RAJAGOPALAN Kumar Retailers Association of India
Kumar Rajagopalan is currently working as the CEO of Retailers Association of India.
Retailers association of India (RAI) is the unified voice of retailers in India. RAI works with all
stakeholders for creating the right environment for the growth of retail industry in India, RAI is the
body that encourages, develops, facilitates and supports retailers to become modern and adopt
best practices that will delight customers.
RAI has a three charter aim of Retail Development, Facilitation and Propagation. RAI's Focus
Areas are Advocacy with Government, semi-government and international bodies; Talent
Development - Programs across the lifecycle of retail employees and Industry Creation -
Specialist programs for verticals, Leadership events, member meets and enabling research.
Prior to joining RAI, Kumar was the country head - retail solutions at IBM. He was responsible for
leading the business and solution development functions as well as closely working across the
brand teams of IBM to define and execute the overall sales and thought leadership strategy for
Before joining IBM, he was the Executive Director and Chief Operating Officer of 'Crossword
Book Stores'. Kumar was with Shopper's Stop Ltd. for 13 years. During his tenure with Shoppers'
Stop Kumar has had varied responsibilities including: Head of Finance and Systems, Head of
Operation, Head of Buying and Merchandising for Non-apparels, Head of concessions, Head of a
venture called 'Bargains'.
Kumar is associated with various organizations and industry bodies that help and promote retail.
He is also a visiting faculty in various business institutes. He has contributed articles to
magazines and News Papers on topics like profitable retail operations, feast to famine theory in
buying and merchandising, Strategic resource management in retail etc.
Prior to working at Shoppers' stop, he was a practicing Chartered Accountant specializing in
management consulting, taxation, audit and corporate matters.
Over the years, Kumar has witnessed success by taking up functions that require start-up skills or
About the Retailers Association of India:
Retailers Association of India (RAI) is the unified voice of Indian retailers. RAI works with all the stakeholders for creating the right environment for the growth of the modern retail industry in India. RAI is the body that encourages, develops, facilitates and supports retailers to become modern and adopt best practices that will delight customers.
Rai has a three charter aim of Retail Development, Facilitation and Propagation.
Retailers Association of India (RAI) always strives to bring best practices to the retail industry and its stakeholders. RAI's efforts center around advocacy and government representations, bringing best practices to the industry, fostering retail learning and training, creating a reservoir of information through retail research, disseminating communication through magazines, newsletter, website, etc. for the benefit of its members and the industry.
STOrai magazine: is the official communiqué of RAI and a significant medium of communication for the Retail Industry. The objective is to disseminate retail happenings and update readers about the activities of RAI. STOrai is circulated to key retailers, brand owners, mall developers and to all the stakeholders of the retail industry across verticals and across the country. What started off as a newsletter with just about 20 pages in the year 2004, each issue of STOrai today has more than 120 pages and has grown to become a reputed and much sought after industry body publication.
BHATIJA Kishore Inorbit Malls
| Managing Director & CEO
A Chartered Accountant by profession, Mr. Bhatija is Managing Director & Chief Executive Officer of Inorbit Malls. He brings with him a rich & large work experience in Engineering, Real Estate and Retail Industry of 32 years, to the company. An amiable leader who has abetted Inorbit to create a benchmark in the market over the past few years.
An eminent speaker at various forums, Mr. Bhatija has also won several accolades on national and international platforms. He has been awarded as 'The Most Admired Shopping Centre Professional of the Year' in 2011 at India Shopping Centre Awards & has also bagged the prestigious Business Achiever award in 2012 instituted by Institute of Chartered Accountants of India. With a dedicated workforce, he has been able to mark Inorbit malls' strong presence across six prominent cities in India.
About Inorbit Malls:
Inorbit Malls, a group company of the K. Raheja Corp (a pioneer real estate developer of India) was initiated with an objective to not just create physical structures but also to influence lifestyles. Inorbit Malls, committed to setting benchmarks in retailing in India, provides an excellent walk through experience for customers. Inorbit Malls combine the knowledge of the Indian Consumer and a changing Indian market scenario in locating, designing, planning and managing retail environments.
