Jury For IEC Awards


Council composed of trainers, mentors, teachers and business leaders from all over Australia

A very exciting time for the business community as the first Indian Executive Awards have been announced. The IEC awards are a celebration of the achievements of those who have Indian heritage, an attempt to recognise and appreciate the efforts that are unique to Indians as a minority. It is a testament to how well the Indians in Australia integrate and contribute to the rich tapestry of the Australian way of life and that of its future. The IEC awards council, comprising seven business people of high standing, will go through the nominations made online and decide on a worthy candidate. The council itself is a diverse grouping with people from all walks of life, cultures and industries. Now, for an introduction to the Council…

Stephen Manallack is as active a businessman as he is an author.A former secretary of the Australia India Business Council, he is now a mentor in leadership for Asialink at Melbourne University. He has provided communication and cross-cultural training in several countries.His first bookYou Can Communicatewas published in 2002, and his second book, co-authored with John Pereira, Riding the Elephant – Doing Business and Making Profits in Modern India,was published in 2010. His third book, Soft Skills for a Flat World, will be published soon.


Simon Pho has extensive experience across the business, management and banking sectors. His experience in the banking industry in Australia spans three decades. In May 2012, Simon set up a Bank of Queensland branch in Doncaster.

He is President of the Hong Kong Australia Business Association (HKABA) in Victoria.

HKABA was established in 1987 to promote and reinforce economic ties between Hong Kong and Australia.

Ms VijayaVaidyanathstarted her career in Melbourne with the Darebin City Council in January 2011 as the Director Corporate and Business Services.

Prior to coming to Melbourne, Vijaya was the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Waitakere in Auckland and before that the CEO of Rodney District Council, the fastest growing region in the country. She is the first person of multi-ethnic origin to be appointed to the position of CEO in New Zealand Local Government.

As CEO of Waitakere, New Zealand’s first ‘Eco City’, her role included delivering social, economic, cultural and environmental outcomes. She has been a strong catalyst in transforming the agenda of diverse cities, which she has done by bringing together the vision and voices of new migrants residing in contemporary New Zealand.

Ms. Vaidyanath holds three degrees, including an MBA from the University of Pittsburgh in the USA with a Dean’s Placement for Academic Excellence. She is also a Senior Executive Fellow from the John F. Kennedy school of Government, Harvard University, USA. Vijaya is also a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Lyndon Thomas Joss was educated at Scotch College, Melbourne (1969). He later got a Fellowship Diploma in Metallurgy from the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology (RMIT)and a Post Graduate Diploma in Business Studies from Swinburne Institute. He also holds a post graduate diploma in Quality Technology from RMIT.
He is the Executive Director of McMillan Richardson Pty Ltd and Chair of Audit and Risk Management Committee of the Chisholm Institute of TAFE. He has held many senior positions and travelled widely.He is also a struggling guitarist with a great love of outdoor activities.

Gaurika Kohli says her first encounter with business was at the age of 15 when she did a summer internship at her father’s textile business (Vahi Textile Mill). “Unlike my friends, I was more keenon spending time at my father’s business than holidaying,” she says. Gaurika eventually graduated as a textile designer and worked under her father for a while before she launched her signature series in India.
She worked in Dubai for a while in a key role with a publishing house before a personal decision bought her to Australia. She started as a marketing team leader in Australian Telecom company Gotalk and was shortly picked by Lycamobile. She was soon promoted as their national marketing manager.
Her current role includes researching external opportunities,managing agencies and customer relationships and acquisition.

Karen Carvalho is a senior manager at Central Equity- Melbourne’s premier property developer. Over an 18 year  at Karen has overseen the  creation and development of the CRM and ethnic marketing division at Central Equity.
Karen is instrumental in shaping the long-term marketing strategy of Central Equity. Karen has previously held other corporate positions in the UK.

Apart from the Indian Executive Clun she is associated with AISV, AIBC-Victoria chapter in various capacities.