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CONTACT IABCA

 

Email:   awards@gandhicreations.com.au

Phone: 02 8005 6280

Mail:     Gandhi Creations
              PO BOX 235,
              Neutral Bay, NSW 2089

NATIONAL PANEL OF EXPERTS 2020

Dhananjay Singh

Director General

National HRD Network (NHRDN), India

Bio

Maria McNamara

CEO

Advance

Maria is the CEO of Advance.org, a trusted platform that connects Global Australians with Australia to drive better collaboration, innovation and investment. She has specialist expertise in policy, politics, professional services and digital transformation. Maria has worked in the professional services sector, was an adviser to former Senator the Hon. Dr Arthur Sinodinos AO who is Australia’s incoming Ambassador to the US and the public sector. She is an active participant and supporter of the Australian innovation and entrepreneurship ecosystem.  Maria has been judging the Finnies since 2017 and the Regtech Awards since 2019. She was recognised in the 2018 International Women's Day Showcase, was a nominee in the 2018 Women of Influence Awards and was Australasian Startcon Community Most Valuable Person Award in 2018.

Sandip Hor

Chairman

AITCC

Currently the Chairman of Australia, India Travel & Tourism Council (AITTC) – an Australian national body dedicated to facilitating growth in bi-lateral travel between Australia and India both ways,  Sandip Hor is also a prolific travel writer. He has visited 106 countries and produced over 500 travel features published in elite publications in Australia and overseas. With qualifications in engineering and business management, he is well recognized in the tourism industry and India-Australia business domain for his continuous consulting and editorial work.  He is also the Vice President, Foreign Correspondents Association, Australia (FCA) and Executive Director of Strategy Services Group (SSG).

Dr Jim Taggart OAM
 Non-Executive Director

Moorebank International Company

Dr Jim Taggart is a Chairman, Non-Executive Committee (Audit & Risk) Member, and Financial Services Professional with over 30 years of Board level experience across the public, private (finance planning, investment, development) and community (Church, local area support and fundraising) sectors.  At Board level, highlights include being a Member of: Investment Board for the Parramatta Diocese; (Chairman) Salvation Army Advisory Board Western Sydney (Business Appeal); Audit Committee Member, Hills Shire Council; Parramatta (Pirtek) Stadium and TAFE NSW Western Sydney Institute (past Chairman).

Ravnee Pahwa

 Deputy Vice President – Global and CEO (South Asia)

Deakin University Australia

Ravneet Pawha is currently the Deputy Vice President – Global and CEO (South Asia) of Deakin University Australia. Ravneet was awarded the prestigious Business Leader of the Year at the India Australia Business Council Awards 2018. She has a Master in Education and Training and a Master in Business Administration, a gold medalist in her postgraduate studies. With over 27 years of experience in the International education sector, Ravneet has been instrumental in establishing global collaborations and strategic partnerships. She has developed Australian Education collaborations specifically for Deakin University in India and has contributed to the immense success across the region. Currently, she is the Global Vice President and CEO South Asia at Deakin University. 

Jane Den Hollander

Former Vice-Chancellor

Deakin University

Professor Jane den Hollander AO has most recently retired from full time work, as Vice-Chancellor at Deakin University. At Deakin, Professor den Hollander introduced LIVE the future, an aspiration for Deakin to drive the digital frontier in higher education, harnessing the power, opportunity and reach of new and emerging technologies in all that it does.​ Professor den Hollander was a board member of Universities Australia, Education Australia Limited, and UniSuper, a member of the Advisory Board of the Office of Learning and Teaching, and a trustee of the Geelong Performing Arts Council.​​ In 2017 den Hollander was appointed an Officer of the Order of Australia for distinguished service to tertiary education through a range of executive administration and advisory roles, as a supporter of professional educational organizations, and to the community.

