Winner Testimonials

"Being recognised by your community for success in personal and business life is humbling and so very meaningful. Thank you IABCA for creating these awards to recognise Indians from all over the world achieving great things. Many of us a migrants to Australia from all parts of the globe and it is awards such as this that celebrate, connect and showcase our success. These awards were particularly meaningful for me this year. My father, had a deep connection with India, sadly passed away suddenly in Nov 2020. He would have been thrilled and so proud of me and my win. This award I accept in the memory of my dad."

Sadhana Smiles, REIP

2021 Business Leader of the Year (Female) Award

"Congratulations on the success of the IABCA Awards Night and the Global Leaders Forum. What a spectacular event it was!!!! Could see the relentless work behind scenes from yourself and your entire team!!!


Thank you so much for making me a part of the IABCA journey, as I witnessed and participated in the best ever Awards Night I have ever attended in Australia!


It was indeed an honour and privilege as I took Community Services Excellence Award back home to Western Australia, my people stand proud!!! It motivates me to give back more to the Community, and at the same time support and promote our Ancient heritage from India- the science of Ayurveda.


I look forward to my ongoing and continuous engagement wIth IABCA and their associated events in future."

Vidhu Sharma, Ayurveda for Wellness Centre

2021 Community Services Excellence Award - Individual 2021

"We are absolutely delighted to receive the award for SME of the year. We thank Sonia Gandhi & team behind IABCA awards for what they do in celebrating diversity and the contributions of Indian migrants thereby creating deeper understandings. IABCA awards has provided Indian entrepreneurs a platform to share their stories & get recognition for their hard-work. To be recognized and acknowledged is such a huge feeling of satisfaction and gratitude. Being a winner is a matter of pride for us and we take this opportunity to celebrate our business success, the recognition & visibility which comes with it, will surely inspire other migrants. Winning this award has established instant credibility for our company. The event really was fantastic and so well-organized- a night not to be missed"


Reet Phulwani, Medsurge Healthcare

2019 IABCA SME of the Year 

"The awards are a great platform to showcase the contribution of the Indian diaspora as well as others that are making a significant contribution to strengthen the relationship between India and Australia.


I feel particularly honoured to receive this award as its recognises my contribution in a field that is not my area of professional training but is something that I have developed a passion for since I moved to Australia. I am hoping that the award will give me greater leverage in smashing both glass and bamboo ceilings in the field of sport to see increased participation of women for their empowerment, wellbeing, and sense of belonging."


Molina Asthana, Principal Solicitor, Victorian Government Solicitor's Office

It was an absolute privilege to win the coveted Young Professional of the Year Award, 2019 at the India Australia Business & Community Awards (IABCA). IABCA is a wonderful initiative that brings together the aspirations, admirable work and commendable leadership of individuals and companies, in the Australia India space, contributing to the bilateral objective of promoting a broader and deeper people – to – people relationship. I feel honored to be felicitated on such a big platform that epitomises the true spirit of the Australia India ties. Australia and India are natural and strategic partners, and in years to come they will be dependent development partners. A relationship that is driven by collaboration, commitment and consistency. The awards give further impetus to the need for creating an Australian imagination in India, and an Indian imagination in Australia. I wish IABCA the very best, as it looks forward to achieving its next milestone with its India footprint. Thank you IABCA. Shine on!

Natasha Jha Bhaskar, Newland Global Group

2019 IABCA Young Professional of the Year.


“I am writing to thank you, the IABCA Board and the IABCA Selection Panel for recognising me as the IABCA Ambassador of the Year for 2017. 


As I said at the event, I feel extremely honoured to receive this award, not only because it is the highest granted by IABCA each year, but especially because of the stature of the previous awardees and the recognition that IABCA has achieved in Australia within both the Indian and the wider Australian Community. 


Thank you also inviting both Gladys and me to the Gala IABCA dinner in Brisbane, which both of us enjoyed immensely. Again, it was a special honour to be acknowledged in the presence of so many well known and highly respected leaders, a veritable Who's Who in the India Australia space.


Congratulations on creating IABCA and making it the success it has clearly been. I am sure it will go from strength to strength, encouraging, rewarding and celebrating success in the Australia India space.”

Neville Roach AO, Chairman Emeritus, Australia India Business Council

2017 IABCA Indian Australian Ambassador of the Year

“It's an honour to be recognised by IABCA as Young Professional of the Year. IABCA is a great platform to celebrate and promote migrant entrepreneurship and leadership. The recognition has inspired me to work even harder and achieve more goals in coming years. I wish IABCA team all the best and congratulate the whole team on doing a fantastic job in raising the awareness of Indian community leaders and their achievements. I will continue to support IABCA initiatives in any way I can.”

Mandeep Sodhi, Founder and CEO, HashChing

2017 IABCA Young Professional of the Year

''Thank-you for the fantastic IABCA experience.

