Over 75 Women Realty Leaders Gather To Celebrate Women Achievers

The event witnessed the women stalwarts of Indian real estate, finance, design, and construction segments coming together for deliberating on the future prospects of the industry.


The Show of Women Power was in full form at the inaugural edition of Realty+ Women Icon Conclave and Awards 2021 held on October 08.  

The event witnessed the women stalwarts of Indian real estate, finance, design, and construction segments coming together to deliberating on the future prospects of the industry and sharing their own professional and personal experiences. 

Dr. Annurag Batra, Editor-in-Chief, Chairman, exchange4media Group and BusinessWorld Media Group, during his address, said, “Gender diversity brings varied perspectives to enhance decision making and Indian businesses are now increasingly looking at women professionals to lead their companies. The presence of women MDs and CEOs in today’s event is testament to the rise of women across realty segments.” 

The first Industry talk of the day “Framework for the Real Estate of Future” was moderated by – Ramesh Nair, Chief Executive Officer, India, and Managing Director, Market Development, Asia, Colliers. 

Renu Misra, Leader MENA, LIXIL EMENA leading Grohe Middle East, Levant, Turkey, Israel, North, and West Africa said, “The pandemic has been a game-changer and ensures more women able to have a career working from home or remotely. The mindsets too are changing and we now see much more diversity and inclusion initiatives being taken by organizations to not only be diverse in terms of gender but be inclusive in all aspects in terms of workforce. Take a risk and be flexible for reskilling and upskilling is my message to all the young professionals.”

The speakers included Charu Thapar, ED, Property and Asset Management, Asia Pacific, Head - Strategy, Platform, and Emerging Markets, JLL, Chulamas Jitpatima, Country Director, MQDC India, Gitanjali Lalwani Mirchandani, Managing Director & Country Head - Origination, Loan Origination and Analysis, JM Financial Credit Solutions, Pushpa Bector, Executive Director, DLF Retail, Reeza Sebastian Karimpanal, President, Residential Business -Embassy Group & Sangeeta Prasad, Strategic Advisor, Former MD and CEO, Mahindra Lifespace Developers.

The speakers deliberated on the trends in all segments of real estate from housing, offices to retail and real estate finance investments.

The Industry Talk on matters of design talked about “Aligning Design and Technology with Human Experience”. The session was conducted by – Madhav Raman, Co-founder and Principal Architect, Anagram Architects.

Dr Ananya Gandotra, Head of Design, Engineering, and Sustainability, Birla Estates, Arch Neelam Manjunath, Founder Manasaram Architects, Dr Ponni M. Concessao, Principal Architect, OCI Architects, Sonali Bhagwati, President, Designplus Architecture, Sheetal Rakheja, Managing Partner at AEON Design and Development and Sudeshna Mukhopadhyay, Vice President, Havells India Ltd.

The panel members concurred that technology in many ways has been an enabler for design professionals in terms of creating holistic buildings and there was a need to bring event the traditional material and their application on the technology platforms.

“Breaking Barriers Paving way for Future Peers” was a chat with Dr Ananta Raghuvanshi, Senior Executive Director-Sales & Marketing • Experion Developers, Nela De Zoysa, Founder & Principal Architect, Nela De Zoysa Design Corporation, Sri Lanka, and Sheila Sriprakash, Principal Architect, Shilpa Architects, Chennai. They shared how they overcame the initial challenges to pursue their dreams and their message for women professionals of today was to be passionate about what they do and for the organizations to be flexible and encouraging towards women employees.

“Leadership of Youth Creating a New Normal” the next conversation featured Amanda Puravankara, Executive Director, Provident Housing Limited, Binitha Dalal, Head - Fund Raising, Rustomjee Group, Nandini Sampat, Principal Architect, Somaya & Kalappa Consultants. The young professionals shared their story of making their own place in the organization and earning the respect of their peers.

The Show of Women Power was in full form at the inaugural edition of Realty+ Women Icon Conclave and Awards 2021 held on October 08.  

The Realty+ Scroll of Honor presentation to one of the most Influential Women Professionals in India today, Renu Sud Karnad, Managing Director, HDFC. Karnad said, “It feels great to see so many women professionals in leadership roles today. Family support and changing organizational culture are the key contributors to now seeing women entering professional careers in various sectors.”

