Cricket is helping this team of Srilankan asylum seekers forget the bruises of war and develop a strong sense of community in Brisbane Region.

The fifth Annual India Australia Business & Community Awards platform held an exclusive event in honour of our talented pool of 2018 IABCA finalists from across the nation. This intimate gathering bought together the who’s who of the Australian Indian Diaspora at a unique space, Nanda\Hobbs Art Gallery. The event also acknowledged the valuable contribution that the IABCA board, national panel of experts, and ambassadors have made towards the IABCA platform.

Additionally, IABCA Stars provided a great networking opportunity to meet with winners from last year, parliamentarians, and dignitaries from across the nation. With more than 17% of our audience coming from interstate, we would like to thank The Queensland Government and our corporate partners for developing the IABCA platform into the national platform that it is today.

The audience also was honoured to hear from former diplomat and journalist, author John Zubrzycki, has just launched his new book ‘Empire of Enchantment in Australia and ‘ Jadoowallahs, Jugglers and Jinns: A Magical History of India from Emperor Jehangir’s fascination with magic to Motilal Nehru’s menagerie of magicians, dancers and artists.

Each year, IABCA receives over 250 nominations from innovators, businesses, professionals, and community leaders from across the nation. Thank you to our panel of experts, who spend eight weeks on deliberating our 2018 finalists.

It is indeed a true celebration of the Australia India relationship. IABCA ensures that finalists and winners are acknowledged on our platform throughout the year. In 2016, IABCA featured as a successful model and case study in the Australian Council of Learned Academics report, Australia’s Diaspora Advantage: Realising the potential for building transnational business networks with Asia. A Federal Government initiative. In 2018 India Australia Business and Community Awards have been mentioned as a recommendation in the Peter Varghese AO DFAT report An India Economic Strategy to 2035 for both governments to support.

The IABCA gala event attracts an audience of over 500, government officials, business leaders and influential community representatives from across Australia. In 2018 we are pleased to once again welcome His Excellency, Dr Gondane, High Commissioner of India to Australia.

A big thank you to our sponsors the Queensland Government, BMP Technologies, HashChing, Tata Consultancy Services, Incredible India and AFL. A huge shout out to our event hosts Castle Group.

We would also like to acknowledge the ongoing contributions of our supporters, Australia India Institute, Australia India Business Council, Asialink, Export Council of Australia, alongside our media partners, ABC and Indusage.

A special thanks to some of our key guests below:

  • Julian Leeser MP, Federal Member for Berowra and Chair, Parliamentary Friends of India
  • B. Vanlalvawna, Consul General of India in Sydney
  • Barry O’Farrell, IABCA Board Member, Former Premier of NSW, Special Envoy to NSW-India Relationship, Australia-India Council
  • Julia Finn MP, Member for Granville, Parliamentary Secretary to Shadow Cabinet
  • Jodi McKay MP, Member for Strathfield
  • Sheba Nandkeolyar, Chair, Australia India Business Council Ltd.
  • Simon Merrifield, IABCA Board Member, First Assistant Secretary, Australian Government Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade
  • Neville Roach AO, Chairman, TCS
  • Harish Rao, IABCA Board Member, Sundaram Business Services

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