Conference – India Retail Forum


Be a part of various roundtable conferences, educational sessions and workshops, presided over by 200+ speakers representing the visionaries and the luminaries of the retail world. Have a look at the full schedule below.

25th SEP 2019 I DAY 2

Opening Presentation by Mr. Anurag Mathur, Partner, PWC


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IRF: Is Experience the Next Location for Retail?

Session Leader: Anshul Jain, Country Head & Managing Director, Cushman & Wakefield

* Bipin Gurnani, President & CEO, Prozone
* Lalit Jain, VP Property Project and planning, RP-SG Group (Spencer’s Retail)
* Mohit Bhayana, Head of Retail & Sales, Marks and Spencer India
* Srinivas P Reddy, Head-Real Estate, Workplace & Infrastructure (Expansion & Facilities), Cure.Fit
* Mukesh Kumar, CEO, Infiniti Mall
* Aman Kapoor, CEO – Airport Land, Development, GMR Airports
* Vineet Reu, Sr. Manager – Business Development


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Keynote: The Journey To Remarkable: Reimagining Retail In The Age of Amazon

Speaker: Steven Dennis, President & Founder, SageBerry Consulting


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Micro Behaviour & Consumer Research

Presenter- A.J.R. Vasu, Executive Director, Sales Effectiveness, Nielsen


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The Experience Economy- How the new food retail is driving the Retail Industry to the next level?

Session Leader- Bimal Sharma, Head – Retail, Advisory & Transaction Services, CBRE South Asia

* Rajendra Kalkar, President – West, The Phoenix Mills Ltd
* Sunil Beri – AVP, Leasing, Head F&B/ Vanilla , DLF Shopping Malls
* RAVINDER CHOUDHARY,MRICS,Assistant Vice President, Pratham Infratech (Vegas Mall)
* Krishna Rao, Head – Leasing & Operations (Transit Oriented Development ), L&T Metro Rail
* Samir Kuckreja, Founder & CEO, Tasanaya Hospitality Pvt. Ltd
* Kumar Saurabh, Executive Director, Burman Hospitality
* Raghav Verma, Co-Founder, Chaayos
* Uddhav Poddar, Managing Director, Bhumika Reality
* Sagar Daryani, Founder & CEO , Wow Momos


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Influencing Shoppers through Design Ideas: Stores Concepts, New Formats and Websites that Build An Involving, Engaging, Collaborating Interface for the Shoppers

Session Leader- Mr Jayesh Pandey, Partner, Management Consulting, Retail & Consumer, PwC

* John W. Herbert, General Secretary European DIY Retail Association (EDRA) & Global Home Improvement Network (GHIN)
* Kaisar Kazi, Senior General Manager, Reliance Industries
* Jaxa Gohil, Customer Meeting Point Manager, Head of IKEA India’s first small store format in Mumbai city center
* Shirish Handa, Chief Business Development Officer, INOX Leisure
* Juan Hildebrand, Managing Director, Schwitzke Middle East
* Rehan Huck, Vice President – Retail, ILC Group of Companies
* Manish Vig, Channel Head – Retail, VIP Industries


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Networking Lunch Break:


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Profitable Retail Growth – The game of win-win partnership between Retail Real Estate and Retail

Session Leader- Sanjeev Mehra, Vice President, Quest

* Sandeep Kapoor, MD, SHR LIFESTYLES (Shree)
* Nikhil Ranjan, Managing Director, William Penn
* Kapil Mahtani, CEO, Tresmode
* Nikhil Kakkar, COO, Golds Gym
* Deepak Yadav, Head of Business Development, Shoppers Stop
* Manu Chatlani, Founder & Managing Director, Soch

* Vivek Srivastava, Retail Consultant
* Manoj K. Agarwal, CEO, Viviana Mall
* Bipin Gurnani, President & CEO, Prozone Intu Properties
* Sidhartha Natu- Center Head – DLF Promenade
* Goutam Karmakar, President-Leasing (Commercial, Retail, Resi), M3M India Private Limited
* Rajiv Malla, CEO, Runwal
* Mr. Arvind Mayar – CEO, Secure Parking Solutions
* Shriram Monga – Principal Consultant – SRED ADVISORY
* Pankaj Kr. Jain, Director, KW Group
* Asma Javed, AVP, Gulshan Homez
* Shibu Philips, Business Head, Lulu Mall


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How International Retailers are disrupting the Indian Market?

