Total Integrated Design (India) Pvt. Ltd.
Purple Cloud Hotels & Resorts Director on Board
Mr. Nitin Shankar NagraleVice President - Foodlink Restaurants Founder and General Secretary - Hospitality Purchasing Managers’ Forum
He brings with him a rich experience of over 23 years during which he has been actively involved in managing procurement and supply chain procedures for key hotels like Taj Mahal Palace & Towers, Taj Lands End (The Regent Mumbai), Grand Hyatt Mumbai, The Westin Mumbai Garden City, Sofitel Mumbai BKC and the upcoming The Chedi Mumbai (formerly Radisson Blu Plaza Mumbai) Director Materials. Before this he has worked with Jet Airways, RKHS and Dawnay Day India Land Private Limited.
He also worked with M/s Quality New Zealand India as General Manager Supply Chain. A unique business model owned by some world class cricketers of New Zealand like Sir Richard Hadlee, Stephen Fleming, Brandon McCullum and Daniel Vettori.
Apart from winning multiple prestigious accolades for his exemplary work, he is the first person in the world to have completed the CERTIFIED HOTEL PURCHASE MANAGER Certification Course from American Hotel and Lodging Education Institute (AHLEI).
In 2010 Nitin founded a forum for hospitality procurement professionals named Hospitality Purchasing Managers’ Forum. HPMF is first of its kind initiative in India which aims to provide a platform for confluence of buyers from hotels, restaurants, catering, airline industry and manufacturers and traders catering to hospitality industry. Today HPMF has over 1400 members from over 1050 organizations across India. He also has created a professional group on LinkedIn called Materials Management which has more than 55,000 professionals as members from different parts of the world.
Mr. Khozema ChitalwalaPrincipal Architect - Designers Group
Designers Group, founded by Architects Khozema and Sujata Chitalwala, has more than two decades of experience in interior architecture. Now largely into hospitality design, the firm believes in simple and straight-line design and uses materials, colours, textures and forms, in a smart and innovative way to create world-class designs. The interior projects handled by the firm showcase its core philosophy, and commitment to excellence. The underlining creative expressions of the firm’s style – Luxury and Simplicity – though diabolically opposite in character, co-exist harmoniously in all they do!!
The most remarkable achievement, however, is the way in which the firm is able to infuse a sense of luxury, grandeur, warmth and comfort in the sharp, almost starkly contemporary spaces and ambiences.
The vision of Designers Group is to carve out a niche for itself into five-star deluxe category hotel interiors. The immediate aim, therefore, is to make an inroad into that segment – breaking past the many hurdles anticipated along the way.
Ms. Ritu Bhatia KlerManaging Director - Total Integrated Design (India) Pvt. Ltd.
RITU started the India office of M/S TID International, Singapore in January 1995. Her passion for design and hotels started in Singapore where she lived for several years. Her career started at Taj Mahal Hotel, Delhi thereby getting insight to hotel operations. Designing for hotels was therefore the natural course and TID India was born. Ritu’s journey of twenty three years has been a great challenge yet satisfying experience.
Alongwith a young team of design professionals, she has journeyed across India to work on hotel projects ranging from budget , business to luxury hotels and resorts, from new build to renovation and also specialised areas such as Spas and fitness clubs. She has worked with top hotel brands in the country, such as Taj, ITC Fortune, International brands such as Starwood, Accor, IHG; Marriott and various Spa Operators .
Besides India she has interacted with consultants and guided the team to take on projects internationally – Sri Lanka, Bangladesh and more. Alongwith the team, she works closely with HQ in Singapore. Ritu believes that “The best experience in interior design comes with traveling, observing and expanding ones horizon to new ideas. Interior Design is not just about what is within the 4 walls , it is about integration, creativity and thinking out of the box ”
Mr. PK MohankumarDirector & Chairman Operations Committee - Orange County Resorts & Hotels Principal Consultant - Turnstone Hospitality
Mr. Mohankumar is a Hospitality veteran with over 40 years of experience with Taj Group in Senior leadership positions and hard core operations. Mohankumar was responsible for setting up and launching hotels different geographies in India and abroad and has hands on experience in all the segments and brands as the Area director of Luxury hotels, COO of Taj Gateway and MD & CEO of Ginger Hotels.
Orange County Resorts & Hotels – Director & Chairman operations committee Orange county resorts & hotels have been owning and operating these three world class luxury resorts for last 25 years .
Mr. Mohankumar, post stint with the Taj Group, has been appointed as the independent director of Orange County Resorts & Hotels Limited and is the Chairman of the operations committee.
PRINCIPAL CONSULTANT : TURNSTONE HOSPITALITY www.turnstonehospitality.com
Essentially we are focusing on to primary solutions : Turnaround of underperforming hotels/ resorts within a specific timeframe and budget Conceptualization and development of the next generation smart business hotels in India
Madhu ChandhokDirector and Founding Partner
A Graduate with Masters in Business Management with over 34 years of extensive experience in all phases of Hospitality Projects including Planning, Design and Construction, Project Management and Contract administration for a broad range of Hospitality Brands like Holiday Inn, Crown Plaza, Intercontinental and Hilton. Being a part of Bharat Hotels (Currently The Lalit Group) lead the teams to achieve important milestones on Budget, Value Engineering, establishing and meeting schedules, for timely opening of all hotel projects. As an owner’s representative for over 27 years she managed Design Review, Development, and Sourcing & Procurement Process for over 12 Full Service & Luxury Hotels across India.
