DEEPAK GAURI

I am an officer of the 2011 batch of the Indian Police Service (IPS), one of the three All India Services. I possess a degree in Electronics and Communication Engineering from Thapar University, Patiala, Punjab ( formerly known as TIET, Patiala).  Immediately prior to joining the IPS, I briefly worked as a Parliamentary Fellow with Sh. Naveen Jindal , the then Member of Parliament of Kurukshetra in Haryana.  Since joining IPS in 2011, I have served with distinction for three years in various capacities in the Delhi Police, tackling sensitive law and order issues, investigations into gruesome crimes and preventing crime with an unwavering focus on ensuring the safety of women.

During my two-year stint as Assistant Commissioner of Police of Defence Colony in South District of Delhi, I supervised the arrangements for two legislative assembly elections and a general election, which were peacefully concluded. The sheer numbers and resources directly commandeered by me to maintain law and order in the area – 1,300 personnel of paramilitary, 800-900 personnel of the district police, anti-riot equipment, vehicles, water cannons, etc – indicate the magnitude of the responsibility shouldered as a young police officer.

I have also served in the Delhi Traffic Police as Deputy Commissioner of Police for a brief period and was part of the core group of field officers which executed the traffic arrangements for the India-Africa Forum Summit held in October in New Delhi. I am currently posted as Aide-de-Camp to His Excellency the Governor of Mizoram at Raj Bhawan, Aizawl, Mizoram. I have a keen interest in geopolitics and strategic affairs besides core policing subjects such as law and order management, investigation, prevention of crime, tackling cyber crimes, etc.

Erin Watson-Lynn

Erin Watson-Lynn is Director of Diplomacy at Asialink, which is based at the University of Melbourne. She was recently appointed as Chair of the Advisory Board of the National Centre for Student Equity in Higher Education. Erin is also the co-founder of DICE (Digital, Innovative, Creative, and Entrepreneurial) Kids, whose patron is Lucy Turnbull AO.

In 2015, Erin won the Australian Federal Government’s Policy Hack and was an Australian delegate to the G20 Youth Summit in Turkey. In 2016, Erin was an Australian delegate to the G20 Young Entrepreneurs’ Alliance in China. Erin has published academically and with the Lowy Institute of International Policy, the Interpreter, Australian Policy Online, Women’s Agenda and Startup Smart. She has appeared on ABC’s Q&A and Radio National, and KIIS FM. Erin was featured by Smart Company as one of nine female entrepreneurs to watch in 2016 and by StartCon as one of five female-led startups to watch in 2016. Erin was a 2016 finalist in the Women’s Agenda Leadership Awards not-for-profit category.

Harinder Sidhu

Ms Sidhu is a career officer with the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade. Her most recent role was as head of the Multilateral Policy Division of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade. There, she was responsible for relationships with the UN and UN agencies, the UN Security Council and the Commonwealth, as well as for issues such as human rights, climate change and people smuggling.

Ms Sidhu has held several senior roles in government, most recently as a Division Head in the Department of Climate Change (2008 – 2013). Ms Sidhu was Assistant Director-General in the Office of National Assessments from 2004. Between 1999 and 2004, she worked in senior economic and defence adviser roles in the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet. Ms Sidhu began her career as a diplomat with the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, where she was posted to Cairo, Damascus and Moscow. She holds degrees in Economics and Law from the University of Sydney.

Shaun Star (Chair)

Passionate about promoting the Australia-India relationship, Shaun has been working in India since 2010. He is the Chair and co-founder of the Australia India Youth Dialogue. Shaun is also the Executive Director of the Centre for India Australia Studies, housed at O.P. Jindal Global University and an Assistant Professor and Assistant Dean (International Collaborations) at Jindal Global Law School.

Shaun is an Australian qualified lawyer and has worked at various top-tier law firms in Australia and India, including at Amarchand & Mangaldas & Suresh A. Shroff & Co. Shaun was recently named as one of 30 people to watch in the business of law in Asia. He has subsequently founded his own advisory practice, Australia India Advisory, and has advised numerous Australian organisations (from start-ups to listed companies), assisting them with their entry and expansion into India.

Shaun has published a book entitled “Australia and India: A Comparative Overview of the Law and Legal Practice”, a volume which has received contributions from judges, leading barristers, academics and legal practitioners. The book has been launched by Former Australian High Court Judge, The Honourable Justice Michael Kirby AC CMG, and the Attorneys General of Australia and India.

