March 14, 2016

Executive Committee 2015-16

EC15

President

President

Amardeep Singh

amardeepRepresented – Canberra Sikh Association
President – FINACT (2013-14)

Member of other organisations

  • Canberra Sikh Association – Vice President (2014-15), Secretary (2013-14), Assistant Secretary (2012-13)
  • Canberra Interfaith Forum – Correspondence Secretary (current), Executive Member (2012-13)

Born and brought up in Chandigarh, India. Migrated to Canberra in 2003, living here since. Qualified as “Instrumentation Engineer” and Post graduated in “Marketing Management”. Working with ‘Konica Minolta Business Technologies” as, State Solutions Analyst in ACT.

Amardeep has been actively involved in the social work accomplishments in and around Canberra region. He has been an ardent volunteer for Smith Family since quite some time. Amardeep has also organised blood donation camps in Queanbeyan and Canberra in the past. Mr Singh is a very keen Golfer and has represented Konica Minolta in the recent Golf competition organised by Canberra Raiders to raise funds for Cancer Support Group in April 2013.

Vice President

Vice President

Lakhan Sharma

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Representative – Rajasthan Sabha of Australia & New Zealand
Vice President – FINACT (2014-15)

Lakhan Sharma has been involved in community activities in Canberra since 1984. Contributions to HTCC and IAAC, and in establishing Rajasthan Sabha are to name a few.

 

Secretary

Secretary

ChittiBabu Divi

chittibabuRepresentative – Indian Australian Association of Health and Well-being

 

ChittiBabu Divi promotes and encourages health and Well-Being through sports and games for all ages amongst HAWAAI members and the wider Canberra community.

 

Treasurer

Treasurer

Debashish Raha

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Representative – Bengali Cultural Association of Canberra Inc

President – Bengali Cultural Association of Canberra Inc

 

Public Officer

Public Officer

Sujith Mysore

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Representative – Karnataka Association of Canberra Inc
Secretary – FINACT (2014-15)

Member of other organisations

  • Board Member of Australian Computer Society, Canberra Branch (Current) and Canberra representative for Membership Lifecycle and Marketing Board
  • Vice president of Karnataka Association of Canberra (2012-2013)

Sujith is a Canberra based ICT professional working for Shared Services Centre of Department of Education| Department of Employment. Sujith currently manages software development projects and leads a team of ICT professionals.

Sujith originally comes from a coffee town (Chikmagalur) in southern part of India and moved to Australia in 2006 to pursue Master of Information Technology at Queensland University of Technology (QUT). During post graduation studies, Sujith was presented with Dean’s award for Excellence in Performance and was nominated for Student of the Year 2007 award.

Sujith has been socially active since university days. As a university student, Sujith was student ambassador for Faculty of IT and Campus Ambassador for Sun Microsystems at Queensland University of Technology. Sujith has since continued his involvement as a volunteer with various professional associations and other community associations taking up various responsibilities for the betterment of the society.

Sujith enjoys playing table tennis, badminton and a ride on his pushbike.

Coordinators

Community Services

Jayanti Gupta

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Representative – Integrated Cultures ACT Inc
President – FINACT (2012-13)
Vice President – FINACT (2011-12)

Jayanti has lived in Asia and Europe before migrating to Australia and calling Canberra home. Her career has encompassed working at United Nations Agencies, international NGOs and Australian Public Service.

Jayanti has a very strong background in communications. She worked for several years with All India Radio and Doordarshan. In the former she was an announcer and presenter for the prestigious Delhi-B, Yuva Vani and General Overseas Services. In the latter, she read the news, including the Parliamentary news. She continued her interest in communications and became the anchor for a Tamil programme on Malaysian TV.

In Canberra, Jayanti is well known as a presenter and master of ceremonies for many Indian cultural programmes. For several years she hosted the Tamil and Hindi radio programmes on community radio. Since 1982, Jayanti has been taking value education classes for children. She also conducts classes on Indian Cultural Heritage in Canberra. She loves to sing and has performed, together with her husband, on many stage shows in Canberra and Geneva.


Cultural Programmes

Sree Prasad

sreeprasadRepresentative – Telugu Association of Canberra

 

 

Representatives

Women Representative

Madhumita Iyengar

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Representative – Initiatives for Women in Needs (IWiN)
Chair, Initiatives For Women In Need (IWiN) (2014-15)

Madhumita Iyengar is a an economist by profession, with a deep commitment to community services.  She is passionate about social justice issues related to women and children since her college days in India. After making Canberra her family home, she has been actively involved with various community activities in the ACT region for more than a decade. She has developed a strong community network under IWiN umbrella to support the empowerment of Culturally And Linguistically Diverse (CALD) women, in addition to conducting various IWiN workshops / panel discussions / fundraisers and other community events. Currently, as the Chair of IWiN, Madhumita is focussed on raising awareness on domestic violence issues faced by the women coming from South Asian background.

Madhumita has an advanced post graduate (MPhil) degree in Economics from well recognised Delhi School Of Economics in Delhi (India) and completed her Doctoral (PhD) thesis in Queensland University of Technology in Brisbane. During her over 15 years long public service career in Australia and India as Economic Adviser, she wrote a range of reports and papers on different policy issues and presented research papers in various national and international conferences and seminars. Madhumita’s love for music and singing comes from her education in Shantiniketan, a place of innovative music, arts and culture created by India’s first Nobel Laureate Rabindranath Tagore. She has performed on stage on numerous occasions including charities in Canberra and in various Indian locations.

 

Senior Citizens Representative – Vacant

 

Youth Representative

Sumandeep Dhillon

SumanRepresentative – Canberra Punjabi Sports and Cultural Association

 

 

Past President

Krishna Nadimpalli

 

KrishnaRepresentative – Telugu Association of Canberra (TAC)
President – Telugu Association of Canberra (2014-15)
President – FINACT (2014-15)
Secretary – FINACT (2013-14)

Dr Krishna Nadimpalli belongs to a small village in India and highly passionate about farming. He moved to Australia in 2000 and living in Canberra for the past 12 years. He is known for his social work in the Canberra Telugu Community and currently president of Telugu Association of Canberra.

Krishna has two master degrees from IIT, Roorkee and The Netherlands and PhD. He is natural hazard risk assessment professional for Australian Government. He has international reputation for his work in natural hazards and climate change risk and he is advisor for international consortiums. Prior to moving to Australia he was a scientist working in natural resources and land use planning in India.

Krishna is a philosopher at heart and helps the community in various aspects.

 

MEMBER ASSOCIATIONS

FINACT appreciates and supports activities and initiatives of member associations.
You may wish to click on the logo to visit their websites.

  • Indian Students’Association
  • Sprintz Inc
  • Indian Senior Citizens Association
  • Indian Australian Association of Health and Well-being
  • Karnataka Association of Canberra
  • ACT Telangana Association
  • Australian Tamil Society of ACT
  • Bengali Cultural Association
  • Bihar Jharkhand Sabha of Australia and New Zealand
  • Canberra Hindu Mandir Inc
  • Canberra Malayalee Association
  • Canberra Punjabi Sports and Cultural Association Inc
  • Canberra Sikh Association
  • Initiatives for Women in Needs
  • Integrated Cultures ACT
  • Oriya Association (OriOz)
  • Telugu Association of Canberra
  • The Canberra Multicultural Artists Association
  • Rajdhani Marathi Mandal Canberra
  • Rajasthan Sabha of Australia
  • Australian Anglo Indian Association of Canberra
  • Canberra Jain Mandal
  • Gujarati Samaj of ACT
  • Mandir School of Music
  • South Indian Fine Arts Society
  • EKTA – ANU
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