MD, Somany Ceramics
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.
Principal Architect, Shilpa Architects
Sheila Sri Prakash is an award winning Architect and Designer who founded Shilpa Architects in 1979.
She has been invited as a keynote speaker at Bloomberg’s Brainstorm Green Conference and Global Green Summit in Singapore, the Milan Design Summit, the Kuala Lumpur Design Forum, American Institute of Architects Tokyo Chapter, and 361 Degrees in Mumbai. Upon invitation from The Honorable Prime Minister David Cameron of the UK, she led efforts to enhance the sustainability of the Infrastructure at the 2012 London Olympics. She chaired a panel of global experts to make recommendations to the UN’s Rio+20 Summit in Brazil.
She formulated the Reciprocal Design Index when she was a member of the Global Agenda Council for Design Innovation at the World Economic Forum, to establish, document and incentivize sustainable design in cities.
She was conferred the Honorable Architect award by The Indian Institute of Architects (IIA). She was named to the 50 most influential names in Architecture and Design in 2015 by Architectural Digest for having “built a formidable legacy” and an “inspirational practice that designs societies and not merely buildings or cities”. She has been named as one of the “100 Most Influential” people in Architecture in the World today by the Italian design journal – Il Giornale dell’Architettura (Journal of Architecture).
She has been a performing artist, bharathantyam dancer, musician, sculptor and is a passionate patron of the Arts.
Sheila has a B.Arch from the Anna University School of Architecture and Planning and also attended the Executive Education Program at Harvard University’s Graduate School of Design.
Principal Architect, Pradhan Sethi Philip
Graduate of the School of Architecture CEPT, Ahmedabad (1995), has been involved in Film /Television sets, Interiors, and Architectural design projects. He has worked with large corporates and multinationals in their infrastructure development and in helping them establish a corporate identity within the country.
Pradhan Sethi Philip is a multi-disciplinary firm of architects in Chennai, with experience in the fields of architecture, interior design and graphic design. The firm is dedicated to developing well designed and creative solutions for residential, commercial and institutional projects. We believe in working with a team of qualified specialists, tailored to the need of each project, that will allow the firm to handle a range of projects while guaranteeing personal attention to every detail.
Our works seek to minimize the negative environmental impact of buildings by working on efficiency and moderation on the use of materials, energy and development space. Energy efficiency over the entire life cycle of a building is the most important goal of sustainable architecture and this is achieved by different techniques to reduce the energy needs of the building and capture or generate their own energy.
MD, Isha Homes
Mr.SURESH KRISHN was born on 3rd July 1967 and completed his under graduation in Civil Engineering from PSG College of Technology in 1987 with Distinction. He also completed his Post graduation in Structural Engineering with Distinction from Annamalai University in 1989, while working as a Lecturer in the Structural Engineering Department. His projects both in, under graduation and Post graduation have won the Best Project Awards for that year. He has also won National Talent Scholarship in his School days.
He left his teaching profession in 1989 and joined an Architectural Firm in Chennai as a “Structural Engineer”. He started his own construction firm in 1992 and Consulting Firm in 1994. He started along with friends a Property development Firm in 1997 and branched out in 2004 to start his own firm “ ISHA HOMES (INDIA) PRIVATE LIMITED”.
With more than 200 employees, ISHA HOMES has completed more than one million sq.ft.in Chennai and also in the process of developing one million sq.ft.in Chennai, Coimbatore & Trichy. ISHA HOMES brought lot of innovation into Construction Industry by building First Child Safety Homes, ISHA GITIKAA in Chennai and First Mega Villa Project, ISHA SIGNATURE VILLAS. ISHA HOMES is soon completing Platinum pre-certified Eco-Friendly Solar Powered Villa Project, MIA VILLAS in Chennai. This is the first Villa project in Tamilnadu to get the certification. ISHA HOMES is the youngest company in Chennai Real Estate to receive ISO 9001, ISO 14001 & OH SAS 18001:2007 certification which enabled Mr. Suresh Krishn to win the prestigious and “OUTSTANDING ENTREPRENEUR AWARD OF 2010 FROM ENTERPRISE ASIA, MALAYSIA”. The other Award for 2011 is the “BUILDER LINE AWARD” for the Best Independent Housing Project. He has also received the
“BUILDERS ASSOCIATION OF INDIA AWARD – 2012” for the Best Builder of the Year – Best Gated Community Provider
- CREDAI (Confederation of Real Estate Developers Association India) President – Credai Chennai
- BAI (Builders Association of India)
- CII (Confederation of Indian Industry)
- MMA (Madras Management Association)
T Chitty Babu
Chairman & CEO of Akshaya Pvt Ltd.
A civil engineer by profession Mr. T.Chitty Babu, is the Chairman & CEO of AkshayaPvt Ltd., head-quartered at Chennai, primarily engaged in the field of real estate development in the state of Tamil Nadu. Formed in the year 1995 AkshayaPvt Ltd has an experience of developing over 11.15 million sq.ft. of space since inception.
Implicit adherence to immaculate building practices and governmental regulations led to Akshaya becoming the only developer in our nation to bag the coveted CNBC/CRISIL award for “Best Legal Systems” four times in a row in 2007, 2008, 2009 and 2010. Akshaya also happens to be the proud recipient of the Highest Transparency in real estate award from CNBC / CRISIL for the year 2010. Recently NDTV awarded the Most Transparent Developer in India Award in 2013.
Akshaya is anIntegrated ISO 9001:2008, ISO 14001:2004, OHSAS 18001:2007 Management Systems and SA 8000:2008 certified company. Akshaya has been rated as a CRISIL DA 3+ rated company.
Mr. T. Chitty Babu isa Chairman of CII Smart City and member of the CII National Committee on Real Estate & Housing 2015-16.Member of Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors (RICS), Chairman of Best Practice at CREDAI and he has been a leading light of the real estate industry. In the last decade, he's held many key positions in CREDAI including that of National Secretary, President – Tamil Nadu and President – Chennai. He's also a former Chairman of COC (Code of Conduct) & CGRF (Consumer Grievance Redressal Forum) of CREDAI (Confederation of the Real Estate Developers Association of India), Executive Committee Member of IGBC and Convenor of the Infrastructure Panel of CII Chennai.
As a responsible corporate citizen Akshaya is contributing to the conservation of environment by developing only Green Buildings with 15 certified / pre-certified projects now and all the projects are CRISIL rated. Akshayais known for its transparent approach to business and Akshaya Home Facts which empowers the customer with their home buying rights is the essence of brand Akshaya. Recently Akshaya had launched their 151stproject Today and created record breaking 1021 sales in three days.