Robert Johanson is a consultant at corporate advisory firm Grant Samuel where he has worked since 1993. Robert has 30 years’ experience in corporate finance and investment banking. He is the Chairman of Bendigo and Adelaide Bank Limited, Deputy Chancellor at the University of Melbourne and Chairman of the Melbourne University Fund. He is Chairman of the Australia India Institute and of The Conversation, a member of the Takeovers Panel and a director of the Robert Salzer Foundation, an arts foundation. Robert is also a sheep farmer.
Professor Amitabh Mattoo is the Honorary Director of the Australia India Institute @Delhi. He concurrently serves as Honorary Professor of International Relations at the University of Melbourne and Professor at the School of International Studies Jawaharlal Nehru University. Professor Mattoo was the CEO and Inaugural Director of the Australia Institute from 2011-2015.
Professor Anthony P. D'Costa joined the University of Melbourne and the Australia India Institute as Chair of Contemporary Indian Studies in 2013. He teaches in the Development Studies Program at Melbourne’s School of Social and Political Sciences. Prior to joining Melbourne, he was Research Director and A.P. Møller-Maersk Chair and Professor of Indian Studies, Asia Research Centre at the Copenhagen Business School, Denmark (2008-13). He was also with the University of Washington for 18 years. He has written extensively on the political economy of steel, auto, and IT industries covering themes of capitalism and globalization, development, innovations, industrial restructuring, and labor market shifts.
Jim Varghese AM was the Chief Executive Officer of the Springfield Land Corporation (SLC). Mr Varghese manages the development of the award-winning “World’s Best Master-Planned City”: Greater Springfield. Jim has over 30 years’ experience in leading multifaceted government agencies covering transport, main roads, education, training, employment and primary industries in both the Victorian and Queensland public sector.
Australia India Institute-Observer Research Foundation Chair
Ashok Malik is an Indian current affairs columnist who writes for The Times of India, Hindustan Times, The Asian Age, The Pioneer and Tehelka. He has also contributed to international publications such as Forbes and YaleGlobal Online.
Shanka De Silva is an HR and business management generalist with over nine years of experience in multi-national & local organisations with international exposure, expertise in both strategic and general business management dimensions.
Tess Gross is Executive Assistant to the Director of AII. She originally trained as a secondary school teacher in History and English but has spent most of her working career in tertiary institutions including both Melbourne and Monash Universities. She has a Bachelor of Arts Honours (Hist) and Graduate Diploma (Ed). She has nearly two decades of administrative and teaching experience.
Shibu works for the Institute supporting operational functions of the business as Operations and Finance Officer.
Shibu’s background is in marketing and she has experience working in similar institutions which provide advocacy and consultative services to the government and businesses alike. Born and brought up in India, Shibu's love for and knowledge of India is intrinsic.
Kogulan (Kog) Ravindran graduated from Monash University having completed a Bachelor of Journalism in 2012. He has previously worked as a writer, radio broadcaster and producer at Crocmedia, Tennis Australia, Star News and Pearl Magazine.
Marianna Sarris is Operations and Project Officer at the Australia India Institute. Marianna got her BA in International Business Administration at the American University in Paris. She has over 15 years experience in bilateral/international trade and projects working for the Canadian Government in the European Union and has also worked in office management, events and communications in non-profit organisations.
Research Fellow, International Relations & Business Development
Prior to joining the Australia India Institute (AII), Dr. Sharma was a Lecturer in the Department of Politics and International Relations at the University of Auckland, where he taught ‘Great Power Relations’ and ‘International Security and Conflict’. He was a visiting academic at the University of Waikato and an Endeavour Post-Doctoral Fellow at Australian National University in 2008. Currently, Ashok is also the Deputy Chair of the New Zealand Institute of International Affairs, Auckland Branch and a Fellow at the New Zealand-India Research Institute, Victoria University of Wellington.
Simone Traglia graduated from the University of Melbourne, having completed a Bachelor of Media and Communications in 2011. She began working at the University of Melbourne as an intern for the Festival of Ideas (a biennial major University event) before joining the Australia India Institute as the Events, Communications and Project Officer.