By Desi Oz
MELBOURNE: The Australia-India Business Council (AIBC) in Victoria has been making news for years. In fact, the state chapter was taken over by the national AIBC and elections were held a few months back for a new committee. All sorts of stories are moving around about some of the new members (a group) who recently split from an organization supporting the current ruling party in India are now on the new committee. The buzz is some of them do no business. One of them has been appointed as the Indian Business Advisor sacked for ‘misconduct’ by the Victorian Government.
The new executive committee led by President Stephen Manallack has in it – Mukesh Kolhe (Vice-President), Michael Moignard (member), Gurpal Singh (member), Preeti Daga (member), Rashi Kapoor (member) and Vijeth Shetty (member). Forgetting the past one needs to know what the new team is planning.
A recent meeting endorsed close collaboration between the AIBC Victoria and the ‘Indian Executive Club’ and to sign an MOU for this collaboration. The Indian Executive Club gives out Awards each year to Indian businesses.
In the same meeting it was decided to set up a Business Advisory Council to meet twice yearly, to give advice and mentoring to the President and the committee – with gender equality in leadership of a Male Co-Chair and Female Co-Chair – Harish Rao, Global Head Business Development, Sundaram Business Services, as the Male Co-Chair and Roshni Sharma as the Female Co-Chair – and foundation members former Victorian Premier the Hon. Ted Baillieu, Regional Director Tata Consulting Services David Galt, Rohini Kappadath and Indian Business Advisor Nitin Gupta.
Source: Melbourne Durbar, SAT Dec 2016.