Winners 2016

Delnaaz Irani
Young Executive [Female]
Medicianz Healthcare Pty Ltd
Medium Business — Reet & Kam Phulwani
Reach for Training
Small Business — Suresh Padmanabhan
Branded Chocolates & Confectionery
Micro Business — Gaurav & Diksha Khanna
Dr Angraj Pal Khillan
Executive [Male]
Lata Sharma
Executive [Female]
Sudip Chakraborty
Young Executive [Male]
Branded Chocolates & Confectionery
Micro Business — Gaurav & Diksha Khanna

Award Categories


Annual turnover up to $1M


Annual turnover from $1M to $10M


Annual turnover from $10M to $50M

Young Executive (Male & Female)

Nominee to be 40 years of Age or younger as at 31st October 2017 and holds middle or senior management position.

Executive (Male & Female)

Nominee to be 40 years of Age or over as at 31st October 2017. Award Council Judges may at their discretion request for additional information for verification of the information provided.


  • Business nominees operating in Australia must be from the Indian Diaspora and holding ownership.
  • Award Council Judges may at their discretion request for additional information for verification of the information provided.
  • Any Individual from the Indian Diaspora based in Australia is eligible to be nominated for the Executive of the year award.

Our Judges

Saurabh Sharma

Saurabh Sharma has co-founded five e-health business ventures since 2000, of which four were bought by some of the largest healthcare businesses in Australia between 2009 and 2016. The fifth (Imageryworks) makes the learning and regular practise of meditation easier, with a mission to help bring about a world in which everyone meditates every day. Its Meditation Gateway app is a unique teaching and interactive practise tool, and is being used by renowned meditation teachers and their students world-wide. Sharma is also actively involved with many community organisations in Melbourne, having been a volunteer for Eastern Palliative Care Association for…

Nesan Naidoo

Nesan Naidoo is the Managing Director of the global organisation Diversity Leadership Group, and has served in Executive Management roles with NAB, ANZ and CBA. He is very closely connected with the Indian community and has been an ardent supporter of the community over the past 14 years. Naidoo is a strong advocate of diversity and inclusive leadership within organisations and the value-add that this brings to extracting optimum value for all stakeholders and he is equally critical of the lack of diversity at board level in Australia’s ASX listed companies. He serves as a director on the board of…

Geoff Kelly

Geoff Kelly helps leaders increase their impact in three ways: Ensuring they achieve their outcomes and reduce their risk during and after crises; increasing their impact and influence with crucial internal and external decision-makers and organisations; and working with them to build a following for an idea or strategy that matters. He has been doing this in his own practice since 2001. Before that Geoff worked for four of the 10 largest companies in Australia (including as a member of the executive committee of a 30,000 business). Between those roles he worked for Victorian Treasury on public enterprise reform and…

Sanjay Jain

Sanjay Jain holds to his name a successful company called ‘Texas Peak’, which employs more than 200 employees.His incredibly rich entrepreneurial background spans over 25 years. Texas Peak is renowned for being a market leader across Australia and New Zealand when it comes to sporting wear and apparel. Kickstarted by Sanjay and his brother Raj, this family run business is based in Tullamarine, Victoria with a presence across Australia. As a previous winner of an IEC award, his perspective adds great value to the panel of judges.

Simon Pho

With three decades of experience in the banking sector alone, Vietnamese banker Simon Pho, president of the Hong Kong Australia Business Association (HKABA) in Victoria, set up the Bank of Queensland branch in Doncaster in May 2011. Simon, who began his banking career in 1980, has extensive experience in business, management and banking sectors. Being President of HKABA since 2008, Simon, who brings his understanding of SMEs to the judging table for the IEC Awards, says he is keen on maintaining the Association’s aim of promoting and reinforcing economic ties between Hong Kong and Australia.

Alice Wong

Alice Wong, has the know-how of assisting many businesses and migrants at her fingertips because of her vast experience in the banking sector. Alice sits on various advisory committees like Asia Link and International House. She brings with her a skill that is unique to leadership development as the head of Asian leadership with WestPac. Alice will play a key role in bringing to the forefront the crème de la crème of businesses and executives nominated for this year’s IEC awards.

Key Note Speeches

Awards Ambassadors

Manish Sundarjee

Wealth Advisor

Manish Sundarjee is one of the founding directors of Kidmans Partners, and an integral driver of the firm’s growth and success. With more than 25 years of experience in providing accounting advice and more than 15 years of experience in financial planning advice, Manish is a trusted advisor to many business and individuals from a range of industries and backgrounds. A “hands-on” director and advisor, as head of Kidmans Partners’ Wealth Management division, Manish specialises in business development and strategic issues facing clients’ business and personal lives. He also makes time to give back to the community with his role as Director for Chinmaya Mission Australia.

Manish Sundarjee

Wealth Advisor

In her early 20s, a violent road accident in the north Indian state of Haryana halted Sonia Cheema’s budding academic career, and nearly ended her life. Sonia was in a coma for 17 days, with punctured lungs and fractured bones. It took two years of struggle for Cheema to regain her strength, after which she moved to Australia in 2006, where she completed a Master of Education with a Diploma of Education at Latrobe University in Victoria. Today she works as Head of Wellbeing at Al Sirat College, where she pioneered interfaith programs to build tolerance. She was awarded the IEC Female Executive of the Year in 2015.

Event Information

Pre-drinks & Canapés

19th November: 6:15pm

Event start time

19th November: 6:00pm arrival, 6.15pm doors open

Event close time

19th November: 11:15pm


Sofitel Melbourne on Collins, 25 Collins Street, Melbourne, Victoria 3000