Ritesh Singh

Executive director

Unimoni

Ritesh is an accomplished International Executive, and currently the Executive Director for Australia and sits on the board of 4 APAC countries for Unimoni, with more than 18 years of experience in banking, financial services and consulting sector across 3 continents. Ritesh has led cross functional, cross-culture teams across multiple geographies in a variety of functions such as corporate strategy, organisation design and development, risk management, M&A, innovation and digital transformation etc. He is currently directing operations in Australia and rest of APAC. Ritesh has an extremely positive outlook towards Australia-India relations and works very closely with partners and eco-systems that support and work towards the development of the “Communities” - student, travellers, migrants and SME/MSME, which he firmly believes to the 4 key pillars for development of India-Australia relations.

Xavier Moloney

Diversity Manager
AFL Australia

bio

Dr Jim Taggart OAM

Adjunct Professor

Dr Jim Taggart is a Chairman, Non-Executive Committee (Audit & Risk) Member, and Financial Services Professional with over 30 years of Board level experience across the public, private (finance planning, investment, development) and community (Church, local area support and fundraising) sectors.  At Board level, highlights include being a Member of: Investment Board for the Parramatta Diocese; (Chairman) Salvation Army Advisory Board Western Sydney (Business Appeal); Audit Committee Member, Hills Shire Council; Parramatta (Pirtek) Stadium and TAFE NSW Western Sydney Institute (past Chairman).

Jonty Ephron

Former CRO

ANZ

Jonty is an experienced international executive having held leadership roles in Australia,  India and the UK. He is currently an independent consultant to the financial services industry in Australia. 

Jonty returned from Mumbai to Sydney in 2018. During his three and a half years there, he was the Chair of the Australia and New Zealand Business Association in India (ANZBAI)  and worked closely with Austrade, New Zealand Trade & Enterprise and the respective Consuls General to promote business and social engagement with India. 

Maria MacNamara

CEO

Advance.org

Maria is the CEO of Advance.org, a trusted platform that connects Global Australians with Australia to drive better collaboration, innovation and investment. Advance.org recognises and celebrate the impact and achievements of Global Australians to inspire the next generation of leaders. She has specialist expertise in policy, politics, professional services and digital transformation. Maria has worked in the professional services sector, was an adviser to former Senator the Hon. Dr Arthur Sinodinos AO who is Australia’s incoming Ambassador to the US and the public sector. She helped launch the greenfields agency (Workers Compensation Independent Review Office) in NSW and headed up the strategy, communications and engagement for the Digital Transformation Agency in the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet. Maria has founded three startups and exited two

Dr Maurice L Newman AC, HonDBus Macq, FSIA, FSAA, FAICD

Chairman

Maurice Newman AC is the former Chairman of Deutsche Bank Australia & New Zealand, Australian Securities Exchange (ASX), and Australian Broadcasting Corporation, and Chancellor of Macquarie University.  His career spans over 50 years in stockbroking and investment banking.  Dr Newman has chaired a number of Asian business alliances and has been an adviser to Australian governments, State and Federal. Dr Newman is currently Chairman of Melon Pastoral Pty Ltd; M Value Capital Advisory Board; Chamber of Australia-India Trade & Investment (CAITI); Macquarie University Foundation; Taronga Foundation; Bradman Foundation; and The Australian Fathers’ Day Council. He was appointed Chairman of the Prime Minister’s Business Advisory Council in 2013; and Honorary Professor in Public Diplomacy at the Soft Power Advocacy & Research Centre, Macquarie University in September 2012.

Mukund Narayanamurti

CEO

Asialink Business

As the CEO of Asialink Business, Mukund is leading the organisation to create an Asia capable workforce in Australia, through the delivery of capability development programs, research and information, and forums and events.  
Mukund received his MBA from the Sloan School of Management at M.I.T. 

Petula Thomas  

Director

Indo - Australian Chamber of Commerce

Petula won four global and regional performance awards from the Foreign & Commonwealth Office in London, when she headed Consular Operations for South India, leading on Customer Engagement for Middle East North Africa and South Asia and Communications for India.  She was also Chair of the Learning & Development/HR Committee and Vice-Chair of the Crisis/BCP Committee, leading cross-functional teams.  Petula was the recipient of a Regional award (Revenue/Sales) from British Airways Plc. and received commendation from Austrade.  She has a First class Masters Degree in Science and is passionate about Women in Leadership.

