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29 April 2022, The Star Sydney
20 January – 27 January 2023, Jaipur | Delhi | Mumbai


IABCA Global Leaders Forum & Awards Ceremony - 29 April 2022

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IABCA 2022 now in its 9th Year, supported by Investment NSW will continue to navigate Australia’s relationship with India through our people-to-people links.


On Friday 29 April 2022 the IABCA Global Leaders Forum and the Awards Ceremony will transform The Star Sydney in to an exciting meeting of minds space.

The IABCA Global Leaders Forum will highlight roadmaps for continued growth across the people-to-people, economic and institutional engagements that bind India and Australia through our growing Alumni, including offering audiences continued engagement and updates across various sectors.

The IABCA Awards Ceremony will showcase the diversity and talent of our industry sectors while strengthening and celebrating the organisations, social enterprises and business leaders from across the globe who are advancing the India-Australia relationship.

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

IABCA Global Leaders Forum -  1.30PM -4.00PM
IABCA Awards Ceremony 6.30PM -11.00PM
Program Launching Soon

2022 Program

Technology & Innovation Panel

by Invesment NSW


Time: 1.30 PM - 2.15 PM (AEST)

Soft Power Panel



Time: 2.30 PM - 3.00 PM (AEST)


  • Business Diaspora Leverage

  • Cultural Diplomacy 

  • Politics

  • Comparative Analysis with diasporas engagement across other nations.

  • Social Impact Projects between our two nations

Austrade Panel Discussion

by Austrade


Time: 3.15 PM - 4.00 PM (AEST)

IABCA Global Leaders Forum Speakers 2021

Food & Agribusiness Panel - 1.30 PM - 2.15 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 - 2.30 PM - 3.15 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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