Managing Director, Somany Ceramic
Abhishek Somany, the eldest son of Mrs. & Mr. Shreekant Somany is one of the strongest pillars behind the incessant success of Somany Ceramics Ltd. Somany Ceramics Ltd. is a company engaged in the manufacturing of ceramic tiles, polished vitrified tiles, glazed vitrified tiles, digital tiles, sanitary ware & bath fittings. Somany is also the First Company in the Indian Tile industry to be accredited with Bureau of Indian Standards Certification for Tiles. Somany is also the First Company to get a patent for the VC (Veil Craft) Shield Technology. Born on January 11, 1972, he is an alumnus of Hyderabad Public School. Subsequently, he completed Bachelor of Business Administration in General Administration & Marketing from Richmond University, U.K. in 1992.
Having more than 18 years of rich experience in the Ceramic Industry & International Marketing, he started his career with an initial training at Kanoria Chemicals, (Renukoot Works) U.P. Later on he resumed his specialized intensive training in M/s. Pilkington’s Tiles U.K. at their Manchester and Brighton Plants. M/s. Pilkington’s Tiles U.K is a company engaged in the manufacturing of glazed ceramic wall and floor tiles. Soon after his specialized training, he joined Somany Group as a Management Trainee, later on took complete charge of domestic marketing as President, and then became Executive Director. Currently, Mr. Abhishek Somany is the Joint Managing Director of Somany Ceramics Ltd. He is in-charge of operational responsibility and day-today functioning of the Company. He is also personally involved with the Product Designing and Sales & Marketing of Somany Ceramics.
Under his leadership, Somany has bagged many prestigious awards and recognition across the Globe. To name the few, Somany received “Indian Power Brand Award” for two consecutive years; awarded with Asia’s Most Promising Brand of the year in ceramics tile category and the list goes on. Mr. Abhishek Somany also received an award “Power Brand Hall of Fame – Corporate Leader – Ceramics Industry for 2011-2012”. He is also a member of the Executive Committee of the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI). Leading from the front, he is confident to take Somany Ceramics Limited reach the zenith of the Indian Ceramic Industry and make Somany the most sought after tile brand in India.
Founder & Creative Designer, Studio ABD
Abhijit Bansod, a NID postgraduate, has been part of the new age design movement in India. After decade long experience with Titan Design Studio, he founded Studio ABD in 2008 to create an open platform to discover new facets of contemporary Indian Design. Abhijit believes in celebrating creativity that combines fragments of Indian tradition with cutting-edge technology, and fuses cultural motifs and new age thinking. They conjure up sophisticated products that resonate with India’s rich past. Propelled by humour, craft, rituals, people, situations and heritage of India, they create products that speak a unique language- an Indian design vocabulary.
He has won various awards like the Young Creative Entrepreneur 2011 by British Council, the RED DOT DESIGN AWARD 2010, Best Designer Award in 2008 and many more. Abhijit’s design journey was featured in Rashmi Bansal’s book Connect the Dots and many national, international magazines. He was also part of the varied Juries like Member Cannes Lions Design in 2012, India Design Mark 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016 and Fakestival 2014
Head Corporate Communication, Everest Industries
Abhijit Kashyap Borah is currently Heading the Corporate Communication function at one of India’s fastest growing building solutions companies - Everest Industries. In his current capacity he leads B2B and B2C communication activities of all the four business verticals of Everest operating in the Building Materials and Steel Buildings segment. With over 16 years of experience of working with leading FMCG and Automobile brands like Dabur and Yamaha, Abhijit brings in rich understanding of media, consumer behavior and retail market dynamics, in both Rural and Urban India, to the trade, influencer and consumer communication initiatives of Everest. Being a thorough Advertising and PR professional, he has eye for design and creativity. He has also been pivotal in expanding the Architecture student connect program of Everest which works towards building a connect between the students of prominent Architectural colleges in India, their need for understanding new age materials and technology and works of some leading Architects.
Senior Vice President Sales & Marketing, SYSKA LED Light
A self-starter & go getter professional with more than two decades of experience in Lighting Industry through Channel Sales (B2B & B2C), Retail Sales, Modern Retail, Branded Retail, Channel Management, Business Development, OEM Sales & Product Marketing. Currently spearheading SYSKA LED in exploring and developing new businesses, accelerating growth & achieving disproportionate ambitious sales goals. Team player and a decisive leader with successful track record in driving business. Specialist in New Businesses, Sales, Channel Management both B2B and B2C, Product Portfolio creation and management, Planning and Strategy, Key Account Management, P&L & Build & lead a strong team to build a sustainable institution.
