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2019 BUSINESS LEADER OR PROFESSIONAL OF THE YEAR - MALE FINALISTS

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Ash Kumar

Director

Nvoke Future Learning

Ash Kumar is committed to helping schools and students with technology and tools for productivity and better learning outcomes include our ever-changing portfolio of products such as Bulb, a digital portfolio tool that allows students and educators to create, curate, and showcase their work; Mindprint, a technology that creates awareness of an individual’s learning strengths. His passion and commitment to preparing students for the ever changing workplace is what drives them. Through Ash's committment to the future of learning, Nvoke Future Learning teamed up with Leukaemia Foundation's World's Great Shave this year. Nvoke donated three prizes to the value of $70,000. 

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Paul McKenzie

CEO

ABS Conveyancing

Paul is a business leader with strong Australia-India business relations for over 20 years. CEO of ABS Conveyancing
over the years he has helped Indian and Subcontinent migrants with their property purchasing and investment requirements, with conveyancing services across Sydney, New South Wales, Melbourne and Victoria. Based in Sydney and Melbourne, ABS Conveyancing has established links with the Indian community, both locally, and across in Indian, with places like Mumbai, Delhi and Punjab / Chandigarh. A past Youth Ambassador Award with the inaugural 2013 India Australian Business Community & Awards, Paul McKenzie and ABS Conveyancing are 2019 Finalists, Australian Small Business Champion Awards for Legal Services. 

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Ashok Mysore
Vice President & Regional Head

Infosys Limited

Ashok has over 28 years of industry experience across Telecommunications, Financial Services, Logistics, Energy, Utilities and Services industries. Ashok is the Vice President and Regional Head of Operations for Australia and New Zealand, where he is responsible for developing a performance-driven culture among a group of diverse and talented individuals to achieve accelerated profitable growth by delivering value while continuously improving internal efficiencies. Ashok joined Infosys in 2004 to lead the telco, media, and entertainment business and has held numerous industry and sales leadership roles, before taking up the Regional COO role for delivery and operations across Australia and New Zealand in 2014. 
 

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Ravin Mirchandani

Executive Chairman

Ador Powertron & Acusensus Pty Ltd

Ravi moved to Australia (Brisbane) in 1993 at the age of 23, to complete his MBA at QUT. Presently, he manages two businesses which span operations in India and Australia, including manufacturing and design in both countries. Previously he worked in the Australian defense industry and also with Origin Energy as the overall head for the company’s LPG business in South Australia & Northern Territory. The Australian start up he has helped create in 2017 (www.acusensus.com) today has launched the world’s only technology to detect people texting and driving using cameras and radars. The same company has also launched India’s only resilient speed enforcement technology addressing the unique and specific problems of Indian roads. 

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Daman Shrivastav

Australian Institute of Technical Chefs

A 35 years of journey in Hospitality from apprentice to journeyman to master…which started from the kitchen of Imperial Hotel, New Delhi, a three years apprenticeship followed by another three years instance full time city and guild Diploma of Professional Cookery from Westminster College, London which taught Daman the basic skills and instilled him with hard working ethic of all hospitality professionals. He has won many medals at culinary competition across the world and
he is a certified culinary judge for Australian Culinary Federation. Daman has been awarded the title “World Master Chef” by World Master Chefs Society, England and nominated teacher of the Year on 2015 and 2016 and 2017.

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Sameer Borkar

Co-founder and Director
UnTACG - Digital Marketing

A serial entrepreneur and investor. Sameer has been a founder of 6 ventures since 2003 while working as an IT professional for 15+ years in Australia as various lead roles. Sameer and his wife Akshaya co-founded an international award winning venture in Melbourne in 2013. The Art and Craft Gallery, an unconventional Gallery founded to provide marketing services to the handmade artists around the world on a very lean and shoe string budget. Currently the gallery has expanded globally and have 400+ members from 10 different countries. Gallery work has been recognised internationally where they have been nominated for 13 awards and won 9 of them. Sameer and Akshaya co-founded digital Marketing Services UnTACG. company for SMEs in Australia as well as India. The focus is to help startups 1 of 4 and young entrepreneurs in building the brand. . 

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Sanjeev (Sunny) Gill
Director/CEO

Regent Estate Agents

Sunny has worked at some of Melbourne’s finest hotels. Sunny was responsible for running the largest private institute, Carrick Education Group across Australia delivering English Language, Vocational and Higher Education programs. Sunny has also held the position of Manager Hospitality before moving to the role of Director International at Swinburne University. Due to Sunny’s entrepreneurial
drive he saw an opportunity to deliver customised training to industry and founded his Institute. Sunny was the CEO
until he sold the company to a Public Listed Company in April 2015. After the sale contractual agreement finished, Sunny decided to make his passion of property & real estate to his new career. He saw an opportunity to establish his brand in Real Estate (Regent) and Property Development Bricks & Motor (Engine of Growth). 

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Sundip Ghedia

CEO

Wyndham Lawyers

Sundip has 25 years deep experience in complex high stakes commercial matters. He has worked in Australia’s biggest firm, middle tier firms and before founding Wyndham Lawyers in 2005. Sundip has a Master of Laws specialising in commercial law. His legal experience covers both transactions and disputes on the complex end of the scale. Sundip appeared in the High Court, and has been involved in some of Sydney’s biggest deals. He wish to be your trusted advisor in your business journey. He believes in achieving the quick, just and cheap resolution of commercial disputes. His passion lies in acting for successful family run businesses with turnovers between 1 and 10 million dollars in a variety of industries including building services, franchising, education and finance. He loves solving difficult problems and delivering remarkable results. He has a passion for justice and genuinely care about my client’s welfare.

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Sunil Aranha

CEO

Thincats Australia Pty Ltd

Sunil has built a career in SME banking at senior management levels in CBA, EFIC and Citibank along with a number of entrepreneurial ventures including setting up of Australia's first online tichet info and booking system (Movieline) for the major cinema companies in 1998. Most recently, Sunil set up ThinCats Austrlia's first Peer to Business lending Marketplace, a Fintech in collaboration with ThinCats UK. Launched in 2015, this business has facilitated over 100 SME loans funded fractionally by over 150 HNW lenders and a total of $18m. The business is currently cash flow positive, a rare achievement for a Fintech and is poised for significant growth in the niche area of supporting small business with affordable long term growth finance. The fundamental and unique distinction is that the platform seeks to provide SME's with growth finance when banks are not prepared to do so - whilst generating an attractive return for individual high networth investors using the SMSF's or other assets to fund loans in a fractional and risk diversified way.

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Dr. Ved Tewari 

Avenewz Magazine

Ved is a respectable and renowned in Australia in the field of Marketing, Brand Strategy, He represented Western Australia to the reception of Hon President of India and was selected to receive an honour of Ph.D Doctorate (Dr.) from the University of Central America (Swahili).. He was also recognised & Awarded by Government of India by the Chief Minister of Delhi Mrs. Sheila Dixit. An Award-winning Entrepreneur (Top 13 Entrepreneur in Western Australia.who co-authored the award-winning engineering book (Piping Databook) through McGraw-Hill. Ved is alsoDirector & Founder of 7 companies running in Western Australia and India. He has contributed in the growth of Indian and Australian communities in various ways, such as donations,charities (food for homeless people in WA), Domestic Violence Support.

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