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IT HONOURS KEY BI-LATERAL RELATIONSHIPS ACROSS AN INAUGURAL FIVE-DAY INDIA IMMERSION WEEK IN MUMBAI AND DELHI

Thursday, 16 February 2023

The India Australia Business & Community Alliance (IABCA) celebrated a decade of sustained engagement by establishing its international footprint through its inaugural IABCA India Showcase which was welcomed by both governments, from 13 -17 February 2023.

IABCA inaugural ceremony

Across a 12-month campaign that outshined on Wednesday 15th February, the IABCA platform brought together 400 key influencers and bi-lateral leaders from across the two nations. Comprising of the IABCA Global Leaders Forum and the Awards Ceremony, this ‘Meeting of Minds’ showcase at India’s capital palace TAJ connected entrepreneurs, innovators, and disruptors from across Australia and India.

Speaking about the inaugural IABCA India Immersion Week launch, High Commissioner of Australia to India, Hon Barry O’Farrell said I welcome IABCA’s decision to expand its scope and showcase the amazing depth of our bilateral business and community links in Mumbai and New Delhi. Congratulations to all the IABCA 2023 Finalists”.

The IABCA Global Leaders Forum featured two separate panel discussions that explored the India Australia relationship across Bilateral partnerships and its significance, and The Soft Power Panel was across raising Australia’s “India literacy” and enhancing “Australia literacy’’ all wrapped up with a wonderful keynote by Mr Girish Tanti, Vice Chairman of Suzlon Group.

Following the Global Leaders Forum, guests were transferred across to an awards ceremony that honoured 14 winners across trade and investment for their bilateral contributions. 

2023 IABCA Award Winners and High Commended listed below:

  • IABCA YOUNG PROFESSIONAL OF THE YEAR

Khushaal Vyas, Western Sydney University, Justice Clinic

  • IABCA BUSINESS LEADER OF THE YEAR

Jay Hira, Cyber Transformation

  • IABCA MANAGING DIRECTOR OF THE YEAR

Dr Raj Khillan, Healthcare Awareness Society of Australia

  • Highly Commended Certificate

Jonah Stephen Jeremiah, Carisma Solutions Private Limited

  • IABCA COMMUNITY SERVICES EXCELLENCE AWARD (Individual)

Little India Harris Park Business Association (LIHPBA)

  • Highly Commended Certificate

Rengarajan Chidambaranathan, Rotary Club of Granville

  • IABCA COMMUNITY SERVICES EXCELLENCE AWARD (Organisation)

goIT Girls Work Experience Program, Tata Consultancy Services Limited

  • IABCA BUSINESSWOMAN OF THE YEAR

Priyanka Berani, Healthy Smiles Dental Group

  • Highly Commended Certificate

Esha Oberoi, Afea Care Services

  • IABCA AUSTRALIA INDIA IMPACT AWARD (Individual)

Vinod Daniel, India Vision Institute

  • IACBA AUSTRALIA INDIA IMPACT AWARD (Organisation) 
  • KAS Group Asia (KGA)
  • Highly Commended Certificate

Gaura Travel

  • AUSTRALIA INDIA SCIENCE, RESEARCH & DEVELOPMENT AWARD(Individual)

Dr Sonu Bhaskar, Global Health Neurology Lab 

  • Highly Commended Certificate

Dist. Prof. Suresh Kumar Bhargava, Research & Innovation, Research Partnerships (India), Director for CAMIC, Dean, STEM College, RMIT University, Melbourne

EXCELLENCE IN INNOVATION 

The Avolution

  • Highly Commended Certificate

Alluvium 

India’s rapid urbanisation challenge – building and leveraging opportunities for Australia and India collaboration

  • EXCELLENCE IN TRADE & INVESTMENT

Flavourtech Pty Ltd

  • EXCELLENCE IN PARTNERSHIPS

Australian Council for Educational Research (ACER) & Government of the National Capitol Territory of Delhi, India

  • SME OF THE YEAR

Coral Heatlhcare

  • LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD 

Amb. Harinder Sidhu, Former High Commissioner for Australia to India and current High Commissioner for Australia to New Zealand.

IABCA most coveted award, the IABCA Lifetime Achievement Award, was conferred to Amb. Harinder Sidhu, Former High Commissioner of Australia to India.

Speaking about the IABCA inaugural India biennial decision, Author Australia Economic Strategy Report I Former Ambassador & Secretary Ministry of External Affairs, Government of India Amb. Anil Wadhwa said “The India Australia Business and Community Alliance is just ten years old, however has effectively taken centre stage in the Australia India relationship as a leading platform that connects businesses, people, and institutions in both countries with an ease and comfort which no other institution can. Through its web of initiatives aimed at forging connections which are vital for sustaining the bilateral relationship between the two countries, IABCA initiatives and awards are much sought after and heavily subscribed. This year IABCA will showcase this power of connections in India in 2023 – the program is much welcomed in New Delhi and in Mumbai.”

IABCA would like to extend its congratulations to all winners from across Australia and India, as well as to all nominees, finalists who shared their journey across the IABCA platform. Thank you to our IABCA Advisory, Jury and Youth Ambassadors for their ongoing support in making this a sustainable platform.

Platforms like these can only thrive due to support of some key stakeholders, IABCA in 2023, is pleased to work in collaboration with the Australian High Commission and Austrade along with a diverse range of organisations who are committed to advancing the India-Australia relationship. 

Thank you to IABCA’s State Government Partner, Investment NSW, India Education Partner, Deakin University, and Sponsors, Cricket Australia, HomeWorld Group of Companies and Incredible India. The success of IABCA is also thanks to our non- financial alliance partners Australia India Institute, Australia India Youth Dialogue, Australia India Business Council, Export Council of Australia, Indo Australian Chamber of Commerce, and Invest India. Media partners Indus Age. IABCA is produced by Gandhi Creations, a multi-award-winning events enterprise based in Australia.

To find out more about IABCA, go to iabca.com.au

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