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Executive Council of INZBC

INZBC is headed by a board of professionals who have been active in the realm of India - New Zealand business. The brief profiles of the current board are given below.

[Elected July 2019]

Board Members

SAMEER HANDA

Chair, INZBC

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Sameer Handa has been doing business with and in India for the past over two decades and has invaluable knowledge of both India and NZ markets. Therefore, with his hands on experience he will add immense value to improving the India-NZ Trade relations.

 

Mr Handa was responsible for setting up sales offices & factory in India for NZ company Patton Refrigeration since 2007 and is an approved Director for Indian businesses. Currently Mr Handa is on the board of Bank of India (NZ) in NZ since 2012.

 

He is also a member of the Institute of Directors NZ and is on the board of several New Zealand companies with interests in India, including his most recent foray in the lighting industry, Glowbal NZ Ltd.

MARK FROOD

Board Member, INZBC

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Mark Frood is the Tourism and International Market Development Manager for Auckland International Airport.

 

Mark has considerable Asian experience having lived in Shanghai, China where he was the General Manager Asia for Tourism New Zealand, a role encompassing the markets of China, Korea, Taiwan, Japan, South East Asia and India.

 

Mark is focused on growing Asian tourist and trade markets, building profitable business relationships between New Zealand and Asia, especially growing air connectivity between Auckland and India.

EARL RATTRAY

Treasurer, INZBC

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Earl Rattray has a long-standing dairy industry career, both in farming, and in significant dairy industry leadership roles, including a founding Director of the Fonterra Co-operative Group, and inaugural Chairman of the NZ Dairy Companies’ Association. Earl currently holds interests in several dairy farming and related business’s both in New Zealand, and offshore.

 

He is a cornerstone shareholder and company Chairman of Binsar Farms Pvt. Ltd, a pioneering Indian /NZ dairy farming and fresh milk marketing company in Sonipat, Haryana. Earl manages his own dairy industry consultancy, Dairy Link Ltd, specialising in New Zealand and Asia dairy sector insight and analysis.

JAY CHANGLANI

Board Member, INZBC

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Jay is a Chartered Accountant and a Director of Orb360, Chartered Accounting firm based in Auckland & Wellington. Jay has over 10 years of Accounting, forensic accounting and tax experience. Some of his previous roles includes, Tax Manager at Grant Thornton and Crowe Horwath (WHK), Tax Investigator at the IRD, Forensic Accountant at McDonald Vague, and Financial Accountant at Flight Centre.

Jay specializes in International and domestic tax. He provides a wide range of tax technical advice across all tax types. Jay has a wide range of experience and has a broad understanding of tax regimes.

The majority of his work involves providing technical tax advice, Tax planning, International tax and managing IRD disputes. He has a particular interest in tax due diligence, IRD disputes and International Tax.

CARMEN VICELICH

Board Member, INZBC

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Carmen Vicelich is the CEO and Founder of Valocity Global, and the CEO and Founder of Data Insight. She is not your typical anything – a powerhouse entrepreneur who has rapidly built two multi-million-dollar, international data and technology businesses at the same time as balancing life as a wife and mother of four young children. 

 

Data Insight uses advanced analytics to help businesses leverage data to make data driven decisions and works with industry leaders across multiple verticals including government, utilities, telco, casino, FMCG, insurance and banking. 

 

Valocity is a cloud based Mortgage 

Lending Platform, that helps banks transform and streamline the mortgage valuation process to deliver improved customer experience with increased regulatory compliance. 

BHARAT CHAWLA 

Board Member, INZBC

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Bharat Chawla is a Director, International Sales and Marketing for Aspire2 International, which is one of the leading Private Training Establishment in New Zealand. 

 

Bharat has considerable marketing experience in the international marketing sector. For more than 14 years, he has held various executive positions in the International Education sector. 

 

He has worked across more than 20 countries and cultures, always with the full understanding of the importance of building business through strong relationships, exceptional customer service, and displaying the highest integrity. 

 

Bharat is a member of the Institute of Directors, New Zealand, an Emerging leader, New Zealand Asian Leaders and Fellow at Institute of Managers and Leaders, Australia and New Zealand.

Executive Team

SUNIL KAUSHAL

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Head, Strategic

Partnerships, INZBC

Sunil Kaushal is one of the leading commentator on Business, Commerce and International Trade particularly focusing on India. He has first-hand on the ground experience in guiding New Zealand firms expand into India.

 

He is frequently invited by industry and academia for comments on New Zealand and India. He has held senior roles in the finance, education and not for profit organisations in New Zealand.

SUSHRUTHA

METIKURKE

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Wellington Chapter Head,

INZBC

Sushrutha is a management professional with experience in international business development, international relations, strategic marketing, student recruitment, product development, and establishing partnerships. Sushruta has proven ability to work across both G2G and B2B levels in various countries and cultures.

Currently, he manages the marketing and business development activities in South Asia, South East Asia, Russia, and Mauritius among others for WelTec and Whitireia NZ. This includes helping build the W and W strategic partnership brand overseas, grow international student revenue, manage offshore staff, establish offshore relationships, manage customer experience, and provide strategic planning and marketing insights for institutional growth.

BHARAT JOSHI

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Delhi Chapter Head,

INZBC

Mr. Bharat R Joshi's career has spanned the roles of entrepreneur, author, social worker and mentor. Bharat is CEO of J-Curve Ventures Pvt. Ltd (www.jcurve.in).  

J-Curve focuses on a range of verticals through 3 i’s–Insight+, Investment and Implementation, and has alliances with institutions in Germany (Fraunhofer IML), New Zealand, Hungary and Netherlands. 

He serves on boards of ACTL (www.actlindia.com) and JKTI (Joshi Konoike Transport and Infrastructure).The companies have interests in logistics, technology and infrastructure.  

 

Mr. Joshi has addressed fora in India, China, Japan, New Zealand and Europe. He’s a charter member of TiE (The Indus Entrepreneurs), and was acknowledged in UNCTAD's World Investment Report 2006. He led a Future Leaders' delegation to Japan in 2017, upon invitation of

Japanese Government. 

GARRY

GUPTA

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Secretary, INZBC

 

Garry is a marketing communications professional with more than 15 years’ experience in media production and marketing. He started a boutique marketing agency, Media Solutions Kiwi Ltd., in 2015 to support SMEs in promoting their business and brands via digital marketing, events, etc.

With a career spanning over two decades, ranging from media marketing, media production, broadcasting and communications, Garry has been the Secretary of INZBC since 2013.

SREEDHAR

VENKATRAM

Mumbai Chapter Head, INZBC

Sreedhar Venkatram is the CEO - South Asia, for CricHQ New Zealand, a digital platform for sport which combines competition management and administration software with live scoring and statistics for cricket clubs.

 

A management professional, strategist and a person who loves cricket, Sreedhar, over the years has earned many feathers on his hat. Earlier he has successfully worked for New Zealand Trade & Enterprise (NZTE) as Senior Business Development Manager for over a decade. He is also the Chapter Head for India New Zealand Business Council in India. An optimist and a cricket fan, he believes it is time for India to hit those big boundaries in terms of trade reforms.

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The India New Zealand Business Council is a premier trade organisation in New Zealand, which has been working

since 1988 to build trade relations between India and New Zealand.

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