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20 March 2020

Australia India Business Council’s Women in Business Chapter launches 2020 Business Round Tables to celebrate International Women’s Day

The Women in Business Chapter of Australia India Business Council (AIBC), the peak body facilitating bi-lateral trade and investment between Australia and India, has launched the AIBC WIB Business Round Tables as a follow up to the India Economic Strategy to 2035 (IES2035) launched by Australia with a high profile first round table.

The first business round table was launched by His Excellency High Commissioner of India to Australia, Mr Gitesh Sarma in the presence of Consul General of India Sydney Mr Manish Gupta and focussed on STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering/ Arts and Mathematics) and Sports and featured a keynote address by Ms. Amanda Johnston-Pell, Vice President, Marketing Services Centre for IBM and Chief Marketing Officer of IBM Australia & New Zealand. It was attended by women business leaders from industry and government.

These round tables are a national initiative and will focus on the opportunities highlighted by IES2035 and opportunities outlined by the Australia Economic Strategy to be released soon in India.

Commenting on the round tables launch, AIBC National Chair of AIBC Women in Business Chapter Sheba Nandkeolyar said: “AIBC Women in Business Chapter is proud to launch this series of business round tables focussing on opportunities highlighted by IES2035 and in time for International Women’s Day celebrations. AIBC WIB is highly appreciative of His Excellency High Commissioner Mr Sarma’s introductory remarks which highlighted the reasons why New India is an attractive place for doing business.”

“This is a series of round tables which will be held nationally and will contribute to building a community of high-level business leaders who will actively advocate for the Australia India bilateral business relationship,” added Ms Nandkeolyar.

In her keynote address, Ms. Johnston-Pell highlighted artificial intelligence (AI) developments and her experience in working with a leading, global tech company. She also shared her plans to relocate Bengaluru, India and excitement about the move at a very opportune time.

Melanie Jones OAM, Board Member of Cricket Australia, commentator and presenter was among the VIP guests and shared her perspective on sports and initiatives for enhancing the bilateral Australia India relationship.

AIBC WIB NSW Chapter Chair Sonia Gandhi appreciated the wrap-up provided by Consul General of India Mr Gupta, who recognised the high-level business leadership in the room who were prepared to actively facilitate the bilateral relationship.

AIBC National Chair Mr Jim Varghese said: “The launch the Australia India Business Council Women in Business round tables to celebrate International Women’s Day are a testament to AIBC’s commitment to advancing the bilateral relationship and encouraging women leadership and entrepreneurship.”

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As the pre-eminent business council in Australia, the AIBC is an innovative business advocacy organisation whose purpose is to promote bilateral trade and expand Australia-India commercial ties. AIBC provides its members with a forum to provide input into the policy and agenda for both countries, exchange business ideas, and provide networking opportunities through interaction across government and business groups. The AIBC maintains close relationships with federal and state government agencies, the diplomatic corps and industry bodies, and showcases opportunities to the Australian business community through an active program of events nationally.