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2018 BUSINESS LEADER OR PROFESSIONAL OF THE YEAR - MALE FINALISTS

Associate Professor Abraham Francis

 James Cook University

Dr. Francis has collaborated and worked with many local, national, and international communities. As a consistent, dynamic, and visionary leader in education and practice, he has collaborated with many eminent scholars from both Indian and Australian universities, and communities on projects such as suicide, mental health, community development, reciprocity, and international exchanges. He has been instrumental in establishing international partnerships and research collaborations with Universities, organizations, and communities in South Asia as part of his commitment to community engagement.

Aman Poonia

 Founder & CEO

DentaGlow

Aman Poonia is a dentalpreneur who started DentaGlow, a dental group practice in 2014, which now has five locations with 28 staffs and turnover in excess of AU$3 million. His motivation to start DentaGlow was to use his vision, values and skills to build a sustainable business. DentaGlow is one of the biggest dental service providers in North Brisbane.

 

Dr Girish Nair Somasekharan

Director

Neuroaxis

Mr. Girish Nair (Neurosurgeon) is the first neurosurgeon in the world to have injected stem cells into the brain to treat Parkinsons as a part of a world first clinical trial which could lead to finding a cure for this disease which is quite common in Australia. This work is currently being closely followed by researchers around the world and was widely covered in international media when first released. 

Harish Budhiraja

Director - Partner
Morris Cohen Glen & Co

Harish migrated to Australia as a young Chartered Accountant from India in 2005. His passion for accounting and business leadership landed him work in one of the reputed accounting firms in Australia (now part of Deloitte Australia). During his studies at Monash University, Melbourne (bridging course - Tax and Corporations law), he was a tutor on part time basis. He was a founding member for the Australian (Melbourne) Chapter of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in India and played an instrumental role in bringing Australian and Indian accounting bodies together. 

Ian Nathaniel 

Partner

Piper Alderman Lawyers

Ian is an equity partner of a national mid-tier legal practice (350+ lawyers and staff), having worked in the firm for over 25 years and as a partner since 2003. Ian leads a team of commercial litigation and dispute resolution lawyers delivering timely commercial and professional legal advice with the highest level of integrity. Ian is trusted advisor to clients including SME clients to large public listed and not-for-profit organisations.

Mahesh Enjeti

Managing Director

SAI Marketing

Mahesh arrived in Australia nearly 25 years ago and has always maintained a low profile. This itch for some visibility occurred in March, when he turned 65. He wanted to spend the next several years sharing his story - the struggles and successes - with more Australians of Indian origin, especially new migrants. These include his frustrations prior to getting his first break (despite an impressive track record in India), and the accomplishments he has achieved here over the years despite some personal and professional challenges.

Professor Rajiv Khanna AO
Senior Scientist

QIMR Berghofer Medical Research institute

Professor Rajiv Khanna AO is a world-leading immunologist who has directed almost 30 years of remarkable medical research. With more than 20 years’ work on immunotherapy – known as ’the fourth pillar’ of cancer treatment — his extensive and ground-breaking research harnesses the capabilities of the human immune system and significantly, is being delivered to patients. ​

Stephen Manallack
Director

EastWest Academy 

Stephen Manallack combines a business career in India-Australia trade relations with voluntary work on “Employability and Communication Skills for Indian Students” and a regular blog “INTO INDIA” where he passionately promotes the relationship. He is a former President of the Australia India Business Council (Victoria).

Professor Sagadevan Mundree

Queensland University of Technology

Professor Mundree is an agricultural researcher who is nationally and internationally renowned for his innovative research, development and industry partnerships targeted at developing tropical crops such as chickpea, mungbean, pigeonpea and rice that are more resilient to drought and diseases,and have better nutritional profiles. He was chosen as 2018 Outstanding Leadership in Fostering International Research and Development Award. - International by Bharatiya Sugar.

Vaibhav Mittal
Chief Information Officer
Adactin Group 

Vaibhav Mittal is working as Chief Information Officer with Adactin Group and has been instrumental in the exponential growth of the organisation. As a business leader in the technology world, he created a BFSI vertical for Adactin and led the recently launched New Payments Platform across Australia. Under Vaibhav’s business leadership, Adactin spread across Australia and captured the market in Brisbane, Melbourne and Newcastle area. There was a global quality improvement initiative started by Vaibhav that saw Adactin partner with companies in the USA, improving quality of their product every day now.

 Shekar Mani
Director

Saravanaa Bhavan Restaurant Chain

Shekar Mani was a pioneer in bringing the best of south Indian vegetarian cuisine to Australians in the form of Saravanaa Bhavan. He opened his flagship restaurant at Paramatta, Sydney in 2014. Two more branches followed in Melbourne and in May, the Auckland’s residents will be treated to smorgasbord of the best South Indian delicacies. A month later, Sydney will have its Second outlet in Northern CBD. 

Associate Professor Vinay S Rane

Melbourne Mothers

Associate Professor Vinay S Rane is an internationally respected-leader in the fields of obstetrics and gynaecology, medical innovation and global health. Back in Australia after serving as a Fulbright Scholar in America with attachments to The United Nations and Harvard University, he cofounded Melbourne Mothers. Melbourne Mothers is a multi-disciplinary, specialist clinic devoted to the care of Australia’s women in a patient-focussed model, whilst continuing to foster international collaborations. Vinay, a Churchill Fellow, has earned a list of accolades far too long to list here. Among them however, he has received Fellowships and Awards from The Colleges of Surgeons, Pathologists, O&Gs (in both Australia and America) and The College of Physicians in London.

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