Founder, Incubis Consultants
Amit Krishn Gulati is an industrial designer, entrepreneur and design educator with a multifaceted oeuvre encompassing new product development, healthcare, hotels, branding, retail experiences and spaces. Amit graduated from the National Institute of Design (NID), Ahmedabad in 1995 and is the founder of Incubis, one of India’s well known architecture and design companies. Amit teaches at The School of Planning and Architecture, New Delhi and at his alma-mater, NID.
Landscape & Architecture Photographer
Badri Narayan is a professional photographer based in Mumbai and works throughout India. He specialises in Architectural, Interior photography and Arial photography. He has worked hard to establish himself in the photographic industry and has built a reputation over the past decade. His photographic vision developed in a remarkable way. His experience has given him a unique understanding of architecture and his style continues to develop. His atmospheric style reflects the feeling of living in the space, telling a story and reflecting the quality, colour, texture and detail of the built environment. He combines his passion with cutting edge equipment and technology to produce uncompromising results of photographic art.
Some of his clients include India’s most prestigious companies like Shapoorji Pallonji, L&T, Supreme Infrastructure, Hiranandani, Lodha, Sahara Amby Valley, Godrej, Raheja Groups, Talati & Panthaky Architects, Peddle Thorp Architects (Australia) for Common Wealth Games, New Delhi and a long list of renowned clientele.
Badri is currently the Head of Production at Dwellar, a startup revolutionising sales and marketing. He is also associated with Udaan School of Photography, which is dedicated to educating and mentoring the next generation of photographers. Prior to this, Badri also worked with Housing.com to establish a methodology and guidelines for its entire photography workforce.
Architect & Designer, CZA
Born in Milano in 1955, Cino Zucchi earned a B.S.A.D. at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and a Laurea in Architettura at the Politecnico di Milano, where he is currently Chair Professor of Architectural and Urban Design. He has taught in many international design workshops and has been “John T. Dunlop Visiting Professor in Housing and Urbanization” at the Graduate School of Design of Harvard University. Author of several articles and books on architectural history and theory, he participated to various editions of the Milano Triennale and of the Venice Biennale of Architecture: the installation “Copycat” won an honorary mention in the 2012 edition, and he was the curator of the Italian Pavilion in the 2014 edition. He has been the president of the Jury of the Mies van der Rohe Award 2015, and he is member of the international research team ARE_Living on housing innovation.
Together with his studio CZA he has designed and realized several industrial, residential and public buildings, master plans and renewals of industrial areas which deserved prizes in international awards. Major urban design works include the renovation of the Junghans factory
Automobile Designer, D C Designs
Dilip Chhabria, an alumni of Art Centre, Pasadena, USA, heads an emerging automotive OEM coupled to the styling, prototype and customizing services business.
A decade of manufacturing automotive accessories helped imbibe the insights of consumer purchasing behavior, and exposure to manufacturing materials and processes, a key advantage in enabling the inception of the automotive design business in 1993.
21 years down the line DC design has come to occupy an enviable position in the automotive pantheon with a dynamic matrix of products, services and customers across the B2B and B2C segments and have created same of the iconic models for Aston Martin, GM, Ford, BMW, Renault, Toyota as well almost all Indian OEMS.
The Company today is a 700 man organization and has to its credit our 800 original and ground up design, (A world record) and has to its credit a disrupter in mating digital data to craftsmanship.His hobbies, pastime, relaxation, are all rolled into a single-minded passion for designing cars, creating art, and mentoring automotive designers at his design college.
Ee Tiong Lim
Studio Director, Atkins Asia
Ee Tiong Lim is a Studio Director at Atkins Hong Kong with over 20 years of architecture experience in Europe and Asia Pacific. He is trained as an architect in UK and Singapore with past working experience in KPF and RMJM. During his career he had been responsible for the design and management of a series of high profile projects in Shanghai, Chongqing and Ho Chi Minh City. These include Loncin Centre in Chongqing, China Merchants Bank HQ Tower in Shanghai and Landmark 81 Tower in Vietnam.
Ee Tiong has spoken on many occasions on the topic of architecture and design, including conferences in Hong Kong, Shanghai and Kuala Lumpur.
Founder, Federico Delrosso Architects
Born in 1964 in Biella, Italy, Federico Delrosso graduated from Polytechnic University of Milan in 1996. While studying Architecture he started working with his father, a surveyor, experiencing various fields of design. In 1997 he began his career as an architect and in 2001 founded his own studio in Biella.
