrastructure)

Larsen & Toubro

Mr. Dip Kishore Sen is Whole Time Director and Senior Executive Vice President (Infrastructure), Larsen & Toubro. He holds additional responsibilities as Chairman on the boards of L&T Infrastructure Engineering Company and L&T Oman LLC and is also a member on the board of L&T Qatar LLC.

Mr. Sen started his tenure at L&T in 1989 as Sr. Manager (Civil & Structural Design) in EDRC Kolkata and has subsequently headed various portfolios like Head (Civil & Structural Design) EDRC Kolkata, Project Manager - Safal F&V Market Project, Bangalore, SPM (B&F) Kolkata Region, Regional Manager – Mumbai, Project Director Mumbai International Airport & Head - Transportation Infrastructure. His uniqueness is in his versatility of having worked across domains like Design & Engineering, Business Development, Tendering and hardcore construction.

Mr. Sen took over as Senior Vice President and Head - Transport Infrastructure in 2011 to spearhead the organization’s efforts in the realms of roads, highways, elevated corridors and railways. Under his leadership, the business completed several projects including India’s longest road project, the Bewar Pali Pindwara Road project and a host of other significant road projects both in India and the Gulf. L&T Transport Infrastructure has established its dominance in the domestic roads sector by securing major projects like the Delhi Agra, Unnao Lucknow Expressway, etc.

Under his leadership, several major breakthroughs were achieved in the Railways sector by securing the CTP 1 & 2 & EMP 4 packages of the Dedicated Freight Corridor.

Manoj Kumar IAS

Managing Director

Delhi Transport Corporation

S.K. Nirmal

Secretary General

Indian Roads Congress

Ramesh Palagiri

Managing Director & CEO

Wirtgen India

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.

Anoop Kumar Mittal

Chairman & Managing Director

NBCC

Dr. Anoop Kumar Mittal joined NBCC on March 1, 1985 and subsequently succeeded as the Chairman-cum-Managing Director (CMD) on April 1, 2013. Before taking over the charge of Chairman-cum-Managing Director, Dr. Mittal was Director (Projects) since December 5, 2011. Dr. Mittal holds a Bachelor's degree in Civil Engineering from Thapar Institute of Engineering & Technology, now a Deemed University. He has been conferred "Doctor of Philosophy"(Honoris Causa) by the Chancellor, Singhania University, Rajasthan, by virtue of his attaining eminence in the field of Civil & Construction Engineering. Doctorate was bestowed upon him in the Annual Convocation held in November, 2013. His knowledge and expertise in the field is manifested by many landmark projects he has undertaken and successfully executed. As CMD, Dr. Mittal oversees policy and strategic decision making of NBCC.

Bharat Parekh

Executive Director, Infrastructure Research

CLSA

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.

B K Arora

General Manager

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-ordinatorCommenced 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.

Shailesh Pathak

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
Nations group.

Dr PR Swarup

Director General

Construction Industry Development Council

Dr. Swarup joined Construction Industry Development Council, in the year 1996 as the first Director and rose to the position of Director General. As the first CEO of CIDC, Dr. Swarup has been responsible for conceptualizing & implementing several good practices in Construction industry. Construction Equipment Bank, Grading of Construction Entities, HRD in Construction Industry are some of his major contributions.

Dr. Swarup acquired his Ph.D degree from Rajiv Gandhi Technical University, Bhopal on evolving a workable model for assessing the business risks in Construction operations. He has also been decorated with a D. Sc ( Honoris Cause ) by Assam Central University for his sterling constructions to develop Scientific & Technological applications.

Dr. Swarup has served as the Member Secretary of the working Group on Construction & as a member of working groups on Hydro Power, Surface Transport & housing, for development of 10th & 11th National Plans. He also serves as a member of UNCITRAL working group. He is responsible for establishshing several Institutions to bring about the improvements in the functioning of Construction Industry.

Sandeep Garg

CEO & Managing Director

Welspun Projects

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.

Manish Sharma

Partner

Price water house Coppers

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.

Jahid Vijapura

Managing Director,

GHV

Mr. Jahid Vijapura – Managing Director of the company. He is providing overall vision and
strategy to the company. He has hands on experience of more then 25 years in the construction
and Infrastructure industry to his credit. He is responsible for developing new business,
executing road construction, Airport runway projects, etc.

Santosh Rai

Head- Transportation

Hindustan Construction Company

Mr. Rai has over 16 years of experience in the construction sector, with a core focus in the areas
of business development, construction management, planning and execution of infrastructure
projects. He began his career in 2001 as a Site Engineer for the Delhi Metro Rail Project. From
2002 to 2005, he was responsible for the planning and construction of a large elevated road
corridor in New Delhi. He joined HCC in April 2005 as Planning Engineer at the iconic Bandra
Worli Sea Link project. He was responsible for the planning and construction of the cable stayed
bridges of the Sea Link. This was the first cable stay bridges constructed in open seas in India.
He was awarded with a ‘Certificate of Appreciation’ by the Government of Maharashtra for his
extraordinary contribution in construction of this engineering marvel.On successful completion
of Bandra Worli Sea Link in 2010, Mr. Rai was transferred to head office with responsibility of
business and strategy development for HCC’s E&C business.

