Hon Barry O'Farrell MP
Former Premier of New South Wales, Special Envoy for the NSW-India Relationship
Mr O’Farrell served in the New South Wales Parliament (1995-2015) and as the State’s 43rd Premier (2011 until 2014). As Premier he sought to promote economic, cultural and social links with India. In 2012 a NSW-Maharashtra Sister State relationship was established and in 2013 Mr O’Farrell began work with Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi towards a similar agreement. Mr O’Farrell is Deputy Chair of the Australia India Council and Special Envoy for the NSW-India Relationship.
Head of Corporate Affairs & Public
Relations, Australia & New Zealand
Tata Consultancy Services
Darren is currently the Head of Corporate Affairs/Public Policy & Public Relations for Tata Consultancy Services (TCS) for Australia & New Zealand. He is charged with transforming the approach to brand and positioning with key stakeholders and customers across both countries as well as improving operational initiatives for one of the worlds’ most community-minded organizations.
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.
Peter Varghese AO
Chancellor, The 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.
Dr Lachlan Strahan
First Assistant Secretary, Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade
Dr Lachlan Strahan is the First Assistant Secretary of the Multilateral Policy Division in the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT), leading the UN, Commonwealth, conflict prevention and peacebuilding, gender equality, international indigenous and human rights teams. He is also a Senior Advocate for the Indigenous Employees Network and a Senior Straight Ally supporting his LGBTI colleagues.