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Stuart Davis

 Chairman, South Asia Forum

He is an active Business Consultant. He is a seasoned senior banking executive with over 30 years banking experience with HSBC in a number of locations around the world. Recent roles include CEO HSBC India (2009-2012) and member of the Asset and Liability Committee (ALCO) and Executive Committee (EXCO) for Asia Pacific; CEO HSBC Australia (2002-2009) and member of Australia Bankers Association Management Committee from 2002 and Deputy Chairman 2006-2009; CEO HSBC Taiwan (1999-2002) and Chairman of the British Taiwan Chamber of Commerce.

Linda Fazldeen

Former Ministerial Adviser to the Chief Minister of NT

Linda has specialist knowledge working with Multicultural communities; SMEs and NGOs, working in public and private sectors. A Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Management, she holds a Master of International Management degree and a Bachelor of Arts (Internet Communications). Currently enrolled in a PhD course at Charles Darwin University, she serves on the NT Telstra Business Awards and Telstra Business Women's Awards judging panels. 

Dhruba Gupta,

Managing Director, DBM Consultants 

He has 25 years in the market research industry in Australia, Asia and Europe. Dhruba is the Managing Director of DBM Consultants, a company he founded in 1992, now one of the 10 largest Australian market research organisations. Dhruba is a leading specialist in quantitative methods and is regularly invited to speak at conferences. His particular interests are in the SME sector, pricing, market performance metrics. Dhruba has been engaged by the majority of the Top 15 Australian corporations, the major government departments and some of the leading firms in the Asia Pacific region. . 

Peeyush Gupta

Board member, SBS

Peeyush has over three decades of experience in executive, financial and strategy roles, previously holding board positions in AMP Capital Investments, the Financial planning Standards Board, Investment Funds Association and strategic policy adviser for AXA. In 2005, he was awarded the inaugural Distinguished Alumni Award from the Australian Graduate School of Management and in 2003 the Distinguished Service Award from the Financial Planning Association. He is currently the Chairman of MLC Limited, State Plus and Charter Hall Direct Property Management Ltd, and non-executive Director on a range of commercial, public sector and not-for-profit boards including National Australia Bank, iCare, 

Sunil Lal

 Executive Chairman, Kaden Boriss Legal Group

Kaden Boriss is one of two lawyers within the firm who has been instrumental in the Group's steady international expansion. He is constantly seeking to expand his support of philanthropic activities in Australia and internationally. Sunil's knowledge and compassion for community issues have enabled him to make a difference in Australia and on an international level. In recognition of his expertise, he was invited to give evidence to the Federal Government Parliamentary Committee on bilateral trade between Australia and India under parliamentary privilege. He is a former Board member of the Australia-India Business Council and the Australia-India Chamber of Commerce. 

Neville Roach AO

Chairman, Tata Consultancy Services

Neville Roach is a graduate of the University of Bombay, India, majoring in economics and political science. Mr Roach is a well-known ICT industry leader. He has served as Chairman and CEO of Fujitsu Australia Limited, Chairman of the Australian Information Industry Association and President of the Asian Oceanian Computing Industry Organisation. In 2008 he received the Pearcey Medal for lifetime achievement and contribution to the ICT industry, research and professions. He has made a significant contribution to Education and Research. He is a member of the NSW Premiers Advisory Council for International Education. minent service to the community.

Associate Professor Adrian Vicary

Fellow of the University of SA

He is also an Adjunct Associate Professor at the University. Prior to his retirement from the University in 2014, he held leadership positions including Head of School, and a Dean with responsibilities for international Engagement. During this time Adrian developed relationships on behalf of the University of South Australia in many countries including India, China, Singapore, Malaysia, and in Europe. He is an Emeritus Fellow of the Association for Tertiary Education Management Inc, a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, and a member of the Board of the Council for International Trade and Commerce South Australia.

