July 16, 2017

Executive Committee 2017-18

Executive Committtee 2017-18

Left to right: Mr Rattesh Gumber, Mr Lakhan Sharma, Mr Krishna Nadimpalli OAM, Ms Tara Kashyap, Mrs Sunita Dhindsa, Mr Ramesh Kayla, Mrs Radhika Komalla and Mr Shaji Karratiyattil



Dr Krishna Nadimpalli

Representative – Canberra Hindu Mandir

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


Dr Krishna Nadimpalli is a committed community leader for many years in the Australian Capital Territory. Dr Nadimpalli has received the ACT Multicultural Advocacy Award 2015 for his initiatives and roles in shaping the multiculturalism in the ACT.

He is providing leadership and is executive member for many community organisations including Canberra Hindu Mandir, Federation of Telugu Associations in Australia, Art of Living Canberra, Canberra Interfaith Form and Canberra Mother language Movement. Professionally, Dr Nadimpalli is an environmental scientist and Adjunct Associate Professor in Canberra.

Dr Nadimpalli was born in a remote village in India and is a self made person. He is passionate to serve the community with personal dispassion. He has belief in “Serving Humanity is Serving God”.


Vice President

Vice President

Rattesh Gumber

Representative – Bihar Jharkhand Sabha of Australia and New Zealand


Rattesh Gumber is an IT Project Manager and entrepreneur by profession. He is a dedicated and committed community worker and a strong believer and supporter of multiculturalism.

He is associated with social and charitable organisations like Bihar Jharkhand Sabha, Vision2020 & Nav Bharat Jagriti Kendra. His charitable work delivered while serving these organisations have been commendable.

Some of the charitable projects delivered under his leadership include setting up a charitable eye cataract surgery centre and an infrastructure for making an entire village Open Defecation Free (ODF) initiatives.




Sunita Dhindsa

Representative – Canberra Punjabi Sports and Cultural Association

Dr Sunita Dhindsa has been working for and with community for last several years. Dr Dhindsa has been encouraging participation by all age groups from Punjabi community in social and cultural activities, thereby enabling empowerment for participants.

Dr Dhindsa has a versatile personality and broad interests. She is a scientist, writes poetry in three languages and was also a senior public servant. Dr Dhindsa, along with her husband, established an alumni association of her university’s alums in Sydney in 1992 and that organisation is going strong to this day.  In the ACT too they have established the ACT chapter of the association. In 2004-05 Dr Dhindsa was also secretary of another community organisation in the ACT.

Dr Dhindsa’s achievements have made her a role model for many in the community. Dr Dhindsa is passionate about positively contributing to the Indian-Australian and the broader Australian community to help make Australia a better place for the present and future generations.




Shaji Karattiyattil

Representative – Sprintz Inc

Treasurer – FINACT (2016-17)
Secretary – Canberra Malayalee Association (2015-16)
President – Sprintz Inc. Sports initiative Organisation (2014-15 & 2015-16)


Active in Canberra since 2005. Career started in Middle East and currently working as Application Developer within Australian Public Service.

Born in Kozhikkode, northern part of South Indian State Kerala.   Soccer fan and sevens player since university days, and trained under the most popular football coach, Olympian Rahman.  Other interests are in Music and Literature. Trained in light music by various teachers and still active on several cultural platforms.


Public Officer

Public Officer

Lakhan Sharma

Representative – Rajasthan Sabha of Australia









Cultural Programs

Hena Rawal

Representative – Gujarati Samaj of ACT




Community Services

Pankaj Das

Representative – Oriya Association (OriOz)









Women Representative

Radhika Komalla

Representative – Telugu Association of Canberra


Mrs Radhika Komalla has been actively working with the Telugu Association since moving to Canberra in 2013 from New Zealand. Since then Mrs Komalla has served in the organisation in various roles with main focus on cultural activities and is the current President.

Mrs Komalla is passionate about meeting and helping people. As a go getter and a good organiser Ms Komalla is keen to work for FINACT.




Senior Citizens Representative – Vacant

Youth Representative

Tara Kashyap

Representative – Integrated Cultures of ACT Inc





Past President

Amardeep Singh

Represented – Canberra Sikh Association
President – FINACT (2013-14 & 2015-17)

Member of other organisations

  • Canberra Sikh Association – Current Delegate

Positions held: Vice President (2014-15), Secretary (2013-14), Assistant Secretary (2012-13)

  • Canberra Interfaith Forum – Current Executive Committee Member
  • Radio ‘Mehak Punjab Di’- Coordinator

Born and brought up in Chandigarh, India and m migrated to Canberra in 2003. Qualified as Instrumentation Engineer and did postgraduate in Marketing Management. Working with Konica Minolta Business Technologies as, National Solutions Analyst and placed in ACT.

Amardeep has been active in the social work accomplishments in and around Canberra region. He has been an ardent volunteer for Smith Family for some time. Amardeep has organised fund raising events for local charities and 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 Golf competition organised by Canberra Raiders to raise funds for Cancer Support Group.




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Pink Umbrella Inc
Pink Umbrella Inc
UC Indian Association
UC Indian Association
Navya Andhra Telugu Association
Navya Andhra Telugu Association
Mehak Punjab Di
Mehak Punjab Di
Indian Students’Association
Indian Students’Association
Indian Senior Citizens Association
Indian Australian Association of Health and Well-being
Indian Australian Association of Health and Well-being
Karnataka Association of Canberra
ACT Telangana Association
Australian Tamil Society of ACT
Australian Tamil Society of ACT
Bihar Jharkhand Sabha of Australia and New Zealand
Canberra Hindu Mandir Inc
Canberra Malayalee Association
Canberra Punjabi Sports and Cultural Association Inc
Canberra Punjabi Sports and Cultural Association Inc
Integrated Cultures ACT
Telugu Association of Canberra
Rajdhani Marathi Mandal Canberra
Rajasthan Sabha of Australia
Australian Anglo Indian Association of Canberra
Australian Anglo Indian Association of Canberra
Canberra Jain Mandal
Canberra Jain Mandal
Gujarati Samaj of ACT
Mandir School of Music


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