IABCA PANEL OF EXPERTS 2020 - 2021

IABCA engages with an independent panel of industry experts and leaders 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 and supporting businesses and communities. Featuring leaders and decision makers from a dynamic range of industries across both nations, we are honoured to engage with these individuals to give the IABCA awards the highest degree of credibility possible. Entries to the 2020 IABCA have now closed and finalists will be announced in November 2020 with the IABCA Gala taking place in 2021.

 

Please view our IABCA Panellists from 2014 until date below:

Dhananjay Singh

Director General

National HRD Network (NHRDN), India

Mr Dhananjay Singh is Director General and National Board Member, National HRD Network (NHRDN). He was Executive Director, NHRDN from September, 2011 to February, 2017. NHRDN is the largest network of HR Professionals in India.

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.

Elena Norman

CEO

Hockey India

Elena Norman is the CEO of Hockey India, the governing body for the sport of Hockey in India. She has worked in the Indian sports industry for more than twelve years. Her expertise, along with her dedication towards the development of Indian Hockey has seen the sport improve tremendously over the past decade. 

Professor K. Baskaran

Pro Vice Chancellor – International Research Partnerships

Deakin University

Professor Baskaran has joined Deakin University as a Lecturer in 1992 and actively involved in the development and delivery of several undergraduate and postgraduate programs in engineering. In 2010, he was appointed as the Chair in Civil Engineering and Associate Dean (International & Partnerships), Faculty of Science, Engineering and Built Environment at Deakin University

Ravin Mirchandani

Chairman

Ador Powertron & Acusensus Pty Ltd

Maria McNamara

Senior Fellow

Australian Strategic Policy Institute

Maria is a Senior Fellow at the Australian Strategic Policy Institute responsible for creating and delivering The Sydney Dialogue. She was the CEO of Advance.org from 2019 – 2020.

Ravin moved to Australia (Brisbane) in 1993 at the age of 23, to complete my MBA at QUT. He managed two businesses which span operations in India and Australia, including manufacturing and design in both countries.

Sneha Chatterjee

Regional Director 

Department of Home Affairs

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.

Sneha Chatterjee is the Regional Director New South Wales/Australian Capital Territory for the Department of Home Affairs.  Prior to this role Sneha was leading the Multicultural Affairs and Social Cohesion Programs Branch. 

Professor Jane Den Hollander AO

Vice-Chancellor

The University of Western Australia

Helen Hamilton-James

Office Managing Partner, Western Sydney

Deloitte Australia

Helen has over 25 years of experience in providing assurance and advisory services to clients in Australia, the UK and Papua New Guinea. .  Helen is currently the Office Managing Partner for the Western Sydney practice.

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.

Kylie Bell 

Executive Director – Trade and Investment 
NSW Treasury 

Our Trade and Investment team is led by Kylie Bell, Executive Director, Trade & Investment. Kylie has 25 years’ experience in global trade and investment and has worked in South Asia, ASEAN, Europe and Australia in senior consulting, business development and diplomatic trade and investment positions.

Margaret Faux

CEO - Founder

Synapse Medical Services

Margaret Faux is the Founder and CEO of Synapse Medical Services. Over the past 10 years Synapse has become an internationally recognised digital health company with offices spanning 3 continents. Synapse has conducted business from India for 10 years and currently employs approximately 100 staff in its local Chennai office.

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Councillor Reena Jethi

Deputy Mayor

Hills Shire Council

Councillor Reena Jethi is currently the Deputy Mayor of the Hills Shire Council, as well as CEO of Kuber Vaults – the first safety locker facility in the Hills district.Winner of the Ministers’ Award for Women in Local Government 2019 as an Elected Representative, Reena has held positions such as Senior Electorate Officer, Parliament of NSW as well as Treasurer (Volunteer) for NSW Liberal Women’s Council, before she was elected as Councillor in October 2017.

Trudi Busch

Director of Marketing and Community
Homeworld

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.

Ritesh Singh

Risk Management

Westpac

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.

Xavier Moloney

Diversity Manager

AFL Australia

Mr Xavier Moloney is a dynamic management professional with extensive business acumen and twelve plus years of progressive experience building mutually beneficial multicultural partnerships, leading highly effective teams, and delivering innovative strategies to promote accountability and awareness around diversity and inclusion.

