IEC Awards 2013: Nominations pour in


The Third IEC Awards will be held at the Melbourne Town Hall on 9 November

The Indian Executive Club (IEC) Awards 2013 has begun receiving several nominations for its Business and Community Awards category. IEC is Australia’s premier recognition platform for executives and SME from the Indian expat community. This year, the event will feature more new businesses contesting for some of its awards.

With just three months to go for the awards night, it is definitely going to be bigger and better this year. The ceremony will take place on 9 November at Melbourne Town Hall. The keynote address is delivered by Mr. John Howard, one of the longest serving PMs in Australian history. Mr Howard is a known advocate of closer Australia-India ties and he’s expected to speak on the Indian community’s role in strengthening better Australia India ties.

The IEC Awards has received an overwhelming number of nominations for various award categories such as the People’s Choice Awards, which focuses majorly on Café & Restaurant, Travel & Tourism and Entertainment industries; and the Community Awards, powered by The Indian Sun, which focuses on community work. Hello Bollywood Life Style Awards is another category that chooses the best entertainer in the community each year. Nominations for the People’s Choice Award are to be received by 15 September and the voting will commence on 16 September, closing at midnight on 31 October.

The Business and Executive categories of nominations are open till 30 September. These nominations will be reviewed by IEC’s independent awards council. The council comprises of eminent business personalities with achievements in their fields of expertise. The jury this year includes Stephen Manallack –India Business Consultant and Cross-Cultural Advisor, Simon Pho — President of the Hong Kong Australia Business Association in Victoria, Vijaya Vaidyanath — Chief Executive Officer of Yarra City Council (Australia), Lyndon Thomas Joss — Executive Director of McMillan Richardson Pty Ltd and Chair of Audit and Risk Management Committee of the Chisholm Institute of TAFE, GaurikaKohli — National Marketing Manager at Lycamobile, and Karen Carvalho — Senior Manager at Central Equity.
The IEC has also invited the award winners from last year – the brand ambassadors of the Council – to grace the occasion with their presence this year.

Rakesh Raizada, Head of Migrant Financial Services, Premier Banking, Commonwealth Bank of Australia, the winner of the Executive category in the IEC Business and Community Awards last year, says, “As winner of Indian Executive of the year 2012, I can definitely say it was an incredible and most pleasing experience. It also boosted my morale as well as earned me recognition and spread my profile within the community in a big way.”

Sanjeev Singh, Chief Executive Officer – SILK Education and Training, was the winner of the Young Executive category in the IEC Business and Community Awards last year. He believes receiving the Award helped him receive a great deal of recognition locally and globally via social and print media as well as helped his business grow. “This award has re-energized me to do more professionally and personally for the community. I would recommend everyone to put in their nomination in and share their story. I thoroughly enjoyed the IEC Award 2012 night, the venue, the food and the whole experience,” he says.

Amit Tikoo, CEO of United International, also one of the brand ambassadors for the awards, says the awards raises the overall awareness of the positive contribution that the Indian community makes to the economy in the form of knowledge, skills and taxes.

IEC Chairman Vinay Sharma said, “Once again IEC is getting ready to deliver a fine event and an inspirational moment to the Australian community. Australia is proud of its Indian community. Indian businesses and community leaders have contributed significantly to the growth of this great nation. On this day, we give the entire community an opportunity to be proud of our achievements. So come and celebrate this occasion.”

In terms of the evening’s entertainment, the IEC has arranged for a breathtaking performance by “Compass Quartet”, a music band based out of Sydney, inspired by the idea of breaking barriers between classical music and improvised jazz.
Just part of the fun and excitement promised through the evening.

The 2013 Platinum partner for the IEC Awards is “Pitcher Partners”, the Silver partner is “ANZ Bank” and Associate partner is “Naturalizer”. Other partners include Pattu, Angad Australian Institute of Technology Pty Ltd, Aangan and Incredible India.

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