IABCA YOUTH AMBASSADORS

Each year, IABCA works in conjunction with a team of ambassadors to ensure that the platform can continue to identify and celebrate the businesses, professionals and community leaders who are furthering the India-Australia relationship. Offering a familiar and friendly face for the IABCA platform, our IABCA ambassadors add tremendous value in keeping the IABCA community continually engaged with one another.  Featured below are our IABCA Ambassadors from 2014 until date, so please feel free to reach out to any of our IABCA ambassadors or connect with them the next time you see them at an IABCA event!

IABCA YOUTH AMBASSADORS 2020

Dr Astha Singh

President

The Australian Science Communicators, NSW

Dr. Devika Kamath

Lecturer

Macquarie University

Arijit Banarji is an entrepreneur, digital marketer and a former journalist with over 14 years of experience across various fields. He was once the Editor of Sydney-based Indian diaspora news publication, ‘The Indian Telegraph’ while at the same time ran a start-up in Sydney in design and print media. Arijit became the name and face of his publication and was awarded the ‘Young Journalist Award’ in 2015 from the New South Wales Govt, Parliamentary Counsel’s Office. These days, Arijit can be found pitching for a greater collaboration between the Australian alumni based in India and the Australian government and businesses to move beyond the potentials between the two countries. He is also Director of Accelerator Ventures, which helps businesses grow sustainably, build strategic network and create partnerships in their respective fields.

Dr Astha Singh is a Science Communication and Marketing professional with over 14 years of experience specialising in STEM (Science Technology Engineering and Mathematics) and has shared her innovative ideas at TEDx Sydney. Astha led a nation-wide campaign in 2019 to raise awareness for Diversity in STEM with over 30 top scientists around Australia featured on the Australia's Science Channel. With her particular interest in diversity & equity, Astha has served as the advisory board member at Multicultural NSW, Australian Football League, NSW. 

Currently Astha serves as the President for two not-for-profit bodies: the Australian Science Communicators, NSW and Yuva Australia and a mentor for commercial research at the CSIRO's ON Accelerator program

Dr. Devika Kamath is an Astrophysicist and Lecturer in Astronomy & Astrophysics at Macquarie University. She is internationally recognised for her work on observational studies of dying stars and their implications on the origin of elements in the Universe. During her postdoctoral research fellowship (Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Belgium), her discovery of a new class of stars proved that the evolution of stars in our Universe is more diverse and complex than what standard theories predicted.Dr. Kamath has recently been awarded the prestigious Australian Research Council DECRA fellowship to further develop her research. She has produced over 50 scientific publications and won competitive access to telescopes around the world, for an in-kind value of more than a million AUD. 

With about 15 years of international experience in Accounting, Management and Strategic Leadership, Melvyn helps businesses design and achieve their vision through strategic planning and successful implementation of projects. A qualified CPA with two masters degree and several business awards under his belt, his strength lies in strategic positioning of businesses through management accounting, financial control & reporting and Branding advice. He is currently employed by Fortuna Advisory Group as Associate Director. Outside work, Melvyn is extremely philanthropic and runs programs for homeless and underprivileged people in Perth. His involvement in the space of charity is well recognized and acknowledged by Hon Mark McGowan MLA, Premier of WA among others. He also supports several projects in India, especially in the field of education. Melvyn is also a public speaker and has presented at several forums nationally and internationally

Natasha Jha Bhaskar

General Manager

Newland Global Group

Pragya Singh

Community Fundraising Officer

McGrath Foundation

Reet Phulwani

Director

Medsurge Healthcare

Natasha is IABCA's 2019 Young Professional of the Year. Her current role in Sydney at the Newland Global Group (NGG), focuses on India – Australia trade and investment ties. Natasha has 12 years of Indian Parliament (Lok Sabha) experience, in analysis – communication – advocacy of federal government policies. She has been a delegate to SAARC, ASEAN, BRICS parliamentary conferences, invited participant at National Legislators Conference, Raisina Dialogue. She is an Influencer, Australia for Womennovator Global 2019, has been awarded by UNFPA and worked with UNIFEM. She is Deliberative Democratic Exchange Fellow 2019 (Kettering Foundation, Ohio, USA).Natasha is a regular commentator on India - Australia issues and aims for stronger, outcome-driven India - Australia bilateral ties

