The Hon Chris Bowen MP

Minister for Immigration and Citizenship


Chris Bowen is the Minister for Immigration and Citizenship and a senior member of the Labor Government’s ministry. He was first elected to the Australian Parliament in October 2004.

Since taking up the immigration portfolio in September 2010, Chris’s responsibilities have intersected economic, social policy and national security matters. He has overseen significant changes to Australia’s student visa program and reforms to the skilled migration program to better position the Australian economy into the future. Chris also played a key role in bringing innovative solutions to irregular maritime arrival issues including the establishment of a Regional Cooperation Framework with other countries in the region.

Chris was elevated to Cabinet as Minister for Human Services in June 2009 and also served as Minister for Financial Services, Superannuation and Corporate Law; Assistant Treasurer; and Minister for Competition Policy and Consumer Affairs. During that time he maintained responsibility and a personal commitment to policies that will continue to develop Australia as a financial services hub. He enacted the largest reform agenda to consumer and competition policy in Australia in decades through the criminalisation of cartel conduct; reducing barriers of entry for foreign investment; and empowering consumers through the introduction of a national unfair contract terms law and a component pricing regime.

Immediately before being elected to Parliament, Chris was chief-of-staff to Carl Scully, then New South Wales Minister for Roads, Housing and Leader of the House. This followed his time as Mayor of Fairfield and President of the Western Sydney Regional Organisation of Councils.

Chris holds a Bachelor of Economics from the University of Sydney.

His Excellency the Honourable Alex Chernov AC QC

Governor of Victoria


Alex Chernov was born in Lithuania and, with his Russian parents, immigrated to Australia as a young boy. He was educated at Melbourne High School and then at the University of Melbourne where he gained the degrees of B.Com. and LLB (Hons). In 1968, Alex Chernov signed the Roll of Counsel at the Victorian Bar and in 1980, was appointed Queens Counsel in Victoria.

Whilst a barrister, Alex Chernov played a significant role in the leadership of the legal profession and legal education in Australia and in our region. His career includes Independent Lecturer in Equity for the Council of Legal Education, Honorary Consultant to the Australian Law Reform Commission, Chairman of the Victorian Bar, Vice President of the Australian Bar Association, President of the Australian Law Council and Vice President of LawAsia.

In 1997, Alex Chernov was appointed a Judge of the Trial Division of the Supreme Court of Victoria and, in 1998, was appointed to its Court of Appeal. In 1992, he became a member of the Council of the University of Melbourne and chaired a number of its major committees. In 2004, he was elected a Deputy Chancellor of the University of Melbourne and in 2009, was elected as its Chancellor. Alex Chernov was appointed an Officer of the Order of Australia in 2008 and was awarded a Companion of the Order of Australia in the 2012 Australia Day Honours. Alex Chernov was sworn in as the 28th Governor of Victoria on 8th April 2011.

The Hon Martin Ferguson AM MP

Minister for Resources and Energy

Minister for Tourism


Martin was born in Sydney in 1953 and was educated at St Patrick’s, Strathfield. He has a Bachelor of Economics degree (Hons) from Sydney University.

Martin was elected to Federal Parliament as the Member for Batman in 1996 and served continuously as a Shadow Minister until the election of the Labor Government on 3 December 2007. His portfolios included Employment and Training (March 1996- August 1997); Employment and Training, Population and Immigration and Assistant to the Leader on Multicultural Affairs (August 1997-October 1998); Employment, Training and Population (October 1998 to 3 October 1999); Regional Development, Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Services and Population (October 1999-November 2001); Regional and Urban Development, Transport and Infrastructure (November 2001-August 2002); Regional Development, Transport, Infrastructure and Tourism (August 2002-July 2003); Urban and Regional Development, Transport and Infrastructure (July 2003-October 2004); Primary Industries, Resources and Tourism (October 2004-June 2005); Primary Industries, Resources, Forestry and Tourism (June 2005-December 2006) and Transport, Roads and Tourism (December 2006-December 2007).

