EPC Contracts & Risk Management Summit 2017


Abasaheb Kale

Vice President

Marsh & McLennan Companies, Inc.

Anil Mehta

Chief Executive Officer, Renewable Energy

Atha Group

Asim Tewari

Chief Executive Officer

Bharat Road Network Limited

An Experienced P3 (Public Private Partnership) Infrastructure Development Professional managing Road Concession Business (Value of Asset under Management US$ 2.0 Billion) for Road Projects in India.

A Civil Engineer with Post Graduate in Project Management having 22+ years of experience spread across Infrastructure Development (Roads & Highways, Water & Waste Water, Urban Civic Infrastructure) and Large Real Estate Projects (Townships Complexes) Development.

In the Past have headed various mega projects which helped develop skills:
Business Operations & Management; Business Development & Strategic Planning; Project Management, Design, Engineering, Tendering & Contract Management (FIDIC & Others) and Construction Management

Basant Jain

Chief Executive Officer

Mahindra Susten


Mr. Basant Jain has a Bachelor’s Degree in Engineering (Electronics) from Madhav Institute of Technology & Science, Gwalior and a PGDBA from ICFAI. Armed with over 18 years of experience at leading organizations.

Mr. Jain has been with the Mahindra Group since June '05. Having joined M&M's Infrastructure Sector as Deputy GM, Special Projects, he later became Vice President - Business Development at Mahindra Lifespaces Developers Ltd. Since 2012, Mr. Jain has been CEO of Mahindra Susten Private Limited (formerly Mahindra EPC Services Private Limited), a diversified services company in Sustainable Infrastructure and Renewable space.

Prior to Mahindra Susten, he has worked with Aditya Birla Group, Raymond, Vedanta Group, and the GVK Group.

Chandra Kishore Thakur

President and CEO - Infrastructure and Power Business

Punj Lloyd Limited

A seasoned professional with 29 years of rich experience in Project Execution (Expertise in Execution of Projects (Concept-to-launch) with focus on projects scope, quality, time, cost and safety), Strategic Planning, New Initiatives, EPC business, Engg Management, Contract and Commercial management, Logistic Management, Project Developments, liaison People Management with well-known organisations in the Power sectors.

Hold the distinction of executing and managing prestigious projects which includes sub critical and Super Critical Thermal power plants of various capacities (in both as owner company as well as through EPC company),Gas power projects(Siemens and GE technology) in India and Iraq, captive power plants in Indonesia, Solar plants , Transmission business , critical packages of Nuclear Power Plant across the tenure with NTPC (22yrs.), LANCO( 7.5Years ) and Punj Lloyd.

The wealth of experience is supported with sound technical knowledge, commercial acumen, outstanding relationship, development skills, negotiation skills and thorough understanding of Project dynamics with ability in optimizing project performance and efficiencies. An enterprising leader with abilities in leading multi-skilled motivated teams to achieve bottom line results, organizational goals and industry best practices.

The diverse stints with leading organizations have honed abilities in identifying potential, deconstructing complex situations and further conceiving and implementing streamlined solutions that have led to increased revenues, profitability and overall success. Exceptionally well organized with a track record that demonstrates self-motivation, creativity, and initiative to achieve both personal & corporate goals.

Deepak Agrawal

Head – Project Planning Monitoring & Contracts Cell

KMC Constructions Ltd

Mr. Deepak Agrawal serves as the Head of Project Planning Monitoring & Contracts Cell at Corporate office of KMC Constructions Ltd. He holds a degree in Bachelor of Engineering in Civil from MS University of Baroda and Post Graduate in Advanced Strategy Management from IIM, Lucknow.

He comes with an experience of 26 years in the field of Project Management, Corporate Strategy, Planning, Contract Management & Claims, Value Engineering, and Risk Management in Infrastructure construction sector including Highways, Railways & Industrial Construction which spans a wide-range of assignments in PPP & EPC projects.

In his illustrious career, he has worked for Larsen & Toubro Ltd, GMR Infrastructure Ltd, Hindustan Construction Company Ltd, John Laing Infrastructure, IVRCL Ltd, AFCONS Infrastructure Ltd & ESSAR Group.

He provides leadership for the entire gamut of technical services of the organization. He has a Significant track record and demonstrated success in managing complex project execution, unique processes and long-term strategic planning to manage multiple stakeholder relationships.

Deepak Sharan

Group Head – Contracts

Tata Power Company Ltd.