Pragya is a Gender Youth Activist with Plan International Australia where she advocates to make Australian cities more accessible and safer for women. She played a huge part in the organisation’s Free to Be campaign in 2018 and continues to engage with various campaigns. Having grown up in India she truly understood the deep roots of patriarchy that exist in our society and has always been passionate about fighting for gender equality. She has had the honour of speaking at the Women’s Day Breakfast organised by the Committee for Sydney and has been a guest speaker for the White Ribbon Day event organised by the Melton City Council in 2018. Pragya was the first recipient of the NDTV Deakin 100% Scholarship in 2015 and graduated with a Distinction. In the past, she has also been an Ambassador for One Girl Australia and the World Literacy Foundation. She is currently working at the McGrath Foundation and hopes to start her own social enterprise one day to support women and young girls from disadvantaged communities.  

Reet has more than 10 years of experience in the Healthcare Industry as one of the Directors of Medsurge Healthcare. Medsurge Healthcare is one of the fastest growing & an award winning pharmaceutical companies in Australia. She is also founder of K.R Impex Pty Ltd , a gemstone wholesale & jewellery designing company. Reet is a qualified Gemmologist and Diamond grader registered with the National Council of Jewellery Valuers (NCJV) since 2013. Reet was a finalist in the "multicultural excellence category" at Ausmumpreneur awards in 2019. Under her management company has won many awards like Westpac "Top 200 Businesses of Tomorrow" 2017 & "SME of the Year" 2019 at IABCA Awards and Finalist in the "Medium to Large Business" Category at Ethnic Business Awards 2019. Reet is involve in conceptualizing and directing business development initiatives and streamlining operations, as well as managing sales, marketing and business augmentation. She is also member of "Women in Business" & "Make in India" chapters of Australia India Business Council (AIBC).

From Mrs India Australia First runner-up in 2016 to the winner of Mrs India Global 2018, Simran has demonstrated the drive and passion it takes to be an IABCA Ambassador. She is a well regarded in the world of fashion, as she walks the ramp for top designers globally.  Simran has now turned her attention to Acting and has done several commercials, short films and a feature film due later this year. She represented Global Indian Talent at the Cannes Film Festival in 2019, covered IFFM (Indian Film Festival Melbourne) and AACTA (Australian Academy Cinema Television Arts) Awards as a media personality.

In conjunction she also runs her own successful lifestyle consultant firm; simrangulati.com.  As an effective leader she also is passionate about coaching & mentoring and works with non-profit organizations that continue to drive results.

Tarang Chawla

Founder 

Not One More Niki Campaign

Tarang is the founder of the Not One More Niki campaign to end violence against women, following the murder of his 23-year-old sister, Nikita, in 2015. Tarang advises the government, corporate and community sectors on human-centred responses to men’s violence against women. His work has increased Australia’s understanding of the judicial shortcomings, policy failings and cultural attitudes that have led to male violence being a leading cause of death and disability for Australian women under 45.. Tarang is a 2017 Young Australian of the Year Finalist, recipient of the University of Melbourne Rising Star Award for young alumni and named in the Top 25 Most Influential People working for social change by Pro Bono Australia. Tarang is a regular commentator on gender equality, racism, discrimination, Australia-India relations and political affairs.