Previously, Martin was President of the Australian Council of Trade Unions (ACTU) after working for the Federated Miscellaneous Workers’ Union of Australia since 1975. As president of the ACTU, Martin was a member of advisory councils and foundations including the Social Security Review, the Economic Planning Advisory Council, the National Labour Consultative Council and the Advance Australia Foundation. Martin was also a member of the ILO Governing Body from 1990 to 1996.

Martin and his wife Patricia have two children. He was appointed a Member of the Order of Australia in June 1996.

The Hon Barry O’Farrell MP

Premier of New South Wales

Minister for Western Sydney

Barry O’Farrell was sworn in as the 43rd Premier of NSW on 28 March 2011.

Barry was born in Melbourne. His father’s army career saw the family move to Darwin where Barry completed his schooling.In 1980 he graduated from the Australian National University with a Bachelor of Arts, majoring in Australian History and Aboriginal Studies.

Barry has a strong background in public policy having worked in the field at both State and Federal levels.Immediately prior to his election to Parliament he was State Director of the NSW Liberal Party.

Barry has been a member of the Liberal Party since 1980 and was first elected to the NSW Parliament as the Member for Northcott in 1995. He has been the Member for Ku-ring-gai since 1999. He served as Leader of the Opposition between 2007 and 2011.

As well as Premier, Barry is the Minister for Western Sydney. Barry leads a Government which is focused on returning quality services to the people of NSW, building and renovating the State’s infrastructure and maintaining a strong Budget position.

Barry is married to Rosemary and they have two sons. He is active in his local community, is a keen bushwalker and supporter of the Wests Tigers.


Professor Naren Chitty AM


Professor Naren Chitty is Associate Dean (International), Director of the Soft Power Advocacy and Research Centre (SPARC) and Foundation Chair in International Communication at the Faculty of Arts, Macquarie University.

He is the author of Framing South Asian Regional Cooperation and editor of Mapping Globalization and Faces of Globalization. He is co-editor of Studies in Terrorism and Alternative Media. He has authored or co-authored several articles on soft power, public diplomacy and international communication and is currently co-editing a book on ‘Soft Power of International Communication’. He is the Foundation Editor-in-Chief of The Journal of International Communication, now in its 18th year and on the editorial board of several international journals including Asian Journal of Communication. He is also Editor-in-Chief of The Journal of Global Communication which is published in India.

Professor Chitty received his PhD in International Relations from the School of International Service of The American University in Washington DC where he was posted as a senior diplomat during the Reagan Administration. His undergraduate studies were completed at the University of Westminster in London.

Lt General Kamal Davar


Lt General Kamal Davar retired from the Indian Army in 2004 after a most distinguished service spanning four decades. He has held coveted command, staff and instructional appointments both in India and abroad. For his distinguished services of the most exceptional order the Government of India awarded him the Param Vishisht and Ati Vishisht medals.

A renowned operational soldier, General has served in all theatres of operations in India and was also wounded in action in the 1965 operations. His last appointment at Army HQ, for which he was especially selected by the Government, was as the first Chief of The Defence Intelligence Agency(DIA) and Deputy Chief of the Integrated Defence Staff. During his tenure many intelligence initiatives were taken and widely appreciated by the government and the three Service Headquarters.

The 68-year-old General is a MSc in Defence Studies from Madras University and now also holds a Doctorate in Security Studies from Meerut University. He has been a Corps Commander responsible for the defence of the Punjab besides being the first Armoured Corps officer to have commanded the entire Ladakh sector where he had also launched the widely acclaimed ‘Operation GOODWILL.’ He was subsequently again posted to J&K as Chief of Staff of the Nagrota based Corps HQ. Prior to his raising of the DIA, India, he served as Director General of the Mechanised Forces. General Davar is a known and prolific writer, a keen environmentalist besides having been an all-round sportsman.

Jon Dee


Jon Dee is one of Australia’s most influential figures on environmental issues. He was the 2010 NSW ‘Australian of the Year’ and is the Founder and Managing Director of the Australian advocacy organisation ‘Do Something!’.

Jon initiated the lobbying campaign that led to Australia’s 3 year phase out of incandescent globes and has been the driving force behind the campaigns to ban plastic bags and phosphates in cleaning products. As an author, Jon’s ‘Sustainable Growth’ book has become the definitive sustainability guidebook for Australian business. Since 2010 it has shifted 80,000 copies.

Together with Pat Cash, Jon founded Planet Ark, an organisation that he

headed up for 15 years. Together with Olivia Newton-John he also founded National Tree Day, an event that has planted 16 million trees. He also initiated to promote volunteering in 565 different communities around Australia.

Since 1992, Jon has played a leading role in waste reduction initiatives. He instigated National Recycling Week and He also launched national campaigns to promote the recycling of steel cans, printer cartridges and mobile phones. His campaign to ban plastic bags has helped to bring about a ban on plastic bags in South Australia, the NT, ACT and Tasmania. He has also directed over 50 recycling related TV ads.

In 2003, Jon also pulled together Australia’s first national food waste stats. His campaign with Do Something! aims to reduce the $7.8 billion that Australians spend on food waste every year.In 1989, Jon founded Rock Aid Armenia – a music fundraiser for which he recruited the help of Pink Floyd, Queen, Bon Jovi and other leading rock bands. In recognition of Jon’s ongoing work in the Armenian earthquake zone, in 2009 the President of Armenia awarded Jon ‘The Order of Honor’. This is the highest honor that Armenia can bestow on a foreign citizen.

Jon is a prolific public speaker and lives with his family in the Blue Mountains.

Professor Jane den Hollander


Professor Jane den Hollander has been Vice-Chancellor and President of Deakin University since July 2010.

At Deakin, Professor den Hollander has 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.

Professor den Hollander holds a BSc (Honours) First Class in Zoology and a Master of Science degree from Wits University, Johannesburg. Her PhD is from the University of Wales, Cardiff.

She is currently a board member of Universities Australia, Education Australia Limited, and UniSuper, a member of the Advisory Board of the Office of Learning and Teaching, and a trustee of the Geelong Performing Arts Council. From 2005–2008, Professor den Hollander was a Board member of Graduate Careers Australia, and from 2008–2011 on the Board of the Australian Learning and Teaching Council.

Prior to taking up her appointment as Vice-Chancellor of Deakin University, Professor den Hollander was Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic) at Curtin University of Technology in Western Australia.

Kathe Kirby


Kathe Kirby is Executive Director of the Asialink Centre of The University of Melbourne and of the Asia Education Foundation (AEF). Asialink is Australia’s largest Asia-Australia institute with a mission to foster knowledge and networks between Australia and Asia. The AEF works nationally and internationally and is a joint activity of Asialink and Education Services Australia, established by the Australian Government in 1992 to lead, promote and support the studies of Asia in Australian schools as part of developing a curriculum relevant to Australians – and Australia – in the twenty-first century. Through the AEF, Kathe has worked in and with China, Japan, South Korea, Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia, Thailand, Indonesia, India, the USA and New Zealand.

Kathe has a background in school education with a focus on innovation in education. In 2001, Kathe was awarded a Churchill Fellowship to investigate internationalizing curriculum in the USA, UK, Japan and Republic of Korea. She is a Board Member of the Foundation for Young Australians and the Australia Malaysia Institute, and a consultant to the Global Education Leaders Program. She is a regular contributor to the media on issues related to Asia literacy in Australian schools.

Professor Amitabh Mattoo


Professor Mattoo is Director of the Australia India Institute and Professor of International Relations at the University of Melbourne.

He concurrently serves as Professor of Disarmament Studies at the Centre for International Politics, Organisation and Disarmament at New Delhi’s Jawaharlal Nehru University. Professor Mattoo has been a Member of the National Knowledge Commission, a high-level advisory group to the Prime Minister of India and the National Security Council’s Advisory Board.

Professor Mattoo was the Vice-Chancellor of the University of Jammu from 2002 – 2008. He received his doctorate from the University of Oxford and has been a visiting Professor at Stanford University, the University of Notre Dame, the University of Illinois, and the Maison des Sciences de l’Homme in Paris. He has published extensively, including nine books and more than a hundred articles.

He has been awarded the Padma Shri, one of India’s highest civilian awards, for his contribution to education and public life.

John McCarthy AO


John McCarthy has served as Australia’s Ambassador to a number of countries including: Vietnam (1981-83), Mexico (1985-87), Thailand (1992-94), the United States (1995-1997), Indonesia (1997-2001) and Japan (2001-2004). John has also served in Damascus, Baghdad and Vientiane.

For the period 1994-95, John was Deputy Secretary in the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade in Canberra. In 2004 he was appointed as High Commissioner to India, serving in this role until 2009.

Born in Washington D.C., John was educated at Cambridge University where he received a Master of Arts and a Bachelor of Laws degree. He is a barrister-at-law and practised in London from 1965 to 1966. He worked with the New York law firm of Shearman & Sterling from 1966 to 1967 and joined the then-Australian Foreign Service in 1968. He has two daughters.

Mr McCarthy is now Chair of the Australia-India Council and National President of the Australian Institute of International Affairs.

Simon McKeon AO


Simon McKeon is Executive Chairman of Macquarie Group’s Melbourne office and was the 2011 Australian of the Year.

He is also Chairman of CSIRO, Business for Millennium Development and the Federal Government’s Panel presently conducting a Strategic Review of Health and Medical Research.

Simon is a Director of VisionFund, World Vision International’s microcredit arm, Global Poverty Project and Red Dust Role Models.

He is an Australia Day Ambassador for the Victorian Government and serves on the Federal Government’s Human Rights Grants Scheme Advisory Panel, the Federal Government’s AusAID Business Engagement Steering Committee and the Victorian Government’s NDIS Implementation Task Force.

He previously served as Founding President of the Federal Government’s Australian Takeovers Panel, Founding Chairman of MS Research Australia and Founding President of the Federal Government’s Point Nepean Community Trust.

Simon is the helmsman of Macquarie Innovation which in March 2009 became the first sailboat in the world to sustain more than 50 knots and in so doing, peaked at a speed of 100 kmh (54 knots). He is also a Founding Patron of the Australian Olympic Sailing Team which won two gold and a silver medal at the 2008 Beijing Olympics and three gold and a silver medal (and was the leading sailing nation) at the 2012 London Olympics.

Rory Medcalf


Rory Medcalf is Director of the International Security Program at the Lowy Institute.

Rory’s professional background spans diplomacy, journalism and intelligence analysis. His experience as an Australian diplomat included a posting to New Delhi, a secondment to Japan’s foreign ministry, and truce monitoring after the civil conflict in Bougainville.

He has contributed to three landmark reports on nuclear arms control: the Canberra Commission, Tokyo Forum, and International Commission on Nuclear Non-Proliferation and Disarmament. He has also worked as a senior strategic analyst with the Office of National Assessments, Canberra’s peak intelligence agency.

His earlier work in journalism was commended in Australia’s leading media awards, the Walkleys. He is a Non-resident Senior Fellow with the Brookings Institution in Washington DC, a Senior Research Fellow in Indian strategic affairs at the University of New South Wales and a Fellow at the Australia-India Institute.

His research focuses on geopolitical changes and strategic challenges across Indo-Pacific Asia, especially surrounding the rise of India and China. He closely follows Australia’s relations with India and is the Australian co-chair and founding convener of the Australia-India Roundtable, the leading informal dialogue between the two countries..

Robert Milliner


Robert Milliner was Chief Executive Partner of Mallesons Stephen Jaques from 2004-2011. He retired from Mallesons on 31 January 2012 to take up a role in the corporate sector.

During this time Robert led the firm‟s regional expansion, including its combination with King & Wood to form King & Wood Mallesons, as well as a substantial change program focused on redirecting the firm‟s business model around its culture, people and clients to increase retention and engagement of staff and deliver an observable service difference to clients.
Robert was a director of the Business Council of Australia from 2005-2011, and chaired the Business Reform Task Force and was a member of the Global Engagement Task Force. He was a participant in the 1st and 2nd Australia-China CEO Roundtables in Australia in 2010 and China in 2011.
He was a director of Asialink – Asia Society Australasia Centre and is a member of the International Legal Services Advisory Council which advises the Federal Attorney-General on the export of legal services. Robert was Deputy Chairman of the firm‟s Mallesons in the Community Board from 2004-2011 and also a director of Australian Business and Community Network and the Australian Charities Fund. He is chairman of the Foundation for Young Australians.

He chaired the Large Law Firm Group which represents Australia‟s 9 largest law firms and is the only law firm member of the Law Council of Australia, from 2006-2011.

Robert has a  achelor of Commerce and Bachelor of Laws (Hons) from the University of Queensland and an MBA from the University of Western Australia. In 2010 he attended the Advanced Management Program at Harvard Business School.

Prior to his appointment as Chief Executive, Robert was Managing Partner, International for Mallesons based in Hong Kong. Robert has been ranked as one of the world‟s leading energy and natural resources lawyers and written and spoken extensively on a range of legal and law firm management issues in Australia and overseas.

His Excellency Biren Nanda, Indian High Commissioner to Australia


Mr. Nanda is presently High Commissioner of the Republic of India to the Government of the Commonwealth of Australia since April 26, 2012.

Upon completion of his post-graduation in Economics from the Delhi School of Economics, Mr Biren Nanda joined the Indian Foreign Service in 1978.

Mr Nanda has previously served as a diplomat in Indian missions in Singapore, Beijing, Shanghai, Washington, D.C. and Tokyo. He was the Consul General of India in Shanghai (1996-2000), Deputy Chief of Mission in the Embassy of India in Tokyo (2000-2004) and Ambassador of India in the Republic of Indonesia (2008-2012).

Prior to taking up his assignment in Jakarta, Mr. Nanda was the Head of the Division in the Ministry of External Affairs which looks after relations between India and countries of Southeast Asia and the Pacific.

Mr. Nanda is married to Mrs. Rukmani Nanda and has one son, aged 26 years.

Paul O’Sullivan AO CNZM


Prior to taking up his most recent appointment as Australia’s High Commissioner to New Zealand, Mr O’Sullivan was Director-General of the Australian Security Intelligence Organisation (ASIO) from 2005 until 28 February 2009. He was concurrently a Commissioner of the National Crime Commission. In 2004 and 2005, Mr O’Sullivan was the Senior Adviser (International) in the office of the Prime Minister (The Hon John Howard MP).

Mr O’Sullivan served overseas as Australia’s Ambassador in Bonn and Berlin (1999 2003), Deputy Chief of Mission in Washington (1996-1998) and Ambassador and Permanent Representative to the United Nations, based in Geneva and New York (1991-1994). Mr O’Sullivan has also served in the Australian Embassies in Rome and Cairo. He was Australian Commissioner-General for the 2000 World Expo held in Hanover.

In Canberra, Mr O’Sullivan has held a range of senior positions in the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade including Acting Secretary (2002-2003), Deputy Secretary (2003-2004), First Assistant Secretary, International Organisations and Legal Division (1995-1996) and First Assistant Secretary, Americas and Europe Division (1994-1995).

Mr O’Sullivan was made an Officer of the Order of Australia in the Australia Day 2010 Honours List, for service to public administration through significant contributions to the advancement of Australia’s security and the development of international relations. In 2012, he was made a Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit for service to Trans-Tasman relations. He holds a Bachelor of Arts (Hons) degree from the University of Sydney. Mr O’Sullivan is married and he and his wife, Merrilyn, have three sons.

Howard Ronaldson


Howard Ronaldson was appointed to the position of Secretary, Department of Business and Innovation (DBI), State Government of Victoria in May 2008.

Prior to joining DBI, Mr Ronaldson was the Secretary of Department of Infrastructure, a position he held from December 2002. He brings vast experience to DBI in negotiating complex commercial arrangements between the private sector and government and providing strategic policy advice on key links between infrastructure and the economy.

Mr Ronaldson has held executive positions in the Department of Premier and Cabinet, and was previously the Director of Gaming, Director of Crown Lands and Director of Housing in Victoria.

He also worked in Canberra as the Chief Executive and Under Treasurer of the Department of Treasury, Australian Capital Territory.

Neville Roach AO


Neville Roach AO has enjoyed a distinguished career in the Information Technology and Telecommunications industry. He was appointed Chairman and CEO of Fujitsu Australia in 1997.

He retired as CEO in 2000 and as Chairman in 2004. Neville is currently Chairman of the Advisory Board of Tata Consultancy Services in Australia and New Zealand. He is a graduate of the University of Bombay, India, where he majored in Economics and Political Science at St Xavier’s College. In October 2001, Mr Roach was awarded the degree of Doctor of Science (Honoris Causa) by the University of New South Wales, for his eminent service to the community.

Mr Roach has served as a member of the Australian Government’s Cooperative Research Centre Committee, the inaugural Chairman of National ICT Australia Limited and Chairman of TAFE Global. Mr Roach has served as Chairman of the National Multicultural Advisory Council and its successor, the Council for Multicultural Australia, which provided advice to the Australian Prime Minister, and the Minister for Immigration and Multicultural Affairs. He has also been a Director and then Deputy Chairman of SBS, Australia’s national multicultural radio and television network.

Mr Roach became National Chairman of the Australia India Business Council (AIBC) in 2000 and is now Chairman Emeritus. He is also a member of the Advisory Councils of both Asia Society’s AustralAsia Centre and of Asialink.

Mr Roach was appointed an Officer of the Order of Australia (AO) on Australia Day, 2000 for service to business, particularly in the Information Technology Industry and for his contribution to the development of Australian multiculturalism. In January 2008, Mr Roach received the prestigious Pravasi Bharatiya Samman Award (Overseas Indian Honour Award), the highest Overseas Indian award, from the President of India.

In 2009, Mr Roach was appointed by the Indian Government a member of the Indian Prime Minister’s Global Advisory Council of Overseas Indians. The Council comprises 20 prominent leaders of Indian origin from around the world. Mr Roach is the only appointee from Australia.

Scientia Professor Veena Sahajwalla


Professor Sahajwalla is an international award-winning scientist and engineer, whose achievements include inventing a process of recycling plastics and rubber tyres in steelmaking. The benefits of this technology for Australian and International steelmaking include reduced energy use and a reduction in landfill volumes, which means lower greenhouse gas emissions.

She is the Director of Sustainable Materials Research & Technology Centre at the University of New South Wales, (SMaRT @UNSW) and Associate Dean (Strategic Industry Relations) in the Faculty of Science at UNSW. She is also an Australian Research Council (ARC) Future Fellow and Commissioner, Federal Government’s Climate Commission.

Veena’s research interests include sustainability of materials and processes with an emphasis on environmental and community benefits. She is an international award winning scientist and engineer who has presented widely on her research and experiences, nationally and around the world. Her various awards include the CRC Australian collaborative Innovation Award 2012, the Banksia Award GE Eco Innovation Award for Individual Excellence 2012, the Overall winner of The Australian Innovation Challenge Award 2012 and the Pravasi Bharatiya Samman Award given by the Government of India for her outstanding achievement in the field of Science in 2011. This is the highest honour for Overseas Indians.

In 2012, Veena completed Department of Foreign and Trade diplomacy tour of China and India, promoting science and technology. She has also been one of the judges on the ABC TV show, “The New Inventors”.

Senator Lisa Singh


Lisa Singh is a Tasmanian Labor Senator in the Australian Senate who commenced her term on 1 July 2011. She has a Bachelor of Arts degree with Honours from the University of Tasmania and is regarded as the first person of South Asian descent to be elected to the Australian Parliament.

Lisa was elected as the Labor member for Denison to the Tasmanian House of Assembly from 2006 – 2010, and was appointed Minister for Workplace Relations, Minister for Corrections and Consumer Protection and Minister Assisting the Premier on Climate Change in 2008.

Lisa has worked in management positions in community and public sectors as well as previously working as an adviser for State and Federal parliamentarians. Lisa is committed to the protection and promotion of human rights globally, and has previously held the positions of President of the United Nations Australia Association -Tasmanian Division, President of the YWCA Tasmania, Director of the Tasmanian Working Women’s Centre and Board Member of the Hobart Women’s Health Centre. Lisa has been actively involved in the Australian Republican Movement and is the founding CEO of Asbestos Free Tasmania Foundation.

Lisa recently participated in the Lowy Institute’s Australia-India Roundtable in New Delhi. She has also visited India to meet representatives on issues including asbestos and workplace health and safety. In July 2012, Lisa was invited by the Australian-Tibetan Council to visit the exiled Tibetan parliament in Dharamsala, Himachal Pradesh, where she met with representatives of the Tibetan Government and human rights sector.

Lisa was given the role of caucus liaison to facilitate Federal parliamentary Labor party engagement on the Australia in the Asian Century White Paper. Lisa is a passionate supporter of the Australia-India relationship and looks forward to working to develop and strengthen ties between both countries through her role as an Australian Senator.

Srijan Pal Singh


A progressive farmer, an Electrical Engineer and Management graduate from the Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad (IIMA).

At IIMA, Srijan was head of the student council and was engaged in a variety of social and developmental activities and projects with the police, local political institutions and MPs, the National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (NREGA), the Public Distribution System (PDS) and many youth organizations. He was awarded the IIMA Gold Medal for the Best All-rounder student from the graduating batch of 2009.

From 2009-2012, he worked with Dr APJ Abdul Kalam, former President of India, in promoting various assignments like What Can I Give, Energy Independence for the nation, nuclear and space missions, and PURA (Providing Urban Amenities in Rural Areas). He also lectures on community action, leadership and development at IIM Ahmedabad and IIM Indore and has contributed to various journals and forums like TEDx on issues of development.

Previously, he has worked in the corporate world as a consultant with the Boston Consulting Group where he worked in close association with the World Food Program on improving governance and transparency in the PDS in Naxal-affected areas of Orissa. He has co-authored a bestseller book with Dr Kalam, Target 3 Billion, which is based on sustainable development of the rural areas of the world. The idea of PURA evolved in the book is now being taken up as a major national program by the Government of India in association with many Indian corporates in a Private-Public-Partnership Model.

Srijan has also co-authored Excellence in Management published by UNDP, which is a study of best practices in management of Public Sector Organizations in the developing world, specifically the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation. His most recent work was in the area of microfinance and how it can create entrepreneurship at the field level.

Anne Skipper AM


Anne is an experienced businesswoman and company director – she has been a nurse, change agent, business owner, board director and advocate for children in Australia and internationally.

Her diverse portfolio has included working in government, private sector and the not-for-profit sector in the areas of health, finance, social welfare, women’s affairs, leadership, children and young people.

Anne is currently the Principal of Anne Skipper and Associates a specialist organisation consulting in corporate governance, board dynamics and strategic facilitation.

Her career highlights have been; founding the highly successful leadership development business The Teleran Group, Chairing the International year of the Family and in 2000 being awarded a Member of the Order of Australia for community service.


Hayley Bolding


Hayley Bolding has an extensive background in international development and education in Australia and India. At the age of 23, Hayley founded a non-profit organisation in Mumbai called Atma. Under Hayley’s leadership, Atma has moved from a start-up to a well respected non-profit organisation engaging multiple partner organisations which impact over 30,000 beneficiaries. International fundraising chapters for Atma have also been set up in Australia, Canada, Hong Kong and The Netherlands.

Hayley successfully successioned out of Atma in 2011, leaving a dynamic local team which continues to grow Atma’s work. Continuing her passion in promoting people-to-people exchange between India and Australia. She worked at the Australia India Institute leading international youth programs and is currently Lead – Youth People Without Borders at the Foundation for Youth Australians. Hayley was a participant in the inaugural Australia India Youth Dialogue in 2012 and was awarded Young Australian of the Year 2013 for Victoria in recognition for her work in India.

Andrew Carr


Dr Andrew Carr is an Associate Lecturer in the Strategic and Defence Studies Centre at the Australian National University (ANU). He has previously worked as an Associate Editor for the Lowy Institute for International Policy and as a lecturer at the University of Canberra. He has a PhD on Australian foreign policy and published on the foreign policy of the Rudd government. He was awarded first class honours from the University of Canberra along with the Herbert Burton Medal. His research interests include Australian foreign and strategic policy, middle power theory, irregular migration and Asia-Pacific security. He is also a co-editor of the peer-reviewed journal Security Challenges.


Daniel Flitton


Daniel Flitton is senior correspondent for The Age covering foreign affairs and politics. He is a former intelligence analyst for the Australian government where he examined on terrorist organisations in South Asia and was at one-time a university lecturer specialising in international relations. He was invited to India to speak on Australia’s ties with Asia in 2011, delivering lectures in Delhi, Chennai and Mumbai. He appeared in a Bollywood film in 2003, A Hero: Love Story of a Spy.


Maxine McKew


Maxine McKew’s career spans both politics and journalism. In November 2012, Maxine published her memoir “Tales from the Political Trenches”.

Maxine McKew is a Vice Chancellor’s Fellow with the University of Melbourne and works as an advisor on education for the not for profit group Social Ventures Australia. She is also Chair of Playgroup Australia and a member of the board of Per Capita.

At the 2007 federal election Maxine McKew won a spectacular victory against John Howard and wrote herself into Australian political history as only the second candidate to have ever defeated a Prime Minister in his constituency seat.

She was immediately elevated to the executive and served as Parliamentary Secretary for Early Childhood, and later as Parliamentary Secretary for Infrastructure, Regional Development and Local Government.

Before making the switch to politics, Maxine had a thirty-year career as a broadcast and print journalist.

Her hosting of Lateline in the mid 1990’s, and later, as the part-time anchor of The 7.30 Report, earned her a reputation as one of the country’s most authoritative interviewers.

Her television reporting has been recognised by her peers with both Logie and Walkely awards for broadcast excellence, while her work for the Bulletin Magazine saw her secure the Magazine Publisher’s award for Columnist of the Year.

Maxine is involved in a range of voluntary activities. She is a member of the Dean’s Advisory Council for Macquarie University’s School of Advanced Medicine and is an ambassador for Alzheimer’s Australia.


Sara Phillips

Sara Phillips has been an environment journalist and editor for more than 10 years. With degrees in Arts and Science she completed a Graduate Diploma in Science Communication at the ANU. She got her start on environmental trade publications, and went on be deputy editor of ‘Cosmos’, a science magazine and editor of ‘G’, a green lifestyle magazine. She is currently the editor of ABC Environment online, a role she has held for three years.

She has won several awards for her work including the 2006 Reuters/IUCN award for excellence in environmental reporting for a story on the water crisis in Australia. While editor of G, she also won the 2008 Bell Award for editor of the year and won the 2007 Bell Award for best consumer magazine of the year (print run over 30,000).


Professor Fazal Rizvi


Professor Fazal Rizvi is a Professor in Education at the University of Melbourne, as well as an Emeritus Professor at the University in 2010 from the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign. At Melbourne, he is developing an online Masters program in Global Studies in Education. He has previously held academic and administrative appointments at a number of universities in Australia, including as Pro Vice Chancellor (International) at the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology and as the founding Director of the Monash Centre for Research in International Education. His most recent book is Globalizing Education Policy (Routledge 2010). He is a board member of the Asia Education Foundation and a fellow of the Australian Academy of the Social Sciences.


Matt Wade


Matt Wade is a Senior Writer with the Sydney Morning Herald and The Age newspapers based in Sydney. He is a regular commentator on economic issues and takes a special interest in Australia’s economic and political ties with Asia. Matt was the New Delhi-based South Asia Correspondent for the Sydney Morning Herald and The Age from 2007 until 2011. Before that he worked as the Herald’s Economics Writer and its Canberra-based Economics Correspondent.