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Mall Mechanic, Developers & Advisors - Beyond Squarefeet Team
Beyond Squarefeet™ consists of professionals with a practical experience & expertise spread in a wide area of Mall Conceptualisation, Positioning, Mall Zoning, Tenant Mix, Mall Marketing & Leasing, Mall development, Retail, infrastructure planning, construction, etc. Having been on both sides of the business i.e. Retailer & Mall Developer, we deeply understand the business proposition and hence we create a win-win situation to both the players.

Our multi talented team is accountable & responsive and our core team works closely on every project, to bring in the best results, with their prior experience. The work culture at Beyond Squarefeet™ is open, transparent & conducive. The core team aims at taking the undertaken projects to the best available solutions, with an emphasis on the economic viability of the project, both to the developer & Retailer.

Key Team Members at Beyond Squarefeet™

Susil S. Dungarwal : Chief Mall Mechanic ®

Susil DUNGARWAL has served about 23 years in the Retail / Mall sector in India. A true home grown retailer, who has worked in a spectrum of retail formats such as Department stores, Lifestyle Store, Specialty stores, Supermarkets, Discount Stores, Rural Retail, and of course now into Mall Development & Management of Malls & has been involved in various Retail / Mall projects totalling more than 12 million (12,000,000)sq.ft. He is an ICSC (International Council of Shopping Centres) certified, shopping centre / Mall Manager.

He has been a visiting faculty & guest lecturer in IIM - Bangalore & Mount Carmel College of Management in Bangalore, NITIE - Mumbai, The Empire School of Learning, Indian Education Society College of Management, Rizvi Institute of Management, Jamunalal Bajaj Institute of Management, IIT - Powai, Symbiosis Institute of Business Management, etc.

During his tenure of about 23 years in Retail, he has associated with companies such as Saint Mark, Big Kids Kemp, Shoppers' Stop (K. Raheja Group), Lakewood Malls, (Hiranandani Group), The LOOT, The Forum Mall, UB City Mall & Eva Mall (Prestige group) & Emaar MGF, Ishanya - A Specialty Mall, Bergamo - Luxury Mall, Funeria - An Entertainment hub, etc.

Thanks to his association, knowledge & involvement of Indian Retail industry, The Economic Times (The Times of India group) shared his knowledge in the First Retail book in India under the banner of "Retail 2000-2001". He was also involved in bring in the second edition of the same in 2002-2003, as one of the key contributors apart from Mr. B.S. Nagesh (MD, Shoppers' Stop Limited) & Mr. Arvind Singhal (Chairman, KSA Technopak.). He has represented the Indian retail Industry in various seminars / conferences across the globe.

He is the winner of the "Rashtriya Rattan Award - 2001" for the best up-coming Retail professional in India. More recently in November 2006, he was conferred with the "Indira Super Achievers Award- 2006", in Bangalore. He was also nominated for the "Indira Gandhi Award for National Integration" in the year 1988, for his noble service to the society, through an NGO.

Susil also writes for various retail newspapers/magazines focused on retailing including, Retail Asia, Retail ME (Middle East), Gentleman, Images Retail, Images Business of Fashion, The Financial Express, Business Standard, The Economic Times, Retail Biz, Newsweek, Femina, USP Age, East India Retail, Gulf News, & features in many Business TV Channels. He is aptly called a "Retail & Realty Analyst".

Siddharth Sahgal : Mall Mechanic ® & Managing Director - Mall Management

Mr. Siddharth Sahgal has over 19 years’ experience in Fashion Retail, Leisure, F&B, Amusement, Travel Retail (Airports) and Export Apparel Manufacturing segments. Siddharth holds a business degree in International Business & Finance, from Sydney Graduate School of Management. He has been a part of Mall/Retail industry and has held significant positions in areas of Consulting, Strategy, Research & Analysis, Operations, Innovation, Wealth Creation and Business Development. He has worked with companies such as Globus, Future Group, Lakewood Malls, Mumbai International Airports/GVK and Travel Food Services. Prior to joining Beyond Squarefeet, his last assignment was with Pioneer Property Zone as a Director – Mall Management.

Mr. Siddharth Sahgal has been appointed as the Managing Director at Beyond Squarefeet Mall Management Pvt. Ltd.