IABCA YOUTH AMBASSADORS 2019

Akashika Mohla

Founder 

Abhaya

Aanchal Shankar

Miss India Australia 2018

Jonathan Lees

Sydney Thunder

Jason Sangha

Australian cricketer

Cricket NSW

Khusaal Vyas

 UNSW

Malika Singh

Business Development Manager

Accor Hotels

Rishi  Kher

Chief Operations Officer

MetaliCoin

Shivali Nayak

Senior Content Producer

Australian Broadcasting Corporation

Xavier Moloney

Diversity Manager

AFL

IABCA YOUTH AMBASSADORS 2018

Arka Das

Actor

Lion

Celina Lazarus

Co-Founder and Director

First Crop Coffee and Maillard Atelier

Mandeep Sodhi

Chief Executive Officer

HashChing

Michael Koss

CEO &Co-Founder

Netik Quick Clinic

Dr. Payal Mukherjee

Clinical Associate Professor

University of Sydney

Preeti Daga

Corporate Communications Manager

Community Housing Ltd

Prerna Pahwa

Founder & President

Simply Human

Sam Freeman

Director

First Impressions Resources

Sunil Menon

Multicultural Participation and Stakeholder Manager

Australian Football  League

IABCA YOUTH AMBASSADOR 2017

Ash Nugent

Deputy CEO

CareerSeekers New Australian Internship Program

Ben Scott

Global trade and investment strategist 

President

India Australia Exchange Forum (QLD/NT)

Deepti Sachdeva

Senior Manager - Future of Learning, Human Capital

Deloitte

Francesca McMillan

Managing Director

Fusion Events International

Indranil Halder

 Sales Executive

Crown Group

Peter Doukas

Managing Director

Denison Toyer

Pritika Desai

Project Leader/Founder

ShoutOut! Youth Mental Health

Reena Augustine

Founder/Director

Redcarpet Functions

Simran Sapra

Actress/Model

Uppma Virdi

CEO

Chai Walli

IABCA YOUTH AMBASSADORS 2016

Ananya Soni

Miss India Australia International 2015

Deepa Mathew

Manager Deals Desk SA/NT region

Commonwealth Bank of Australia

Kerry-Anne Peterson

​Miss Colyton Galaxy Australia 2015-16

Indranil Halder

Sales Executive

Crown Group

Ky Chow

 Associate Editor

The Australian Financial Review

Lisa Sthalekar

International Cricket Player

Navdeep Pasricha

 Director

Institute of School Wellbeing

Sally Hetherington

Operations Manager

Human and Hope Association (HHA)

Shaun Star

Co-founder

Australia India Youth Dialogue

Dr Tanveer Ahmed

psychiatrist, local politician and author

IABCA YOUTH AMBASSADORS 2015

Adam Siddique

Head of Group Development

Dun & Bradstreet

Ajay Khandhar

IABCA 2014 Young Professional Winner

Dai Le

​Director

DAWN

Del Irani

Presenter

ABC

Devpaal Singh

Advisory Board Member

Multicultural NSW

Divya Skene

Adviser, Trade and Investment

Austrade

Jasvinder Sidhu

Adviser to the Premier of Victoria

Karan Anand

Management Consultant

Deloitte

Natasha Malani

 CEO

South Australian Leaders

Nigel Freitas

Chief of Staff

NSW Treasurer - Dominic Perrottet

Mohit Tolani

Clinical Lead and Associate Dentist

Dapto Dentists

 L-FRESH The LION

Rising star in Australian hip hop

Paul McKenzie

AIBC & The Indian Telegraph

Priyanka Pri Pri

Singer, Composer, lyricist, Actor & Model

Rishi Desai

Semi-finalist on Masterchef Australia 2013

Rohan Singh

Head of Strategy & Major Projects

Australian Institute of Company Directors

Sam Almaliki

Senior Manager

Cricket Australia

Sanushka Seomangal

 Senior Associate

HWL Ebsworth

IABCA YOUTH AMBASSADORS 2014

Esha Oberoi

Director

Afea

Aisha Amjad

Dr. Eman Sharobeem

Director

Immigrant Women's Health Service 

Divya Dhingra

Farah Rizvi-Hammond

Managing Director

Medijobs Australia

Dr. Maala Lal 

Clinical Psychologist

Matthew John "Matt" Kean MP

Local Member for Hornsby

Nicholas Brown

SBS Pop Desi

Paul McKenzie

AIBC & The Indian Telegraph

Pallavi Sharda

Actor is Australia’s true blue Aussie-Indian

Pallavi Sinha

Principal Lawyers with Solutions

Raman Bhalla

Principal, Proactive CFOs

Ruchir Punjabi

Founder

Langoor

Ruma Mundi

 Director Principal

Century 21 North Western 

Sam Almaliki

 Senior Manager

Cricket Australia

Vishal Gupta

Managing director

Sumo Global Australia

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