Nicholas Carney

Nicholas Carney is an infrastructure and finance senior associate in the Sydney office of global law firm Herbert Smith Freehills. He has extensive experience acting for government, banks, consortia, onshore and offshore funds and sponsors in major infrastructure projects, public private partnerships, complex financing transactions, turnarounds and restructures. He has also worked on several major loan portfolio sale transactions and government divestments, and has an interest in hospitals and the health sector. Nicholas regularly acts on cross-border transactions and has worked on the ground in India, Singapore and the Philippines.

 He is currently a member of Herbert Smith Freehills’ India Focus Group. Nicholas has undertaken secondments in the legal branch of the New South Wales Department of Premier & Cabinet and at Westpac Banking Corporation.

 Nicholas is currently a member of the Council of the University of New South Wales, one of Australia’s leading research and teaching universities, chair of its Risk Committee, as well as a member of the UNSW Faculty of Law Advisory Council. In 2012, Nicholas was awarded a National Volunteer Award (Education category) for the electorate of Sydney for establishing a scholarship and mentoring program between Herbert Smith Freehills and the Come-In Youth Resource Centre, Paddington. The program supports young people who have overcome significant disadvantage to undertake educational programs.

 Prior to commencing work at Herbert Smith Freehills, Nicholas was Executive Officer of the Human Rights Act for Australia campaign.

Nicholas was a delegate in the 2014 Australia India Youth Dialogue in Hyderabad and New Delhi.

Arvind Dixit

Arvind is a Senior Associate in the Intellectual Property and Technology group of national law firm Corrs Chambers Westgarth, advising on the corporate and commercial aspects of technology contracting, protection of intellectual property rights, internet law, and telecommunications law.

Arvind convenes Corrs India Country Focus Group which is focused on shaping the firm’s interaction and strategic engagement with India. He advises a number of India’s largest technology companies on their Australian operations and is also an active participant in the firm’s pro bono practice, including having advised on the establishment of the Good Friday Appeal Run for the Kids event, and providing ongoing legal support since its inception in 2006.

With parents of Indian descent, Arvind maintains a deep cultural connection with India, and has traveled extensively around the country. He has a strong interest in the issues impacting the relationship between Australia and India, and he was a management committee member, and former Secretary, of the Victorian Chapter of the Australia India Business Council for 5 years until 2013.
Arvind loves the outdoors and enjoys spending his spare time playing cricket, trying to catch snapper in Port Phillip Bay (usually unsuccessfully), or in the veggie garden with his young daughter.

Anthony Anisse

Antony Anisse is a corporate lawyer at national law firm TressCox Lawyers and focuses on corporate advisory, banking and financial services. He advises several national and international clients on the establishment of their operations and their licensing, compliance and governance requirements. The firm has a dedicated pro-bono practice which Antony has advised and is involved in the charitable association, Investing for Charity. Furthermore, a strong focus for Antony has been his involvement in a cloud-based electronic health record (EHR) software company which is moving towards the development of a private ehealth network in Australia. The company aims to share the innovative technology with Government Health Departments in the hope of improving the quality of health care infrastructureprovided around the world.

In 2012 Antony was elected as a Councillor on Hornsby Shire Council and has been actively involved in the fostering of dialogue between government and the prominent Indian community within his constituency. He has been a member of the Young Liberals since 2009 and has been involved in the organisation, co-ordination and strategy of campaigns.

Antony has also played representative rugby in Australia and Sweden. He holds a double degree in Commerce (Economics) and Laws from Macquarie University. He is a self-professed TED talk devotee and is currently studying to become a Chartered Alternative Investment Analyst with the CAIA Association.

Amy Barber

Amy is an Associate in the Major Projects group at leading international law firm Baker & McKenzie. She has worked in the Tokyo, Sydney and Melbourne offices, focusing on dispute resolution for large-scale construction clients. Baker & McKenzie’s global India Focus Group has worked in tandem with Indian legal firms and Indian companies in the infrastructure sector for over forty years.
Amy particularly enjoys working on pro bono matters and was the first Pro Bono Associate in the Melbourne office. She is currently involved in a pro bono immigration matter in the High Court of Australia and works with cancer patients at the Peter McCallum Cancer Hospital in Melbourne.

Amy has travelled extensively and before joining Baker & McKenzie worked in Chambers at the UN International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR) in Tanzania and later in Geneva for the UN Advisor on Human Trafficking at the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR). In Geneva, Amy developed a keen interest in public international law work particularly in the human trafficking and women’s rights field. She has worked with survivors of human trafficking over the last few years to ensure they have the opportunity to receive higher education.

A graduate of the University of Western Australia (BA, LLB), Amy completed her studies whilst working part time as a piano teacher. Amy has a strong affinity for India. Between performing in Bollywood movies she volunteered at Mother Theresa orphanage in Kerala and studied basic Hindi.

Sanushka Seomangal

Sanushka Seomangal is a Special Counsel in HWL Ebsworth Lawyers’ Sydney office where she specialises in corporate finance and corporate law. With particular expertise in public and private equity fundraising, initial public offerings (IPOs), and mergers and acquisitions involving both private and listed companies, Sanushka also advises her clients on general corporate matters. Amongst her professional achievements, Sanushka was a finalist at the Lawyers Weekly Women in Law Awards 2015.   

