SUNAINA GERA - Head CSR activities, Gera Developments driving The Gera School project in Goa and CEO, Gridlines
Sunaina Gera spearheads The Gera School, her new ambitious solo project. Though The Gera School is a project funded by GDPL, Sunaina stays the managing trustee of the organisation that is scheduled to be operational this year.
Sunaina graduated from St. Stephens at Delhi and moved on to pursue higher learning in Interior design from Pune. Having had her roots well anchored in the design space, she’s an accomplished professional having completed over 75 interior design projects to her credit. Being a LEED certified professional was catalytic to adding additional projects under her belt in the Real Estate space.
Since then she has spearheaded various departments in Product Development, Design and Project Execution before following her entrepreneurial instincts to founding Gridlines and being its Chief Executive Officer.
CAREER & LEADERSHIP JOURNEY
A visionary who seeks to explore new options and new avenues of work, Mrs. Gera is most at-ease in the R&D chair, when it comes to researching new products or new construction techniques. This aspect of her work drives her and she considers herself blessed to be able to follow her passion.
• Leadership Milestones
Mrs. Gera’s first tryst with leadership was as a key member of one of Gera Developers’ larger projects, Gera’s Park View, in Kharadi. Park View was a milestone, as Mrs. Gera steered the entire team with respect to the design, procurement, and execution of the project.
• Entrepreneurial Milestones
Apart from LEED, she managed to single-handedly deliver 11 interior design projects at a time as with NO TEAM at all.
Gridlines, the brainchild of Mrs. Sunaina Gera, is an architecture firm that was founded in 2016. ‘Work’ is the thread that binds the cultural fabric at Gridlines - she believes it is the uncompromising work ethic that makes all the difference to the consistently outstanding output.
The “work and work only” approach is what sets Gridlines apart and takes it a notch higher - making it a preferred partner for many in a saturated industry overrun with players. Summarizing the “work only” approach, Mrs. Gera says, “ It is not one or another but ‘We’ and ‘Working Together’ as ‘One’ that makes for stellar collective work at Gridlines.” She further reiterates “The best part about hard work & work ethic is that it makes complex or abstract delivery become just a natural outcome.”
The realty market has seen a slowdown in the last year and a half, with the implementation of new guidelines like RERA, which require builders to shoulder a lot more responsibility and give customers the tools to hold developers accountable to their promises. Mrs. Gera, however, remains unruffled – because her business ethics are as strong as her work ethic. She is of the opinion that no government policy will affect clean developers or real estate companies, whatever policymakers may throw at them – from RERA, GST, and demonetization.
In spite of the apparent slowdown, Gridlines is hiring new talent with more than 75lakh sq.ft of work underway. And Gridlines has achieved this feat after being around for just24 months. Gridlines has executed and expanded its business during the Indian realty sector’s most pressing phase – a testament to what sound leadership and hard work can do!
• The Gera School
The leadership journey that began with Gera’s Park View and expanded with Gridlines, has taken a new course – education. Mrs. Sunaina Gera is now spearheading The Gera School, her new ambitious solo project after Gridlines. Though The Gera School is a project funded by GDPL, Sunaina stays the managing trustee of the organisation that is scheduled to be operational later this year.
PERSONAL LIFE & INSPIRATION
Behind every successful woman like Mrs. Sunaina Gera is…another inspiring young woman! Mrs. Gera admits that her daughter is her biggest inspiration. Mrs. Gera says of her daughter “She comes with huge confidence, commitment to succeed and an ability to tactfully deal with people, which I think is key to one’s success. I have a lot to learn from her.”