Presentation by- Ina Dawer, Research Manager – India
Euromonitor International

Session Leader-Vivek Kaul, Head of Retail – Asia, CBRE


* Istayak Ansari, Director & Co-Founder, Lloyds Luxuries Ltd.(Truefitt & Hill)
* Carlos Morano, Head-International Partnership, Marwa
* Tushar Ved, President, Major Brands
* Tyron Li, General Manager, MINISO India
* Marco Lucchetta, Founder, Lemonbar


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IRF: Turning Malls into Profit Centres with a Dash of Entertainment & Leisure

Session Leader: Samir Kuckreja, CEO, Tasanaya Hospitality


* Alok Tandon, CEO, INOX Leisure
* Pramod Arora, CGDO, PVR Cinemas (Advisory Member)
* Sunil Khanna, Founder, Songdew
* Jason Bogie, General Manager, Real Estate – Asia Pacific, TimeZone
* Devang Sampat, CEO, Cinépolis India
* Pankaj Renjhen, Chief Operating Officer, Virtuous Retail
* Munish Baldev, Founder, JS Martin & Co
* Mandar Natekar, Chief Business officer, Kidzania


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Presentation by- Chris Milliken, Co-founder and Director, Freeport Retail (London)


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IRF: The Power-Pack Finale – Retail Leader’s Conclave

Session Leader- Anuj Puri, Chairman, ANAROCK

* Dilip Kapur, President and Founder, Hidesign
* Rajesh Jain, Managing Director & CEO, Sports And Leisure Apparel Limited (Lacoste)
* Samir Menon, MD, YUM Restaurants India
* Devendra Chawla, MD & CEO, Spencer’s Retail
* Karan Jethwani, Coordinator-Domestic Retail Promotions, EPCH
* Sunil Nayak, CEO, Reliance Jewels
* Mohit Goel, CEO, Omaxe


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24th SEP 2019 I DAY 1

Welcome Note by Grigory Zarayskiy, Chief Executive Officer, Reed Exhibitions India


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Partnerships for Success

Presenter- Shailesh Paul, Vice President, Head of Merchant Sales & Acquiring, India & South Asia, Visa


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Knowledge Presentation- by Anil Talreja, Consumer Leader, Deloitte India


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Key Presentation: Alfred Abi Antoun, Head of KSA & Egypt Retail-MENA, JLL

Introduction of the JLL India Retail Report followed by inviting the industry stalwarts on stage for report launch

An overview of the JLL India’s Retail Realty Report highlighting key findings, future growth and investments
Shubhranshu Pani, MD – Retail Services India, JLL


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IRF’s Chairman Welcome Keynote: “Powering the Future of Retail”

Siddharth Yog, Founder and Chairman, Virtuous Retail Founding Partner, The Xander Group Inc. Professor, Harvard Business School


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INAUGURAL PANEL DISCUSSION – Powering India’s Growth Engine for Retail, Consumer Goods and Lifestyle Community

Session Moderator: Siddharth Yog, Founder and Chairman, Virtuous Retail Founding Partner, The Xander Group Inc. Professor, Harvard Business School

* Sumeet Narang, Founder and Managing Director, Samara Capital
* Darshan Mehta, President & CEO, Reliance Brands
* Rajiv Suri, MD, Shopper Stop


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New Launch by Pushpa Bector, ED & Head DLF Shopping Malls


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Fireside Chat- Indian Retail – Moving from ‘Infancy’ to ‘Maturity

Renowned business leader Anuj Puri engages with Retail Czar Mr. Adeeb Ahamed, MD, Tabelz in a candid conversation


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Retail Leader’s Conclave: The HOT-SHOT Session
Fostering the Retail Leadership Spirit: Forging Passion, Idea, Scale, Opportunity, Ambition.