Inorbit Malls began their journey by opening its first mall at Malad to the public in early 2004, in Mumbai. Since then Inorbit has repeated its success with malls in Vashi Navi Mumbai, Cyberabad Hyderabad, Viman Nagar Pune & Whitefield Bangalore. The malls have universal class and appeal and seek to provide a one-stop destination for fashion, lifestyle, food, and entertainment leading to an international experience. Inorbit recently expanded its footprint to Vadodara, Gujarat on 5th September, 2013.
BECTOR Pushpa DLF Mall of India
| Senior VP - Head of Leasing and Mall Management
Pushpa Bector is the Senior Vice President of DLF Utilities Ltd and heads the leasing and mall management division of DLF Mall of India, the largest upcoming retail destination of the country which is spread across 1.9 million sq ft of retail space in the National Capital Region, NOIDA. She is would be responsible for marketing and operations at DLF Mall of India which is scheduled to get operational by the first quarter of 2014.
Bector has an extensive experience of around 20 years and is a renowned name in the retail and mall business domain. Prior to DLF Mall of India, she was heading DLF Promenade and was involved in the designing of systems & processes for successful operations and marketing campaigns. Her constant efforts helped in positioning and earning accolades for DLF Promenade as the ultimate fashion destination of the city.
About DLF Mall of India:
DLF, India's leading developer of residential, commercial and retail properties, with its accrued and acquired experience, expertise and entrepreneurship, is all set to create history again and redefine the world of retail in India by presenting DLF Mall of India. The mall that is set to be operational by the first quarter of 2014 is spread across 1.9 million sq ft of retail space and is a project, fully owned, leased and operated by DLF. The 1100 crore project, DLF Mall of India will have excellent strategic connectivity with three affluent catchment areas. Located in one of the most posh locations of Noida (Sector 18 Noida), DLF Mall Of India will be extremely well connected to that of South Delhi and Lutyen’s Delhi (DND Expressway), Noida and Greater Noida (the Greater Noida Expressway) and Noida and East Delhi. The magnificent project would be reaching out to over 49 colleges and over 47 corporate giants present in the vicinity and is expected to the destination of choice for Gen Y of the country. An international shopping experience, an exclusive Entertainment City, international cafes and global dining options are set to make DLF Mall of India the most preferred destination.
TANEJA Amitabh Images Multimedia PVT
| Chairman & Managing Director
Founder of the IMAGES Group, Amitabh Taneja is the Editor-in-Chief & CMD of the IMAGES group. Driven by Power, Passion and Speed Amitabh is credited with path breaking and pioneering leads.
A visionary, a dreamer and a karmayogi, Amitabh has built the IMAGES group through his sheer sweat and hard work and has been an inspiration to his core team through his own personal example of strength through strife and struggle. To strive, to seek to find and not to yield has been and remains his one line mantra of strength and success. Breakthroughs will continue to be a part of his philosophy. The happiness of the journey, he believes, lies in the journey itself; the goals and milestones work themselves out along the way!
The IMAGES GROUP, under his dynamic stewardship, is emerging as one of the largest retail & consumer intelligence organisations in the world. With research & consulting, publications & portals, education & training, events and awards, the IMAGES Group has been actively involved with over 5,000 key brands, retailers, shopping centre developers from across the globe and the entire retail support network for past 17 years.
About Images Multimedia PVT:
Recognised by the international retail community through its B2B Magazines, Conferences, Exhibitions, Research Volumes, and Web Portals, the Images Group is a retail intelligence organisation that is trusted as the catalyst for profitable growth of modern retail through knowledge platform leadership.
A strong portfolio of business publications have served since 199 to inform, advise and inspire leaders and decision makers of the retail industry. Focused media serves key retail verticals like Food & Grocery, Fashion, Beauty & Wellness, Food Service, Textiles, etc. and also cover Franchising, Retail Support, Technology and Real Estate.
The need to connect with businesses, people, knowledge and ideas associated with modern retail is served by Images Business Exhibitions and networking meets. Conducted alongside these, Images Knowledge Forums and Conferences featuring global leaders inspire not just debate and discussion, but even influence policy decisions.
Images Awards are respected for the accurate, unbiased and transparent evaluation and recognition of retail performance….and loved for the style with which these successes are celebrated.
Other Images initiatives in Business Intelligence, Real Estate & Market Research, Retail Training and On-line Community Building also play important roles in further developing the world’s most attractive retail destination – India.