Hotel Investment Conference South Asia (HICSA)

Hotel Investment Conference South Asia - 2018 Agenda

Day 1 - Wednesday, 4th April 2018

11:00 AM - 2:00 PM Registration
2:00 PM - 2:05 PM Welcome and Programme Overview
2:05 PM - 2:30 PM The Uncensored Interview


Manav Thadani, MRICS, Founder Chairman, Hotelivate


Kapil Chopra, Chairman of the Board, EazyDiner 

2:30 PM - 2:50 PM Incredible India: Credible Returns

Deepak Bagla, Chief Executive Officer and MD, Invest India

2:50 PM - 3:15 PM The Art of Growing Companies


Patu Keswani, Chairman and MD, Lemon Tree Hotels 


Ashish Jakhanwala, Managing Director and CEO, SAMHI

3:15 PM - 3:35 PM World Class 'Indian' F&B Brands

Nakul Anand, Executive Director, ITC Limited

3:35 PM - 4:00 PM The Future of Travel Tech


Deep Kalra, Chairman and Group CEO, MakeMyTrip


Megha Tuli, Partner and Co-Founder, Hotelivate

4:00 PM - 4:30 PM Tête-à-Tête with Mark Hoplamazian


Mark Hoplamazian, President and CEO, Hyatt Hotels Corporation


Vir Sanghvi, Resident Commentator, CNN News18

4:30 PM - 5:00 PM Networking Break
5:00 PM - 5:25 PM The Art of Growing Brands


Gaurav Bhushan, Global Chief Development Officer, AccorHotels


Nirupa Shankar, Director, Brigade Hospitality Services

5:25 PM - 5:45 PM Clean Up Your Mess!

Roshan Abbas, Managing Director, Geometry Global Encompass

5:45 PM - 6:15 PM One-on-One Interview


Arne M Sorenson, President and CEO, Marriott International


Daniel Lesser, President and CEO, LW Hospitality Advisors

6:15 PM - 6:30 PM HICSA Hotels of the Year Awards - 2018

Luxury / Upper Upscale Hotels Segment
Upscale Hotels Segment
Upper Mid Market Hotels Segment
Mid Market Hotels Segment
Budget / Economy Hotels Segment

8:00 PM - 10:00 PM Cocktails and Dinner Hosted by Marriott International at Anais, The St. Regis Mumbai

Day 2 - Thursday, 5th April 2018

9:00 AM - 9:10 AM Door Prizes
9:00 AM - 10:00 AM The Leaders' Panel


Dilip Puri, Founder and CEO, Indian School of Hospitality


Alan Watts, President - Asia Pacific, Hilton

Gerald Lawless, Chairman, World Travel and Tourism Council 

Katerina Giannouka, President - Asia Pacific, Radisson Hotel Group

Pascal Gauvin, Managing Director - India, Middle East & Africa, InterContinental Hotels Group


10:00 AM - 10:20 AM Luxury for the New Age Indian Traveler

Suhel Seth, Managing Partner, Counselage

10:20 AM - 10:45 AM Restructure, Re-engineer, Reimagine - Taj Redefined


Puneet Chhatwal, Managing Director and CEO, Indian Hotels Company


Manav Thadani, MRICS, Founder Chairman, Hotelivate

10:45 AM - 11:35 AM Gauging the Investment Climate


Saurabh Gupta, MRICS, Managing Partner Asset Management and Investment Advisory, Hotelivate


Hari Krishna V, Director Real Estate Investments - India, CPPIB India Investment Advisors 

