14 May 2021, ICC, Sydney


1.15 PM - 4.00 PM (AEST)

Complimentary Registration Below

Taking place prior to the IABCA Gala on Friday 14 May at Australia’s first fully integrated harbourside convention, exhibition and entertainment venue, ICC Sydney, the 2021 IABCA Global Leaders Forum supported by Global NSW will focus on the Business Diaspora Diplomacy.

This exciting new initiative will navigate Australia’s relationship with India through our people-to-people links across three engaging panel discussions and workshops. The forum will leverage the expertise of key leaders across both nations and navigate some of the central pillars that underpin Australia’s relationship with India.


Featuring three engaging panel sessions across Food & Agribusiness, STEM and Soft Power.

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.  


The IABCA Forum will shape perceptions by showcasing the diversity and talent of our business diaspora and offer audiences continued engagement and updates across various sectors. 

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


Food & Agribusiness Panel

Time: 1.15 PM - 2.00 PM (AEST)


  • Why India

  • Market Entry Needs & Getting Ready

  • Culture & Understanding

  • Success Stories & Lessons Learned

  • Marketing and Promotion

STEM Panel 

Time: 2.15 PM - 3.00 PM (AEST)


  • Aerospace Advancement

  • Engineering Excellence

  • Technology & Innovation

  • Science and Research

  • Earth's Carrying Capacity

  • Educational Entrepreneurship

Soft Power Panel

Time: 3.15 PM - 4.00 PM (AEST)


  • Cultural Diplomacy

  • Film & Broadcasting

  • Politics

  • Sport

  • Social Impact Projects between our two nations

Food & Agribusiness Panel

DD Saxena

Managing Director

Riverina Oils

Dianne Tipping


Export Council of Australia

STEM Panel

Amb. Anil Wadhwa

Former Ambassador & Secretary

Ministry of External Affairs, Government of India


Iain Martin

Vice Chancellor

Deakin University

Jim Varghese AM

National Chair AIBC

The Leadership Company, Qld Pty Ltd

Margaret Faux 

Founder and CEO

Synapse Medical Services

Dr. Marlene Kanga AM


World Federation of Engineering Organisations

Mr. Manish Gupta 

Consul General of India, Sydney

India Consulate

Sheba Nandkeolyar

Founder & CEO



Scientia Professor Veena Sahajwalla 

Australian Research Council (ARC) 

Soft Power Panel - Our People-People Links

Anupam Sharma

Filmmaker / Chair

Australia India Film Council

Dr. Christian Hirst

Assistant Secretary

India and the Indian Ocean

Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade

Dipen Rughani


Newland Global Group


Former Senator the Hon Lisa Singh 

Deputy Chair

Australia India Council, DFAT
Head Government Advocacy

Minderoo Foundation

Amb. Navdeep Suri

Former Indian High Commissioner to Australia

Peter Varghese AO

Chair, Asialink Advisory Council
Former Secretary of the Department of Foreign Affairs Trade
Chancellor, University of Queensland

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