Our People

Venture Management

Rohit George

Rajiv Raichand

Kumaran W R

Chirag Boonlia

Sachin Dhanawade

Ankit Samdariya

Pankaj Bajaj

Manasvi Mann

Kapila Sengupta

Shobha

Siddhant Singh

Emma Yao

Randhir Narayan

Director, Xander Advisors India


Based in New Delhi, Randhir advises on the development and management of Xander’s hotel portfolio, which includes over 10 operational assets and 10 projects under development.  He also advises on a range of hospitality-driven ventures including budget hotels, 5-star properties, business hotels, and luxury resorts.

Prior to Xander, Randhir was Executive Director at Absolute Hospitality Services, a tourism consultancy firm he founded.  Earlier, from 2004 to 2006, he was a Vice President with The Kuoni Travel Group in Mumbai and Delhi, India.  Prior to Kuoni, from 1996 to 2003, he was with The Oberoi Group (BOM: 533273) where his last role was Head of Sales & Marketing based in Dubai, UAE.  From 1993 to 1995, Randhir was with Crowne Plaza in Salzburg, Austria.

Randhir studied hospitality and tourism at the Hotel School of Salzburg, University of Salzburg, Austria, with a specialization in Tourism Organization, Advertising and Convention Business.

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Kumaran W R

Senior Vice President – Development, Virtuous Retail India


Based in Chennai, Kumaran is responsible for design, construction and delivery of Virtuous Retail Flagship City Centre developments viz. VR Whitefield & VR Chennai – 1 MM & 2MM sqft respectively. Over 2012-13, Kumaran supervised the delivery of VR Surat – Virtuous Retail's 550,000 sq ft inaugural Flagship Center in Gujarat, India.

Kumaran has over 16 years of experience in the construction industry. Prior to Virtuous Retail, he was the Project Head at Elbit Plaza in Pune where he was responsible for the construction of a 1MM SF retail development. Earlier, he was with Wipro as development head of a 2-MM SF campus in Bengaluru.

Kumaran started his career with Larsen & Toubro as a Graduate Engineering Trainee, where he was a part of several key projects, was recognized as a top performer and nominated into L&T's Management Leadership Program. He holds a Bachelor of Engineering degree from PSG College of Technology, Coimbatore.

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Nidhi Bhatnagar

Manager – Experience Design, Virtuous Retail Services


Based in New Delhi, Nidhi is responsible for ensuring that the Virtuous Retail Centres are designed as consumer friendly and community oriented environments. Nidhi has over 3 years of experience in Design and Architecture.

Previously, she was a Researcher in the Urban Design Lab, The Earth Institute, Columbia University, New York, where she was responsible for on-going research on urban agriculture and regional food sheds. Prior to that, she was an Adjunct Assistant Faculty at the Urban Design Department, Columbia University and was part of a team that oversaw the summer semester for the graduate course in Architecture and Urban Design.

Nidhi received an M.S in Architecture and Urban Design from Columbia University, New York. She graduated from School of Architecture, CEPT University, Ahmedabad.

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Rohit George

Managing Director, Virtuous Retail South Asia


Rohit George is Managing Director at Virtuous Retail South Asia based in Singapore.

Previously from 2009 to 2016, he was Managing Director at Xander Retail Partners in Singapore and earlier at Xander Advisors India, where he advised on real estate investments and various strategic initiatives and special situation investments for the group. In this capacity, he was also responsible for portfolio and retail management of Virtuous Retail, a pan India retail real estate company with approximately 100 professionals and six million square feet of operating and under development shopping center assets in 6 cities. During his tenure at Xander her served on the boards of Xander Advisors India, Xander Finance, Virtuous Retail’s Indian SPVs and Kidzania India.

Prior to Xander, Rohit co-founded Greenbox Realty, a retail infrastructure development company based in Bengaluru, which he sold to a leading Indian conglomerate. From 2005 to 2007, he worked as an investment banker at Avendus Capital in the technology and real estate groups, advising clients on Mergers and Acquisitions and Capital Raising. Prior to business school, from 2001 to 2003, he worked at GE Capital in the financial assurance group in Chicago and New Delhi.

He received an MBA from the Indian School of Business, Hyderabad and earned an Honors degree in Economics from St. Stephen's College, University of Delhi.

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Vikas Balraj

Senior Manager - Projects, Virtuous Retail


Based in Bengaluru, Vikas focuses on Budgeting, Planning / Coordination and MIS for all the development projects under Virtuous Retail portfolio.

Prior to Virtuous Retail, Vikas spent 6 years with A N Prakash Construction Project Management Consultancy as Senior Project Engineer where he was involved in planning and execution of over 2 MM sft of residential, commercial and hospitality projects including a 550-Key 5-Star Hotel and a 1000 unit residential development. Earlier, Vikas worked for a Structural Steel Design firm as Design Engineer and was involved in design & detailing of steel structures for US-based projects.

Vikas is a Civil Engineering graduate from Visveswaraiah Technological University - Belgaum, Karnataka; he has a PDGBA degree in Finance & Operations from Symbiosis Centre for Distance Learning, Pune and has completed Proficience Programme in Project Management from Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore.

