As a part of its Urban Works Innovation Challenge 2018, Columbia Global Centers | Mumbai, in partnership with the CoWrks Foundry, invites you to a panel discussion featuring leading business experts Sharad Sanghi, Pirojsha Godrej, and Shom Hinduja, as well as writer Aparna Piramal Raje, who will address the practices and processes, and the opportunities and challenges in supporting sustainability in urban workspaces. The conversation will be moderated by the Center’s Director, Dr. Ravina Aggarwal.
The panel will be followed by an information session for individuals and teams interested in applying for the challenge.
About the Speakers:
Sharad Sanghi is the Managing Director and CEO of Netmagic, an organization that he founded in July 1998, and now an NTT Communications Company. He is an industry veteran with over 20 years of extensive experience in developing Internet backbone infrastructure and providing Internet services. He is also a part time non-official Director on the Board of Bharat Electronics Limited, appointed by the Government of India. He holds a Masters degree in Engineering from Columbia University.
Pirojsha Godrej is the Executive Chairman of Godrej Properties. In 2016, GPL was ranked #2 in Asia and #5 in the World in terms of its sustainability performance in the Global Real Estate Sustainability Benchmark Report. He has received the IGBC Green Champion Award in 2016, and was selected as ‘Person of the Year’ at the GIREM Awards 2013. He completed his Masters in International Affairs from Columbia University in 2004, and went on to complete an MBA from Columbia Business School in 2008.
Shom A. Hinduja is the President - Alternative Energy and Sustainability at the Hinduja Group. He is formulating the group’s foray into the alternative energy sector. His key function is to introduce the sustainability strategy for the group. Prior to joining the offices in Mumbai, he worked in the Financial Due Diligence practice at KPMG, New York, as part of the M&A team. He holds a B.A. in Sustainable Development and an M.S. in Sustainability Management from Columbia University.
Aparna Piramal Raje's popular column, Head Office, in the Mint newspaper, looks at leadership through the joint lens of workspace design and management workstyles. The column led to her first book, Working Out of the Box: 40 stories of leading CEOs, published by Penguin Random House in 2015. She has also examined the intersections that shape our cities, writing about urban planning, market forces and government policy, for publications such as the Mint and the UK’s Financial Times Weekend.