IABCA annually engages with an independent jury and leaders from across both nations to determine the finalists and winners of our annual awards initiative. Operating on an annual rotational policy, this credibility based approach ensures that entrants are assessed solely on merit, and requires a collection of highly qualified leaders who are willing to invest their time towards furthering the India-Australia relationship.

Please view our IABCA Awards Jury till date below:

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Dianne Tipping 
Export Council Australia

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Dr Jim Taggart OAM

 Non-Executive Director

Moorebank International Company

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Gurmesh Singh, MP 
Member for Coffs Harbour
NSW Parliament.

Dianne has been the Chair of the Export Council of Australia for 7 years and has a long and varied career in international trade promotion and facilitation. She has over 40 years of experience in both business ownership and international project management. Dianne is the founder and Managing Director of Excon International Pty Ltd, a consultancy established in 1982 that focuses on facilitating movement of goods across borders and managing international projects on behalf of Australian exporters.

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.

He is a third-generation Coffs local, raising two young children with his wife in the most beautiful part of NSW.


Gurmesh grew up in a farming family from Woolgoolga and is proud to have lived and worked on the North Coast. He graduated as Dux from Woolgoolga High School and studied Industrial Design at UNSW. Gurmesh has previously worked in marketing and advertising and in farming.

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Harriet Diana Richards
Head of Corporate Affairs Australia and New Zealand
Tata Consultancy Services

Harriet has lived and worked in Australia, India, and Indonesia.  After diplomatic postings in Delhi and Jakarta Harriet consulted to Indonesian national/state governments and a major Indonesian conglomerate.   Living in Delhi and Chennai, Harriet developed a World Bank project for the Indian government and worked in an Indian company planning new services for India’s corporate sector.   Harriet’s MA (Merit) in Asian Studies from Sydney University majored in Indian Philosophy and included a Postgraduate Law Prize in Asian Legal Systems.


Jodi McKay MP 
Former Member for Strathfield

Raised in the small town of Gloucester in country NSW, Jodi was an award-winning Newcastle journalist before moving into the private and non-for-profit sectors. She was one of the founding members of the Hunter Medical Research Institute and has been a non-executive director on a variety of health, research and advocacy boards.

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John Madew
Head of Group Client Services Australian Trade and Investment Commission (Austrade)

John Madew is Head of Group Client Services at the Australian Trade and Investment Commission (Austrade).  In this role he is responsible for delivery of personalised services at scale for Austrade clients via events, e-commerce, the TradeStart partnership and in-bound channel response.

From 2016 to 2020 John held a leadership role in Austrade’s South Asia operation.  In 2019 - 2020 he led the South Asia region as General Manager in New Delhi driving trade, investment and education promotion across India, Sri Lanka, Pakistan and Bangladesh with 60 staff over 10 locations.  During his time in India he was also Senior Trade & Investment Commissioner based in Mumbai where he led the Australian Government investment attraction activities across South Asia. 

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Kylie Bell 
A/Managing Director, 
Trade and International
Investment NSW

Our Trade team is led by Kylie Bell, Executive Director, Trade & International. Kylie has 25 years’ experience in global trade and investment and has lived and worked across India, ASEAN, Europe and Australia in senior consulting, business development and diplomatic trade and investment positions. Previously, Kylie worked for EY and the Australian Trade & Investment Commission.

Kylie’s clients have ranged from Fortune 100 companies to start-ups across a broad range of industries.


Kylie and her team look forward to talking with you about how the NSW Government can support your business growth in Australia's most forward looking and business friendly state, and introduce you to our State’s leading companies.

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The Hon Lisa Singh

Deputy Chair, DFAT, Australia-India Council

CEO, Australia India Institute

Lisa Singh is a former Australian Senator and was the first woman of South Asian heritage to be elected to the Australian Parliament. She is currently the Director of the Australia India Institute and the Deputy Chair of the Australian Government’s Australia-India Council. As an influential professional, Lisa has been advancing Australia’s social and economic ties with India and the wider Indo-Pacific for the past decade.  In 2014 she was awarded the Pravasi Bharatiya Samman by the President of India for building friendly Australia-India relations, the highest civilian honour for a person of Indian origin.

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Michelle Wade  


South Asia, Global Victoria

Michelle is a highly experienced international trade official and has undertaken senior Australian diplomatic postings in Italy, Malaysia and Spain. Michelle is currently based in Bengaluru, India  and oversees Victorian government’s promotion of trade, investment and education across South Asia.  In 2020, Michelle led Victoria’s Covid response to international students, the $45m International Student Emergency Relief Fund.  She grew up in the small town of Woolgoolga, home to Australia's first Sikh community, and has a Bachelor of Arts from University of Queensland and Postgraduate qualifications in Applied Law (UQ) and Business Communications (QUT). 