Commentating on the Australia-India relationship, Shaun’s opinion pieces have been featured in Indian and Australian national newspapers and he has participated in panel sessions on Indian prime time television discussing the bilateral relationship.

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.

Danielle Rajendram

Danielle Rajendram is a Policy Officer at the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade in Canberra. Previously, Danielle worked as a Research Associate in the International Security Program at the Lowy Institute for International Policy, where her work focused on Indian foreign and domestic policy, China-India relations and broader Asian strategic issues.

Danielle holds a Master of International Law from the Australian National University and a Bachelor of International Studies from the University of New South Wales, with a major in Asian Studies. During her undergraduate degree, she spent a year studying international relations and Japanese language at Keio University in Tokyo.

Danielle participated as a delegate in the 2014 Australia India Youth Dialogue in Hyderabad and New Delhi.

Howard Ronaldson

Howard Ronaldson was appointed to the position of Secretary, Department of Business and Innovation (DBI), State Government of Victoria in May 2008.   Prior to joining DBI, Mr Ronaldson was the Secretary of Department of Infrastructure,a position he held from December 2002. He brings vast experience to DBI in negotiating complex commercial arrangements between the private sector and government and providing strategic policy advice on key links between infrastructure and the economy. Mr Ronaldson has held executive positions in the Department of Premier and Cabinet, and was previously the Director of Gaming, Director of Crown Lands and Director of Housing in Victoria.   He also worked in Canberra as the Chief Executive and Under Treasurer of the Department of Treasury, Australian Capital Territory.

Prior to joining DBI, Mr Ronaldson was the Secretary of Department of Infrastructure,a position he held from December 2002. He brings vast experience to DBI in negotiating complex commercial arrangements between the private sector and government and providing strategic policy advice on key links between infrastructure and the economy. Mr Ronaldson has held executive positions in the Department of Premier and Cabinet, and was previously the Director of Gaming, Director of Crown Lands and Director of Housing in Victoria.   He also worked in Canberra as the Chief Executive and Under Treasurer of the Department of Treasury, Australian Capital Territory.

He also worked in Canberra as the Chief Executive and Under Treasurer of the Department of Treasury, Australian Capital Territory.

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).

Navdeep Suri

Navdeep Suri joined the Indian Foreign Service in 1983 and has served in India’s diplomatic missions in Cairo, Damascus, Washington, Dar es Salaam and London and as India’s Consul General in Johannesburg. He has also headed the West Africa and Public Diplomacy divisions at the Ministry of External Affairs. He was India’s Ambassador to Egypt prior to his present assignment. His innovative use of social media in public diplomacy has received extensive recognition and two prestigious awards.

Mr. Suri has learnt Arabic and French, has a Masters degree in Economics and has written on India’s Africa policy, on Public Diplomacy and on the IT outsourcing industry. His English translations of his grandfather Nanak Singh’s classic Punjabi novels have been published by Penguin as ‘The Watchmaker’ and by HarperCollins as ‘A Life Incomplete’. Mr. Suri is accompanied by his wife Mani who has a degree in Economics and is now an accomplished graphic designer and potter. They have two daughters, a journalist and an avid environmentalist.

Shruti Jagirdar

Shruti Jagirdar is currently a Legislative Assistant to a Member of Parliament, Baijayant ‘Jay’ Panda. An interest in policy-making led her to apply for the highly competitive LAMP Fellowship Program with PRS Legislative Research. She was one amongst the 46 accomplished young persons selected from across India for this program and she now works with Mr. Panda in preparing briefs on issues of national and regional importance, analysing legislation and preparatory work required for speeches in Parliament, televised debates and newspaper articles.

A graduate in Statistics, Economics and Mathematics from St. Xavier’s College, Mumbai she had worked at an i-bank, a leading business publication and in economic research initiatives prior to joining the fellowship. Shruti takes a keen interest in issues that relate to primary education in India and once worked with well-known playwright Anju Makhija to build small libraries for NGOs in her native Mumbai to develop the reading habit among children. She has also worked with Microsoft’s ‘Project Shiksha,’ a programme in partnership with the Government of Maharashtra, to train rural school teachers in the use of computers in education.