Who’s Who launch, FOSAI’s celebrations

By Our Reporter

Fifty leaders, thinkers, entrepreneurs, path-breakers from the Indian diaspora, showing the way, was nominated and selected for a diverse and compelling fourth edition of Who’s Who, published by The Indian Sun and launched at the IEC awards in November by Melbourne’s Consul General of India Manika Jain.

Take Dharmesh Parmar who gave up years of experience in the banking industry to open a pub in Melbourne’s CBD, and says he wouldn’t have it any other way.

And Rod (Rohit) Saini, who has shown that fortunes can be built with very little start-up capital. The CEO and founder of Medallion Group Pty Ltd is the first Indian to start a franchise group in Australia in the car wash industry. He started Medallion Hand Car Wash franchise business in 2009, which is today among the only three car wash franchise groups operating in Australia.

The Who’s Who publication, a repository of diaspora achievement, now in its fourth edition, has been generating more and more interest with every passing year. From the December to March editions of The Indian Sun, we will profile some of these people who appeared in the Fourth Edition of the publication.

The IEC Awards are Australia’s first event to recognise the achievements of small to medium-sized businesses and executives from the Indian Diaspora. Since launching in 2011, they’ve shone the spotlight on rising stars and revealed the depth of talent in this emerging community. On 21 November, IEC celebrated its milestone year awards and announced winners of its business awards at the Atlantic Peninsula. Over 400 guests attended to mark the occasion.

Before the winners were revealed, an icon of Australia’s migrant community, Ahmed Fahour delivered the keynote address. Fahour revealed the values and events that powered his journey to become Australia Post’s Group CEO and Managing Director. He also emphasised the significance of being Australian Indian in the current global environment.

On 19 December, FOSAI will host its first ever Bollywood Festival at the Werribee Race Course in Victoria. Highlighting the significance of working with local talent and offering them a platform to exhibit their talents, FOSAI has partnered with various community organisations to bring this festival to you. Over 500 artists and their families are taking part in the festivities. So before this festive season starts, it’s an opportunity for the community to come together and celebrate.
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