In 2012, he was transferred to Business Development department. He was given the independent
charge of business development for the transport segment of HCC and became the Head –
Transport Sales. Under this current role, HCC has bagged many prestigious orders in its transport
business including Ramban Banihal Highway, Highways and Railway tunnels in North East and
Kashmir such Tunnel T48, T49 of USBRL Project, Imphal to Tamenglong Highway,
Numaligarh to Jorhat Highway etc , and key contracts in the Delhi Metro Project.
For his outstanding performance, Mr. Rai was honoured with Excellence Awards in consecutive
Financial years 2012 -13, 2013-14, 2014-15.

Rohan Suryavanshi

Head-Strategy & Planning

Dilip Buildcon

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.

Scott Blair

Managing Editor

Engineering News-Record

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
specialist.

Himanshu Agarwal

Senior - Vice President (Roads – International Markets)

Zydex Industries

  • MBA (Marketing) with 27 years experience in marketing technologies, consumer products, services & industrial chemicals.
  •  Expertise in country start-ups, B2G Co-operation, Company turnaround, Creating B2C and B2B brands of cutting edge technologies/ innovations, creating niches & concepts
  •  Since 2007 has focused on business development of innovations in International markets of Europe, Russia, Turkey and India.
  • Strategizes for long term Win-Win Relationships to Create Wealth

Rajan Aiyer

Managing Director

Trimble Saarc region

Mr. Rajan Aiyer is the Managing Director for Trimble, Saarc region. Rajan is responsible for
Trimble operations in India, Sri Lanka, Bhutan, Bangladesh, and Nepal and under his leadership,
Trimble has seen exponential growth in the region. Prior to Trimble, Rajan headed his own start-
up company in Silicon Valley, California for 4 years. He has held increasingly responsible
positions in engineering, marketing, sales and customer service in various hi-tech companies in
Silicon Valley.
He brings 25+ years of industry experience in IT, Telecom, and Data communication fields and
holds over a dozen key patents in key areas of networking and communications. He has a passion
for physical fitness and enjoys a variety of activities including traveling, photography, music,
squash, and tennis. He’s the current President of AGI India (Association of Geospatial
Industries), and an active member of AMCHAM India, IMA India CEO Forum, and IIT Alumni
Association.
Mr. Aiyer graduated with a B.Tech from Indian Institute of Technology, New Delhi and also
holds an M.S. in Computer Science from University of Texas, Austin, USA

Sailesh Mohta

President ( Marketing )

Wonder Cement

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.

Vinod Kumar Agarwal

Managing Director

GR Infra

Vinod Kumar Agarwal is the managing director and one of the Promoters of our Company. He
has over two decades of experience in the road construction industry. He has been a Director on
our Board since incorporation of our Company and has been instrumental in the growth of our
Company. He looks after the strategy and policy formulation for our Company and liaises with
various departments of the Government and also overlooks processes in our Company which
includes, bidding, tendering and planning. He is also the vice-president of the National Highways
Builders Federation and was awarded the Excellence Award by the Hindustan Times for
‘demonstrating excellence and deploying exponential strategies in their field by creating
exceptional value for society’ in 2016.

Ben James

CEO and Founder

Global Road Technology

Ben is the founder and CEO of GRT India. He has been instrumental in establishing GRT
International’s presence in India and has plays a vital role across all functions including business
development, operations and strategy. Immediately prior to GRT, Ben founded Zero Waste Agro
Organics Limited (Zero Waste), a leading Indian agro-tech company manufacturing high-grade
organic fertilizer. Seeing the incredible potential of Zero Waste, Rallis India Limited, a part of
the USD 100 billion Tata Group, acquired the business in 2011. Prior to his entrepreneurial
ventures in India, Ben worked as a senior executive in the asset management and syndication
group at MFS Limited, a leading investment bank in Australia.

Ravi Sehgal

Chairman

EEPC India

Since 1983 he holds the position of Managing Director in Carnation Industries Limited,
Kolkata’s leading Export House manufacturing & exporting engineering goods. The
Company he is heading is an ISO 9001:2015 company and has won several National and
Regional Awards for the highest performance in EXPORTS of Industrial & Sanitary
Castings. Carnation under the leadership of Mr. Sehgal set up Three (3) Grey Iron Foundries and
One (1) Ductile Iron Foundry with a combined product capacity of 25,000 Tons per Annum
which are exported to North America, UK, Europe & the Middle East. He was the Regional
Chairman of The Engineering Export Promotion Council – Eastern Region (2000 – 2009).
Currently he is the Chairman of EEPC – India.

