Novel Office is hosting a webinar for all the industry professionals to attend a discussion and address the major challenges that are being faced across the industries during the ongoing global pandemic of COVID-19 through our panel of eminent industry experts namely Mahesh Khaitan, R. K. Misra, Gururaj Raghavendra and Devendra Gupta.

This session will help you to understand and learn various ways to mitigate the impact of COVID-19 on your business and keep your workspace safe while operating amid COVID-19.


  1. Major challenges faced by businesses across various industries,
  2. Tips to mitigate the impact of COVID-19 on your business, and
  3. Safety guidelines to avoid the spread of COVID-19 in your workplace.


The session duration of the workshop will be 90 minutes.

  • 70 minutes: Panel discussion.
  • 20 Minutes: Question and answer session.


Mahesh Khaitan (Director, Salarpuria Sattva Group): He has been at the helm of strategic planning and key implementation of projects since the Group’s inception. Under his able stewardship, the group established itself as a leading player in Real Estate, achieving more than 85 million sq ft., in 6 cities across the country.

True success is defined by one’s ability to lead, manage and inspire large teams to execute projects to perfection and Mahesh Khaitan has truly embodied these traits in his unique management style. A pragmatic and perfectionistic attitude lies at the core of his success. The robust track record and growing portfolio of the company reflects his uncanny vison and expertise to complete world class commercial projects in record time.

His expertise cuts across the entire gamut of real estate with unrelenting quality and innovation being at the core. He is responsible for identifying and growing new businesses for the company, expanding on its already robust portfolio.

This includes the considerable growth in commercial Real Estate with several cutting edge IT Tech Parks in Bengaluru and Hyderabad. In Hyderabad, his foresight led to the identification of opportunities, planning and implementation of some of Asia’s best IT Parks like Knowledge City. Making Salarpuria Sattva, one of the leading names in commercial spaces in the country.

R. K. Misra (Nonresident Scholar, Carnegie India): Based in Bengaluru, he drives Carnegie India’s Technology and Society program, and engages with technology innovators and policymakers. His research focuses on the use of technology for urban planning and transportation, sustainable living, and the future of smart cities. He also plays a pivotal role in organizing Carnegie India’s annual Global Technology Summit.

Misra is a graduate from IIT Kanpur and a postgraduate from Tokyo University. He is a fellow of Leaders in Development program at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government and a global leadership fellow at the Aspen Institute.

Misra is the founding director at the Center for SMART Cities, a knowledge bank and repository of best practices in the areas of technology driven planning and management of Smart Cities. In 2006, he founded SAHYOG—Indian Council for Public Private Partnership, a pilot to policy social initiative to provide “Livelihood Opportunities for Rural Poor.”

Misra believes in building a corruption free and transparent political system. Hence he started his political movement ‘Nav-Bharat’ to encourage the youth to get into politics and reform the current political system. The movement has now taken the shape of Nav Bharat Democratic Party.

Gururaj Raghavendra (Senior Director of Bangalore, Space Matrix): Speed and technology are two of the important things that motivate and drive Gururaj Raghavendra in his life. He chose his career because he liked the idea of “speed to reality” in the design and implementation process, and is excited by the “energy and speed” in his field of work as Senior Director of Bangalore in Space Matrix. This passion has led Gururaj to be recognised as a thought leader with unparalleled knowledge of and innovative ideas in workplace design and execution.

Gururaj Raghavendra has strong technical and design capabilities, the result of his architectural training and his business skills were developed through regular participation in business management seminars, international and national design workshops, and panel discussions at various forums, Gururaj has used his skills and drive to power a varied design career over the past 18 years. He has steered everything from workplace design, project and construction management, integrating engineering and technology into the workplace; and if that’s not enough, Guru has specialised in sustainable, green workplace design, and spearheaded innovative ideas to develop and use new products in workplace design and construction. He believes that by adopting new technologies, efficiencies will increase, and we can build smarter environments.

Very Recent Key projects are as follows:

1. MicroSoft Campus – 500,000 Sq Ft
2. ITC Campus – 1,000,000Sft
3. LinkedIN – 260,000Sft
4. GE Campus – 150,000Sft
5. Adobe R&D Centre – 250,000Sft

Devendra Gupta (Infrastructure Consultant, NASSCOM & NIIT): A Mechanical Engineer having 33+ Years of rich experience towards Infrastructure Development, Project Management, Contract Management, Procurement and Facility Management & had been associated with the following Organizations:

  1. NIIT Technologies
  2. Ahluwalia Constructions
  3. HCL Technologies
  4. Ranbaxy Laboratories
  5. Dabur India
  6. Oswal Agro

Managed following diversified Projects,

  • IT/ITES SEZs, Software Development Centers
  • 5 Star Hotels, Large Residential Complex
  • Research & Development Centre for Pharma Industries
  • Clinical Reference Labs
  • Pharma Manufacturing units
  • Agro Units, etc.

Last association was with NIIT Technologies in the Capacity of Sr Vice President & Global Head Infrastructure Development & Procurement, left in March, 2020 to venture into a Consultancy/Advisory Profession, currently associated with various organizations including NASSCOM.