May 06, 2024 10:05

SJ Group appoints Avinash Misra as head of South Asia operations

Singapore, 6 May 2024 – SJ Group, a global leader in urban, infrastructure, and managed services consulting, today announced the appointment of Avinash Misra as the new Head of South Asia Operations. Mr Misra joins SJ with over three decades’ experience and deep expertise in the built environment sector. Prior to this, he served as Chief Executive of AECOM’s India operations, where he led a 4,000-strong team in Mumbai, Kolkata, Chennai, and Bangalore.

In his new role, Mr Misra oversees SJ’s operations in one of the world’s fastest growing markets which includes India, Bangladesh, Nepal, and Sri Lanka. Charged with spearheading the group’s business growth and strategic initiatives in these markets, Mr Misra will focus on enhancing cross-brand collaboration in the pursuit and delivery of key opportunities. With South Asia being a priority growth market, Avinash reports directly to SJ’s Group CEO Sean Chiao, and will work closely with the Chief Executives of its three business lines as well as the head of its Asia operations to implement integrated strategies.

In recent years, SJ has been responsible for some of South Asia’s most ambitious projects that have made a tremendous difference for local communities. In India, through our member brand SMEC, SJ engineered the 9km Atal Tunnel, the world’s longest highway tunnel above an altitude of 10,000ft, shortening travel time between communities in the Himalayas by up to four hours. In Bangladesh, the Padma Multi-Purpose Bridge connects planned growth centres in the southwest to the northern and eastern parts of the country, increasing transport efficiency, augmenting economic development, and enriching social development.

Mr Chiao said of the appointment: “Avinash’s outstanding leadership capabilities make him an excellent choice to lead our operations in South Asia. His appointment marks a significant step in our ongoing strategy to deepen our capabilities and expand our client and partner network in vital sectors including transport, water, energy, and healthcare.”

Mr Misra shared: “I am pleased to be joining one of the top built environment firms in the world that has made a deep, positive impact in Asia, and I look forward to contributing to its distinguished legacy of solving complex problems. It’s an exciting time to lead the South Asia team, and I am committed to leveraging the group’s collective strength, commitment to a regenerative future and digital and technology solutions to respond the evolving needs of our clients and communities, and drive transformative outcomes.”


Sean Chiao, Group CEO, SJ Group

Avinash Misra, Head, South Asia, SJ Group


About SJ

SJ is a diverse collective of problem solvers for the built environment, continually reimagining ways to create a smart and sustainable future.

Headquartered in Singapore, the group has a global talent pool of 16,000 in its member companies AETOS, Atelier Ten, B+H, CHIL, KTP, Prostruct, Robert Bird Group, SAA, SMEC and Surbana Jurong, based in more than 120 offices in over 40 countries. They include architects, designers, planners, engineers, facilities managers and other specialists driven by progressive thinking and creative ideas to shape a better future.

Its technical experts deliver sustainable solutions that cover the entire project life cycle from planning and design, through to delivery and management, as well as a full suite of multidisciplinary consultancy services across a diverse range of sectors including transportation, water, aviation, healthcare, hospitality and renewables.

A global urban, infrastructure and managed services consulting firm with over 70 years of track record in successful project delivery, SJ has built more than a million homes in Singapore, created master plans in more than 60 countries and developed over 100 industrial parks globally.

SJ is #23 in Engineering News-Record’s 2023 Top 225 International Design Firms, #14 in World Architecture 100 2024, and Asia Pacific FM Technology Provider of the Year 2022, awarded by International Facility Management Association.

About SMEC

SMEC is a global engineering, management and development consultancy delivering innovative solutions for our clients and partners. Leveraging our 75-year history of delivering nation-building infrastructure, we provide technical expertise and advanced engineering services to resolve complex challenges across the project lifecycle, from initial concept, feasibility, planning and design through to construction, commissioning, and operation and maintenance. For more information visit


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