Australia-India Council (AIC)

Australia-India Council Board

Australia-India Council Board Members are appointed by the Minister for Foreign Affairs. The Council's Chair is appointed by the Governor-General of Australia on the nomination of the Minister.

Board Members


Photo: Mr Ashok Jacob
Mr Ashok Jacob

Mr Jacob is the Chairman and Chief Investment Officer of Ellerston Capital. He is also a Director of Crown Ltd, Consolidated Press Holdings, Visy Australia, Thorney Opportunities Ltd, MRF Ltd (Chennai, India) and the Malayala Manorama Newspaper Group (Kottayam, India). Mr Jacob holds an MBA from the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania and a Bachelor of Science from St Joseph's College, Bangalore, India.


Photo: Professor Robin Batterham
Professor Robin Batterham

Professor Batterham is Kernot Professor of Engineering at the University of Melbourne and a former Chief Scientist of Australia. He has held senior research positions with mining corporation Rio Tinto and is concurrently serving as Chair of the Advisory Panel of the Australia India Strategic Research Fund.

Photo: Mr Michael Kasprowicz
Mr Michael Kasprowicz

Mr Kasprowicz is Founder and Managing Director of Venture India Pty Ltd, Director of Kaspa Australia Pty Ltd and a former Australian Test cricketer. He is a Board Director of Cricket Australia, a Board Member of the Queensland Bulls Masters and Honorary Ambassador for Brisbane City Council in the Hyderabad, Ipswich and Brisbane sister city relationship.

Photo: Ms Neema Premji
Ms Neema Premji

Ms Premji is Director of Premji Board Consultancy and Management Services, Chair and Director of the Bunbury Port Authority and Director of the Busselton Water Board. She has previously worked with Wesfarmers Coal Limited and BHP Research as a mining engineer.

Photo: Ms Payal Mahindroo
Ms Payal Mahindroo

Ms Mahindroo is a senior associate with law firm Allion and a member of the Australia India Youth Dialogue.

Photo: Ms Sheba Nandkeolyar
Ms Sheba Nandkeolyar

Ms Nandkeolyar is Chief Executive Officer and Co-Founder of Multiconnexions Pty Ltd.  She is also National Vice-Chair of the Australia India Business Council (AIBC) and Founding Chair of the AIBC’s Women in Business Chapter.  Ms Nandkeolyar holds a Masters of Business Administration from Calcutta University.