India Connect 2021

Strengthening Western Australia-India economic ties 

India Connect 2021 took place on Friday, 1 October at Perth Convention and Exhibition Centre.

The event was well attended by business and industry leaders, with His Excellency, Mr Manpreet Vohra, Indian High Commissioner to Australia and the Hon Roger Cook MLA Deputy Premier, Minister for State Development, Jobs and Trade, providing keynote speeches.

The hybrid event attracted approximately 300 in-person and virtual delegates from Australia and India.

Designed to deepen Western Australia-India relations, India Connect provided an effective platform for meaningful discussion on investment and trade opportunities and complementary capabilities between the two regions.

The event concluded with a modern Bollywood dance performance and closing speeches from Mr Supriya Guha of the Indian Society of Western Australia and Mr Yaz Mubarakai MLA.

For more information visit, Western Australia and India gather for international trade talks



Lunch session speakers

His Excellency Manpreet Vohra

His Excellency Manpreet Vohra

Indian High Commissioner to Australia

Hon Roger Cook MLA

Hon Roger Cook MLA

Deputy Premier, Minister for State Development, Jobs and Trade

Petula Thomas

Petula Thomas 

Chief  Executive Officer, Indo-Australian Chamber of Commerce, India

Dr Parwinder Kaur

Dr Parwinder Kaur

Superstar of STEM, Science and Technology Australia; Associate Professor and Director, DNA Zoo Australia, The University of Western Australia; Co-Founder and Chief Scientific Officer, Ex Planta Pty Ltd

VIkas Rambal

Vikas Rambal 

Chairman and Managing Director, Perdaman


Michael Carter

Michael Carter

President, Australia India Business Council, WA Chapter; Head, International Trade and Investment Centre, Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Western Australia

Abhay Mehta

Abhay Mehta

Chief Representative - CII Australia, Confederation of Indian Industry


'Sector Connect' speakers

Batteries, Critical Minerals, Mining and Mining Equipment, Technology and Services (METS):

  • Chris Clark, Deputy Director General, Resources and Project Facilitation, Department of Jobs, Tourism, Science and Innovation
  • Dr Jeffrey Wilson, Research Director, PerthUSAsia Centre
  • Adrian Griffin, Managing Director, Lithium Australia
  • Rajan Aggarwal, Chief Financial Officer, Australian Energy Storage Solutions
  • Marzia Zamir, Director - Future Battery and Critical Minerals Industry, Department of Jobs, Tourism, Science and Innovation
  • Kylah Morrison, General Manager, Western Australia and South Australia, METS Ignited
  • Warren Pearce, Chief Executive Officer, Australian Mining and Exploration Companies 
  • Dr Rahul Walawalkar, Global Lead, Emerging Technologies, Customized Energy Solutions; President and Managing Director, Customized Energy Solutions India
  • Ansh Gautam, Group Director and Chairman, Avid Sys

Primary Industries:

  • Susan Hall, A/Executive Director, Agribusiness, Food and Trade, Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development
  • Michael Carter, President, Australia India Business Council, WA Chapter; Head, International Trade and Investment Centre Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Western Australia
  • Richard Simonaitis, Chief Executive Officer, Australian Export Grains Innovation Centre
  • Sean Engelbrecht, National Development Manager, Bravo Apples, WA Farm Direct
  • Raghav Gupta, Managing Director, AusseeOats Milling
  • Tarun Arora, Director, IG Group of Companies

International Education and Tourism:

  • Simone Spencer, Deputy Director General - Strategy and International Engagement, Department of Jobs, Tourism, Science and Innovation
  • Di Bain, Chair, Tourism Western Australia
  • Gareth Martin, Chief Executive Officer, Business Events Perth
  • Carolyn Turnbull, Executive Director - Industry Aviation and Markets, Tourism Western Australia
  • Allan Blagaich, Executive Director - School Curriculum and Standards Authority, Department of Education, Western Australia
  • Malcolm Baigent, Executive General Manager, Navitas; Chair of the Western Australian Private Education and Training Industry Association; Expert member of the Council for International Education
  • Piyush Kumar, Regional Director, South Asia and Mauritius, IDP Education
  • Nishant Kashikar, Country Manager, India and Gulf, Tourism Australia

Advanced Manufacturing Securing the Future:

  • Linda Dawson, Deputy Director General, Industry, Science and Innovation, Department of Jobs, Tourism, Science and Innovation
  • Asheesh Malaney, Founder, Director and Advisor
  • Roger Hunt, General Manager, Alcolizer
  • Vern Bastian, General Manager, MetroCount
  • Faz Pollard, Director, Adarsh Australia
  • Angela Doyle, Director, Advanced Manufacturing Growth Centre
  • Professor Kevin Pfleger, Director, Biomedical Innovation, MTPConnect WA Life Sciences Innovation Hub
  • Dr Harsha Vardhan, Founder, Digitology Healthtech
  • Michael Koss, Director, Digitology Healthtech
  • Dr Suraj Rengarajan, Chief Technical Officer, Applied Materials India


India Connect was held in collaboration with:

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