July 26, 2018

Executive Committee 2018-19



Dr Krishna Nadimpalli



Representative – Canberra Hindu Mandir

President – Telugu Association of Canberra (2014-15)
President – FINACT (2014-15 & 2017-18)
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

Dr Surjit Kang


Dr Surjit KangRepresentative – Canberra Punjabi Sports and Cultural Association Inc


Surjit Kang is a veterinarian by profession and working with Federal Government Department of Agriculture and Water Resources as Veterinary Officer. He is a dedicated and committed community worker and a strong believer and supporter of multiculturalism.

Surjit Kang is a life member of Canberra Sikh Association (CSA) and has served as Treasurer in 2014-15 and Assistant Secretary in 2013-14 for CSA.

Surjit is born and grown up in a small village of Punjab, India and attained graduate degree in Veterinary Science (BVSc) from Punjab Agricultural University, Ludhiana. He migrated to Australia in 1995 and obtained his Australian veterinary qualification from University of Queensland, Brisbane. Surjit has lived in Adelaide, Sydney, and Brisbane before moving to Canberra in 2007.




Roshan Menon


Representative – Canberra Malayalees Association


Roshan Menon  is an IT Consultant  by profession. He is a dedicated and committed community worker and is associate with many organisations and multicultural groups.

He is one of the founding members and  and the current Secretary  of Canberra Malayalees Association, which is a one of the biggest associations in Canberra.

He believes in promoting and integrating Indian culture in Australia . He is also associated with many other social and charitable organisations, such as Canberra Ayyappa Samajam and Hindu Swayamsevak  Sangh (HSS, Canberra).




Mehul Dhanesha


Representative – Gujarati Samaj of ACT



Public Officer

Public Officer

Jayanti Gupta


Representative – Australian Tamil Cultural Society of ACT

President, Integrated Cultures ACT Inc.
Vice President FINACT (2011-12)
President FINACT (2012-13)

2017 Volunteer of the Year Canberra region, 2018 ACT Women’s Honour Roll inductee and ACT Women’s award finalist, Jayanti was Co-Chair of the founding committee of FINACT in 2010-11. Hailing from Chennai and married to a person from Rohtak, Jayanti completely identifies with the ‘unity in diversity’ of Bharat and the great contributions of the diaspora to a multicultural Australia.  The FINACT logo, created by her with the support of the 2012-13 FINACT members, bears testimony to the values of unity and harmony.

An accomplished communicator with a PG Diploma in Journalism and several decades of broadcasting experience in All India Radio and Doordarshan, Jayanti holds double masters, an education degree, a few diplomas in writing and editing and is a certified trainer and assessor. Gender equity and parenting are the issues she is focused on currently.

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.

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 Programs

Manohar Vemuri


Representative – Indian Australian Association of Health and Well-being

Vice-President – Telugu Association of Canberra (TAC) (2010-2013)


Manohar originally comes from a Visakhapatnam in southern part of India and moved to Australia in 2001 to pursue Master of Information Technology at University of Canberra (UC).

Manohar has been socially active since university days. During post-graduation studies, Manohar was a student leader at UC, helping new overseas students with integration into the University community. Manohar was presented with Harmony day award by Vice Chancellor for his work as a student leader. Manohar 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. Manohar promotes and encourages Health and Well-Being through sports and games among HAWAAI members and the wider Canberra community.

Professionally, Manohar is a Canberra based Cyber Security professional working for DXC Technology. Manohar currently manages the National Security Account for DXC Cyber Practice.


Community Services

Reshma Jhunjhunwala


Representative – Rajasthan Sabha of Australia


I was born in Kerala, brought-up in the lively city of Mumbai. I pursued my career as a Graphic Designer and worked for established Ad agencies and Publications.I am a qualified Practitioner of NLP Art Therapy.

I also work as a voluntary designer (print media) for HTCC and Shri Vishnu Shiva Mandir.

I believe in the act of kindness and selflessness. Working together to bring about a positive change  in and around oneself is the greatest religion I follow.

I truly believe that if today we as adults  sow the seeds of love and righteousness, our next generation will produce ample harvest of love and righteousness! Lets bring back more faith in humanity and work towards a common and largest goal of life; that is well-being of all living things on this beautiful planet.



Women Representative

Aarthy Arunachalam


Representative – Integrated Cultures ACT Inc


Aarthy is from Chennai and did her Bachelor’s in Information Technology. She worked with an IT firm for few years before coming to Canberra to pursue her Masters at the Australian National University.

She has volunteered with different non-profit organisations that assisted under privileged children in India. While volunteering with the organisations her focus was to increase the literacy rate of girl children. She has also volunteered with student organisations at the ANU and has helped students in settling into their university lives.

She has volunteered with organisations in Canberra like the Integrated Women’s Network and strongly advocates Gender Equity in the workplace and in the society. She does not believe in “Women are meant to be in the kitchen” but believes that they should stand as equals with men and lead the society.


Senior Citizens Representative – Vacant

Youth Representative

Aishwarya Venkat


Representative – Indian Students Association









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Navya Andhra Telugu Association
Navya Andhra Telugu Association
Mehak Punjab Di
Mehak Punjab Di
Indian Students’Association
Indian Students’Association
Sprintz Inc
Sprintz Inc
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
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 Punjabi Sports and Cultural Association Inc
Canberra Sikh Association
Initiatives for Women in Needs
Integrated Cultures ACT
Oriya Association (OriOz)
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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