Sanushka holds a Bachelor of Laws from the University of Natal, South Africa, a Master of Applied Law from the University of Queensland, Australia and a Master of Business Law from the University of Sydney, Australia.

Sanushka has a particular interest in India and is the former Chair of the Australia India Business Council NSW Young Professionals Chapter and a member of the Women in Business Chapter Committee of the Australia India Business Council NSW. Sanushka also sits on the NSW Government Ministerial Consultative Committee representing the Indian community in NSW. She is also a member of Philanthropy Australia’s New Generation of Giving (New Gen).

Payal Mahindroo

Payal is a Senior Associate in the Corporate group at Blake Dawson, a top tier law firm in Sydney and acts as a mentor and role model to junior staff. She is involved in leading the firm’s India practice and particularly enjoys being able to combine her Indian language abilities and professional skills. Payal was appointed the youngest Senior Associate nationally. She has worked in Perth, Queensland and now Sydney on high profile resources and infrastructure transactions, including acting on the largest investment by an Indian company of a listed Australian company’s coal assets.

Born in Africa with parents originally from New Delhi, Payal has strong ties to her Indian heritage and cultural values. Payal speaks fluent Hindi. She has actively contributed to different Indian youth organisations, participated in cultural programs and community performing art shows and for many years performed classical South Indian dancing (Bharatanatyam).

Elizabeth Pennell

Elizabeth Pennell is a Senior Associate at the Australian law firm Clayton Utz. Her practice focuses on cross border transactions, particularly mergers and acquisitions in emerging markets and in the energy and resources sector. During 2011, Elizabeth spent six months as a consultant to the leading Indian law firm, Amarchand, Mangaldas & Suresh A Shroff and Co in Delhi, assisting the AMSS team with the provision of advice in relation to the Indian foreign investment regime.

Elizabeth is also a recognized specialist in the law of outer space. In 2010, she was nominated and admitted as a professional member of the International Institute for Space Law, and was a judge for Asia Pacific finals in the Manfred Lachs Space Law Moot. She has also taught as a guest lecturer in this field at the University of New South Wales.

Caitlin Bell

Caitlin Bell served on the Steering Committee between 2012 – 2014 during her posting as Second Secretary (Political) to the Australian High Commission in New Delhi. In New Delhi, she was responsible for the High Commission’s analysis of India’s domestic politics and this has inspired a lifelong connection with and interest in India.

Caitlin joined the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade as a graduate trainee in 2009. Since then she has held a diverse range of positions in foreign, trade and development policy, including managing Australia’s sponsorship program for the 2010 International Expo in Shanghai. Caitlin is currently a member of the Department’s Crisis Response Team and has been deployed throughout the Asia-Pacific region to provide consular and humanitarian assistance following international crisis events.

Caitlin has an honours degree in law and social science from Macquarie University and is currently completing her Masters of Law from the Australian National University. She is admitted to the Supreme Court of the Australian Capital Territory as a Barrister and Solicitor.

Caitlin believes wholeheartedly in the power that young people have to transform society. She served as a member of the Board of the Young Endeavour Youth Scheme, volunteered as part of the leadership team for the Rotary Youth Leadership Awards program in Sydney, and was a Camp Counsellor for the children’s charity, Camp Quality. As International Director for Crossland’s Rotaract Club she established a scholarship scheme for Timor-Leste’s youth to attend leadership activities in Sydney. However, Caitlin’s greatest achievement remains discovering an infallible cure for sea sickness during her first Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race (apples and vegemite – it never fails!).

Vidyananda Vijaya Sagaram

Vidyananda Sagaram is the Director of Strategic Projects at the Victorian Government Business Office (VGBO) in India. He completed his engineering degree from Bangalore University and holds a Masters in Telecommunication Engineering from Monash University, Australia.   

Vidyananda started his career with the Australian telecommunication provider, Telstra and after two years, moved to Hobsons Australia, an innovative technology and integrated marketing solutions provider for universities in Australia. During his tenure at Hobsons, Vidyanand engaged across various levels with the universities in Australia to enable them to increase their market share from India.

Vidyananda returned to India in 2008 to manage La Trobe University’s business development activities. Since 2009, Vidya has been working for the Victoria Government in India, initially managing their skilled and business migration portfolio for South and South-East Asia markets and now their corporate and government relations, which has a strong focus on working with the various chambers, associations and local governments. He also assists and coordinates trade missions travelling from Victoria to India.

Rwitwika Bhattarcharya

Rwitwika Bhattacharya is the CEO of Swaniti Initiative, a non-profit that delivers development solutions to elected officials. As the CEO of Swaniti, Rwitwika spearheads programs to support parliamentarians and legislators in constituency management and knowledge creation of development issues. Prior to Swaniti, Bhattacharya was working at the World Bank on labour economics as an Associate. She has worked for organizations like UNFPA and FICCI in the past.   She is a graduate of Harvard Kennedy School’s Master’s in Public Policy program and Wake Forest University’s Political Science Program. Her publications include Frontiers in Development Policy: A Prime in Labor Policies (World Bank, 2011) and Global Business School Network (Harvard Business Publishing, 2011). She frequently blogs for the Times of India.