Manish Asarkar

Legal & Compliance Head – India

Black & Veatch

A director level in-house counsel. Broad legal background with more than 20 years in Corporate & Commercial laws. A unique combination of legal knowledge, skill & experience in rendering legal advice & handling versatile legal matters specifically on the issues pertaining to Corporate Laws, Civil, Criminal Laws, Intellectual Property Rights. A persuasive, focused and committed individual with business centric approach, possessing strong negotiating skills, oral & written communication skills and lego-commercial approach. Demonstrated experience in managing outside counsel in litigation matters in several cases. Resourceful with the ability to access all sort of legal issues to adequately protect the interest of corporate & producing professional results while adhering to rigid deadlines without compromising quality. Team player.

Specialties: Contract Review, Drafting of Agreements, Negotiations with Customers, Implementing Legal Policies of Company, conducting Legal Trainings for Business, Ethics & Compliance. Legal Issues pertaining to project execution. Tender Review, Risk Analysis, Contract Management, M&A, Integration of businesses, Legal Metrology matters.

Matthew Schofield

Executive Director

Quantum Global Solutions

Executive Director, Matthew Schofield joined Quantum in 2015 with particular expertise in forensic delay analysis services to Quantum clients and currently assists heading up the planning team. With his initial career in the Metropolitan Police Service, Matthew retains his analytical focus on detail and evidence to substantiate a case.

He is a versatile consultant with over 20 years’ experience in project/operation management, planning, delay analysis and risk management. Matthew has years of on-site construction experience and a complimentary detailed knowledge and experience in the use of computer-based planning and scheduling techniques, particularly Oracle Primavera P3 and P6, Microsoft Project and Visio.

  • Over 20 years’ industry experience. 
  • Worldwide experience.
  • Specialist in Oracle Primavera P3 and P6, Microsoft Project and Visio.

Natalie Findlay

Associate Director

Quantum Global Solutions

Associate Director, Natalie Findlay joined Quantum in 2014. Natalie has gained extensive experience in commercial management working in all aspects of the construction and civil engineering industry in senior positions for main contractors, private quantity surveying practices and directly for clients.

Natalie has experience in all aspects of commercial and project management including contracts review, cost planning, tendering, valuing works, payment notices, reporting and forecasting, claims and dispute Resolution and preparation of expert witness reports for court.

  • Over 25 years’ industry experience. 
  • Experience in large scale multi-million dollar projects.
  • Experienced FIDIC, JCT, NEC and ICE forms of contracts.

Parvesh Kheterpal

Head Legal- EPC & Solar

Lanco Group

Parvesh is a seasoned Solar Power & Infrastructure industry counsel with an experience of 15 years in serving the market leaders. A qualified Company Secretary and Law Graduate from Delhi University and also hold Master degree in Commerce. Awarded as Rising Star- In House Counsel (40 below 40) by Legal Era on March 4, 2016.

Parvesh has successfully led the negotiation and conclusion of solar business contracts/deals (EPC, Procurement, Funding, acquisitions etc.) More than 200 MW of EPC contracts- among highest in industry at that time, also finalized and inked EPC contract for Asia’s largest solar project at that time), funding documentations for aggregate of 1 billion $ (approx.), multiple jurisdiction procurement worth millions $$$ and instrumental in acquisition of land more than 3000 acres in various states in India. He has dealt with international litigation and has exposure of setting up entities at various jurisdictions in Europe, US and South Africa (due diligence, acquisition of existing projects and finally sell off the portfolio). Also dealt and successfully closed various dispute (civil and criminals) at organisational level.

Being part of Sr. Management in Lanco group, his deliverable has always been recognised by the top management and has been promoted twice (three levels) in the first two years.

Parvesh is a regular speaker on various programmes organised by ICSI, ICAI, PHD chamber and lawyers association (ACoS, ICCA). Also I am associated (actively involved) with various association like ACoS- Alliance of Corporate Counsels and Company Secretaries, ICCA- Indian Corporate Counsel Association. He is member of the Editorial Board of Lexis Nexis.

Parvesh is also actively associated with the Institute of Company Secretaries of India and was chairman of Gurgaon Chapter for the year 2013. He was elected member of Management Committee of Gurgaon Chapter of ICSI for 2011-14

Rohit Singhal

Chief Executive Officer

Masin Projects Private Limited

Rohit Singhal is the CEO of Masin and Managing Director (India, Middle East and South East Asia) for Long International, USA. Mr. Singhal has over 20 years of Indian and international experience involving construction contract disputes analysis and resolution, arbitration / litigation support and expert testimony, project management, engineering/construction management, cost and schedule control, and process engineering. As an internationally recognized expert in the analysis and resolution of complex construction disputes for over 20 years, Mr. Singhal has served as the lead expert on numerous projects having claims ranging in size from US$100,000 to over US$200 million. His project experience includes refineries, petrochemical and chemical plants, onshore oil & gas facilities, power plants, infrastructure and commercial and industrial buildings. He has testified in court, as well as in Indian and international arbitration.

