Dr Oscar Concessao, OCI Architects
Dr Oscar Concessao, director at OCI Architects, Chennai, is an accomplished building professional and speaker. He obtained his B Arch in 1986 from REC Tiruchirapalli (NIT), and M Arch (Urban Design) in 1987 from the University of Oklahoma, USA. He did his advanced professional studies from Harvard University in 1992, specialising in Research Labs & Hospital design. In 2008 he completed his doctoral studies in Modern Architecture. His long list of recognitions and awards includes the most recent Outstanding Achievers Award, IADF 2011 and 6 National AICA Awards in 2012.
Dr Concessao's vast experience in designing engineering & medical campuses, SEZs & IT facilities, 5-star hotels & corporate offices has accorded him the ability to visualise the challenges, buildings of the future will face in order to conserve energy, remain future ready, and be responsive to the changing needs of its occupants.
Mathew Kuhn, Abloy India
Matthew Kuhn is the director of Abloy High Security Locks Pvt Ltd, the Indian arm of the Finnish multi-national high security locking specialist, Abloy Oy. With 20 years experience in mechanical and electro-mechanical locking systems, Kuhn has been involved in many large-scale projects which involved the securing of prominent government and private facilities.
David Gayen, Geze India
David Gayen, country manager at Geze India, has two & a half decades of rich experience in the building industry. He established the company's Indian subsidiary in 2008, and has scaled up its operations significantly since then.
Jagdeep Malhotra, Dorma India
Jagdeep Malhotra heads Dorma India's hospitality business. A B-Tech and MBA degree holder, Malhotra has over 16 years of experience. He is a proactive leader and planner, with vast experience in developing relationships with key accounts, hotel groups, builders, high net worth individuals, architects & interior designers and consultants, both nationally and internationally.
Juergen Wolf, Hafele India
Jurgen Wolf, managing director of Hafele India, stands for a contemporary approach in leadership, intuitive industry insight and dynamism. He has two decades of international experience along with a degree in Export Management from Germany. Wolf's international career began in 1982 with his first foreign assignment as branch manager Iraq, based in Baghdad. He has been instrumental in developing new markets in Asia, the Middle East, North-America and Europe for the companies he was associated with.
Wolf has been the driving force behind the success of Hafele India, taking it from a mere liaison office in 2001 to a full-fledged subsidiary in 2011 with penetration in all cities as well as a sales presence in Nepal, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka. He is a hardware encyclopedia in himself, and has a thorough understanding of the industry, customer dynamics, trade and new trends.
Gaurav Bajaj, Hettich India
Gaurav Bajaj, a management post graduate from Symbiosis, is the DGM-Sales & Marketing at Hettich India. He joined the company as area sales manager-Tamil Nadu & Kerala in 2002. Bajaj has fourteen years of rich experience in the hardware & fittings industry and has consistently delivered high performance in various roles ranging from regional manager-Delhi Region, zonal manager–North & East, and as head projects–all India.
Mario Schmidt, UWDMA
Born and educated in Germany, Mario Schmidt has achieved master's craftsmanship in technology of windows & doors, as well as a degree in economics. He has been working with multi-chambered uPVC profiles since 1994. Since 2006 he has been steering Lingel Windows as its director, and has established the company as a reliable window fabricator in India. He is the treasurer and head of the technical department at the industry association UWDMA.
Marina Doria, Giesse Italy
Marina Doria, branch manager at Giesse Gulf Group UAE, Dubai, is responsible for strengthening cooperation in India & Middle Eastern markets with architects, consultants, window makers & system companies. She has a 15-years background in sales and marketing with Giesse Italy, a world leader in hardware for aluminium windows & doors.
Amit Sehgal, Ozone Overseas
Col Amit Sehgal (Retd) joined Ozone in 2006 as Chief Operating Officer, and has been instrumental in building the company into one of the leading architectural hardware firms in India. Sehgal has been actively involved in formulation of guidelines for the Indian hardware industry in association with CCPS. He often speaks at forums like Institution of Engineers and at training sessions organised by CCPS with regards to use of architectural hardware and how to select right product for the right application.
Vijay Sawant, Q-railing India (formerly known as Carl F)
Vijay Sawant has over 15 years of experience and is currently heading the handrail business unit of Q-railing India. He manages business process re-structuring & implementation of business solutions within pre-set budgets and deadlines. Sawant believes in the principle of relationship driven marketing (RDM) and effectively using techno-commercial skills to market products.