Three years later in 2004, Federico opened a new space in Milan, Federico Delrosso Architects, working in a very wide range of types of projects; residential, commercial and product design, and expanding his expertise internationally with his team. His early experience in the field has consolidated a talent and a distinctive sensibility for spaces perceived in his projects as an intangible quality, which Federico Delrosso calls “the emotional fourth dimension”. In his interiors as well as in his architectural projects, the masterful relationship between threedimensional spaces and the elaboration of surfaces results in a sense of pleasant balance, a typical element found in fine architecture.
The project for his own studio in Milan has been selected in 2012 as one of the finalists of the prestigious “Best of the Year Award” organized by the American Interior Design magazine as was the Notime restaurant interiors in Montecarlo, Monaco in 2008. Federico Delrosso expands his presence in the United States in 2012 by opening two reference points in Miami and in New York. In 2014 he has been nominated as inaugural member of the IIDA (International Interior Design Association) of Chicago which selected Federico Delrosso as member of jury of its Global Excellence Awards 2015.
Federico Delrosso is frequently invited to international prestigious awards as member of jury, such as APIDA Asia Pacific Interior Design Awards in 2013 and Eurasian Prize Russia in 2014, and to design conferences around the world to be part of the main speakers.
His first monograph “Pushing the Boundaries” has been published by Skira in 2013. Same year during Dining by Design in New York, Federico presented Dining Tank. In 2014 he was invited to Mexico City as a main speaker at the ELA’ / EDI Expo Design Interiorismo where he held a conference with the title “Moving the Boundaries” and unveiled “Domus Mediterranea”, a new concept of single-family home.
In the same year he took part of the Biennale of Architecture in Moscow and in Ecuador where he gave lectures with the title “Light and Architecture”. Later in 2015 he has been one of the guests at Leaders in Design MENA in Dubai.
Principal Architect, Malik Architecture
Kamal Malik, founder and principal architect of Malik Architecture, was born and raised in the hills of Simla, a place of stunning natural beauty; and to this day, nature remains the source of his inspiration.
He completed his Architectural studies at the School of Planning and Architecture (S.P.A.) in New Delhi. His architecture is a fine blend of engineering and the arts.
He is a follower of the Patanjali School of yoga, and the concept of time, of continuity, of reflection, and of silence provides him with a theoretical underpinning, through which a syntax of metaphors is developed, allowing him, through his work, to comment on subjects ranging from urban decay and regeneration to the more abstract and intangible notions of homogeneity and purity, and contradiction and chaos.
Also an avid reader, he believes that the mind imbibes at various levels. The inspiration is out there somewhere- you cannot create a single leaf.
In his own words:
Architecture is not a standalone object floating in ether, it is in an environment, in a context, and all these things apply forces on it. One has to be open to them to find answers. Architecture needs to be humane and to address the human spirit.
His firm has won numerous design competitions as well as National and International awards; & all projects designed by his practice have been published worldwide. He has delivered lectures on diverse subjects. For him, poetry in architecture is timeless.
Director, Edifice Architects
Edifice is an Award Winning, Indian Architectural firm which was founded by Sanjay Srinivasan & Ravi Sarangan in 1987 . It has risen to become one of the premier design establishments in the country today offering Master Planning, Architectural & Interior Design Consultancy Services across the Residential, Hospitality ,Health , Retail , Education and Commercial verticals. They have a direct presence in seven cities in India and a strength of over 225 design and construction professionals and a client list which reads of the who’s who of India’s corporate world.
Edifice is currently working with leading Corporate Houses such as Infosys, Tata Consultancy Services, Cipla , Deloitte, Wipro, I.T.C. & J.S.W.and eminent Developers such as Tata Housing, Tata Realty & Infrastructure, Godrej Properties, Bhartiya Urban , Mahindra World City, Mantri Developers and Godrej Properties.
Growth, Capabilities, Customer Excellence and People Development are some of the key success factors that have enabled EDIFICE to deliver.
The Edifice Vision is to Evolve Designs that will Be Sensitive To The Context , Client And Environment. The Edifice Architectural Design Studio believes in anticipating and implementing market trends rather than following them. They aim to position and improve each design to realize full potential afforded by the development, in the broader context of the precinct. They recognise that when the design appeals to a broad range of users, high occupancy and income levels will be achieved and sustained. Therefore their designs attempt to harness the elements that carry universal appeal.