Vikas is a Rashtrapti Scout (President's Badge) Awardee and an adventure sport enthusiast. In 2012, he scaled Mt. Kilimanjaro in Tanzania. He is a member of Project Management Institute, USA; Indian Concrete Institute and Association for Consulting Civil Engineers.

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Aditya Sachdeva

Vice President Leasing, VRSPL


Based in Bengaluru, Aditya is responsible for the leasing of VR Whitefield with additional responsibility for supporting leasing in other VR Centers across the Virtuous Retail portfolio. Prior to VRSPL, Aditya, worked with Everstone Capital in Mumbai for 6+ years as Vice President, Leasing. In this capacity he was involved in strategy development and leasing for all malls & retail space, constructed and/or acquired by the Kshitij (domestic capital) and Horizon (foreign capital) Funds. Earlier, from 2005 to 2007, he worked at Inorbit Malls in the Sales & Marketing Department, and was involved with leasing of their Shopping Centers.

Aditya holds an MBA in Marketing & Cost Accounting & an M.Com degree in Business Administration from Pune University.

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Chirag Boonlia

Vice President – IT, Virtuous Retail India


Chirag Boonlia is based in Bengaluru and is responsible for the IT architecture and implementation of technology solutions for the Virtuous Retail portfolio.

Chirag has over 12 years of multi-domain experience in the IT industry. Prior to joining Virtuous Retail in 2013, he was with the Aditya Birla Retail Group as Deputy General Manager – IT wherein he spearheaded the Retail IT Systems deployment across the country. He has previously worked with Infosys, Oracle, JSW.

Chirag holds a B.E. Degree in Mechanical & MBA in IT & Systems.

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Zenobia Dsouza

Manager - HR, Virtuous Retail Services


Based in Mumbai, Zenobia is responsible for the full spectrum of HR activities viz. talent acquisition, performance management, compensation management, talent management and employee life cycle management.

Zenobia has over 6 years of experience in the telecom and retail industry. Prior to Virtuous Retail, she was with Tata Communications Ltd and was part of several change and transformation initiatives relating to process improvement, technology and analytics. She has received numerous awards during her tenure there.

Zenobia has completed her two year full time MBA program from T. A. Pai Management Institute, Karnataka. She is associated with several NGOs and is passionate about child rights, environment and animals.

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Ankit Samdariya

Vice President - Retail Asset Management, Virtuous Retail India


Ankit Samdariya is responsible for asset management and acquisitions at Virtuous Retail India. He joined Virtuous Retail in 2013 in the Management Leadership Program wherein he worked across marketing, leasing, design, development, operations and asset management functions in the company.

Prior to Virtuous Retail, Ankit worked with Shell for four years in M&A, Strategy Development and Operations Management across the US, Netherlands, Malaysia, Singapore and India, and International Finance Corporation (IFC) - Infrastructure Investment Division in India.

Ankit holds an MBA from Harvard Business School, is a graduate of IIT Delhi and a CFA Level-3 candidate.

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Pankaj Bajaj

Senior Vice President - Finance and Compliance, Virtuous Retail India


Based in Bangalore, Pankaj focuses on monitoring the financial and operational compliance of Virtuous Retail India.

Previously, he was Vice President at Xander Advisors India and focused on monitoring of financial and operational compliance of Xander’s retail investments. Prior to Xander, from 2006 to 2008, Pankaj was with Koncept Ambience, a pioneer in gated community projects in Hyderabad, where he was responsible for accounting and finance for 15 projects worth in aggregate over US$ 100 MM. He also oversaw the group's indirect taxation department. Earlier, from 1998 to 2004, he was with PwC in their audit and International reporting divisions where he audited such clients as SmithKline Beecham and Novozymes.

Pankaj is a qualified Chartered Accountant and graduated from Badruka College, Hyderabad.

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Shruti Gaonkar

Assistant Manager – Architecture and Design


Based in Mumbai, Shruti is a part of the Corporate design team of Virtuous Retail. She is responsible for various design aspects of our shopping centres and works closely with Projects, Operations and Marketing teams.

Prior to Virtuous Retail, she worked with DP Architects in Singapore on various large scale mixed-use, retail and infrastructure projects. Earlier, she was with Architect Hafeez Contractor in Mumbai responsible for design and detailing of commercial, high-end residential and master-planning projects.

Shruti is a Registered Architect with Council of Architecture in India, with a Bachelors in Architecture degree from Mumbai University. She also holds a Master's degree in Urban Design and Architecture from Columbia University in New York City.

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Shobha Baspatan

Senior Manager – Human Resources, Virtuous Retail India


Based in Bangalore, Shobha is responsible for the Human Resources function at Virtuous Retail.

With more than 11 years of experience as a Strategic Human Resources Business Partner, Shobha has a deep understanding of prevalent Human Resources trends & practices with hands on experience of enabling the entire spectrum of HR functions.

Prior to joining Virtuous Retail, she was leading pan-India Talent Management and Organisational Development initiatives at Aditya Birla Insurance Brokers (Aditya Birla Group). Earlier, she was part of the Corporate HR Team at Aegis Global (Essar Group) and led the HR function for Maharashtra & Goa SBU at Eureka Forbes Limited.

