The IABCA Stars 2017 event was attended by nearly 200 guests on Friday 25 August at Tasman Light Gallery, Australian National Maritime Museum, a very fitting venue to honour achievements of IABCA Finalists who came from across the nation to celebrate the Australia India relationship.
IABCA celebrates the Australia India relationship while honouring migrant entrepreneurship and community leadership. These awards acknowledge migrants who have achieved and contributed greatly to our multicultural nation. IABCA raises awareness of Indians in Australia and Australians in India, in a way that encourages further growth in relations between the two countries.
IABCA is brain child of Sonia Sadiq Gandhi, Paul Harris Fellow and Director of Gandhi Creations and is a flagship event in the Australian Indian business events calendar since 2013.
There was a representation from the federal, state and Indian government. Speakers included Senator the Hon Concetta Fierravanti-Wells, Minister for International Development and the Pacific, Hon Gladys Berejiklian MP Premier of New South Wales, Consul General of India in Sydney, Shri B. Vanlalvawna, Kevin Sumption, CEO, Australian National Maritime Museum and Sunil Lal, Chairman, Barker Henley.
Hon Gladys Berejiklian MP Premier of New South Wales, said that she is a daughter of the migrant and in her extended family she have Armenians from Calcutta which goes to show that the story of immigration that we see here in Australia is thousand of years of legacy that we celebrate .
She said “Every individual represents thousands and thousands of others who work just as hard and make an effort day in and day out” and congratulated the finalists for their hard work.
This event also acknowledged the valuable contribution made by the IABCA board, panel of experts and youth ambassadors towards the IABCA platform.
Winners will be announced at the IABCA black tie gala on Friday 13 October at Brisbane City Hall. Celebrate the Australia India relationship as you exchange stories of success, entrepreneurial ideas, and community leadership with fellow finalists, industry leaders and the dignitary guests. Join for a night full of glamour, fine food and wine and entertainment including an international performance by The Kutle Khan Project. A unique collective of Rajasthani folk musicians highlighting Kutle Khan, a multi-talented folk musician who has performed on various stages across the world as part of Confluence, A Festival of India in Australia.
The event will be attended by His Excellency Dr. A.M Gondane, High Commissioner of India in Australia, Her Excellency Ms. Harinder Sidhu, High Commissioner of Australia in India, Deputy Premier of QLD, Senator Murray Watt, Senator for Queensland representing the Hon Bill Shorten MP leader of the Opposition, The Hon. Jackie Trad MP, Lord Mayor of Brisbane, Graham Quirk and Senator Zed Seselja for Assistant Minister for Social Services and Multicultural Affairs.
For more information visit : www.iabca.com.au