Ashok Jain : Director - Finance & Strategy

Ashok Jain, is a post graduate in management (MBA) and Law (LL.B.) from University of Mumbai, and also a qualified Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) and a Certified Investment Banker (CIB) from the ICFAI, Hyderabad

Ashok Jain has 17 years of work experience in diverse industries such as financial services, agribusiness & retail and has worked with several large corporate houses such as Tata Group, RPG Group, Shoprite Group of South Africa and Australian Government. He has an exposure to several domain businesses like commodity procurement and trading, fresh produce supply chain management (including contract farming), currency trading, risk management and international business development. He has been instrumental in setting up the fresh produce business for local wholesale, retail and export businesses for Shoprite Group in India creating benchmark in produce retailing in India.

Apart from being a Director - Finance & Strategy at Beyond Squarefeet™, Ashok Jain is associated as Director - Finance & Strategy at Terracon Ecotech Pvt. Ltd.; and is also involved with Alia Group as "Chief Financial Officer and Catalyst-Growth". Before joining Alia Group, Ashok Jain was the CEO of a commodity futures broking start up for a period of 2 years. He brings in the expertise in finance, strategy and business development.

Vivek Varma : Mall Mechanic ® & President - Architecture

Vivek is a qualified Architect from the Academy of Architecture & has been mentored by Hafeez Contractor. Recognized for his spatial & out of the box designs in Retail, Entertainment, F&B, Commercial and Residential, Vivek has been a winner of various Retail Design & commercial design Awards. He has been associated with names likes Times Group, UTV, Reebok, Crossword, Hiranandani Group, Prime Focus, NASA and many more.

Bipin Bhise : President - Construction

A Civil Engineer from V.J.T. Institute, Mumbai in First Class in 1986, comes with immense experience & learning in the construction industry. With more than 22 years, all positions starting from Trainee Engineer to Managing Director, in various renowned construction companies. Having handled all genres of projects ranging from 50,000 sq.ft. up to 20,00,000 sq.ft, he is a hand-on construction expert.

Among projects vary from Hotels, Malls, Commercial, Residential etc, he has been associated with all the coveted construction / infrastructure companies such as Hiranandani Group, L&T - ECC, Mahimtura Consultants (structural Engineers), Sheth Builders, Jayraj Group, Goel Ganga Group, Vascon Group, Ishanya, Protech Construction, etc. Bipin Bhise is a well known expert in the field of construction.

Arun Kotian : Mall Mechanic ® & Vice President - Retail Strategy

With a BSc in chemistry, a degree in Post harvest management, and DIP in both software engineering and food technology, Mr. Arun Kotian is an expert strategist in the Retail business having primary exposure in commodity procurement & trading, supply chain management, risk management and international business development. Having over 15 years of experience in agribusiness, processing, and retailing, Mr. Kotian has been instrumental in growth of large corporates with the likes of Trikeya Grey, McDonalds and Shoprite group from South Africa. Arun brings with him a lot of entrepreneurial and business process management skills with emphasis on retail and supply chain management.

Sanjeev Thakur : Mall Mechanic ® & Assistant Vice President Leasing

Mr. Sanjeev Thakur has over 12 years of experience in Retail Real Estate. Being a Commerce Graduate, he has always been passionate about Retail and Leasing in particular. He has worked with one of India’s top Retailer, Jashn, as the Operations Head and with many of top Mall Developers such as, Nirmal Lifestyle, Neptune Magnet Mall and EWDL in the capacity of Leasing Head. Blending his rich exposure to such associations coupled with his interest & passion for this profile, he has managed Leasing, Zoning, Category Mix, etc for over 1 million sq. ft. of Retail space across categories. All though his professional career his focus & expertize lay in Leasing and Mall advisory domain.

Apart from this, he has been associated with other influential Retail bodies from the industry such as RAI, Images, Franchise India, etc. He has been actively participating in various retail exhibitions and conferences for his respective developers adding value to the business chain from time to time.

Abhijit Banik : Mall Mechanic ® & Business Head - Fit-Out Management

Mr. Banik is a Bachelor of Architecture from T.V.B School of Habitat Studies, New Delhi. He has had the exposure and experience of working not only in India but also the Middle East. He has more than 14 years’ experience in managing diverse engineering projects, handling designing, project management & supervision. He is a self-motivated, result oriented and hardworking professional with demonstrated success in manpower management, resource allocation, customer relationship management. Mr. Abhijit Banik was last associated with Lifestyle International Pvt. Ltd as Deputy General Manager- Project Execution. His key professional skills include Project Management- Planning & execution, Interior Designing, Operations & Maintenance, Man Management, Budgeting, Resource Utilization, Cross functional coordination.

