Workplace Trends
New Delhi, November 2019

Workplace Trends: People, Place, Performance – Powered by Technology
Friday 15 November 2019, 09:30 – 18:30, + Drinks Social
Hyatt Regency, New Delhi, #WTIndia

We’re delighted to be bringing our conference to the vibrancy of India this November! With speakers from the US, UK, and of course India itself, we’ll be looking at the up-coming hot topics for the workplace that combined, you can use to create fantastic world-class, sustainable, creative, welcoming, and productive spaces.

Join 400+ fellow workplace directors, managers, consultants, change managers, architects, designers, and suppliers in New Delhi on 15 November. Our events are a great place to meet new faces and catch up with existing contacts.

Please note the conference language will be English.

Our programme includes:

Welcome and Introduction to Workplace Trends
Nigel Oseland, Workplace Unlimited

Nigel Oseland is a workplace strategist, change manager, environmental psychologist, researcher, international speaker and published author. He draws on his psychology background and his own research to advise occupiers on how to redefine their workstyles and rethink their workplace to create working environments that enhance individual and organisational performance and deliver maximum value. Nigel is a co-founder of Workplace Trends Conferences and founded the Workplace Change Organisation.

The Augmented Workplace
Neil Usher, Chief Workplace Officer @ GoSpace + author, speaker and blogger

Everyone deserves a great workplace – but for the majority, this remains a distant prospect. In his highly acclaimed book The Elemental Workplace (2018) Neil identifies 12 elements that can enable any organisation to create a fantastic workplace. Neil’s most recent work has focussed on how emerging smart AI can dramatically transform the ability of real estate leaders to ensure that teams can work efficiently, as their organisations rapidly change.

This talk draws the two threads together, demonstrating how real estate leaders can elevate themselves in the corporate value chain by combining the best of human practicality with dynamic technology.

With over 25 years in the industry as a property, workplace and change leader, Neil has delivered innovative environments for organisations in a variety of sectors, all over the world including Warner Bros., Honeywell, Rio Tinto and Sky. He hasn’t just talked about it – he has been there and done it. He is now Chief Workplace Officer for GoSpace, the first AI application for the workplace. Together with this practical experience, his influential blog ( and regular conference talks have made him a leading thinker in the profession. His first book The Elemental Workplace was published in March 2018.

Dinesh Malkani, Smarten Spaces

Dinesh Malkani is the Founder and CEO of Smarten Spaces, a Singapore based company he founded in April 2017. Smarten Spaces is a leading technology company focusing on transforming spaces like Commercial Buildings, Co-Working Spaces, Enterprise Workspace, Residential Complexes. They are a hyper-growth Startup working with the majority of the leading Real Estate developers and Enterprises across the APAC region. They were recently listed in the top 25 IOT companies in the Asia/ Pacific Region by CIO Outlook. 

Dinesh has over 25 years of leadership experience in the technology industry, having been the President of Cisco India & SAARC where he grew the business to over a Billion Dollars and made it the top-performing region for Cisco Worldwide. He held other leadership positions like the President for Jabra Asia/ Pacific, President for Avaya China, MD for Avaya Korea. He also held leadership positions in AT&T & Lucent Technologies. He has lived and worked in Singapore, China, South Korea, and India.

Future of Work – Technology and communication of the future
Nana Yaa Dufie Oti-Boateng, Vodafone Group

  • How communications will evolve in the next 2-3 years
  • How AI, AR/VR and other technologies will change the current landscape
  • The rise of the end user

Nana Yaa Dufie Oti-Boateng is currently a Digital Transformation Consultant in Vodafone Global Enterprise (VGE) of Vodafone Group in the UK. She is responsible for identifying how Vodafone services can enable the digital transformation of multinational companies in a mobile-first world in addition to delivering thought leadership and guidance against their business requirements.Prior to this, she was the Digital Workplace Product Manager in VGE helping businesses drive digital transformation through experiential communications, which incorporate cutting-edge technology.

The Campus of the Future
Sam Sahni and Dean Rikanovic, Unispace

Woodside HQ in Perth, Australia is the smartest workplace in the world, where humanity meets technology to enhance capability and creativity. A smart campus with advanced technological capabilities, Woodside HQ enables a connected, dynamic and energised experience. At 680,000 sqft, the 4 buildings of this campus are leading standards of sustainability and wellbeing all while introducing Artificial Intelligence capabilities to assist the community. Designed as a destination workplace, this campus of the future is a connected ecosystem that enables flow, collaboration and spurs innovation.