Robyn Hendry

CEO, Canberra Business Chamber

She was formerly the CEO of the Canberra Convention Bureau. Robyn has terrific Canberra knowledge as well as strong connections with the business and government communities, both at a Territory and Federal level. She has been critical in raising Canberra?s profile as a destination for business and events and has held a number of national roles, including President of Australian Association of Convention Bureau, and Director of Business Event Council of Australia. Robyn has worked in the tourism and hospitality industries in Australia, New Zealand and PNG.

Lisa McAuley

CEO, Export Council of Australia

She has worked in international trade for the last ten years and prior to joining the Export Council of Australia she was working as Marketing Manager in the financial services sector and business events services. Her passion for International Trade and respected voice in the industry puts her on the AmCham Trade Advisory Group and the board of Cargohound. Lisa?s current term as CEO has seen the organisation focus on ground-breaking research and advocacy projects that place Australian SME?s global competitiveness at the heart of all of ECA?s projects.

Professor Arun Sharma

Deputy Vice-Chancellor, QUT

During the past decade, he has overseen a rapid expansion of the university?s research capacity, including a more than three-fold increase in external research income. Professor Sharma has played a leadership role in the development of Australian research capability in information and communication technology. He was co-founder of National ICT Australia Limited (NICTA), and served as the inaugural Director of its largest research laboratory. Prior to establishing NICTA, he was the Head of the School of Computer Science and Engineering at the University of New South Wales where he co-founded the Cooperative Research Centre (CRC) for Smart Internet Technology

Nicola Watkinson

 Minister Commercial and Senior Trade & Investment Commissioner South Asia, Austrade

She commenced this role in March 2013, Nicola is responsible for developing trade, investment and education links between Australia and South Asia with a team of over fifty-five staff in fifteen offices across India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh. After a career in the private sector in the UK and with the Victorian Government in Melbourne, Nicola joined Austrade in 2003. Nicola?s career in Austrade has included roles as Consul-General Frankfurt, Senior Trade and Investment Commissioner Western Europe, Global Head of Investment and Senior Investment Commissioner for Europe, Middle East and Africa. 

Anthea Hancocks

CEO, The Scanlon Foundation

The Scanlon Foundation is a private, philanthropic organisation dedicated to social cohesion with a particular focus on the transition of migrants into Australian society. She brings an extensive background in business development, education, communications, relationship and services marketing and strategic planning. Anthea has broad, senior executive experience in private, government and non-profit organisations. In June 2015, Anthea was appointed to the Interim Advisory Board governing the State Government?s Social Cohesion and Multicultural Research Institute, established to develop a research program to address the issues facing Victoria

The Honourable Daniel Mookhey MLC

NSW Parliament

He is the first Australian-Indian to serve in the NSW Parliament and was the first person in Australian history to take the oath of loyalty on the Bhagavad-Gita. Prior to his appointment to the NSW Legislative Council he ran a consultancy firm for the not for profit sector and was the Australian Council of Trade Unions Federal Election Director in 2013. Daniel is a member of the boards of the Chiefly Research Centre and the Law and Justice Foundation. Daniel holds a Bachelor of Business and Laws from the University of Technology and a Masters of Defence Studies from the University of New England. He sits on a number of parliamentary committees.

Parsuram Sharma-Luital JP

Hon Secretary, FECCA

Parsu is also a member of the Board of Directors of the Ethnic Communities' Council of Victoria (ECCV), and Convenor of the New and Emerging Communities (NEC) Policy Committee at ECCV. Parsu has served as FECCAs NEC Chair from 2011 to 2015. Parsu is the recipient of the: Inaugural New Australian of the Year 2014, a new award category initiated by Australia Day Council, Victoria. He is a former refugee from Bhutan, arrived Australia in 2002. He obtained a Master of Horticulture from the Melbourne University and currently studying Master of Public Policy at RMIT University. He is the Chair of Statelessness Working Group of Asia Pacific Refugee Rights Network (APPRN)

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