Hotel Investment Conference South Asia (HICSA)

Hotel Investment Conference South Asia - 2019 Agenda

Day 1 - Wednesday, 3rd April 2019

11:00 AM - 2:00 PM Registration
2:00 PM - 2:10 PM Welcome and Programme Overview

Manav Thadani, MRICS, Founder Chairman, Hotelivate

2:10 PM - 2:30 PM Manav Thadani Uncensored: Mine is Bigger than Yours

Manav Thadani, MRICS, Founder Chairman, Hotelivate

2:30 PM - 2:55 PM Need of Intelligent Capital in Hospitality
Khushru Jijina, Managing Director, Piramal Capital and Housing Finance
Pawan Swamy, Managing Partner - India, B|FIN
2:55 PM - 3:25 PM Institutional Equity and the Hospitality Sector
Ritesh Agarwal, Founder and CEO, OYO Hotels
Bejul Somaia, Partner Lightspeed India 
Aabha Bakaya, Founder, AB Network
3:25 PM - 3:45 PM Hospitality in Numbers

Achin Khanna, MRICS, Managing Partner Strategic Advisory, Hotelivate

3:45 PM - 4:15 PM How to Build a Company

Sébastien Bazin, Chairman and CEO, AccorHotels

4:15 PM - 4:45 PM Networking Break
4:45 PM - 5:00 PM Investing in Goa - An Opportunity
5:00 PM - 5:20 PM Hotels: A View from 35,000 Feet

Aditya Ghosh, Chief Executive Officer - South Asia, OYO Hotels

5:20 PM - 5:50 PM Tête-à-Tête with Ratan Tata
Ratan Tata, Chairman Emeritus, Tata Trusts
Raymond Bickson, Principal and CEO, Bickson Hospitality
5:50 PM - 6:20 PM Everybody Loves Raymond
Raymond Bickson, Principal and CEO, Bickson Hospitality
Manav Thadani, MRICS, Founder Chairman, Hotelivate
6:20 PM - 6:30 PM HICSA Lifetime Achievement Award
6:30 PM - 6:45 PM HICSA Hotels of the Year Awards - 2019

Luxury/Upper Upscale Hotels

Upscale Hotels

Upper Mid Market Hotels

Mid Market Hotels

Budget/Economy Hotels

Conversion Hotels

7:00 PM - 9:00 PM Cocktails & Dinner

Venue: Courtyard, Grand Hyatt Mumbai

Day 2 - Thursday, 4th April 2019

9:00 AM - 9:10 AM Door Prizes
9:10 AM - 10:00 AM The C-Suite PIT Stop

The C-Suite PIT Stop is a brand new concept at HICSA 2019. This 50-minute session will comprise three panellists and two facilitators. It will commence with a 5-minutes Presentation by each  panellist, followed by 20 minutes of Interview questions from the facilitators. The session will conclude with an open 15-minutes Town Hall where panellists will welcome questions from the audience.

Megha Tuli, Co-Founder and Managing Partner Revenue Management, Hotelivate
Priya Paul, Chairperson, Apeejay Surrendra Park Hotels
Alan Watts, President - Asia Pacific, Hilton
Craig Smith, President and Managing Director - Asia Pacific, Marriott International
Katerina Giannouka, President - Asia Pacific, Radisson Hotel Group
10:00 AM - 10:30 AM The Idea Factory

This new session will showcase industry experts sharing their two cents on the new innovative ideas that are taking shape in the Hospitality space, such as tented accommodation, new forms of entertainment and co-working spaces, amongst others. Each panellist will be given 5 minutes, during which they shall introduce their idea via either a TED-styled Talk or a Presentation.