Ravneet Pawha

Deputy Vice President - Global and CEO (South Asia)

Deakin University Australia

Ravneet Pawha is currently the Deputy Vice President – Global and CEO (South Asia) of Deakin University Australia. She has a Master in Education and Training and a Master in Business Administration, a gold medalist in her postgraduate studies. With over 27 years of experience in the International education sector, Ravneet has been instrumental in establishing global collaborations and strategic partnerships. She has developed Australian Education collaborations specifically for Deakin University in India and has contributed to the immense success across the region. Currently, she is the Global Vice President and CEO South Asia at Deakin University. She is responsible for establishing holistic engagement across Government, academia, industry and research.

Ritesh Singh

Executive Director

Unimoni

Ritesh is an accomplished International Executive, and currently the Executive Director for Australia and sits on the board of 4 APAC countries for Unimoni, with more than 18 years of experience in banking, financial services and consulting sector across 3 continents. Ritesh has impressive experience in partnering with C-Suite Executives and Boards to enhance value through executing strategies that improve commercial, financial and operational performance. Ritesh has led cross functional, cross-culture teams across multiple geographies in a variety of functions such as corporate strategy, organisation design and development, risk management, M&A, innovation and digital transformation etc. With strategic, management, financial and operational leadership experience in more than 6 countries, He is currently directing operations in Australia and rest of APAC.

Sandip Hor 

Chairman

Australia India Travel & Tourism Council

Tracey Vieira 

CEO

Screen Queensland

Currently the Chairman of Australia, India Travel & Tourism Council (AITTC) – an Australian national body dedicated to facilitating growth in bi-lateral travel between Australia and India both ways,  Sandip Hor is also a prolific travel writer. He has visited 106 countries and produced over 500 travel features published in elite publications in Australia and overseas. With qualifications in engineering and business management, he is well recognized in the tourism industry and India-Australia business domain for his continuous consulting and editorial work.  He is also the Vice President, Foreign Correspondents Association, Australia (FCA) and Executive Director of Strategy Services Group (SSG).

Tracey Vieira was appointed as Chief Executive Officer of Screen Queensland in February 2014, the latest role in a stellar career promoting the Australian screen industry in Queensland and the United States. Tracey is a champion for the Arts and its influence on our well-being and identity and has worked in a range of Directorships across the arts in music, precinct development, visual arts and creative place making.

Tracey is a Non-Executive Director of RSPCA QLD, The Arts Centre Gold Coast, and Sunshine Coast Arts Advisory Board. She is an external Advisor to US based Australians in Film and The Queensland College of Art and a previous Director with QMusic.
 

Tracey Winters 

Head of Government and Public Affairs

Santos

Tracey is a senior executive with more than 30 years experience in the resources and energy sectors. She has held senior corporate roles in issues management, government and regulatory affairs, media and communications, environment, land access, project commercialisation and construction, and asset management. Tracey held a senior role in Federal public policy and politics for seven years and over more than a decade built and ran a successful government approvals and environmental management consultancy serving some of Australia's biggest resource companies and projects.

Vivek Bhatia 

CEO

Australia Pacific, QBE

Vivek Bhatia is the CEO, Australia Pacific of QBE Insurance Group, one of the top 20 general insurers and reinsurers in the world.

Before joining QBE, Vivek was inaugural CEO and MD of icare, the NSW Government AUD$32 billion public financial corporation managing the state’s insurance and care schemes. Vivek is widely recognised as one of the most influential leaders in the Australian insurance industry. He was awarded the “Insurance Leader of the Year” in 2017 by the Australian & New Zealand Institute of Insurance & Finance (ANZIIF) and the Business Leader of the Year” by the India Australia Business & Community Awards (IABCA) in 2015.  He has also been a finalist of the “Financial Services CEO of the Year” by CEO Magazine in 2016 & 2017 and the “CEO of the Year” by Australian HR Institute in 2017.