Infrastructure Conclave 2012

With an objective of enhancing the industry academia interface, School of Petroleum Management, Gandhinagar organized the Infrastructure Conclave 2012 in association with gold sponsors Essar and FTC Media, media partners Oil & Maritime, Indian Infrastructure, Gujarat Infrastructure and Indian Ports and Infrastructure, and knowledge partner Nexgen. The conclave was set in motion with Mr. R. K. Jha, Director, Gujarat International Finance Tech-City (GIFT) at Pandit Deendayal Petroleum University, Gandhinagar. He deliberated upon synergy between the economic growth and development of infrastructure sector supported by the 11th and the 12th Five Year Plan. He also stressed upon the challenges of financing an infrastructure project and how liberalized taxation policies and public private partnership can bring reform in this sector.

The conclave had four sessions and witnessed eminent leaders across the value chain that ignited the young minds on diverse thought processes. The First Session, chaired by Mr. Jayesh Buch, Resident Director-Gujarat, Essar Group, dealt with developing Ports & Logistics Infrastructure including greenfield ports, bottlenecks in port operations, vertical integration in the coal supply chain and synergetic development of Ports and SEZ, Infrastructure Financing and Business opportunities in infrastructure. Second Session tracked the insights of Infrastructure Finance addressing the needs for the development in energy and power sector, challenges in debt financing and financial challenges in the port business operations. Third Session, chaired by Mr. Sunil Parekh, Advisor, Zydus Group, Crisil, Suzlon energy, Monitor Group, opened the discussion for business opportunities in infrastructure sector spanning over the trends in Indian Logistics Industry, DMIC, and integrated logistics in offshore Oil & Gas Industry. The Final Session, chaired by Dr. D. M. Pestonjee, Ex-Professor, IIM Ahmedabad, focused on creating next generation energy professionals through talent management in the sector by creating the leadership pipeline.

The conclave was a stage to raise, discuss and deliberate various challenges with fresh idea and new perspectives and the distinguished leaders to lead these issues were Mr. Natarajan Iyer, Senior Consultant, Reliance Ports and Terminals Ltd.; Mr. Suren Vakil, MD, BMT Consultants (I) Pvt. Ltd.; Mr. K. K. Sinha, CEO & Executive Director, Essar Ports Ltd.; Mr. Ganesh Radhakrishnan, Advisor-Government & Infrastructure, PWC; Mr. Pawan Singh, Director-Finance, PTC India Financial Services Ltd.; Mr. Ashwani Gupta, CEO, Amherst Advisory Services; Mr. B. Ravi, Adani Ports & SEZ Mumbai; Mr. Vivek Kumar, Associate Director, Crisil Infrastructure Advisory-transport & logistics sector; Mr. D. K. Brahmbhatt, Senior Manager, Gujarat Infrastructure Development Board; Mr. Job Glas, Chief Representative Netherlands Business Support Office; Mr. S. Roy, President, Arya Offshore; Mr. Bhaskar Bhattacharya, AVP-HR,ABG Cement; Wing Commander Naresh Taneja (retd), President HR & Admin, IRB Infrastructure Developers and Mr. Hemant H Bahura, Chief Manager-HR, Petronet LNG.

The conclave was also attended by numerous industry listeners and students from various colleges across India. It gave an opportunity to not only to discuss and tap the opportunities of the infrastructure sector but also led the foundation for upcoming research.

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“The conclave was very well organized. The selections of topics were relevant and speakers who presented were selected carefully and most suitably. Undoubtedly, this School is destined for greater heights”. Mr. Ganesh Radhakrishnan, Advisor-Government & Infrastructure, PWC; 

“Organizing conclave on various subjects is a very innovative idea and the students and faculty of this institute have done a great job. “ Mr. R. K. Jha, Director, Gujarat International Finance Tech-City (GIFT)

“I must say that the event was very well organized. The students appear absolutely keen to learn and quite enthusiastic and the faculty is very encouraging and persuasive”. Mr. K. K. Sinha, CEO & Executive Director, Essar Ports Ltd.

Mr. K. K. Sinha
CEO & Executive Director
Essar Ports Ltd.
Mr. Jayesh Buch
Resident Director- Gujarat
Essar Group
Mr. B Ravi
Adani Ports & SEZ Mundra
Mr. Ganesh Radhakrishnan
Advisor Government & Infrastructure
Mr. Vivek Kumar
Associate director
Crisil Infrastructure Advisory
Mr. Natarajan Iyer
Senior Consultant
Reliance Ports & Terminals Ltd.
Mr. R. K. Jha
Gujarat International Finance Tec-City Co. Ltd. (GIFT)
Mr. Hemant H Bahura
Chief Manager- HR
Petronet LNG
Mr. D.K.Brahmbhatt
Sr Manager
Gujarat Infrastructure Development Board
Mr. Job Glas
Chief Representative
Netherlands Business Support Office
Wg Cdr Naresh Taneja (Retd)
President HR & Admin
IRB Infrastructure Developers Ltd.
Mr. Suren Vakil
BMT Consultants (I) Pvt. Ltd
Mr. Roy S
Arya Offshore
Dr. Pramod Paliwal
School of Petroleum Management
Prof. Khurana
School Of Petroleum Management (Session Chair)
Mr. Pawan Singh
PTC India Financial Services Ltd.
Mr. Ashwani Gupta
Amherst Advisory Services
Mr. Bhaskar Bhattacharya
ABG Cement
Dr. D. M. Pestonjee
IIM Ahmedabad
Mr. Sunil R Parekh
Strategic Advisor-Zydus Group (Session Chair)
Gold Sponsor
Essar Ports
PTC India
Knowledge Partner
Media Partner
Gujarat Infrastructure
Oil & Maritime
Ports & Infrastructure
IBK Media