Led the Design Consultants and their teams and Contractors in providing strategies, for improvements on various Hospitality aspects such as Interior Design, Fit out and FF&E .Always believed in achieving Quality Projects and Guiding all players and educating to have a first time right approach. As a champion of Mock up Rooms and FF&E Prototype review process, gives prime importance to the review protocol and managed to achieve quality output for various projects. Believe in a Holistic approach to Projects. Mantra is that coordination is the key to success.
She was a Part of Hilton Brand when it first arrived in India in 1995 and had the opportunity to be associated with Hilton Worldwide again in 2009 - 2013 in the capacity of Director (Brand) Shared Services & FF&E- HOE, responsible for Design & FF&E for Luxury, Full and Focus Service Hospitality Projects in Indian Subcontinent. She was responsible for directing and controlling projects with respect to Hilton Worldwide Brand Standards and establishing India Specific Brand Standards across all Brands. She has contributed towards the India Specific Prototypes for Hilton Brands Hampton and Hilton Garden Inn.
From 2013 as a Director and Founding Partner at pip2020 she is involved in various conversions, New Build and Technical Survey and audit Project support for the Hospitality Industry.
•She is also a part of the Visiting Faculty for the (OCLD) Oberoi School of Learning and Development.
JAIDEEP GUPTAOperations, Procurement and Pre-opening professional
Luxury International hotel
Jaideep is an Operations, Procurement and Pre-opening professional with over 27 years of experience in Luxury International hotel chains and Michelin Starred Restaurant chains in India and abroad. Jaideep has been involved with leading many key properties from conceptualization to operations.
An MBA with certifications from CHPM(AHLEI), IIM, XLRI, TQMS etc, he is a specialist in material management, cost management and project Operationalization. Jaideep started his career in the manufacturing sector with a leading international company and then moved to the service sector in the materials function. Progressing upwards, he worked with well known International hotel chains like Oberois, Hyatt, Taj, The Park, Radisson etc in India and abroad, gathering wide experience in the pre-opening and post opening phases, having been a part of the preopening teams of some prestigious properties like Hyatt Regency Kathmandu, Park Hyatt Goa Resort and Spa, Diani Reef Beach Resort and Spa (Mombasa, Kenya), Taj Vivanta (Hyderabad), Falaknama Palace(Taj, Hyderabad)
He finally moved to the niche restaurant sector with Hakkasan and Yauatcha, a London based chain of Restaurants, taking charge of project expansions and Operations, putting up eight restaurants in the short space of two years including the award winning Yauatcha restaurants in Mumbai, Kolkata, Delhi and Bangalore, Café Infinito in Mumbai and Bangalore and Tiffin Box etc, Mumbai.
He finished his working career as a Vice President of Operations and Pre- Opening in 2015. Thereafter he branched out on his own and is at the moment a freelance consultant, setting up restaurants, hotels and spas and correcting processes and systems in operations.
He has also been associated with operational process corrections with some well known F&B outlets such as The Goodwife, Dishkiyaoon (BKC) etc and is currently engaged in setting up several new restaurants for various well known companies.
ARK Reza Kabul Architects
One of the foremost talents in the realm of Indian architecture, Reza Kabul’s foray into the industry was a random experience of viewing books on architecture that proved catalyst enough for a switch from engineering to architecture. After a brief stint at a prominent architecture studio in Mumbai, he set up ARK Reza Kabul Architects Pvt. Ltd., India in 1988, and further expanded with ARK Studio Pune in Pune, India and ARK Studio Inc in San Francisco Bay Area, USA.
Reza Kabul has envisioned and successfully executed a string of path breaking projects centred on the design philosophy of ‘liberating spaces’. He has handled projects for leading names in Indian real estate industry, and continues to enjoy the trust and appreciation with projects that set pioneering benchmarks in architectural design.
A speaker for ‘Marcus Evans Tall Buildings Conference’ in Seoul, Korea (2008) and a pioneer in tall buildings, Reza Kabul has been listed in the Limca Book of Awards (2003) for Shreepati Arcade, the tallest building in India. His signature projects are spread globally in United States, India, Mauritius, United Arab Emirates, Sri Lanka, Sudan, Bhutan, and Kenya.
Anubhav GuptaChief Design Officer
Business Head Vikhroli and Head of CSR & Sustainability
Mr. Gupta currently serves as the Chief Design Officer, Business Head Vikhroli and Head of CSR and Sustainability at Godrej Properties Limited., one of India’ s fastest growing developers with over 145 million square feet under development in 12 cities across 50 projects in India. In this capacity he heads Design Strategy across the portfolio for the company alongside his PNL role overseeing the development for Godrej’s own land holdings at Vikhroli, in Mumbai.
His global real estate consulting project portfolio spans across sectors including regeneration, mixed use, retail/entertainment, hospitality, healthcare, workplace, science/technology, education, transportation, and ‘place’ brand management. He has lived and worked in the United States, Europe, China, ASEAN and India.
He is a Fellow of the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors (RICS), Member of the American Planning Association (APA), Associate of the American Institute of Architects (AIA) and a licensed architect in India. He was educated at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), USA with Masters degrees in city planning, sustainable building technology and real estate business administration (minor). He is currently a Fellow and doctoral scholar (part-time) at the University of Cambridge (UK) in applied real estate finance & economics in the dept. of land economy. He is a published author, regular speaker at conferences, contributor to global publications and has taught at MIT, Harvard, Tsinghua University, RISD and Columbia University among others.