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29 April 2021, The Star, Sydney

2021 Program - Diaspora Diplomacy

The 2021 IABCA Global Leaders Forum supported by Investment NSW focused on Business Diaspora Diplomacy.

This exciting new initiative was a sell out event and navigated Australia’s relationship with India through our people-to-people links. Featuring three engaging panel sessions across Food & Agribusiness, STEM and Soft Power.

The IABCA Global Leaders Forum highlighted roadmaps for continued growth across the people-to-people, economic and institutional engagements that bind India and Australia through our growing Alumni.  

The IABCA Forum shaped perceptions by showcasing the diversity and talent of our business diaspora and offered audiences continued engagement and updates across various sectors. Patrons also had the opportunity to see an innovative demonstration of NASA's 2011 Curiosity Mars Rover at the IABCA Forum 2021.

'Our growing people to people links – may over time prove to be the most significant asset of all.' Peter Varghese AO, IES 2035​

2021 Program

Food & Agribusiness Panel

Time: 1.15 PM - 2.00 PM (AEST)


  • Why India?

  • Market Entry Needs & Getting Ready

  • Culture & Understanding

  • Success Stories & Lessons Learned

  • Marketing and Promotion

STEM Panel 

Time: 2.15 PM - 3.00 PM (AEST)


  • Aerospace Advancement

  • Engineering Excellence

  • Technology & Innovation

  • Science and Research

  • Earth's Carrying Capacity

  • Educational Entrepreneurship

Soft Power Panel

Time: 3.15 PM - 4.00 PM (AEST)


  • Business Diaspora Leverage

  • Cultural Diplomacy 

  • Politics

  • Comparative Analysis with diasporas engagement across other nations.

  • Social Impact Projects between our two nations

Food & Agribusiness Panel - 1.15 PM - 2.00 PM (AEST)

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Amit Lohani

Managing Director
Max Foods Group

Founder I Director
Forum of Indian Food Importers

(Via Video)


Cameron Prowse

Director Export and Export Programs

Trade I Investment NSW



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Cristina Talacko

Chairperson at Coalition for Conservation 

Director, SalDoce Fine Foods
Director, Export Council of Australia

DD Saxena

DD Saxena

Founder & Director

Riverina Oils
Managing Director, Oilseeds

Dianne Tipping

Dianne Tipping


Export Council of Australia


Sai Sudha Chandrasekaran

Sr. Assistant Vice President

Invest India

(Via Video)


Leon Skaliotis

General Manager, Chairman


STEM Panel - 2.15 PM - 3.00 PM (AEST)

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Amb. Anil Wadhwa

Former Ambassador & Secretary

Ministry of External Affairs, Government of India

(Via Video)

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Iain Martin

Vice Chancellor

Deakin University

(via video)

Jim Varghese AM

Jim Varghese AM

National Chair AIBC

The Leadership Company, Qld Pty Ltd

Margaret Faux

Margaret Faux 

Founder and CEO

Synapse Medical Services

Dr. Marlene Kanga AM

Dr. Marlene Kanga AM


World Federation of Engineering Organisations

Consul General Mr Manish Gupta

Mr. Manish Gupta 

Consul General of India, Sydney

India Consulate

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Sheba Nandkeolyar

Founder & CEO



Prof. Veena

Scientia Professor Veena Sahajwalla 

Australian Research Council (ARC) 

Soft Power Panel - Our People-People Links - 3.15 PM - 4.00 PM (AEST)

Anupam Sharma

Anupam Sharma

Filmmaker / Chair

Australia India Film Council

Dipen Rughani

Dipen Rughani


Newland Global Group


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Jennifer West

Deputy Secretary

Investment NSW


Julia Nibblet

State Director

Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade NSW

The Hon Lisa Singh

Former Senator the Hon Lisa Singh 

Deputy Chair

Australia India Council, DFAT
Head Government Advocacy

Minderoo Foundation

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Amb. Navdeep Suri

Former Indian High Commissioner to Australia

(Via Video)

Peter Varghese AO

Peter Varghese AO

Chair, Asialink Advisory Council
Former Secretary of the Department of Foreign Affairs Trade
Chancellor, University of Queensland

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Uppma Virdi

CEO Chai Walli
Forbes 30 under 30, IABCA Alumni
Board Member at Alfalfa Food Co-Operative

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Parkside Ballroom, Level 2 - Convention Centre

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