The best and brightest emerging young leaders from India and Australia converge on Melbourne and Sydney this week for a major bilateral dialogue.

The Australia India Youth Dialogue (AIYD) brings together Indians and Australians under the age of 40, all demonstrated leaders in their fields, for a four-day conference aimed at strengthening relations between the two countries (Sydney 20-21 Feb, Melbourne 22-23 Feb).

The conference is being launched tonight in Melbourne by three-time Olympic gold medallist Stephanie Rice OAM, who is carving out a career in media in India and was a delegate to the conference back in 2017.

Delegates this year includes a Grammy Award-winning musician, the global head of public policy at Uber, a Melbourne entrepreneur who is aiming to bring fuel-efficient technology to 2 million rickshaws, leaders in education, agriculture, politics, and more.

Topics under discussion range from using education to foster greater cultural understanding, and boosting economic ties, to looking at how young leaders can drive policy development.

Over four days, they will hear from eminent speakers including Foreign Minister Marise Payne.

Karan Anand, Chair of the AIYD, said:

“The Australian Government’s India Economic Strategy – and the Indian Government’s much anticipated response – point the way towards strengthening the business relationship between the two countries. But we mustn’t forget the importance of the people ties.


“That’s what the Australia India Youth Dialogue is all about: bringing together dynamic young leaders to exchange ideas, and work together solve common challenges. It’s through collaboration at forums such as this that the relationship will flourish and grow.”

AIYD 19 Delegates

Indian Delegates Australian Delegates
Anand Shriram

Vice President, DCM Shriram Ltd., a business conglomerate with interests in agriculture and AgTech

Abdullahi Alim

Specialist in social engagement for the World Economic Forum, focusing on the Middle East and Africa. Also runs hackathons to develop solutions to global challenges

Charu Pragya

Lawyer and first woman to head the legal committee of the ruling BJP party’s youth wing. Also runs free legal aid centres for women across India

Amit Singh

Head of Global Public Policy (Future of Work), Uber, and a former adviser to Labor leaders including Kevin Rudd and Bill Shorten

Devi Murthy

Founder & CEO of Kamal Kisan, a social enterprise which uses precision farming to improve farm output

Caitlin Figueiredo

Founder & CEO, Jasiri Australia. An award-winning entrepreneur focused on equality and empowerment

Priyanka Khandelwal

Founder and CEO of Abira Creations Private Limited which empowers women through the production of ethical fashion

Craig Hembrow

Co-Founder, Ayata IQ, developing clean, affordale, battery-less hybrid technology to vehicles

Nazia Izuddin

President, World Integrity Center India Dehradun, a privately established socio-cultural community and lifestyle centre near the foothills of the Himalayas

Daizy Mann

Program Manager for Deakin University’s entrepreneurship initiative, SPARK Deakin

Ricky Kej

Grammy® winning composer, Billboard #1 recording artist, conservationist and professor at India’s National Institute of Advanced Studies

Dr. Shireen Morris

McKenzie Postdoctoral Fellow, Melbourne University Law School

Rammohan Paranjape

VP – Surfing Federation of India. Pioneer surfer and accomplished surfing photographer

Jasmin Craufurd-Hill

Director, Institute for Regional Security/ Arete Assessments

Rajat Sethi

Political adviser to the Chief Minister of the north-eastern state of Manipur

Jaymes Boland-Rudder

Head of Government and Community Relations- National Rugby League and former political advisor

Raja Karthikeya Gundu

Political Affairs Officer, UN Secretariat in New York where he works on Middle East peace issues. Has served in UN missions in Afghanistan and Iraq

Katherine Quigley

Artistic Director and CEO of Backbone Youth Arts

Sabika Abbas

Founder, Sar-e-rahguzar: Poetry on the Streets

Gina Rushton

Buzzfeed News reporter covering issues which affect Australian women including reproductive rights, health, violence, politics, science and crime

Sruthijith KK

Editor of  ET Magazine, a supplement of the Indian business newspaper The Economic Times

Michael Safi

The Guardian’s South Asia correspondent based in Delhi

Sunaina Kumar

Journalist with a focus on issues of social justice, development, and gender

Rachel Mason-Nunn

EY consultant specialising in outcome measurement and social development. Former social development specialist at the World Bank

  Sid Vashist

Tennant Creek-based councillor for the Barkly Regional Council

  Taj Pabari

CEO of youth entrepreneurship provider,  Fiftysix Creations

  William Taing

Co-Founder & Director of Beanstalk, a business focused on scaling high growth AgTech companies