Sam Sahni  is Unispace’s Regional Principal, Strategy (Europe) based in the London studio. Highly experienced within the consulting and construction industry, Sam’s knowledge comes from exposure to a variety of sectors including Finance, FMCG, Real Estate and Engineering. He’s a dynamic leader and thinker, with the ability to build business, develop client bases and take accountability for complex projects. Sam has also authored a number of organisational white papers and presented at industry conferences.

Dean Rikanovic: With highly developed conceptual design skills and 15 years professional experience, Dean is an innovative designer with a passion for high-end design. He has practiced across Australia and internationally, working on a number of award-winning projects. Currently based in Perth, Dean has also worked on some of Australia‚ largest workplaces, including ANZ Centre Docklands.

Working with Nature and Culture
Chris Bubb and Alessandro Ranaldi, Foster + Partners

Foster + Partners’ workplace design is greatly influenced by the end-user and local environment, acknowledging the different ways organisations work, to create healthier and happier places. Through examples of the practice’s work across the globe, Chris and Alessandro’s talk illustrates how culture and climate are central to the practice’s design approach.

Chris joined Foster + Partners in 1993 and has delivered projects in the UK, Europe, US, Middle East and China. Working at a range of scales his projects have covered the fields of education, residential, hospitality, commercial and government. For the last twelve years Chris has led Foster + Partners’ work in India, including twin residential towers in Mumbai, a new school of management at the DY Patil University, Navi Mumbai and most recently at the new city of Amaravati where he leads the design of the new government complex.

Alessandro is Global Head of Workplace Consultancy at Foster + Partners. With more than 25 years’ experience in real estate consulting, workplace strategy and design, he has worked closely with leadership teams of some of the top Fortune 500 companies to help them create a vision, build ownership of changes to the workplace and behaviours to improve colleague experience, engagement and business performance. He has a special interest in engaging with cultural diversity in the workplace through design, emphasising the importance of creating experiential spaces. As well as undertaking public speaking engagements, Alessandro has taught workplace strategy at IED and at Polytechnic University of Milan.

Sustainability in Today’s Workplace
Manit Rastogi, Morphogenesis

Today’s innovative design and construction techniques help companies implement new ways of working – with positive results to the bottom line. A sustainable open-office work environment encourages collaboration while providing a framework for incorporating design concepts that support sustainability goals. Sustainable design best practices not only focus on saving energy and natural resources, but also on increasing the well-being of the occupants, adding to the comfort, enhancing their experience, boosting their productivity, and improving the quality of lives while reducing demand on the environment.

Manit is a founding partner of Morphogenesis, one of India’s leading Architecture and Urban Design practices with offices in Mumbai, Bengaluru and New Delhi, India. Morphogenesis reinterprets India’s architectural roots and consistently employs passive design solutions for a unique contextual language. Morphogenesis is one of the few firms in the WA100 list of the world’s largest architecture firms which is gender neutral, with over 50% women across all levels. With projects in 8 countries, 95 International and National Awards and 750 plus publications globally, it is the first Indian Firm to be awarded the Singapore Institute of Architects Getz Award for their vision and commitment in making a significant contribution in shaping the changing landscape of Asia.

Karan Virwani, WeWork India

Karan Virwani, CWeO, WeWork India is a young and dynamic entrepreneur who paved way for the entrance of WeWork, a New York based collaborative workspace giant and the 2nd largest start-up in the world to India, in 2017. Under the aegis of Karan Virwani, WeWork has experienced tremendous success in India. In just over a year, the brand has grown to be the leading provider of collaborative workspaces in India with 35,000 desks in three key cities. With Karan at the helm of navigating WeWork’s course in India, the company aims to enter three new cities – Pune, Hyderabad, and Chennai, while doubling the total leased area in the country, and operations in the existing cities.

Jitu Virwani, Embassy Group

Jitu Virwani has over 3 decades of experience in the real estate and property development sector. He is the Chairman and Managing Director and is responsible for the overall management of the company. He is also a member of the Young Presidents Organisation and a member of the Equestrian Federation of India. Jitu owns one of India’s largest privately owned horse riding academies situated in Bangalore and has founded the Stonehill International School, Bangalore.

Drinks Social

As with all Workplace Trends events, everyone is welcomed to an informal Drinks Social immediately after the conference close. Here, the discussion continues, and you can catch up with old friends and make new connections.


For our inaugural conference, attendance will be by invitation.

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