The Australian government,on May 23, announced the creation of an Advisory Board for the Centre for Australia-India Relations. Based in Parramatta, the centre will work to build greater understanding within the Australia-India relationship and support businesses to seize the opportunities of economic partnership between both nations, a news release noted.
In February 2023, Australian Foreign Affairs Minister, Penny Wong, appointed Indian-origin Swati Dave as the inaugural chair of the Advisory Board and Tim Thomas as its CEO. New members were inducted into the board by Prime Minister Anthony Albanese.
They include CEO of Indigenous Women in Mining and Resources Australia Florence Drummond, former Australian cricket captain Adam Gilchrist, creative program lead of the City of Melbourne Amrit Gill, CEO of Universities Australia Catriona Jackson, CEO of Sayers Group Sammy Kumar, former South Australian Minister for Trade Martin Hamilton-Smith, CEO of Mind Blowing Films Mitu Bhowmick Lange, national chair of Australia India Business Council Jodi McKay, executive manager of Commonwealth Bank Gunjan Pagare, managing partner of Mandala Partners Amit Singh and Secretary, Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade Jan Adams.
In a statement, Wong said, “Prime Minister of Australia announced the inaugural Advisory Board for the Centre for Australia-India Relations. The Centre will drive greater collaboration between our countries from its Parramatta base. Congratulations to all of the appointees, we look forward to working with you.”
The Centre will also deliver the Maitri (friendship) program of scholarships, fellowships, cultural partnerships and grants.