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Mitu Bhowmick

Director and Founder

Mind Blowing Films

Mitu is the Director of Mind Blowing Films a film production and distribution company that specialises in the distribution of Indian films in Australia, New Zealand and Fiji. It also provides local production support to Indian films shot in Australia and New Zealand. She is also the director of Mind Blowing World, an independent film distribution company that specialises in the distribution of quality local content to Australian, New Zealand and Fiji audiences.


Nick Hockley

Chief Executive Officer

Cricket Australia

Nick was appointed Chief Executive Officer of Cricket Australia in June 2021 after leading Australian cricket through the early stages of the pandemic as interim CEO. Previously, Nick held key executive roles with the organising committees for the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games, ICC Cricket World Cup 2015, and as CEO of the ICC T20 World Cup 2020 where records were shattered for the biggest women’s sporting event in Australia.


Nick’s focus now shifts towards welcoming England to Australian shores for the men’s and women’s Ashes series which headline a massive upcoming summer of cricket. Following that, Nick and his team continue to look forward to the next Australian cricket strategy, along with preparing for ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2022 on Australian soil where all of Australia is set to unite.


Sai Sudha Chandrasekaran

Sr. Assistant Vice President

Invest India, Government of India

Sai Sudha has rich experience ranging from operations, strategy, investments and marketing from start-ups to national level organisations. She worked in a health care start-up in the USA from 2010-2012, following which she worked and lived in Hong Kong for 7 years where she co-founded 3 start-ups across various fields. She returned back to India in 2019 and joined Invest India where she serves as the Senior AVP. Invest India is the National Investment Promotion and facilitation agency set up under aegis of DPIIT (Ministry of Commerce), Government of India.


Simon Taufel


Integrity Values Leadership

Simon Taufel has been a community and international cricket umpire for over 30 years. During this time, he has also contributed to other not-for-profit organisations such as PCYC, Highlands District Cricket Association, MCC, the Bradman Foundation, and Sport Australia. Prior to his sporting career, Simon was an operations manager in the printing industry for ten years. These days, Simon is a founding partner of Integrity Values Leadership and author of “Finding the Gaps,” allowing him to support others in developing their soft skills and sharing many learned high-performance traits that saw him recognised as the ICC Umpire of the Year for five consecutive years.

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Tony Huber
Director, Trade
Department of Foreign Affairs & Trade

Mr Huber leads the Non-Tariff Barriers Coordination Section in Agriculture and Non-Tariff Barriers Branch of the DFAT Office of Trade Negotiations.  His team is implementing the whole-of-government NTB Action Plan.  Mr Huber was formerly Australia’s Consul General in Mumbai 2016-20.  He led advocacy and representation, analysis, reporting, advice, delivering Australian government services, and strengthening Australia’s business and people links.  His teams drove implementation of Australia’s India Economic Strategy and shaped contemporary understandings of Australia across the Western region of India.  


Trudi Busch

Director of Marketing and Community

Trudi has over 25 years of experience in advertising and marketing to global and national brands and companies. Trudi is the Director of Marketing and Community for the HomeWorld Group of Companies, which is a co-operative of 50 leading building companies across NSW.

IABCA JURY 2020 - 2021

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Dhananjay Singh

Director General

National HRD Network (NHRDN), India

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Elena Norman


Hockey India

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Professor Jane Den Hollander AO


The University of Western Australia

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Helen Hamilton-James

Office Managing Partner, Western Sydney

Deloitte Australia

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Dr Jim Taggart OAM

 Non-Executive Director

Moorebank International Company

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Professor K. Baskaran

Pro Vice Chancellor – International Research Partnerships

Deakin University

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Kylie Bell 

Executive Director – Trade and Investment 
NSW Treasury 

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Margaret Faux

CEO - Founder

Synapse Medical Services

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Ravin Mirchandani


Ador Powertron & Acusensus Pty Ltd

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Maria McNamara

Senior Fellow

Australian Strategic Policy Institute

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Councillor Reena Jethi

Deputy Mayor

Hills Shire Council

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Ritesh Singh

Risk Management



Sneha Chatterjee

Regional Director 

Department of Home Affairs

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Sandip Hor




Trudi Busch

Director of Marketing and Community

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Xavier Moloney

Diversity Manager

AFL Australia



Christine Holman GAICD
 Non-Executive Director

Moorebank International Company


Arun Sharma


Celebrate India

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DD Saxena

Managing Director



Dr Clinton de Bruyn GAICD 


Treasury Queensland

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Elena Kirillova

 State Director, NSW/ACT

​Australian Trade and Investment Commission,(Austrade)


