Exclusive Interview with Mr. Sandeep Gulati, Regional CEO, South Asia and MD, Egis India

In December 2018, he was appointed as the Managing Director of the company to spearhead the future growth of the Egis Group in India.

Mr. Sandeep Gulati. Egis
Mr. Sandeep Gulati. Egis
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Metro Rail News conducted an email interview with Mr. Sandeep Gulati, Regional CEO, South Asia and MD, Egis India. Mr. Gulati talked about his new position and company’s contribution to the global efforts for developing a smarter, greener world.

Mr. Gulati joined Egis India in November 2017 as the CFO – India and South Asia. In December 2018, he was appointed as the Managing Director of the company to spearhead the future growth of the Egis Group in India. He is a senior business leader with over 24 years’ experience. In his current role as MD of Egis India (Paris-headquartered global engineering company), he is driving multi-dimensional transformation of Indian Operations.

Here are the edited excerpts: –

Many congratulations for being appointed as Regional CEO, South Asia. What does the new position mean to you? How are you setting your priorities?

Thanks. My priorities are multifold starting from taking Egis in India to be in the number one position in the industry by 2023. We are already in top three and want to achieve a turnover of 75 million euros in India by 2027, registering a growth rate of 13% CAGR. We already have more than 120 projects active at this point in time across the country and with pipelines worth more than Rs 850 crore and spread across many years.

Egis in India is fastest growing in the market, we have bagged 65 projects amidst COVID 19. These include metro rail projects, water projects, urban projects, smart cities, highways, ports etc. Some of the key wins include Surat Metro Project, PMC for various National Highways, Faridabad and Jaipur smart cities, Prestigious Green highway project and various Rural Water Supply Projects especially in North East India, marking the company’s expansion into that geography as well as in Bangladesh and Nepal.

What is the motto and tagline of egis?

We are a people first company; we are a responsible company – incorporating the issues of sustainability and ethics within projects and towards our stakeholders and we are a creative company – taking a proactive stance on innovation to meet tomorrow’s challenges.

Our taglines #ExecuteWithExcellence and #ImpactTheFuture emphasize on excellence in work and our ambition is to become one of the global top 10 construction engineering firms by harnessing our technical excellence for the benefit of a transition to a low carbon future. This is the aim of our new strategic plan, ‘Impact the Future’.

How are you contributing to the global efforts of developing a smarter, greener world and creating a sustainable future of communities everywhere?

Climate emergency is our absolute priority. A wide range of engineering services and operational solutions to fight against climate change and biodiversity erosion. The use of low-carbon alternatives with equivalent timeframes and costs on operations and projects entrusted to us. During the Covid-19 crisis, Egis Group drew up 21 low-carbon proposals for the economic recovery. In all our fields of work, our engineers develop innovative operational solutions to address specific environmental issues: care for biodiversity, energy efficiency, material recycling, etc. In all engineering services, deployment of eco-design practices. More than 70 solutions for environmental performance are available today, and several have become acknowledged trademarks such as Cycle Up and SeaBoost.

Q.4. What are the strategic challenges you envision for fighting climatic changes, the digital transition and meeting the needs of growing population globally?

Challenges are many but we believe in providing solutions to all challenges. Our main sectors of activity are cities, buildings and transport which account for more than 50% of global greenhouse gas emissions. We therefore have a crucial role to play in this fight against climate change, towards our clients, and to national and local governments. We take this responsibility to heart and offer our contribution to environmental protection. To structure its contribution to global net-zero carbon with ambition and transparency, Egis has selected actions falling within Carbone 4’s “Net Zero Initiative” guidelines.

With climate emergency and loss of biodiversity becoming ever more pressing issues now, Egis is making five pledges to take tangible and daily action in favour of the environment. These commitments are part of Egis’ corporate project “Impact the Future”, which pursues the ambition of developing the firm into a leading player in the fight against climate change. The multi-disciplinary nature of the group enables it to offer a full range of levers and innovative and effective solutions along the entire lifecycle of physical assets and on all scales of regions and communities, with a resolutely systemic approach.

Kindly outline the statement of the organisation regarding presently being the only engineering firm to offer truly integrated services across all major engineering disciplines and every aspect of the built environment? What are your plans for growth in this regard for Indian market?

Egis India is one of the top three providers of comprehensive solutions for infrastructure engineering and project management in the country and we aim to be in the number one position in the industry by 2023. We had a strong 2021 witnessing YOY 108 % Growth. We are looking at organic growth in India too.

Egis declares extensive expertise in delivering major infrastructure development across India. Please state about few major accomplishments done.

Since 1995, we’ve worked closely with government and private operators to support India’s continued development. Together we’ve delivered over 90 successful projects, winning multiple awards.  We are one of the only engineering firms to offer truly integrated services across all major engineering disciplines and every aspect of the built environment – from road to water to energy, rail and beyond. This means you can access all the expertise you need for your project, all in one place.

We were associated with multiple prestigious projects like Mass Rapid Transit System (Metro) and Semi-High Speed Regional Rail Transit System around Delhi, sustainable development of smart cities, Atal Mission for Rejuvenation of Urban Transformation (AMRUT) and Housing for All PMAY projects in Madhya Pradesh; specialized high rise structures like Statue of Unity in Gujarat and Chhatrapati Shivaji Memorial Statue, National Waterway and Jawaharlal Nehru Port Trust; many expressways, Mumbai Coastal Roads, national highways, state highways, rural roads partnering 29 Indian States in various geographical areas; airports and dam rehabilitation and Improvement Project (DRIP) of around 250 dams.

How are you contributing to smart mobility in public transport systems? What major development and innovation is there for Indian market?

Egis enjoys the reputation of being one of the key players in developing Urban Mass Rapid Transit Systems as well as long distance high-speed rail in India. The Company has partnered with public clients, railway operators and PPP developers with international and local funding in developing world-class rail transport systems in the country. The Company has been an important stakeholder in the development of Metro Rail services in key Indian cities. Besides the normal repertoire of capabilities in conducting feasibility studies and detailed project reports, preliminary engineering or detailed design, Egis in India is involved in pre-bid and post-bid services for most core rail activities.

Please state about the CSR policy of the organisation. What are the major contributions?

Our key objective is to place the environment challenges of the 21st century at the center of our business activities and development strategy. The fight against climate change has been a key strategic priority since 2019. Egis has committed to contributing to global carbon neutrality by 2050 and all employees are involved in these commitments.

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