Mr. Abhijit Banik has joined Beyond Squarefeet as Mall Mechanic ® & Business Head – Fitout Management

Chandershekhar Kaul : Mall Mechanic ® & Business Head - Design & Development

Mr. Chandershekhar Kaul has over a decades' experience in retail, residential and mixed use projects.  He holds a bachelor's degree in Architecture from Sir J J College of Architecture, Mumbai. He has also done his M.Arch. specializing in Urban & Regional Planning. Mr Kaul has worked with renowned real estate developers like R.Raheja & Phoenix Group as well as consulting companies like Madison World in past. He was actively involved with the complete development of Palladium, a luxury mall, at Mumbai & Chennai and the 35 lakh sq. ft. mixed used development of Chennai Market City with retail component of over 10 lakh sq.ft during his last stint with Phoenix Group prior to joining Beyond Squarefeet. Mr. Kaul has the exposure of working with international consultants like Benoy, Belt Collins, Lighting Images etc.  At Beyond Squarefeet, he has been involved with successfully re-orienting and creating USP's for malls in different parts of India. He is currently pursuing a Post Graduate Programme in Infrastructure Development & Management from NICMAR, Pune.

Mr. Chandershekhar Kaul is a Mall Mechanic & Business Head for Design & Development at Beyond Squarefeet.

Hanif Chauhan : Mall Mechanic ® & GM – Fit-Out Management

Mr. Chauhan is an electrical engineer, with more than 15 years’ experience in retail projects. He has had the exposure and experience of working in various organizations in Middle East & India. Mr. Hanif has worked with major French Retail giants like Carrefour & Geant. He has held significant roles in major local groups like Al Meera and Al Othaim. Prior to joining Beyond Squarefeet Advisory Pvt. Ltd., Mr. Hanif Chauhan worked with Lotus Pi Mall Advisory. His core competencies are Fit- out Management, Large scale retail projects, Facility Management, Mall Operations, Events Management & Execution. He has also attended various training programmes and trade fairs in Europe & China to have an insight on latest trends & market standards along with exposure to International practices.

Mr. Hanif Chauhan is a Mall Mechanic ® and General Manager – FitOut Management at Beyond Squarefeet.

Ravi Kumar: Mall Mechanic ® & Business Catalyst

Mr. Ravi Kumar has over 8 years' experience in the Retail and Mall industry. Ravi Kumar holds a degree in Hospitality and Hotel Administration from IHM-Mumbai. After his academic course, he began his career with McDonalds India. He later moved to Inorbit Malls, which was his last assignment prior to joining Beyond Squarefeet. He joined Beyond Squarefeet as Asst. Manager Leasing and has been with Beyond Squarefeet since 2009. His key areas of expertise are Business Development and Strategy, Mall Leasing & Mall Operations, Competition/ Market Analysis etc. He is currently pursuing a Management Program from IIM-Lucknow.

Mr. Ravi Kumar is the Mall Mechanic® & Business Catalyst and overlooks business strategy and growth for Beyond Squarefeet.

Sushil Kumar Ahuja : Mall Mechanic ® & Mall Catalyst - Mall Management

Sushil Kumar Ahuja is retail professional with over 17 years working experience in Retail and Mall Operations. Sushil Ahuja holds a Degree in Business Administration from CSU University, Sydney Australia and his key expertise areas are leasing and revenue maximization, resource management, manpower development & training, tenant relationship, retail property management etc. Mr. Ahuja entered the Retail/Mall industry as a Retail Manager and Market analyst with M/s Fashion World Delhi in 1994. After that he has been with some of the leading Retailers/Malls like Lifestyle as a store manager, with Future group as a Mall Manager for the Future Group Central. He then moved on to become the Centre Manager of Pacific Mall Delhi, R-Mall Thane and prior to joining Beyond Squarefeet he was the General Manager -Mall with Phoenix Mills Group Co. His achievements include awards like the Awarded as a Best Trainer from Lifestyle, Awarded Best Retailer Mall of India - 2011, Awarded Best Emerging Retailer Mall of India 2012.