Here is the list of winners in various categories: 

1. Women Achievers in Entrepreneurship - Nikita Shah, Director, Shivalik Group, Dr. Payal Kanodia, Trustee, M3M Foundation And Snehal Brahmbhatt, Co-Founder & COO, Shilp Group

2. Women Achievers in Marketing - Divya Puri Sachdeva, Associate Director - Strategic Marketing, Cushman & Wakefield India Pvt. Ltd., Ishita Bhattacharya, Zonal Brand Head, Tata Realty & Infrastructure Ltd., Nikita Suratwala, Head - Corporate Marketing, ANAROCK Property Consultants Pvt. Ltd. And Pancham Lillaney, Chief Marketing Officer, R Retail Ventures Ltd.

3. Women Achievers in PR & Corp Comm - Piyali Dasgupta, Director, Corporate - Marketing & Public Relations, Knight Frank India Pvt. Ltd., Ritika Shah, GM - Corporate Media Relations, Hiranandani Group & Communities, and Uzma Irfan, Director Corporate Communication, Prestige Estates Projects.

4. Women Achievers in Technology - Rashmi Kohli, Co-founder & Director, Sparrow Interactive and Chahana Gehlot, Founder & Chief Operating Officer, Property xpo.

5. Women Achievers in Design - Anshu Shukla, Head - Design, GERA Developments, Architect Nita Kembhavi, Managing Partner & Principal Architect, Kembhavi Architecture Foundation,  Architect Dr. Ponni M. Concessao, Founder & Principal Architect, Oscar & Ponni Architects, and  Sabeena Khanna, Founder & Principal Architect, Studio KIA.

6.  Women Achievers in Legal Practice - Rohini B.M., Deputy General Manager - Legal, Brigade Enterprises.

7. Women Achievers in Leading Flexispaces - Sangeeta Ray- Head - Real Estate - India & Bangladesh, Siemens India, and Rachna Agarwal, Principal Architect, Studio IAAD.

8. Women Achievers in Sustainability - Dr. Ananya Gandotra, Head of Design and Sustainability, Birla Estates Private Limited,  Mili Majumdar, Managing Director, GBCI India, and Sheetal Rakheja, Managing Partner, AEON Design & Development

9. Women Achievers in Commercial Realty - Khair Ull Nissa Sheikh, Executive Director, WTC, Vilma Crasto, Senior Director - Tenant Representation, Cushman & Wakefield India.

10.  Women Achievers in Residential Realty - Amanda Puravankara, Director, Provident Housing Limited,  Reeza Sebastian Karimpanal, President - Residential Business, Embassy Group, Snehal Mantri, Founder, Mantri Developers Private Limited and Yukti Nagpal, Director, Gulshan Group.

11. Women Achievers in Retail Realty - Pushpa Bector, Executive Director - DLF Retail, DLF.

12. Women Achievers in Finance - Gitanjali Mirchandani, Managing Director & Head Origination - Real Estate Lending, JM Financial Credit Solutions Ltd. And Diva Jain, Director, Arrjavv Builders.

13. Women Achievers in Engineering - Smita Vikrantsingh Bhonsle, Lead – EOS/EHS/ESS/QAC, Jones Lang LaSalle Building Operations.

14. Women Achievers in Facility & Project Management - Monica Kaul Sharma, Sr. Associate Director, Cushman & Wakefield.

15. Women Achievers in Property Consultant - Rajani Sinha, Chief Economist, and National Director - Research, Knight Frank India, and  Shveta Mahajan, Director & Head - Strategic Consulting - North & East India, Cushman & Wakefield India.

16. Women Achievers in HR -  Ashima Saini, Assistant Vice President - HR, ANAROCK Property Consultants, Priya Adiseshan, Chief People Officer, GERA Developments, and Shuba Vaani S P, Deputy General Manager - HR, Brigade Group.

17. Women Achievers in Organisational Sales - Arpita Srivastava, Senior Director & Head - India Occupier Services, Cushman & Wakefield and Fatima Saidi, Head - Luxury, Residential Business, ANAROCK Property Consultants.

18. Women Young Achievers - Mudra Wedhikar, Co-founder, CEO, Ceyone Technologies LLP, Anjana Sastri, Director - Marketing, Sterling Developers, and Binitha Dalal, Head - Fund Raising, Rustomjee Group.

19. Women Icon of the Year - Manju Gaur, Director, Gaurs Group.

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