Shobha holds Master's Degree in Human Resources and is a Commerce Graduate from Pune University. She is a certified Predictive Index analyst by Praendex Inc and has also done certification in Competency Mapping.

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Kapila Sengupta

Assistant Vice President - Marketing & Events, Virtuous Retail India


Based out of Bangalore, Kapila Sengupta is part of the corporate marketing team, and specifically leads the commercialization & marketing programme for VR Bangalore.

Kapila has over 12 years of experience across Luxury Retail, Fashion & Hospitality and has managed a range of roles & positions across PR, Marketing, Operations and Customer Service. Prior to joining Virtuous Retail, she managed Bangalore’s first luxury shopping centre, UB City from 2009-2012 after which she consulted in launching of premium brands entering the Indian retail market.

Kapila holds a Hotel Management Diploma from Merit Swiss Asian School of Hotel Management and a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration.

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Rajiv Raichand

Director, Virtuous Retail India


Based out of Bengaluru, Rajiv Raichand is responsible for asset management and strategic initiatives at Virtuous Retail India.

Rajiv has over 10 years’ experience in asset management. Prior joining Virtuous Retail, he was with Brookfield Asset Management, London and Mumbai working within the asset management and development teams and more recently helping establish Brookfield Multiplex in India.

Rajiv has held senior roles within the assurance & business advisory functions at PwC in London and in New York and has also spent two years structuring real estate finance transactions at Anglo Irish Bank for PE Funds and Developers in the UK.

Rajiv is a Chartered Accountant from UK and holds a Master’s degree in Finance from the University of Birmingham, UK.

Manasvi Mann

Associate Vice President - Legal, Virtuous Retail India


Based in Bangalore, Manasvi leads the legal function at Virtuous Retail India.

Manasvi has over 6 years of experience in retail, real estate, contracts and litigation management. Prior to Virtuous Retail, Manasvi was with Bharti Wal-mart where he was responsible for supporting the business in Southern and Western India.

Manasvi received LLM from NALSAR, Hyderabad specializing in Intellectual Property Rights.

Sachin Dhanawade

Vice President - Operations, Virtuous Retail India


Sachin Dhanawade is Vice President, Operations at Virtuous Retail. Sachin has over 17 years of experience in Retail & Shopping Centre Operations and Business Management. Prior to Virtuous Retail, Sachin Dhanawade worked at Oberoi Mall, Mumbai as General Manager and Yum! Brands.

Sachin holds a diploma in hotel management from Rizvi College and a post graduate diploma in business administration and retail management from Welingkar Institute.

Siddhant Singh

Manager, Venture Management


Siddhant is part of the venture management team and focuses on the group’s India based hospitality and F&B assets and initiatives.

As Asset Manager for The Waverly Hotel & Residences, VR Bengaluru, that combines experiential stay with multiple themed F&B outlets and unique event spaces, Siddhant was closely involved in both the development and launch phases of the property. Post launch, for over 6 months during the stabilization phase, he also acted as the Business Manager for the property, directly responsible for all hotel and restaurant operations, while supervising a team of over 100 people.

Earlier as a member of the launch team at VR Surat, Virtuous Retail's first flagship community centric lifestyle center, he helped set-up and launch various F&B formats such as Foodbox (20-kitchen self-branded and operated food court) and the StrEAT (heritage inspired outdoor QSR outlets and kiosks). He has also been involved in strategy and yield management of F&B outlets and banquets at other Xander portfolio hotels including luxury boutique hotels in Udaipur & Jaipur.

Prior to joining Xander in 2012, Siddhant worked with Indian Hotels for five years. As restaurant manager at the Taj Westend, Bangalore he was responsible for the popular Indian Restaurant Masala Spice, and at the Taj Banjara, Hyderabad he was part of the opening team and banquet manager. He started as a management trainee in 2007, with the Taj Palace Hotel in Delhi and Taj Tashi in Bhutan.

Siddhant has a management degree from the Institute of Hotel Management, Bhopal. Siddhant has also successfully completed HBX CORe and is currently pursuing HBX Leading with Finance. Both courses are powered by Harvard Business School.

Emma Yao

Finance Executive, Virtuous Retail South Asia


Based in Singapore, Emma focuses on financial control, capital structuring, investor reporting, compliance and treasury management for Virtuous Retail South Asia.

Previously from 2013 to 2016, she was a Senior Associate specializing in financial services with Ernst & Young LLP Singapore, where she performed thorough business and financial analyses on various real estate investment clients, and advised on business operations, regulatory compliance, and financial reporting. She managed a team of 5 and covered over 15 Fortune 500 clients across financial industries such as asset management, insurance, commodity trading, and banking.

Emma obtained her Bachelor’s Degree in Accountancy (Honors) under Nanyang Scholarship offered by Nanyang Technological University, and moved from China to Singapore at 15 under the government scholarship program offered by the Ministry of Education of Singapore.

Emma is a Chartered Accountant (CA) of Singapore and currently pursuing Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA).