The fifth conference of the AIYD was held in New Delhi, Mohali and Bengaluru, India from 27 to 30 January 2016. Delegates of AIYD 2016 included Members of Parliament, CEOs, academics, leading journalists, public policy specialists, art curators, social entrepreneurs and international athletes.


For the first time, the conference programme introduced ‘group pods’ whereby delegates pitched an idea in smaller groups to esteemed judges from Australia and India. In addition to interacting with high profile speakers, the delegation had the opportunity to participate in a number of activities, including an awe-inspiring demonstration of Gatka, a traditional Sikh form of combat-training, an impromptu Punjabi Bhangra dance lesson, and a tour of a local Gurudwara, a Sikh temple.


The formal conference program for AIYD 2016 focused on the following themes over the course of the conference in the context of the Australia-India relationship:

  • Cultural identity
  • Sustainability
  • Innovation and entrepreneurship


Australian Delegates

Indian Delegates

  • DAY 1: DELHI Wednesday, 27 January 2016
  • 1:00pm

  • 3:00 – 4:00pm

  • 6:30pm

    Australia-India Bilateral Ties: A Strengthening Partnership


    Mr. Chris Elstoft, Deputy High Commissioner, Australian High Commission, New Delhi

    Ambassador (Retd) Amit Dasgupta, Former Indian Consul-General in Sydney


    Shaun Star, Chair, Australia India Youth Dialogue


  • 7:30pm

  • DAY 2: MOHALI Thursday, 28 January 2016
  • THEME: Cultural Identity
  • 12:00pm

  • 1:00pm

  • 2:00pm

    Exploring Indian Culture


    Mr Sumant Batra, Founder, Kumaon Literary Festival

    Dr Venu Vasudevan, Joint Secretary, Ministry of Sports and former Director General, National Museum, Delhi

    Mr. Olivier Lafont, Actor, Author and Screenplay Writer


    Ms. Ruchika Khanna, Economic Editor with The Tribune


  • 3:30pm

  • 4:00 – 5:00pm

  • 6:30pm

    Next Gen Political Leaders

    Sponsor: UTS Insearch


    Dushyant Chautala, Member of Parliament from Hisar Lok Sabha Constituency

    Harsh Sanghavi, MLA, Gujarat

    Tim Watts, Member of Parliament, from Gellibrand, Victoria

    Lauren Moss, Shadow Minister for Multicultural Affairs and Housing, Northern Territory Legislative Assembly


    Jyoti Kamal, Editor, CNN IBN


  • 7:30pm

    The Indian School of Business

  • DAY 3: MOHALI Friday, 29 January 2016
  • THEME: Sustainability
  • 9:30am

    Sustainability and Resource Management

    Sponsor: UNSW Australia


    Dr. Michele Akeroyd, Director, Goyder Institute of Water Research

    Ms. P Bineesha, Executive Director, International Institute of Waste Management.


    Mr. Rustam Sengupta, Founder and CEO, Boond and AIYD Alumnus


  • 11:00am

  • 11:30am

    Sustainable Development

    Sponsor: Macquarie University Speakers:

    Professor Shreekant Gupta, Department of Economics, Delhi School of Economics

    Mr. A S Harinath, Senior Environmental Specialist, The World Bank


    Professor Philomena Leung, Associate Dean – International and Corporate Engagement, Macquarie University


  • 1:00pm

  • 4:30pm

  • 9:00pm

  • DAY 4: BANGALORE Saturday, 30 January 2016
  • THEME: Innovation
  • 9.30am

    Next Generation Leadership: Creating a Culture of Entrepreneurship 

    Sponsor: Victorian Government


    Mr. Sundeep Sahni, Vice President, New Initiatives, Ola Cabs

    Mr. Mukund Narayamurti, CEO, Asialink Business.


    Mr. Ray Nicol, Executive Director – India, State Government of Victoria, Australia.


  • 11.00am

  • 11.30am

    Next Generation Leadership: Social Entrepreneurship


    Ms. Hardika Shah, Founder and CEO, Kinara Capital

    Mr. Suhit Anantula, Strategy Designer, Business Models Inc.


    Mr Achyutha Sharma, Founder, Collaborative Community, and AIYD Alumnus


  • 1.00pm

  • 2.00pm

    Preparation for presentations 

  • 3.00pm

  •  3:30 –5:00pm

    Three Minute Pitch to Judging Panel on opportunities for engagement between Australia and India in AIYD 2016 Theme area.

    Judging panel:        

    Mr. Jon Bonnar, Australian Deputy Consul-General for South India.        

    Mr. Ray Nicol, Executive Director – India, State Government of Victoria, Australia.

    Ms. Belinda Howell, General Manager Market Development, UTS Insearch

    Professor Philomena Leung, Associate Dean – International and Corporate Engagement, Macquarie University 

  • 7.30pm

    Sponsor: The Jain Group of Institutes






AIYD 2016

To read more about the dialogue, Please download below the AIYD report for year 2016.