Megha Tuli, Co-Founder and Managing Partner Revenue Management, Hotelivate
Gunjan Mehrish, Co-Founder and Managing Partner, Idea Chakki
Luca Franco, Founder and CEO, Luxury Frontiers
Rahul Salgia, Founder and CEO, Digivalet
Shafi Syed, Senior Vice President Hotel Development - EMEA, Caesars Entertainment
10:30 AM - 11:20 AM Hotel Capital Markets: What's Hot, What's Not!
Vineet Bhatnagar, Chief Executive Officer and MD, PhillipCapital India
Ankur Gupta, SVP and Regional Head Real Estate- India, Brookfield Asset Management
Saurabh Chawla, Chief Development Officer, Groupe Du Louvre/ Jin Jiang Europe
Shailesh Bhan, Deputy Chief Investment Officer, Reliance Mutual Fund
Siddhartha Gupta, Managing Director Real Estate, The Blackstone Group
11:20 AM - 11:50 AM Networking Break
11:50 AM - 12:50 PM Concurrent Session: A series
Sessions A1: Boutique Luxury Hotels: 2.0 (Panel Discussion)
Abid Butt, Chief Executive Officer - AMEA, Dream Hotel Group
Deepak Ohri, Chief Executive Offiver, lebua Hotels and Resorts
Dhruva Rathore, Vice President Real Estate and Development - India, Hyatt Hotels and Resorts
Paul M Massot, Group Development Director, Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group
Thomas E. Ramapuram, Joint Director Sales, Evolve Back Resorts
Session A2: What do Independent Owners Need and Want? (Group Discussion)
David Keen, Chief Executive Officer, QUO
Group Members
Arjun Sharma, Chairman, Select Group
Lajpat Rai, Chairman and MD, Lotus Nikki Hotels
Saeed Shervani, Managing Director, Shervani Hospitality
Umar Tramboo, Managing Director, Pinnacle Resorts
Vibhas Prasad, Director, Leisure Hotels Group
Session A3 - The Hotel of the Future: Hospitality Technological Evolution (Panel Discussion)
12:50 PM - 2:00 PM Lunch Hosted by OYO Hotels
2:00 PM - 4:00 PM Concurrent Session: B Series
Session B1: Panel Discussions
(I) Un Affordable Luxury
2:00 PM - 2:40 PM
Himmat Anand, Founder, Tree of Life Resorts and Hotels
Dipak HaksarChief Executive Hotels Division, ITC Ltd.
Praveen Chander Kumar, Area Director – West India and General Manager – Taj Lands End, Mumbai
Rajiv Kaul, President, The Leela Palaces, Hotels and Resorts
Sameer Nayar, Executive Vice President Strategic Development, The Oberoi Group
Sonica Malhotra, Managing Director, MBD Steigenberger Hotel and Resorts
(II)  The Future of Franchising: What to Expect in the Years Ahead
2:40 PM - 3:20 PM
Anshu Sarin, Chief Executive Officer, Keys Hotels
Atul Jain, COO - India, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka, Best Western Hotels and Resorts
Govind Mundra, Sr. Director Development - Eurasia, Wyndham Hotels and Resorts
Rajeev Newar, Executive Director and CFO, Chalet Hotels
Somesh Agarwal, Chairman and MD, Rockwood Hotels and Resorts
Sudip Jain, Vice President Development - South West Asia, InterContinental Hotels Group
(III) Can Hotel Leasing Show the Way?
3:20 PM - 4:00 PM
Saurabh Gupta, MRICS, Managing Partner Asset Management and Investment Advisory, Hotelivate
Bharadwaja B V, Group Country Head - India, The Ascott Limited
Chander Baljee, Chairman, Royal Orchid Hotels
Mahesh S Aiyer, Senior VP Operations and Development - South and West, Lemon Tree Hotels
Prashanth Aroor, Chief Executive Officer, Intellistay Hotels
Zia Shiekh, Chief Executive Officer and CMD, Svenska Design Hotels
Session B2 : Design by Confab: In Association with Jaquar Group
(I) Are Designs Making Hotels Unviable?
2:00 PM - 2:45 PM
Vandana Saxena, Creative Director, STUDIO IV
 Group Members
Ahmed Imtiaz Khan, Partner Architect, 4 WALLS Inside Outside
Kamal Malik, Founder and Pricipal Architect, Malik Architecture
Manit Rastogi, Founding Partner, Morphogenesis
Panos Loupasis, Vice President Development - MEEA, Wyndham Hotels and Resorts
(II) Masterclass: It’s All About the Experience! What We Want Through Design
2:45 PM - 3:00 PM
John Gerondelis, AIA,LEED AP, Principal, Smallwood Reynolds Stewart Stewart
(III) Masterclass
3:00 PM - 3:15 PM
Erin Meezan, Vice President Sustainability, Interface
(IV) Saving the Planet or Your Hotel Bottom Line - You Do Not Need to Choose
3:15 PM - 4:00 PM
Cyril Jacob, Managing Director, Ascentis
 Group Members
Darashbir Singh, General Manager – Engineering Services, AccorHotels
Gaurav Shorey, Director, PSI Energy
Michael Sullivan, President Building Segments, Schneider Electric
Rishabh Kasliwal, Managing Director, Kamal Cogent Energy
Session B3 - The Mid-Scale Hotel Segment: Upping the Ante (Group Discussion)
2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Siddharth Thaker, Managing Partner, Prognosis Global Consulting 
PR Bansal, Managing Director, Lords Hotels and Resorts
Marc Hediger, Sr. Vice President Hotel Development, Dusit International
Nikhil Sharma, Chief Operating Officer, Ginger Hotels
Sidharth Gupta*, Co-Founder, Treebo Hotels
Suhail Kannampilly, Chief Operating Officer, The Fern Hotels & Resorts
4:00 PM - 4:30 PM Networking Break
4:30 PM - 5:20 PM Mining for Gold: How Hotels Can be Turned from ‘Good’ to ‘Great’
Vinay Gupta, Vice President Asset Management, SAMHI
Kapil Aggarwal, Vice President Investment Management and Business Development, Shangri-La Asia
PJ Mammen, Chief Operating Officer, Saraf Hotel Enterprises
Sanjay Sethi, Managing Director and CEO, Chalet Hotels
Sunil Ghadiok, President and COO, Shanti Hospitality
5:20 PM - 6:35 PM The Hot Seat: Where Are We In the Industry Cycle
Manav Thadani, MRICS, Founder Chairman, Hotelivate
Rattan Keswani, Dy. Managing Director, Lemon Tree Hotels
Ashish Jakhanwala, Managing Director and CEO, SAMHI
Ajay Bakaya, Managing Director, Sarovar Hotels and Resorts
Atul Chordia, Chairman, Panchsil Realty
Deep Kalra, Founder and Group CEO, MakeMyTrip
Rajeev Menon, Chief Operating Officer - APAC (excluding Greater China), Marriott International
Shahid Balwa, Founder and MD, DB Realty
Sunjae Sharma, Vice President Operations - India, Hyatt Hotels and Resorts
8:00 PM - 10:00 PM Cocktails & Dinner