As you know I have been involved in various top-tier events, through my media career, including The Femina Miss World and Miss universe contests in India, the Forbes global CEO conference as well as The Filmfare Awards in India. Recognition of talent, in most fields, often resides with the private sector, and it takes brains, sweat and blood to do this. I remember meeting you when you first arrived and was so impressed by your vision. You have fulfilled that vision, surpassed it and now you have a world class awards platform that is run professionally and carries the full weight of any prestigious global award. You have the right weight of Government and private partnership. The ceremony itself was stunning with an outstanding international act.

As media professionals we do not, as a rule, enter awards etc but I feel proud to have been nominated and to have won. The award has also been strongly recognised by my industry peers and this adds to its value. It is great to be recognised by the federal government and I hope we can also engage with the state government in some pro-bono way, as this is our home state.''

Charlton D'Silva, CEO, Publisher's Internationalé

2017 IABCA Business Leader of the Year 

“IABCA once again thank you for putting up a great show and it was absolutely wonderful. Thank you for the award as well and we all are proud and ensure to make India as must-visit destinations in Australia.”

Aman Khan, Global Managing Director, TOTAL HOLIDAY OPTIONS - Australia

2017 IABCA Travel Agency or Tour Operator of the Year

"By winning the award, our institution was able to increase its profile and brand awareness, particularly in the Indian community throughout the greater Sydney area. As an organisation that is well known in India, but not well know in Australia, we seized this chance to let the local Indian community know about our newly established presence in Australia." 

Trent Pohlmann, Head of Campus, Sydney SP Jain School of Global Management - Dubai - Singapore - Sydney 


"IABCA has enabled us to build a strong alliance with the Indian community. It has strengthened brand awareness in the community who may not have heard of us before." 

Elize Bucholts, Brand Manager, Time Out Magazine 

"IABCA has been an outstanding platform which has helped us expanding our business vision and our horizons to greater heights. It has exposed us to vast network of learned individuals and organized business group assisting us in channelizing our energies and to showcase and establishing us as a brand."

Navneesh Garg, CEO, Adactin 

“The India Australia Business and Community Awards has given me the confidence and motivation to continue the work I do in the community through ShoutOut! Youth Mental Health. It has also provided me a with a platform, particularly through the media, to encourage important conversations on mental health in the Indian community.”

Pritika Desai, Young Community Achiever 

"I wish to thank IABCA for the opportunity and the platform. This recognition has directly helped us in strenghthening our brand value and customer confidence. Since winning the award we have had interest not only from prospective clients but also potential investors honoured to have received the award and strongly encourage other businesses to nominate or apply." 

Diya Singhal, Director, Indus Valley Designs

"Winning the 2014 Young professional of the Year Award has helped to raise my profile within my own organisation, Minter Ellison. However, as I was the only lawyer to take out an award last year, news of my win has also reached international shores - Thanks to number of legal publications that profiled my achievement. Such recognition has been invaluable in helping me to stand out in a crowded legal professional that is full of so many talented, high achieving and ambitious people. 
Following my win in 2014, i was appointed National Youth Ambassador for the IABCA 2015. This has afforded me the opportunity to build deeper connections with the Indian Business community in Australia, and connect with other high-achieving individuals. I also aim to use my platform to encourage other young Indian - Australians to strive for greatness in their professional and community endeavours." 

Ajay Mukesh Khandhar, Lawyer, Minter Ellison 

"The award gives a nominee great recognition to the work of individual, companies and businesses as a whole. Hope for the best and win or lose the fact that you are nominated is a great achievement. United Indian Association for the past 21 years have been with the community and this award was a deserving one. 
Thank you IABCA for recognising the effort of the members of the organisation for putting their effort to serve our great community. 
IABCA - keep up the good work and keep up the spirit of the businesses, individuals and communities." 

John Kennedy, President, United Indian Associations Inc

"What a  Absolute pleasure to enter the  IABCA Awards and we are really thrilled Saffrron is a Winner- Restaurant of the year 2016. Classy and perfect' event organised by Gandhi creations with attention to detail ! Getting bigger n better every year! Thank you and Congratulations."

Saffrron, Indian Restaurant of the year 

“IABCA has proved to be more remarkable than I imagined it to be. I do think of my work as significant yet quite ordinary in many ways so being in the same room and mixing with other professionals and entrepreneurs with such talent was full of splendor and has inspired me to do more for the community going forward. Winning the Young Professional of the Year Award has been special, because of IABCA’s reach and engagement I get recognised and congratulated even weeks after the day.”

Deepti Sachdeva, Young Professional of the Year 

"We would like to say a BIG thank you to IABCA for giving us an opportunity to get recognition in Indian and Australian community. IABCA 2016 event  was excellent and very well organised. We would like to congratulate and  thanks all organisers of this event for presenting us this honour. Once  again, a thank you IABCA, looking forward for next year Awards."

Harpreet Singh Bedi, CEO & Founder, BDS Autocare  - Micro Business of the Year