Eight years ago, around this time, we launched The Indian Executive Club, hoping to turn the spotlight on small to medium business owners. Over the years, the IEC has become like a movement, bringing together the community, our clients and SMEs under one platform.
In the IEC journey we have come across countless stories of hard working business owners and executives—those who packed their bags (some of them came with just one bag), left India, their homeland, and headed to a new country, with new dreams, new hopes. In these stories, we have seen a constant thread of determination and the steely will to make it. They worked day and night and built their companies from one-man shows into mini armies taking their sectors by storm. Some of these stories are celebrated each year at the IEC Awards. In the current edition, we have published stories of the finalists to this year’s awards. The Awards will be held on 17 November, at Langham.
This year, the keynote speaker for the IEC Awards night is Jamie Skella, the co-founder of Horizon State. Days before the Victorian State elections, Skella will speak about how important and cost effective blockchain is from an election perspective. Elections are fundamental to democracy and to run something as core as direct elections on an immutable ledger AKA blockchain increases transparency and accountability.
This November, stand-up comedian Kenny Sebastian will perform at The Factory Theatre. With more than 622K subscribers on YouTube, there’s never a boring moment when Kenny takes the stage. He is coming to Australia with a brand new set, a one hour special called “the most interesting person in the room” and it has observations from the last year which have really been drastic.
Another bright spark in the Indian community, Pallavee Joshi is trying to make history in Victoria’s Williamstown. Pallavee, who has been in politics for the last several months, has been given an opportunity by the Liberal Party to take the fight to Labor’s heartland. “It is definitely time for change,” says Pallavee, who moved to Australia 11 years ago with her family, and now runs a law firm with her husband Dinesh in the West. In Williamstown, says Pallavee, people are unhappy about the fact that Daniel Andrews has already signed the contracts with Trans Urban to build the West Gate Tunnel without taking it to an election despite the concerns of infrastructure experts. The West, she believes, has had enough of Labor, and is looking for a “better, more responsible government”, which only the Liberals can provide.
We wish Pallavee all the best.
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