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The Australia India Business Council (AIBC) is pleased to announce the appointment of Amritha Zachariah new Chair of the Education & Skills Development Industry Chapter

Ms Zachariah, a prominent Brisbane-based AIBC member was most recently Treasurer of the AIBC Queensland State Chapter. As a Senior Executive with global research and technology advisory firm, Gartner, Ms Zachariah works closely with government and education sector leaders, including the Queensland Department of Education, university vice-chancellors, provosts, vocational education and K-12 education system providers to drive technology, innovation, and strategies in the education sector.

Ms Zachariah has had significant international experience and has lived and worked in many countries and leading businesses. She has worked in a range of industries including banking & finance, education, start-ups, technology, and mining. She is a qualified CPA and Business School graduate from the University of Sydney.

As stated in the India Economic Strategy, “There is no sector with greater promise for Australia in India than education. Australia’s future growth and prosperity will be driven by our ability to generate and attract the ‘best and brightest’. Getting education right is also critical for India to maximise the potential of its demographic dividend.”

As a world-class education provider, Australia is well placed to partner with India across secondary, university and vocational sectors.

Mr Peter Varghese AO, Chancellor, University of Queensland and former Australian High Commissioner to India and former Secretary of DFAT said, “It was important to build on trade and economic relationship by not only improving Australia as a destination for Indian students but creating awareness in Australia, of what India could contribute and build an education relationship which draws on the best of the best in both of our countries”.

The Australia India bilateral Education Sector has been severely impacted due to the challenges posed by the Covid-19 global pandemic, however with vaccination levels increasing worldwide and the imminent opening up of international borders the sector is expected to grow back stronger than ever.

Realising the high importance of this sector, AIBC launched its Education and Skills Development Chapter two years ago. Dr Partha Mukherjee was the inaugural Chapter Chair who organised a number of events and high-level bilateral discussion forums on various important topics, including the role of the critical regulator in higher education.

Welcoming Ms Zachariah as the new Education & Skills Development Chapter Chair, Mr Jim Varghese AM, AIBC National Chair said, “We at AIBC work closely with the education industry and key government bodies to nurture this relationship, improve access and increase the quality and calibre of the future of both Australia and India.”

He thanked the outgoing Chapter Chair Dr Partha Mukherjee, for his contributions and dedication.

Ms Zachariah said, “Education & Skills Development are at a pivotal point in history, as our borders re-open for travel and learning expectations are changing faster than ever. Our current challenges need to become our opportunities for the future. India cannot meet the demand of its domestic education needs and this creates significant opportunities for all Australian education providers to play a role which will benefit both Australia and India’s future growth and prosperity.”

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