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On the eve of Horasis India Meeting, taking in the Adelaide Convention Centre in North Terrace, Australia, the weekend’s event will bring together more than 300 of the forum’s most senior community members. Over the two-day conference, politicians, CEOs and leaders from some of India and Australia’s most respected organisations will connect to explore beneficial new ventures, leveraging Adelaide as a hub to invest in Australia and the Asia-Pacific. 

We’ve highlighted our pick of the top 15 speakers to watch out for over the conference below:

Jane Diane Lomax-Smith, Lord Mayor, City of Adelaide

As the first female to be Lord Mayor of Adelaide and elected as a State Member of Parliament, Jane Diane Lomax-Smith also served as City Councillor for six years, and and previously held ministerial portfolios for Education, Mental Health and Substance Abuse, and Tourism.

Jane Diane Lomax-Smith

Rajive Kaul, Chairman, Nicco Group; Past President, CII, India

Mr. Rajive Kaul is the Chairman of Nicco Engineering Services Limited (NESL) and former President of the Indian Chamber Of Commerce (CII). He is also former Honorary Consul General of The Republic of Korea, a position which he served for over 20 years.

Dr. Frank Jürgen-Richter, Chairman and Founder of Horasis

As the former Director of the World Economic Forum, Dr. Frank Jürgen Richter is the Chairman and Founder of Horasis a leading forum for discussion and knowledge sharing between developed and emerging markets.

Richard Rekhy, Entrepreneur, Board Member and Former CEO of KPMG in India

A seasoned participator in Horasis Meetings, Richard Rekhy served as the chief executive officer of KPMG in India for half a decade. Richard has over 28 years of multi layered, multi sectoral, top-of-the-pyramid experience behind him.

Martin Hamilton-Smith, Former Minister of South Australia for Trade and Investment, Australia

Martin Hamilton-Smith is an Australian politician who represented the South Australian House of Assembly seat of Waite for over 20 years. First elected as a candidate for the Liberal Party, he served as the Minister for Investment and Trade, Minister for Defence Industries and Minister for Veterans’ Affairs before becoming Minister for Space Industries and Health Industries.

Ashishkumar Chauhan, Managing Director & CEO, National Stock Exchange of India (NSE)

A renowned Indian business executive and administrator, Ashishkumar Chauhan has been Managing Director and CEO of National Stock Exchange (NSE) since July 2022. Known as the father of modern financial derivatives in India, Ashish is considered one of the foremost experts in financial market policies, Information technology, and Indian social issues.

Ashishkumar Chauhan

Nick Champion, Minister for Trade and Investment, South Australia

Nick Champion is the Minister for Trade and Investment. Minister Champion oversees activities that enable economic growth in South Australia by attracting investment, increasing exports, and building a global reputation.

Anil Wadhwa, Former Secretary, Ministry of External Affairs; Former Ambassador to Italy, Thailand, Oman and Poland 

A senior civil servant, Anil Wadhwa has served as the Indian Ambassador to Italy, Poland, Oman and Thailand. He currently serves a Senior Fellow & Cluster Leader at the Vivekananda International Foundation in New Delhi.

Barry O’Farrell, Former Premier of New South Wales

Barry O’Farrell is an Australian politician who was Australia’s High Commissioner to India and non-resident Ambassador to Bhutan for three years. O’Farrell was the 43rd Premier of New South Wales and Minister for Western Sydney from 2011 to 2014.

Hendri Mentz, Managing Director for South Australia, Northern Territory and Tasmania, Deloitte

Hendri Mentiz is the Managing Partner for South Australia, Northern Territory and Tasmania at Deloitte. He has more than a quarter century’s experience specialising in risk and control transformation, combined assurance, enterprise risk management and business consulting services for complex organisations.

R Mukundan, Chief Executive Officer, Tata Chemicals, India

During his career spanning over a quarter of a century with the Tata Group, R Mukundan has held various responsibilities across the chemical, automotive and hospitality sectors of the group. He serves on executive committees of various industry forums, including the Confederation of Indian Industry, Bombay Chamber of Commerce and Industry and Employers’ Federation of India.

R Mukundan

Professor Marnie Hughes-Warrington, Acting Vice Chancellor, University of South Australia

Marnie Hughes-Warrington’s areas of expertise are the philosophy of history, historiography, and world history as an esteemed professor and educator. She is also the Secretary General for the International Commission for the History and Theory of Historiography (ICHTH).

Vinod Kumar Wuthoo, President, India SME Forum

In his current capacity as the President of the India SME Forum, Vinod Kumar Wuthoo deals with current and future challenges of sustainable livelihoods & economic empowerment in the region. He is also a strategic advisor to several governments and international institutions in the growth of small-to-medium businesses.


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