Neeti Sethi Bose
Dy Head - Academic Governance, Pearl Academy
Dr. Neeti Sethi Bose is the Deputy Head of Academic Governance at Pearl Academy. Based in Mumbai, Neeti has been involved in the domain of art and design for the past 30 years. Formally trained in India as a visual artist, Neeti has a PhD in Art Theory from University of North South Wales, Australia, and has worked with some of the most reputed NGOs and educational institution in the Arts, Crafts, Design and Liberal Education disciplines across Africa, Australia and India. Her intellectual journey can be broadly divided into 4 overlapping domains of interest, a) academic teaching and research b) working with communities and building livelihood capacities through art and design 3) Curating exhibitions and events on art, design and craft 4) Designing and facilitating Training programs. She is an educator and community worker of par excellence, with expertise in designing and facilitating classes/ workshops on analytical and critical ways of seeing, design thinking and problem solving; her specialism lies in combining theory with studio practice. Her academic interest lies in encouraging interdisciplinary approaches and processes leading to an understanding of techniques necessary for visualization and representation, self-realization, alternate ways of thinking and mobilization. She trains communities on design art and craft development projects, and students in classrooms for an experiential understanding of communities. Neeti has worked with many reputable institutions and organizations like SRISHTI, NIFT, Sushant School of Design, Addis Ababa University, University of New South Wales, Katha, Viveka Foundation, JNU School of Arts and Aesthetics to name a few. She has also worked on various arts/crafts and design related projects in India and abroad.
Motivational Speaker & Director, Chanakya Institute of Public leadership, Dept of Philosophy, University of Mumbai
Radhakrishnan Pillai from the University of Mumbai, Department of Philosophy is the founderdirector of Chanakya Institute of Public leadership (CIPL) (www.ciplmumbai.in), a leadership academy which trains political leaders and aspirants. He has done an extensive research on “Kautilya’s Arthashastra”, the well known book on management written in 4th BC from Chinmaya International Foundation (CIF), Kerala under the guidance of Dr Gangadharan Nair, the dean of Adi Shankara Samskrit University. He later proceeded to do his MA in Sanskrit and a PhD. in the subject. He is a certified management consultant from the International Institute of Management Consultants. He is the director at SPM Foundation and founder Director of Atma Darshan a spiritual tourism company.
His first book ‘Corporate Chanakya’ has been on the “best-seller” list since its launch in 2010 and used as a text book in various Business schools in India and abroad. The book has the unique distinction of being made into an audio book, world’s first management film on Chanakya’s teachings - ‘Chanakya speaks’ and translated into 10 regional languages. His second book ‘Chanakya’s 7 Secrets of Leadership’ along with Mr. D. Sivanandhan has created waves in corporate world since its release. He is a visiting faculty in prestigious institutes in India and abroad including the IIT, IIM, Indian Institute of Science (IISc) among others. He has been a trainer and strategy consultant to over 200 organisations like Indian Army, Navy, Air force, Indian police, various NGOs, private, public sector and government organisations including Indian oil, HPCL, BPCL, L&T etc. He has been awarded the prestigious Sardar Patel International award 2009 and Aavishkar Chanakya Innovation Research Award 2013 for his research and contribution in field of management & Industrial development. Recently, he has been honoured with the LOKMAT National Education Leadership Awards as the Best Professor in Philosophy.
pioneered the concept of ‘resort wear’ and eco-friendly garments in India and eventually put Goa on the fashion map of the world.
A designer with an international presence Wendell has presented his unique garments, inspired by Goa and India, at major fashion events. Rodricks has the honour of being the first Indian designer to be invited to show at World’s largest garment fair IGEDO in Germany (1995), Dubai Fashion Week (2001), Malaysia Fashion Week (2002), the prestigious Paris Pret-a-Porter salon (2007) and the world’s biggest organic fair BioFach in Nuremberg, Germany (2012). In 2007, the Confederation of Indian Industries invited the designer to showcase two fashion shows in Bryant Park, New York to celebrate the 60th year of India’s Independence. Rodricks has also, shown at Festival of India (1993) in Beijing and Shanghai in China and has shown in Sri Lanka.
The first ever designer police uniform in India was designed gratis by Wendell in 1996 for the Goa State Police. Over the years he has designed uniforms for the staff of major international hotel chains and also for the Goa Tourism Development Corporation. He recently designed the uniforms for the Enforcement Directorate.
Wendell has written for magazines like Apparel, Femina, Vogue, Elle, Harper’s Bazaar, India Today, Outlook, Open and CineBlitz. He was also the design consultant for the coffee table books Goa : Sunaparanta and Goa : Four decades of freedom as well as many MARG publications.
In 2014, the designer was awarded India’s fourth highest civilian honour, the Padma Shri by The President of India, Pranab Mukharjee for Art (Fashion Design), honoured by the All India Konkani Parishad, bestowed the Rainbow Warrior Award by Kashish Film Festival and conferred the distinction of Knight in the Order of Arts and Letters (Chevalier de l’Ordre National des Arts et des Lettres) by The Ministry of Culture and Communication of France.