Top 10 Influential Women in Indian Real Estate

Lipika Pandey L

Women dominating the real estate market is not big news today. Architecture and media have been their spaces of choice for more than 10 years now. The construction and real estate also have been broken into.

With a multi-faceted approach, confidence, compassion, empathy, and consistency, women in the real estate sector are bringing a more balanced outlook into varied sections of the disordered market. This is one of the significant motivations behind why female potential is currently being perceived across the Indian and the world’s real estate sectors.

Leading Women in Real Estate Sector of India

01. Kruti Kumar Jain

Executive Director, Kumar Builders

Kruti Jain has had a great insight into the real estate sector since her childhood. Even being one of the youngest women in the field, her ideas and works have paved new ways for the KUL company. She has been bestowed with the Award of Excellence in 2004-2005 and the Young Entrepreneur Award at TMC (Top Management Consortium).  She has also organized a series of Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) projects to provide a healthy work environment.

02. Reeza Sebastian Karimpanal

President, Residential Business, The Embassy Group

Reeza has done MBA in Marketing and Human Resources from the premier Christ University Bangalore. She has been working with the Embassy group for over 15 years. She has been awarded the position of the residential division of the Embassy Group, because of her strong expertise in brand management and marketing, business development, and project management. She was also awarded the ‘Women Super Achiever in Real Estate Sector’ in 2018 by Times Business Awards.

03. Kanika Gupta Shori

Chief Operating Officer, Square Yards

Kanika is the cofounder of Square Yards, India’s largest real estate mortgage and brokerage marketplace. She has played an important role in laying the foundation of Square Yards, owing to her experience in entrepreneur ventures, asset management, and entertainment. Since the inception of the platform, it has achieved great heights and is counted among one the famous proptech consultancies around the globe.

04. Manju Yagnik

Vice Chairperson, Nahar Group

Owing to her experience and in-depth knowledge of the real estate sector, Manju Yagnik has helped Nahar Group’s real estate business to grow further as a township project, which included an international school, medical center, art infrastructure, and business center, shopping center, and a clubhouse. She has changed the perception of real estate with her incredible understanding of customer behavior, and marketing skills and strategies.

05. Annu Talreja (CEO) & Priyanka Gera (COO) 

Oxfordcaps Student Residences

India’s first technology-based student housing organization, Oxfordcaps, have been cofounded b Priyanka Gera and Annu Talreja. In 2017, the company started with just 50 beds in Singapore, and now it has more than 500-bed accommodations for students all across the world. In 2018, it spread out to Indian cities including Delhi, Bangalore, Greater Noida, Pune, and Ahmedabad. 

06. Shveta Jain

Head & Managing Director, Residential Services (Delhi-NCR), Savills India

Shveta Jain has carved her name as one of the leading women in the real estate sector. Being one of the initial members of Cushman & Wakefield, Shveta has significantly contributed to establishing a residential business line in India. As the Head and Managing Director of Savills India, she also identified the key growth areas of the residential sector of Delhi NCR, thus developing an expansion model and enhancing the service delivery level of pan India.

07. Darshana Parmar Jain

Deputy Managing Director, Ishwar Parmar Group

Darshana Parmar has worked tremendously to transform the Ishwar Parmar Group company with her 12 years of experience. She was one of the first women to be elected to the executive committee of CREDAI National. She has also been the vice-president of the Jain International Woman Organization, and the founder of chief patron of the Jain International Trade Organization (JITO).

08. E. Jayashree Kurup

Head, Content and Research,

Jayashree is one of the eminent figures, well-versed in real estate along with infrastructure, and city management industries. She analyzed the real estate sector of India, and also conducted detailed research on the markets of China, Thailand, Japan, and the Philippines, for her global consultancy, Insignia Brooke.

09. Gunjan Goel

Director, Media & Marketing Communications, Goel Ganga Developments

Gunjan Goel has made her strong presence in the real estate sector through her company, which is driven by the values of delivering efficiency, innovation, and a growing residential and commercial project. She has brought a strong sense of design development to the company. She has also earned the position of Chairperson for Young Indians (CII Subsidiary) in 2019-2020, and the title of ‘Top Young Achiever’ by the Times West India.

10. Nirupa Shankar

Executive Director, Brigade Group

Nirupa Shankar has tremendously contributed to the upliftment of her company, Brigade Group, making the company one of the leading property management and development companies. She worked with the front-line and ground staff to understand the challenges faced by their hospitality portfolio. She looks after various sectors of the company including, hospitality, office, retention, public relations, and human resources.

Final Words

In earlier days, women were confined to mid-management roles in the real estate sector. But now, the numbers have changed, and the gender stereotype has been crushed to significantly contribute to this thriving field.

Women are now, not only heading the important positions in real estate but also independently working as brokers and agents, which is for sure is a great positive change.


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