India Connect 2021

'Sector Connect' speakers

We will be joined by a diverse and highly knowledgeable line-up of industry experts and thought leaders who will share their experience and insights on the Western Australia-India relationship and the opportunities that exist to deepen this important partnership.

You are invited to hear from, and participate in discussions with, speakers who will be in-person at the Perth Convention and Exhibition Centre and virtually from India.

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
  • Sonia Arakkal, Policy Fellow, Perth USAsia Centre
  • 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
  • Dr Stewart James Washer, Chairman, Orthocell
  • Roger Hunt, General Manager, Alcolizer
  • Rick Naude, Global Technologies Manager, Nexxis
  • 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


Please contact our India Connect 2021 Event Manager

+61 (0)8 9486 2000


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Our in-house experts can support you directly and provide referrals or introductions across our network of overseas offices, industry bodies and government agencies.


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