Session Moderator:

Abheek Singhi, Senior Partner and Managing Director, The Boston Consulting Group (Advisory Member)

* Vineet Gautam, CEO, Bestseller India
* Mohit Kampani, CEO, Aditya Birla Retail
* Vivek Sahni, CEO & Co-Founder, Kama Ayurveda
* Arvind Varchaswi, Managing Director, Sri Sri Tattva
* Venu Nair, Chief Commercial Officer, TATA Starbucks
* Dhruv Bogra, Country Manager, Forever New India
* Pushkaraj Shenai, CEO, Lakme Lever
* Pushpa Bector, ED & Head DLF Shopping Malls


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Networking Lunch Break


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Moving beyond metros to the real Bharat for growth

Session Leader- Sanjesh Thakur, Partner, Deloitte India


* Akhil Jain, ED, Jain Amar (Madame)
* Ritesh Ghosal, CMO, Croma
* Samir Misra, COO, V-Mart
* Sunil Baby, Director-Offline Sales Operations, Xiaomi India
* Vijay Shanker, CEO, H & B Stores Limited ( A Dabur Enterprise)


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Raising the Billion Dollar Retail Industry – Investors & Retailers Perspective of What’s Next for the Indian Retail Industry?

Session Leader- Anuj Kejriwal, MD & CEO, ANAROCK Retail (Advisory Member)


* Bijou Kurien, Strategy Board Member, L Catterton Asia
* Ashish Goel, Co-Founder & CEO, Urban Ladder
* Vijay Jain, CEO, Ritukumar
* Nitin Saluja, Founder & Chief Executive Officer, Chaayos
* Arpit Agarwal, Principal, Blume Venture
* Rohan Mirchandani, Co-Founder & CEO, Drums Food International
* Anchit Nayar, CEO-RETAIL, NYKAA


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“Winning in Apparel Market”

Presenter- Deepak Bengani, Director, CI- Qual, Nielsen


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IRF: The Game behind retail store Expansion- Moving from zero to a chain store keeping traditional malls at heart”
How developers are redefining the strategies for rolling out “Off-Mall locations” from retailer’s Mind

Lead Presenter- Vikas Agarwal, GM, Oneplus India (15 Min)

Session Leader- Shubhranshu Pani, MD, Retail Services India, JLL
(Panel Discussion-45 Min)

IRF: The Game behind retail store Expansion- Moving from zero to a chain store keeping traditional malls at heart”
How developers are redefining the strategies for rolling out “Off-Mall locations” from retailer’s Mind

Lead Presenter- Vikas Agarwal, GM, Oneplus India (15 Min)

Session Leader- Shubhranshu Pani, MD, Retail Services India, JLL

(Panel Discussion-45 Min )

* Harsh V Bansal, Director, Unity Group
* Rajneesh Mahajan, CEO, Inorbit Mall
* V.Muhammad Ali, COO-Retail, Prestige Group-Mall Division
* Shashie Kumar S, COO, Brigade Group
* Sanjeev Mehra, Vice President, Quest Properties India
* Mehaboob M A, Managing Director, Secura Developers
* Nayan Raheja, Director, Raheja Developers
* Nirzar Jain, Chief Leasing Officer, Nexus Malls
* Vikas Agarwal, GM, Oneplus India Officer, Nexus Malls


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“Shepreneur Conclave”

Session Leader- Ekta Suri, Producer and Special principal correspondent, Zee Business


* Richa V Kalra, Co-Founder, CandySkin
* Neerja Lakhani, Founder, Innersense
* Mridula Jain, Founder, Shingora Textiles
* Soumya Kant, Founding Member, Clovia Lingerie-Crafting
* Ayushi Gudwani, Founder, Fablestreet
* Malika Sadani, Founder & CEO, The Moms Co
* Varija Bajaj, Founder, Varija Lifestyles


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Networking Tea Break


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