Francis Wong OAM, OSJ, FAICD

Board Member

Tourism Australia 

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Jasmin Kaur

Managing Director



Jonty Ephron

Former CRO


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



Mukund Narayanamurti


Asialink Business


Petula Thomas


Indo - Australian Chamber of Commerce

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Swati Dave 

Managing Director & CEO



Tracey Vieira 


Screen Queensland

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Tracey Winters 

Head of Government and Public Affairs



Vivek Bhatia 


Australia Pacific, QBE



Andrea Gleason


DFAT Western Australia

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Andy Fell


GiFT 631

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Brendan Smyth

Commissioner for International Engagement

Office of International Engagement


Anupam Sharma


Temple Films

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Chidambaram Srinivasan

 Former Victorian Multicultural Commissioner

The East West Overseas Aid Foundation

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Kylie Bell

Executive Director Industry

Trade & Investment at NSW Department of Industry

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Linda Fazldeen AM FAICD FIML

Director Community Engagement Defence NT

Department Trade, Business and Innovation NTG

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Marcia Hoffmann

Deputy CEO

Trade & Investment Queensland

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Michelle Wade

Commissioner to South Asia

Government of Victoria


Natasha Malani

Deputy Lord Mayor

Adelaide City Council


Neville Roach AO


Tata Consultancy Services

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Rohini Kappadath

General Manager

Immigration Museum

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Tess Bishop

Deputy Director General of Strategy and Engagement

Queensland Department of Premier and Cabinet


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Dan Gregory


The Impossible Institute

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Doug Ferguson


Asia Society

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Elena Kirillova

 State Director, NSW/ACT

​Australian Trade and Investment Commission, (Austrade)


Erin Watson-Lynn


Asialink Diplomacy

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Gail Ker OAM


Access Community Services Ltd


Jacinta Thompson

Executive Director

University of South Australia Bob Hawke Prime Ministerial Centre


Kumar Parakala

Global Digital Leader



Dr Parag Shirnamé

Vice President Client Services

Aurus Inc USA


Peter O'Byrne

 Chair, National Advisory Board

Export Council of Australia

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Sam Graham


Australian Football League NSW/ACT

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Sheba Nandkeolyar

Founder & CEO



Umesh Chandra



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Virginia Greville

Former Chief Executive Officer

Trade & Investment Queensland


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Anthea Hancocks


The Scanlon Foundation

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Associate Professor Adrian Vicary

Fellow of the University of SA

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The Honourable Daniel Mookhey MLC

NSW Parliament

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Dhruba Gupta,

Managing Director

DBM Consultants 

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Linda Fazldeen

Former Ministerial Adviser to the Chief Minister of NT

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Lisa McAuley


Export Council of Australia

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Nicola Watkinson

 Minister Commercial and Senior Trade & Investment Commissioner South Asia



Neville Roach AO


Tata Consultancy Services

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Parsuram Sharma-Luital JP

Hon Secretary



Peeyush Gupta

Board member


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Professor Arun Sharma

Deputy Vice-Chancellor


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Robyn Hendry


Canberra Business Chamber

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Stuart Davis


South Asia Forum


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Brian Hayes QC

Barrister and Legal Policy

Environmental and Human Rights Lawyer


Dr G.K (Harry) Harinath, OAM


Multicultural NSW


Dr Marlene Kanga AM

Chair & President
World Federation of Engineering Organisations

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Dr Sev Ozdowski OAM FAICD

Former Chair
Australian Multicultural Council


Harish Rao

 Global Head - Business Development

Sundaram Business Services

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Jim Varghese AM


 Australia India Business Council

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Julie Owens MP

Federal Shadow Minister for Small Business


Kumud Merani

National Executive Producer

SBS Hindi Radio

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Michael Moignard

 Former Australian Trade Commissioner

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Peter Kerr

Sydney-based Executive Director

Asialink Business

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Michael Carter

State Director, Western Australia



Lisa Singh

Tasmania Labor Senator

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The Hon Philip Ruddock MP

Member for Berowra

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Sarat Chandran

 Former Director
Indo-Australian Chamber of Commerce


Sunil Lal

Executive Chairman

Barker Henley


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Dr Geoffrey Lee MP 

Minister for Skills and Tertiary Education, Sport, Multiculturalism, Seniors and Veterans


Anupam Sharma


Temple Films


Federal Shadow Parliamentary Secretary Ed Husic

Member for Chifley


Professor Amitabh Mattoo


Australia India Institute


Dr G.K (Harry) Harinath, OAM

Chairman of Multicultural NSW

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Kartik Mohandas

 Former Regional Head

Zee Network International


Linda Taylor

Pro Vice-Chancellor (International)


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Marlon Fraser

Former Partner, Deloitte Private