Realty+ Harit Bharat Leadership Summit & Awards 2023 Comes To A Grand Finale

The first edition of the summit and awards were held on October 4, at Jio Convention Centre, Bandra- Kurla Complex in Mumbai


Endorsing a greener and more prosperous India the 1st edition of Realty+ Harit Bharat Leadership Summit & Awards 2023 pressed on sustainability as the need of the hour.

Held on October 4, at Jio Convention Centre, Bandra- Kurla Complex in Mumbai, the Realty+ Harit Bharat Leadership Summit brought together experts from various industries. The event was Powered by Xylo Paints, the Co-Partner was LIC Housing Finance Ltd and the Industry Partners were GBCI, IGBC, GRIHA, and IPA.

The first conversation on Climate Change & Development between Sapna Srivastava, Editor of Realty+, Shabbir Kanchwala, Principal, Global network for Zero, USA and renowned environmentalist Sumaira Abdulali, Convenor, Awaaz Foundation discussed how development & climate sensitivity can go hand in hand and it’s a matter of having right intention on part of the decision-makers.

The first-panel discussion was on ‘Corporate ESG Strategy: Quest for Developing a Blueprint’. It was moderated by Nitesh Mehrotra, Partner – Sustainability & ESG, EY India. The speakers were Bose Varghese, Senior Director- ESG, Cyril Amarchand Mangaldas, Chhavi Lal, Principal, Perkins Eastman, Mumbai, Dr. Mala Singh, Board of Director, USA, Executive Director – India, ESG & Carbon Services & Founder & CMD, PEC Greening India Group, Dr. Pradeep Panigrahi, Head - Corporate Sustainability, Larsen & Toubro, Dr. Sunita Purushottam, Head – Sustainability, Mahindra Lifespace Developers Ltd.

The next session had Kannan Krishnamurthy, Director, Xylo Paints sharing a narrative on durable buildings with longer life spans. In conversation with Sapna Srivastava, Editor Realty+, he shared that the new paint technology enables no requirement of sanding the surface that causes dust which is harmful to health & environment and requires no primer, which means lesser use of resources.

The next panel discussion deliberating on ‘Commercial Real Estate: Mission Net Zero’ was moderated by Mili Majumdar, Senior Vice President. U.S. Green Building Council Ltd. And the speakers were– Anubhav Saxena, Dy. General Manager - ESG & Sustainability, Decarbonisation, Data Analytics, K Raheja Corp, Deepa Parekh, Sustainability Coach, Net Zero Education Expert, Isha Anand, Associate Director, RMZ Corp, Karandeep Singh Nanda, Head - Operations, West Region, Embassy Services Pvt. Ltd., Khurshed Gandhi, Managing Director, Strategic Consulting, Cushman & Wakefield India.

The next session on ‘Building Green Housing: Thinking Out Of Box Technologies’ was chaired by Dhwani Talati-Padiyar, Director, CBRE SE Asia, Head-ESG & Sustainability, Technical Due Diligence had experts Dr. Amit Chaudhari, Associate Director, Head MEP & Infrastructure KPM Design Services Pvt Ltd. Hardik Pandit, Director, Apices Design Studio Pvt Ltd, Sameer Sinha, Director, Savvy Infrastructure Pvt Ltd., Sonali Dhopte, BIM Consultant and Technical Director, Excelize, Tejwant Navalkar, Executive Director, DFX Systems Pvt Ltd.

Deliberating on the subject of ‘Eco-friendly Construction Materials – For Building A Better Tomorrow’ moderator Deben Moza, Sr. Executive Director Head of Project Management Services, Knight Frank (India) Pvt. Ltd. and the speakers  Anagha Paranjape-Purohit, Partner, VK:e environmental LLP, Pune Trustee, Sustainability Initiatives, Ashish Rakheja, Managing Partner, AEON Integrated Building Design Consultants LLP, Pankaj Dharkar, Founder-President – Pankaj Dharkar &  Associates (PDA), Rakesh Bhatia Sr. Vice President, Ecofirst, Shabnam Bassi, Deputy CEO-cum-Secretary & Treasurer, GRIHA Council. They shared that while eco-friendly products are now widely available, it is the lifestyle changes on the part of the people that will make a real difference.

The final panel discussion of the Summit on Brands Going Green: Scaling Up Eco-Centric Products & Solutions moderated by Gurmit Singh Arora, Chairman - CII-IGBC, MD – Rajco Group, & National President, IPA  had the panel of industry experts such as Aditi Kulkarni, Associate Director – Sustainability, Buro Happold India, Arpita Roy Luthra, Head Marketing – Boards & Panels, Everest Industries Ltd, Raja Mukherjee, Head - Business Group and Sr.Vice President - Lighting Business, Panasonic, Shibani Jain- Founder & CEO Baaya Design, Sourabh Bansal, Co-founder and Managing Director, Magicrete. They were of the view that in current times, the sustainable product make business sense as that is what the need of the hour is.

The discussions, conversations and deliberations were followed by an evening of award presentations.

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