IABCA PANEL OF EXPERTS 2019

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Christine Holman GAICD
 Non-Executive Director

Moorebank International Company

Arun Sharma

Chairman

Celebrate India

DD Saxena

Managing Director

ROBE

Dr Clinton de Bruyn GAICD 

Director

Treasury Queensland

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Elena Kirillova

 State Director, NSW/ACT

​Australian Trade and Investment Commission,(Austrade)

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Francis Wong OAM, OSJ, FAICD

Board Member

Tourism Australia 

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Jasmin Kaur

Managing Director

PWC

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Jonty Ephron

Former CRO

ANZ

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

Chairman

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Mukund Narayanamurti

CEO

Asialink Business

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Petula Thomas

Director

Indo - Australian Chamber of Commerce

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Swati Dave 

Managing Director & CEO

EFIC

Tracey Vieira 

CEO

Screen Queensland

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Tracey Winters 

Head of Government and Public Affairs

Santos

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Vivek Bhatia 

CEO

Australia Pacific, QBE

IABCA PANEL OF EXPERTS 2018

Andrea Gleason

Director

DFAT Western Australia

Andy Fell

Founder

GiFT 631

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Anupam Sharma

Director

Temple Films

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Brendan Smyth

Commissioner for International Engagement

Office of International Engagement

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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

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Neville Roach AO

Chairman

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

IABCA PANEL OF EXPERTS 2017

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Dan Gregory

CEO

The Impossible Institute

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Doug Ferguson

Chairman

Asia Society

Elena Kirillova

 State Director, NSW/ACT

​Australian Trade and Investment Commission, (Austrade)

Erin Watson-Lynn

Director

Asialink Diplomacy

Gail Ker OAM

CEO

Access Community Services Ltd

Jacinta Thompson

Executive Director

University of South Australia Bob Hawke Prime Ministerial Centre

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Kumar Parakala

Global Digital Leader

GHD

Dr Parag Shirnamé

Vice President Client Services

Aurus Inc USA

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Peter O'Byrne

 Chair, National Advisory Board

Export Council of Australia

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Sam Graham

CEO

Australian Football League NSW/ACT

Sheba Nandkeolyar

Founder & CEO

MultiConnexions

Umesh Chandra

CEO

Chantex

Virginia Greville

Former Chief Executive Officer

Trade & Investment Queensland

IABCA PANEL OF EXPERTS 2016

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Anthea Hancocks

CEO

The Scanlon Foundation

Associate Professor Adrian Vicary

Fellow of the University of SA

Dhruba Gupta,

Managing Director

DBM Consultants 

The Honourable Daniel Mookhey MLC

NSW Parliament

Linda Fazldeen

Former Ministerial Adviser to the Chief Minister of NT

Lisa McAuley

CEO

Export Council of Australia

Nicola Watkinson

 Minister Commercial and Senior Trade & Investment Commissioner South Asia

Austrade

Neville Roach AO

Chairman

Tata Consultancy Services

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Parsuram Sharma-Luital JP

Hon Secretary

FECCA

Peeyush Gupta

Board member

SBS

Professor Arun Sharma

Deputy Vice-Chancellor

QUT

Robyn Hendry

CEO

Canberra Business Chamber

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Stuart Davis

Chairman

South Asia Forum

IABCA PANEL OF EXPERTS 2015

Brian Hayes QC

Barrister and Legal Policy

Environmental and Human Rights Lawyer

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Dr G.K (Harry) Harinath, OAM

Chairman

Multicultural NSW

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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

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Harish Rao

 Global Head - Business Development

Sundaram Business Services

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Jim Varghese AM

Chairman

 Australia India Business Council

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Julie Owens MP

Federal Shadow Minister for Small Business

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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

Austrade

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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

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Sunil Lal

Executive Chairman

Barker Henley

IABCA PANEL OF EXPERTS 2014

Dr Geoffrey Lee MP 

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

Anupam Sharma

Director

Temple Films

Federal Shadow Parliamentary Secretary Ed Husic

Member for Chifley

Professor Amitabh Mattoo

Director

Australia India Institute

Dr G.K (Harry) Harinath, OAM

Chairman of Multicultural NSW

Kartik Mohandas

 Former Regional Head

Zee Network International

Linda Taylor

Pro Vice-Chancellor (International)

UWS

Marlon Fraser

Former Partner, Deloitte Private

Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu

Vic Alhadeff

 CEO

NSW Jewish Board of Deputies

Sunil Lal

Executive Chairman

Barker Henley