WA Management Committee Members' Professional Profiles added:08/01/10
Sanjay Bhartia, President
Sanjay has over 22 years of international experience in mining, chemicals, manufacturing and soft commodities enterprises. Most recently, Sanjay was Chief Financial Officer of Crosslands Resources (a Mitsubishi), which is conducting a feasibility study of developing an iron ore mining and processing facility along with rail and port infrastructure in the mid-west region of WA. Prior to that, Sanjay was Head of Financial & Commercial with ASX listed Aditya Birla Minerals, which is part of India's +$30bn Aditya Birla Group. He has also served as Commercial Manager with Lotus 2000 in South Africa and Indophil Cotton Mills in the Philippines.
Sanjay is a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India and a Graduate member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.
General committee members
Dnyanesh Kelkar leads the Western Australian business unit of Mahindra Satyam, where he is responsible for the strategic focus into Natural resources and the task of bringing innovation to WA businesses (government and private sector).
Dnyanesh began his career in IT services and consulting in the midst of the ERP revolution in Europe during the early 1990’s. Born in India and having lived and worked across various European countries and in Australia for over 20 years, he brings some unique perspectives to the challenge for innovation & growth in Western Australia. He firmly believes that Australian companies are uniquely positioned to drive the next wave of technological innovation if they manage to bring skilled expertise to the mega projects happening here. Let the skills come to the work rather than the other way around he propagates.
Dnyanesh holds a Masters Degree in Business Administration (International Management) from Antwerp, Belgium and a Bachelors Degree in Mechanical Engineering from Mumbai University, India. He has held various leadership positions at IBM, PWC consulting, DSM Engineering Plastics and Philips in his IT services and consulting career.
Dr Kiran Sandhu
Dr Sandhu is the International Project Office at Central Institute of Technology Perth. Kiran oversees the research, marketing and implementation of Central's vocational education interests in India. Over the last 18 months she has been instrumental in setting u Central's strategic position in India, including partnerships in government and the private sector. Kiran strongly believes that initiatives of AIBC will bring Australia and India closer especially in Business and Vocational Education and Training.
Prior to Central, Kiran worked at the University of Delhi, India, for more than twenty five years. As Associate Professor in the university sector, Kiran developed educational curricula and established its markets both nationally and internationally. She extensively planned and organised education, sports, co-curricular and students' welfare programs. Strongly supporting capacity building and new initiatives in education, Kiran provided consultancy of the The British Council, New Delhi; UNESCO Chair, IG National Open University; the National Council of Educational Research and Training; Central Board of Secondary Education; DAV Institute of In-service Education and Research; MB Educational Services (India) for Camp America; and, for research and academic boards in a number of Indian universities. Kiran, a PhD (Education) has three books to her credit, as well as numerous research papers. Avid sportswoman, Kiran vice-captained the Indian Women's Basketball team in the 1980s.
Winthrop Professor Hema Sharda is the Director of South Asia Relations at the University of Western Australia. In her role, Hema has been involved in establishing sustainable and strategic teaching and research partnerships with Indian Institutes, universities and research organizations. Prior to that, Hema was Associate Professor at the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology in the field of Computer Systems Engineering. Prof Sharda has served on a number of committees and teams in the area of internationalization of education and is a life member of Indian Society for Technical Education (ISTE).
Hema completed her PhD in the field of micro-electronics at UWA and holds a Bachelor of Science in Physics (Hons), a Masters of Science in the field of Electronics (Hindu College, Delhi University) and a Masters in Technology in the field of Integrated Electronics and Circuits (Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi). Hema was awarded ‘Distinguished alumni’ award in 2008 from Hindu College, Delhi University in recognition of her work in Australia-India relationship building.
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