Mr. Singhal has presented and published numerous articles on the subjects of claims analysis, entitlement issues, CPM schedule and damages analyses, cumulative impact claims, and claims prevention.

Earlier, Mr. Singhal was Chief Executive Officer for a major engineering, procurement, and construction contractor. In this role, he had responsibility for overall management and maintaining profit & loss of the company with its client, Shell, in the Middle East. He was also Corporate Functional Head for pipeline projects in Petroleum Development in Oman (PDO). Mr. Singhal started his career with Southeast Asia’s largest oil & gas consultancy, Engineers India Limited.

Technical experience – Representative Indian and international technical experience includes - Construction claims preparation and analysis; Project management; Contract administration; Cost and schedule analysis; Technical assessments; Expert testimony

As an expert in the analysis and resolution of complex construction disputes, Mr. Singhal has evaluated claims and assessed the performance of owners, engineers, and contractors on numerous types of projects, in India, the Middle East, and internationally.

Sunil Nayyar

Senior Industry Professional


Swarup Mukherjee


Walchandnagar Industries Ltd.

Senior Management professional having over 30 years of experience across diverse industries including power, metals, chemicals and manufacturing. Proven expertise in power plant projects, Infrastructure Project business and manufacturing operations. Mr. Mukherjee has had extensive exposure to a gamut of areas including business strategy, project management, contracts management, change management, organization building, procurement and technology.

His proven competence lies in setting up Greenfield ventures and turning around operations into sustainable & profitable operations. Has demonstrated excellence in managing HR, commercial including international contracting & negotiations. Is able to manage multiple stakeholders in complex scenarios involving re-engineering of policies, assessing & mitigating risk, revisiting procedures and implementing innovative mechanisms to ensure organisational transformation. He is also adept in managing large teams & driving cross-functional resources while managing vendors.

Key strength that have seen him through tough situations and enabled smooth organizational transformation are bringing together a team of performers with empowerment and continuous communication. Moreover, with his strong liaison & relationship skills, he built & maintained long standing relations with stakeholders & key decision makers to strategically secure profitable business. He is deft at monitoring performance, analyzing status & progress reports and manage complex business challenges with strong work-ethics, interpersonal communication, relationship management and analytical skills.

Unmesh Kulkarni

Vice President (Head Contracts)

Reliance Infrastructure Limited


23 years of rich experience in field of Contract Management, Procurement and Commercial Functions.
Has gained experience by working for companies like Siemens, Bechtel International, ENRON, Sahara Pariwar, Shell, Adani Group, Tata Realty And Infrastructure Limited and Tata Projects Limited.

Achieved In depth experience in, Contracts formulation (viz. pre-qualification, tendering & estimation, negotiations etc.), Project Bidding (viz. JV/ Consortiums, tender evaluations, risk assessment, bidding process lifecycle etc.) Contracts Administration (Change Management, variations), Compliance Management & Communication Management, Invoice Processing & Quantity Surveying, Contract close out, Claims Management, Arbitration, Procurement/ commercial functions, Risk Management, Project Coordination & Performance Monitoring etc. Hands on experience with National and International Contract Conditions, including FIDIC conditions, Alliance/ Relationship Contracting etc. Developed and successfully implemented a variety of Contract/ Procurement/ Project Delivery Strategies viz. Multiple Contracting (re-measurable), Design & Build, Alliance (Relationship) Contracting, Cost Plus Contracting etc.

Hands on experience of managing contracts of International Architects, International Consultants, International Contractors, Best in Class Domestic Contractors Experience of Diversified Range of Projects viz. Power Plants, LNG Terminals, Marine Development (Jetty, Harbors, Breakwater), Industrial Development, Commercial Development, Realty Development, Mini Airport, Cross Country Pipeline, Metro, Hydro Power Project, Specialty Project such as Fruit storage and Grain Storage Facility etc. Imparting trainings in the field of Contracts Management and Commercial Management for more than three years.

Vinay Kumar

Chief Executive Officer

Energo Engineering Projects Ltd.