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.

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.

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

Jayant Krishna

Jayant Krishna is Principal Consultant & Regional Head, Tata Consultancy Services and heads delivery operations for TCS’ specific clients in the US, Europe, Africa and India based at a designated global delivery location in India. Till recently, he was the Regional Director, Life Sciences and Heathcare, Europe. Earlier, Jayant was Regional Director in TCS’ UK & Ireland geography based in London and was responsible for TCS’ business in three key verticals. Prior to this, Jayant also worked as TCS’ Global Relationship Manager for one of TCS’ top 5 accounts.

Passionate about improving the employability of Indian students for the country to reap demographic dividends, Jayant works on skill development with Mr S Ramadorai, Chairman, NSDA & NSDC. Jayant co-chairs the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII)’s Northern Regional Committee on Skill and Education and is also a member of their National Committee on Skill Development. Jayant has also been the Convener of Planning Commission’s Task Force on Enhancing Employability in India’s Education & Skilling Sectors and had recommended some far reaching interventions.

Jayant has published papers in a few Indian and foreign journals; as well as articles in The Economic Times and Business Standard. He has featured in CNBC, NDTV Profit and Times Now TV channels as an expert panellist. He has also delivered keynote addresses at several conferences and convocation speeches at a few campuses. Widely travelled to 60 countries worldwide, he has also led Indian delegations abroad for bodies such as CII.

Jayant has also been a British Chevening Scholar at the University of Leeds, UK. He loves sharing his experience with youngsters, an aspiration he fulfils as an Adjunct Professor, Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Kanpur. He also undertakes advocacy for skilling youth at the bottom of the pyramid and propels the adult literacy programme for illiterate Indians. In his personal capacity, Jayant supports a few initiatives for rejuvenation of cultural heritage in his region.

Neville Roach

Neville Roach 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.

Anne Skipper

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.

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 organization “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 ‘SustainableGrowth’ 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 organization that he headed upfor 15 years. Together with Olivia Newton-John he also founded National Tree Day, an event that has planted 16 million trees. He also initiated Do Something Near 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.

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 Premieron 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, and Director of the Tasmanian Working Women’s Centre and Board Member of the HobartWomen’s Health Centre. Lisa has been actively involved in the Australian RepublicanMovement 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.

Shaun Star (Chair)

Shaun is a co-founder and current Chair of the AIYD. He is Senior Operations Manager (Indian Premier League), IMG based in India. Shaun is also an Australian qualified lawyer and has worked at various top-tier law firms in India and Australia. Shaun graduated with distinction from Oxford University (UK) and was the top graduating law student from his cohort at Macquarie University (Australia). He has also studied at the National Law School of India University (India), giving him an in-depth understanding of the Australian and Indian legal systems.

Having lived and worked in India for more than five years, Shaun has a strong understanding of the Indian business and regulatory environments, represented large multinational companies on complex legal transactions, established a deep professional network in India and has led teams of Indian and Australian professionals on multiple projects.

Shaun is passionate about promoting the Australia-India relationship and has published a book entitled “Australia and India: A Comparative Overview of the Law and Legal Practice”, a volume which has received contributions from judges, leading barristers, academics and legal practitioners. The book has been launched by Former Australian High Court Judge, The Honourable Justice Michael Kirby AC CMG, Australia’s Attorney-General, Senator the Honourable George Brandis QC, Former Indian Attorney General and Mr Soli Sorabjee AM.

Running his own advisory practice, Australia India Advisory, Shaun assists Australians to better understand business opportunities in Asia, particularly in India. He currently advises numerous Australian organisations (from start-ups to listed companies), assisting them with their entry and expansion into India. Shaun has represented Australian companies across a variety of sectors, including education, energy and resources, professional services and technology.

Pradeep S. Mehta

Pradeep S Mehta is the founder secretary general of the Jaipur-based Consumer Unity & Trust Society (CUTS International), one of the largest consumer groups in India, with offices in London, Lusaka, Nairobi, Hanoi and Geneva. Established in 1983/84, CUTS International has now completed 25 glorious years. Mehta studied at The Scindia School, Gwalior (higher secondary), St Xavier’s College at Calcutta (B. Com) University and law at the Rajasthan University, Jaipur.

Mehta serves/has served on several policy making bodies of the Government ofIndia, related to trade, environment and consumer affairs, including the Nationa lAdvisory Committee on International Trade of the Ministry of Commerce and its working groups. He chairs the Advisory Board of the South Asia Network on Trade, Economics and Environment, Kathmandu.

Rajesh Chadha

Rajesh Chadha is Senior Fellow at the National Council of Applied EconomicResearch (NCAER) in New Delhi. He received his B.Sc. (Physics) and M.A.(Business Economics) from the University of Delhi and Ph.D. (Industrial Economics) from the Indian Institute of Technology, New Delhi. He has teaching and research experience at Hindu College, University of Delhi and NCAER, New Delhi of more than 35 years. His areas of specialisation include international trade, Foreign Direct Investment, agricultural markets and competition andregulatory reforms.

He has been Visiting Scholar in the Department of Economics, University of Michigan, the Department of Economics, University of Melbourne and consultant to the World Bank and to the Australian Government.
He has many national and international publications to his credit.

Rajiv Nayan

Dr Rajiv Nayan is a Senior Research Associate at the Institute for Defence Studies and Analyses, New Delhi. He has been working with the Institute since 1993, where he specializes in export control, non-proliferation, and arms control. Rajiv was a Visiting Research Fellow at Japan Institute of International Affairs, Tokyo, where he published his monograph- Non-Proliferation Issues in SouthAsia. He was also a Visiting Fulbright Scholar at the Center on International Cooperation, New York University. He holds a Ph.D. and a Master of Philosophy in Disarmament Studies and a Master of Arts in International Relations from Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi. In his doctoral dissertation, he studied implications of the Missile Technology Control Regime for Indian security and economy. He has published his papers in academic journals, and as chapters of books. He has contributed articles to numerous newspapers.

He is a member of the Export Controls Experts Group and Multilateral Security Framework in North East Asia of the Council for Security Cooperation in Asia Pacific (CSCAP). He is also on the Executive Council of the Indian Pugwash Society. In recent months, Rajiv has been participating in different Non-Governmental Organisations’ meetings on nuclear security. He is an Indian partner of Fissile Materials Working Group (FMWG) which is a Washington-based group of Non-Governmental Organisations active on nuclear security. He is also a member of international Coalitions of Non-Governmental Organisations on Chemical Weapons Convention and Arms Trade Treaty.