Alumni of India’s only premier Institute for Construction Management and Research (NICMAR) will come together & discuss industry best practices, ideas and lay down the roadmap to transform the Indian construction sector to world class

15th November 2018, Mumbai:
Association of Global NICMRian’s (A.G.N.I) – a global Alumni body of National Institute of Construction Management and Research (NICMAR) will organize a first of its kind knowledge sharing platform, Construction Leadership Conclave 1.0 on 2nd December 2018 at Sahara Star, Mumbai from 8.00 am onwards. During one day Conclave & Global Alumni meet national and International trends in construction as well as challenges and possible way forward to bring about an organized growth and elevate the Indian construction sector to match international standards will be discussed.

With government initiatives like ‘Housing for all,’ ‘AMRUT’, ‘HRIDAY’, ‘Smart City’, and ‘Ayushman Bharat’ missions, the sector is set for accelerated growth. The 100% FDI and increasing impetus to develop world-class housing and infrastructure are further driving global investor interest in the industry. In the backdrop of these developments, it is vital to have a national platform comprising of global and national leaders to converge and share industry insights and knowledge on current challenges and possible solutions critical to the sustainable growth of the sector.

As a landmark annual event of the Construction Industry, A.G.N.I’s Construction Leadership Conclave 1.0 is themed “Making it Happen” and will discuss current trends and International best practices that need to be incorporated to eventually make the Indian Construction Industry among the best in the world. With more than 400 constructions, real estate, infra and allied industry professionals representing over 300 global organizations, the conclave aims to offer a premier knowledge sharing, engaging and networking platform for Industry members. Through a host of panel discussions, Industry Round Table and stellar speaker presentations, the one-day conference will further touch upon key topics like:

  • Raising and managing capital for construction and Infrastructure projects in challenging environments – Some of the noted panelists who have confirmed their participation in this panel discussion are Vivek Jala , Associate Director, KPMG & Prateek Gupta – Head – Strategy & Business Development Aditya Birla Finance Ltd
  • Achieving operational excellence by balancing QCD (Quality, Cost and Delivery time)- One of the panelists in this panel discussion will be Krupesh Anklesaria – VP Engineering Group & Head Contracts – Tata Housing & Bhibhu Singh –Vice President
  • Goldman & Sachs
  • Project Case studies (The Mumbai International Airport) – presented by Niranjan Simha, EVP – Head Strategic business group, L&T Ltd. ECC Division
  • Chasing the dream – Journey of Entrepreneurs – Manan Gupta (Director, Freespanz Design Build Pvt. Ltd), Yayati Kene (Co-founder and CEO, Amala Realty)
  • Blockchain in real estate – Ajay Sharma – Director – Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu India LLP
  • Good Design is good business – A Design dialogue between Rajagopalan Palamadai (Chief Design Advisor – Peninsula Land Ltd) and Sameep Padora (Founding Principal – sP+a)

The event is supported by India’s premier constriction companies L&T ECC, and Capacite Infrastructure Limited and associate partners Project Management Institute (PMI) and American Society of Quality (Quality Management Division) Global.

Speaking about the significance of such a platform, Mr. Gulam Zia, Executive Director – Knight Frank said, “NICMAR has the distinct edge as the first mover in clubbing engineering capabilities with management expertise. This exceptional fusion of skillsets has already given the industry a few of its stalwarts. When India is poised to take a quantum leap from 2.5 to 5 trillion-dollar economy, such resources will play a key role in nation building. This event gives a platform to ponder over how NICMAR and NICMARians can accomplish this task.”

Mr. Niranjan Simha, Executive Vice President, Head Strategy Business Group, L&T Ltd ECC Division said, ‘’Truly blessed to see such a rich and knowledgeable Alumni of this amazing institute NICMAR. The meet is a game changer and a wonderful opportunity to meet, network exchange ideas, synergize and contribute the take Indian construction to much higher levels. Kudos to the enthusiastic team which has put this together and look forward to worldwide participation to make it a GLOBAL NICMAR FAMILY. ALL THE BEST.’’

Mr. Tiru Kulkarni – President – Garware, Geosynthesis division added, “I am genuinely excited to see AGNI grow so fast in such a short period. I believe that the phenomenal response that the conclave has received is just the beginning. AGNI has the reach and the power to effect positive changes in the construction industry to make it not only world class but also to take it global.

Mr. Raghvendra Singh Bisen – Vice President (EPC) Head Project Controls and Project Management, Oberoi Realty, one of the founding members and part of AGNI steering committee stated that “Share of the construction sector to GDP is estimated to grow from 9 % in 2017 to 15% making India the third largest construction market by 2030 globally. Such exceptional growth in the sector demands both technology and skill transfer.

NICMARians are shaping the construction industry today in India and abroad with nearly 20 % working abroad in around 39 countries. It’s time we NICMARians contribute back to India and bring the best global project management and construction practices to meet this ambitious goal and deliver sustainable quality projects on time.

Association of Global NICMARians is committed to transforming this sector by riding the wave of disruption and unprecedented investment in the construction and infrastructure projects. Global NICMARians Alumni Meet and Construction Leadership Conclave 1.0 is just the first step in that direction and will bring the Industry leaders together to set the narrative and lay down the road-map for this exciting journey”.

Apart from the action-packed day, the event will also honor distinguished senior Alumni members who have achieved great success and also helped shape the industry, at large, both on the National and International level. As a fitting tribute to the institute that has been silently developing innovators, entrepreneurs, and visionaries that are building the nation, the A.G.N.I Conclave 2018 will offer a grand tribute to mark the 35 years of NICMAR.

About A.G.N.I
Association of Global NICMARians (AGNI) is an official alumni body of NICMAR Postgraduates (National Institute of Construction Management and Research).

AGNI is formed with an objective of bringing all NICMARians together for the betterment of the Indian construction industry besides creating a strong alumni network to leverage knowledge, experience, and best practices. One of the main objectives of AGNI is to bring best global practices in areas of construction management, project engineering and management, real estate management, infrastructure management, construction financing and funding, smart city development management, Green Buildings, telecommunication & power sector and allied areas both at Urban and Rural level.

Today NICMARians are leading the change not only in Indian construction industry but globally, from managing projects like Statue of Unity to Sydney metro to the tallest building in the world to largest Dam in the country to leading the most massive Infrastructure, Construction, and Real Estate organizations. AGNI has several active chapters including Mumbai (Founding Chapter), Pune (includes Pune& rest of Maharashtra, Goa), NCR, Bengaluru (consists of all of Karnataka), Chennai (includes Tamil Nadu & Kerala), Hyderabad (includes AP & TG), Kolkata (includes West Bengal, Bihar, Jharkhand & northeast states) and International chapters such as Australia and UAE with over 4,000 members representing more than 1000 companies globally and located in 40 countries.


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