Nipun Sahni, Partner, Apollo Global Management

Siddhartha Gupta, Managing Director Real Estate, The Blackstone Group

Sundareswaran S, Executive Director Investment Banking Division, Morgan Stanley

11:35 AM - 12:05 PM Networking Break
12:05 PM - 12:55 PM Concurrent Sessions A1/ A2/ A3
Session A1 - Master Classes
(I) Enhancing Revenues through Vacation Ownership
Sabina Chopra
, Managing Director - India Subcontinent, RCI
(II) The Disruptors Are Here to Stay
Ritesh Agarwal
, Founder and CEO, OYO Rooms
Session A2 - Milking the Asset (Group Discussion)
Shwetank Singh, Vice President Development and Asset Management, InterGlobe Hotels
Group Members
Gurmeet Singh Uberai, Director, Shanti Hospitality
Rajeev Newar, Executive Director & CFO, Chalet Hotels
Varun Saraf, Managing Director, Chartered Hotels
Zaid Sadiq, Executive Director Liaisoning and Hospitality, Prestige Group
Session A3 - Reinventing Consumer Engagement (Master Class)
Amit Kapoor, Co-Founder and CEO, Airpay Payment Services
12:55 PM - 2:00 PM Lunch
2:00 PM - 3:00 PM Concurrent Sessions B1/ B2/ B3
Session B1 - Master Classes
(I) Demystifying Connected Rooms and loT
Rahul Salgia
, Founder and CEO, DigiValet
(II) Hospitality 2030 - A Journey Into the Future
Nikhil Nath
, Chief Executive Officer, Knowcross
Session B2 - The Rise of Secondary Markets in India (Group Discussion)
Zubin Saxena, Vice President Development - South Asia, Radisson Hotel Group
Group Members
Atul Jain, COO - India, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka, Best Western Hotels and Resorts
Govind Mundra, Sr. Director of Development - Eurasia, Wyndham Hotel Group
PR Bansal, Managing Director, Lords Hotels and Resorts
Prashanth Aroor, Managing Director and CEO, Intellistay Hotels
Vimal Singh, Managing Director - South Asia, Golden Tulip Hospitality Group/Louvre Hotels
Session B3 - Legal Issues Affecting Hospitality Operations (Master Class)
Sujjain Talwar, Partner, Economic Laws Practice (ELP)
3:00 PM - 3:10 PM Networking Break
3:10 PM - 4:10 PM Concurrent Sessions C1/ C2 / C3
Session C1 - Master Classes
(I) New Trends in Resort Design: Enhanced Guest Experience and Profitability
Kevin Underwood
, Director Master Planning, HKS Hospitality Group
Luciano Mazza, Director Hospitality, HKS Hospitality Group
(II) The Socialization of Hotels
John Gerondelis, AIA, LEED AP
, Principal, Smallwood Reynolds Stewart Stewart
Session C2 - Brand Standards - Let's Get Technical About It (Group Discussion)
Rohit Hans, Director Development - India, Hyatt Hotels and Resorts
Group Members
Nigel Harris, Executive Vice President and Chief Growth Officer Development and Projects, Onyx Hospitality Group
Salil Khare, Director, Ascentis
Shubhra Sharma, Director Investments, SAMHI
Vikram Choubal, Vice President Project Management Global Design - Asia Pacific, Marriott International
Session C3 - Creating 'Win-Win' in Mixed Use Projects with Branded Residences, Hotels and Resorts (Master Class)
Lada Shelkovnikova, Partner Hotels and Hospitality, Withers KhattarWong
4:10 PM - 4:35 PM Networking Break
4:35 PM - 5:15 PM Select Service Hotels: Cookie Cutter No More!


Anshu Sarin, Chief Executive Officer, Keys Hotels


Rohit Vig, Regional Managing Director - India, StayWell Hospitality

Sanjeev Pahwa, Vice President Real Estate and Development, Indian Hotels Company

Saurabh Chawla, Chief Development Officer, Groupe du Louvre/Jin Jiang Europe

5:15 PM - 6:05 PM The Changing Face of Experiential Luxury


David Keen, Chief Executive Officer, QUO


Deepak Ohri, Chief Executive Officer, lebua Hotels and Resorts

Dr. Ankur Bhatia, Executive Director, Bird Group

Rajiv Kaul, President, The Leela Palaces, Hotels and Resorts

Shafi Syed, Sr. Vice President Hotel Development - EMEA, Caesars Entertainment

Sonica Malhotra, Joint Managing Director, MBD Steigenberger Hotels and Resorts

6:05 PM - 6:45 PM Simply, 'The Hot Seat'


Manav Thadani, MRICS, Founder Chairman, Hotelivate


Navjit Ahluwalia, Sr. Vice President and Country Head - India, Hilton

Sunjae Sharma, Vice President Operations - India, Hyatt Hotels and Resorts

Vivek Bhalla, Regional Vice President - South West Asia, InterContinental Hotels Group

7:00 PM - 9:00 PM Cocktails and Dinner Hosted by Hyatt at Courtyard, Grand Hyatt Mumbai