He was the President of Institute of Indian Foundrymen (IIF), an apex body of Foundries in India
in 2008-2009. Currently he is the Editor of Indian Foundry Journal-published by IIF. He is the
National Executive Committee Member of Indian Foundry Association. He has represented
EEPC & IIF at several National & International Forums including INDEE, International
Exhibitions & World Foundry Form. He has been a part of the Indian Delegation of EEPC
in Germany (2007) with Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and the EEPC Delegation to Turkey
(2011) with Commerce Minister Jyotirditya Scindia and very recently part of the EEPC

delegation to Hannover, Germany with Prime Minister Narendra K. Modi. He has addressed the
WFO meet in Austria and has participated with his Company products in Exhibitions in
Australia, Germany, UK, UAE & USA.

Alkesh Kumar Sharma

IAS, Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director

Delhi Mumbai Industrial Corridor Development Corporation Limited

Mr. Alkesh Kumar Sharma is presently working as Chief Executive Officer & Managing
Director of the Delhi Mumbai Industrial Corridor Development Corporation Limited. Before
joining this, Mr Sharma was working as Joint Secretary, Ministry of Road Transport and
Highways, Government of India for three years, and was also Chairman of the Indian Highways
Management Company Ltd. Mr. Sharma worked with the United Nations Development
Programme (UNDP) as National Project Director, Urban Development and Poverty Alleviation
and served there for three years.

In the State of Kerala, Mr. Sharma worked as the Managing Director of Kerala State Civil
Supplies Corporation and many other state government bodies. He also worked as Director,
Kerala Tourism and as Secretary, Industries and Investment Promotion in Government of Kerala.
He was Director in the Board of BPCL, Apollo Tyres, Nitta Gelatin India Ltd and Geojit BNP
Paribas Ltd. Mr. Sharma was actively associated with branding and promoting Kerala Tourism
as ‘God’s Own Country’ during his two tenures spanning over seven years. During his tenure,
Kerala won the Best Tourism State Awards from Government of India as well as various Awards
from PATA and other International Agencies. Mr. Sharma received the best CEO Awards from
the Government of Kerala, the President’s Medal for the Best District Census Officer and the
Best Performance Award from the Government of Kerala.

Janice L. Tuchman

Editor-in-Chief

Engineering News-Record

As editor-in-chief, Janice L. Tuchman leads the editorial team creating content for the
Engineering News-Record enterprise—online, in print and at live events. She is active in many
construction organizations and has developed a broad network of industry sources who help keep
ENR on top of the latest trends and innovations. She has traveled the world to visit outstanding
projects and speak to groups and universities. Tuchman serves on the National Research
Council’s Board on Infrastructure and the Constructed Environment, the Industry Leaders
Council of the American Society of Civil Engineers and the board of the nonprofit Bridges to
Prosperity. She is a member of the National Academy of Construction, The Moles and the
industry advisory committee of the Dept. of Civil Engineering at Columbia University. In 2014,
she won the Beaver’s “Service & Supply” Award for outstanding achievement in heavy
engineering construction as well as the Carroll H. Dunn Award from the Construction Industry
Institute for “outstanding contributions to improving the cost effectiveness of the United States
construction industry.” She earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees in journalism from the
University of Colorado in Boulder.

Dr. A. Sivathanu Pillai

President

PMA India

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.

Abhay Mishra

President & CEO- Transportation Business

Essel Infra

Abhay Kumar Mishra is President & CEO of Essel Infra Projects Ltd., He is a visionary business
leader with 38 years of rich experience in Real Estate and Infrastructure Sector. A Harvard
Business Alumni, he is a Civil Engineer by qualification and an Ex - member of prestigious
Indian Railway Services of Engineers. He took voluntary retirement from Govt. of India after
serving 23 years in Indian Railway. Prior to joining Essel, he was associated with Reliance
Infrastructure Ltd. & Mumbai Metro One Pvt. Ltd as President & CEO.
He has been conferred with many awards and the most recent one being the “CEO OF THE
YEAR” Award by World HRD Congress.

Dr Ritesh Tiwari

Director Highways & Structures

Egis

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
whole.

Dr. Pradeep N

Industry Manager - Utilities, Transport and Mining

Esri India Technologies Limited

Siva Subramanian

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.

Arvind Patel

Managing Director

Patel Infrastructure Limited

Mr. Arvind Vithalbhai Patel is the Managing Director of our Company. He has basic education.
He has been on the Board since 2004. He is instrumental in formulating and implementing our
business strategies. He has approximately 34 years of experience in infrastructure industry and
has been instrumental in diversifying our business portfolio in the roads and highways segment.
He liasons with government and non-government agencies and is focused on business
development and stakeholder management. He oversees the overall functioning of our Company
including the monitoring of our projects and the capacity expenditure requirements of new
projects of our Company.

Deepak Garg

Director & CEO

SANY India

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
Pilling Rig SR285, BP HZS120, STM7, STM8; Rough terrain crane SRC750, Truck crane
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.

Sameer Jain

Director

Government Advisory, KPMG

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

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