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 - 2:50 PM Transforming India: The Path Ahead

Amitabh Kant, Chief Executive Officer, NITI Aayog

2:40 PM - 3:15 PM Need of Intelligent Capital in Hospitality
Khushru Jijina, Managing Director, Piramal Capital and Housing Finance
Nikhil Bhatia, Managing Director Capital Markets and Head Western Region Operation, CBRE
3:15 PM - 3:45 PM Institutional Equity and the Hospitality Sector
Aditya Ghosh, Chief Executive Officer - South Asia, OYO Hotels and Homes
Bejul Somaia, Partner Lightspeed India 
Aabha Bakaya, Founder, AB Network
3:45 PM - 4:15 PM How to Master Your Future in a Fast Changing World

Sébastien Bazin, Chairman and CEO, Accor

4:15 PM - 4:45 PM Networking Break
4:45 PM - 5:05 PM Investing Opportunities
Investing in Goa
Aman Kapoor, Chief Executive Officer Airport Land Development, GMR Airport
Investing in 10 Balis
Hiramsyah Thaib, Team Leader, Acceleration for Development of Priority Tourism Destination Ministry of Tourism, Republic of Indonesia
5:05 PM - 5:25 PM The Maturing Indian Hospitality Landscape

Achin Khanna, MRICS, Managing Partner Strategic Advisory, Hotelivate

5:25 PM - 5:55 PM Tête-à-Tête with Ratan Tata
Ratan N. Tata, Chairman, Tata Trusts
Raymond Bickson, Principal and CEO, Bickson Hospitality
5:55 PM - 6:25 PM Everybody Loves Raymond
Raymond Bickson, Principal and CEO, Bickson Hospitality
Manav Thadani, MRICS, Founder Chairman, Hotelivate
6:25 PM - 6:30 PM HICSA Lifetime Achievement Award
6:30 PM - 6:45 PM HICSA Hotels of the Year Awards - 2019 presented by MakeMyTrip

Conversion Hotels

Budget/Economy Hotels

Mid Market Hotels 

Upper Mid Market Hotels 

Upscale Hotels 

Luxury/Upper Upscale Hotels 

7:00 PM - 9:00 PM Cocktails & Dinner Hosted by Hyatt Hotels and Resorts

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-minute 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
Kamesh Shukla, Sr Vice President - APAC and MEA, RateGain
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, Managing Director and Country Head Real Estate - India, Brookfield Advisors
Atul Mehra, Managing Director and Co-CEO, JM Financial
Sailesh Bhan, Deputy Chief Investment Officer, Reliance Mutual Fund
Saurabh Chawla, Chief Development Officer, Groupe Du Louvre
11:20 AM - 11:50 AM Networking Break
11:50 AM - 12:50 PM Concurrent Session: A1 Boutique Luxury Hotels: 2.0
Panel Discussion
Deepika Arora, Founder, Rosakue Hospitality
Deepak Ohri, Chief Executive Officer, 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
11:50 AM - 12:50 PM Concurrent Session: A2 What do Independent Owners Need and Want?
Group Discussion
David Keen, Chief Executive Officer, QUO
Group Members
Arjun Sharma, Chairman, Select Group
Jaisal Singh, Founder and Owner, Sujan Luxury Group
Joseph Britto, Director,  Acron Hospitality
Lajpat Rai, Chairman and MD, Lotus Nikko Hotels
Umar Tramboo, Managing Director, Pinnacle Resorts
Vibhas Prasad, Director, Leisure Hotels Group
11:50 AM - 12:10 PM Concurrent Session: A3 (I) Innovation: Technology Inspiring New Hotel Operations
Pascale S. Chatelain, Vice-President Global Sales Marketing and Channels, FCS
12:10 PM - 12:30 PM Concurrent Session: A3 (II) Digital Transformation of Hospitality Industry: Optimizing your Investment
Vipul Rai, Samsung
12:50 PM - 2:00 PM Lunch Hosted by OYO Hotels and Homes
1:55 PM - 2:40 PM Concurrent Session: B1(I) Un Affordable Luxury
Panel Discussion
Himmat Anand, Founder, Tree of Life Resorts and Hotels
Dipak HaksarChief Executive Hotels Division, ITC Ltd.
Parveen 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
2:00 PM - 2:45 PM Concurrent Session: B2 (I) Are Designs Making Hotels Unviable?
Panel Discussion
Vandana Saxena, Principal, STUDIO IV
 Group Members
Ahmed Imtiaz Khan, Partner Architect, 4 WALLS Inside Outside
Kamal Malik, Founder and Pricinpal Architect, Malik Architecture
Panos Loupasis, Vice President Development - MEEA, Wyndham Hotels and Resorts
Peter Joehnk, Co-Managing Partner, JOI-Design
2:00 PM - 3:00 PM Concurrent Session: B3 The Mid-Scale Hotel Segment: Upping the Ante
Group Discussion
Siddharth Thaker, Managing Partner, Prognosis Global Consulting 
 Group Members
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
2:40 PM - 3:20 PM Concurrent Session: B1(II) The Future of Franchising: What to Expect in the Years Ahead
Panel Discussion
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
Sudeep Jain, Vice President Development - South West Asia, InterContinental Hotels Group
2:45 PM - 2:55 PM Concurrent Session: B2 (II) It's All About the Experience! What We Want Through Design
John Gerondelis, AIA LEED AP, Principal, Smallwood Reynolds Stewart Stewart
2:55 PM - 3:15 PM Concurrent Session: B2 (III) Lead Industry to Love the World
Erin Meezan, Vice President Sustainability, Interface
3:15 PM - 4:00 PM Concurrent Session: B2 (IV) Saving the Planet or Your Hotel Bottom Line - You Do Not Need to Choose
Panel Discussion
Cyril Jacob, Managing Director, Ascentis
 Group Members
Darashbir Singh, Director Engineering Services - India & South Asia, Accor
Gaurav Shorey, Director, PSI Energy
Rishabh Kasliwal, Managing Director, Kamal Cogent Energy
Shovan Sengupta, Global Vice President Hotel Segment, Schneider Electric
3:20 PM - 4:00 PM Concurrent Session: B1(III) Can Hotel Leasing Show the Way?
Panel Discussion
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
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 - Asia, Shangri-La
PJ Mammen, Chief Operating Officer, Saraf Hotel Enterprises
Sanjay Sethi, Managing Director and CEO, Chalet Hotels
Sunil Ghadiok, Director, Shanti Hospitality Management Services
Vineet Verma, Executive Director and CEO, Brigade 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
Deep Kalra, Founder and Group CEO, MakeMyTrip
Nirupa Shankar, Director, Brigade Hospitality Services
Rajeev Menon, Chief Operating Officer - APAC (excluding Greater China), Marriott International
Sunjae Sharma, Vice President Operations - India, Hyatt Hotels and Resorts
8:00 PM - 10:00 PM Cocktails & Hors D’oeuvres Hosted by Four Seasons Mumbai

Venue: AER Bar and Lounge