Global Head, Business Development
Sundaram Business Services
Educated at Melbourne Grammar School & the Australian National University, Harish completed his MBA (Finance) at Monash Mt Eliza Business School.
Harish established the Chennai based Sundaram Finance Group’s presence in Australia in 2004 and is currently the Global Head (Business Development) of its outsourcing arm, Sundaram Business Services.
Harish is a former Victorian President & National Chairman, Australia India Business Council, current Advisory Board member, Australia India Institute, current Board member of the NGO, Australian Friends of ASHA and a Patron of the Australian World Orchestra.
Assistant Secretary, Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade
James is the Assistant Secretary, India and Indian Ocean Branch. Prior to taking up this role, James was the Assistant Secretary of the Investment Branch in the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade Investment and Economic Division. In this position, James was responsible for DFAT input into foreign investment review board applications, domestic and global investment issues and Australia’s trade finance agency, Export Finance Australia. James has worked overseas as Australia’s Deputy Permanent Representative to the OECD and in the Australian Embassy in Tokyo. He has also negotiated several free trade agreements including the Japan-Australia Economic Partnership Agreement, the China Australia Free Trade Agreement and the Trans Pacific Partnership. Prior to joining DFAT in 1996, James worked as an economist in government think tanks and in the banking industry.
Peter Varghese AO
Chancellor, University of Queensland
Peter Varghese AO is the Chancellor of the University of Queensland. His thirty eight year public service career included Secretary of the Department of Foreign Affairs, Director General of the Office of National Assessments and senior adviser on international issues in the office of PM John Howard.
Mr Varghese was High Commissioner to India (2009 to 2012) and has also served as High Commissioner to Malaysia and in diplomatic positions in Tokyo, Washington and Vienna.
He is a member of the Advisory Board of the Australia India Institute and was IABCA's Ambassador of the Year in 2016. He sits on the board of AMP and AMP Capital Holdings.
Born in Kenya, his parents hailed from Kerala, India and the family migrated to Australia in 1964.