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Special Submission
NSIA 2018 Judges


Dharav Gandhi

Manager – Grant Thornton

Dharav has over 9 years’ experience in professional practice providing a range of specialist tax, transfer pricing and business consulting services to a broad range of clients from start-up organisations to mature businesses with domestic and international operations.

Dharav has successfully advised numerous companies on accounting, taxation, transfer pricing, corporate secretarial and business advisory services. He has extensive experience dealing with international tax, transfer pricing and thin capitalisation matters for compliance, audit defence, commercial justification and strategic planning purposes. Dharav has worked closely with companies across many industries including consumer products, distributors, financial services, mining, manufacturers, retail and technology.

Dharav was the winner of Grant Thorton Austrralia’s National Innovation Award.


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Maria Non

Business Development Manager, International Visitors – nib Health Funds Limited

Maria is an experienced and highly motivated professional in the health insurance field with a strong orientation towards delivering excellent customer service to support  acquisition of new and retention of existing accounts. Maria joined nib almost 8 years ago and has been key in building up the International Visitors sales channel. With the aim of growing existing accounts and identifying and pursuing new opportunities, Maria is heavily engaged in the migration industry with special focus on India, China and the Philippines. Maria was a delegate of the Austrade-led Australia Business Week in India (ABWI) mission in August 2017.

As part of the Life Sciences and Digital Health stream of ABWI, Maria travelled to Delhi and Bangalore where Indian innovation in Science and Health were showcased.


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Srinivas Phani Kavuri

Head of Administration, Sydney Campus and Secretary, Board of Directors & Academic Board – S P Jain School of Global Management

As a forward-thinking academic administrator with over 18 years of Australian and international experience, Srinivas possess the drive, ambition and ability to work strategically to facilitate and manage administrative and operational activities that enhance and enrich the student experience. His commitment to be an exemplary leader is evidenced by the multitude of innovative student programs and services focused on best practice and service excellence that he has initiated and implemented.

With extensive industry expertise and an effective leadership approach, he is highly skilled in guiding and mentoring faculty, staff and students alike to ensure the adherence to policies and procedures and to communicate crucial information regarding student- or faculty-related matters, thus ensuring smooth operations and workflows.

He is highly skilled in observing and evaluating processes, faculty, staff, garnering quality student feedback, working within a quality assurance framework and collaborating to strategically plan for continual service improvement.



Stephen Novacek

Client Partner – Mindtree Ltd.

In this role, he is responsible for supporting his client’s growth by understanding their business, maintaining CxO relationships and applying Mindtree’s global technology expertise. He has over 30 years experience in managing IT Delivery across multiple market industries, including banking, insurance, superannuation, consumer packaged goods, telecommunications, government, sports and travel. He is a service management specialist having transformed numerous large corporate operations environments included IT start-ups, managing operational failures, complex transformation programs, disaster recovery testing, managing virus outbreaks and adding new business value.

Stephen has instigated programs for IT delivery and Business Functions to unite such as during the explosive growth of Internet Banking in 2001. He has conducted national and international customer exercises to gain first hand understanding of technology in action from time critical corporate trading floors, harsh conditions of fresh food production floors of bakeries through to international disaster recovery exercises with corporate clients.

Lead numerous high-end professionals, including service delivery SMEs, project managers, architects including a team of 300 technology staff during the Sydney 2000 Olympics. Stephen is an ITIL V3 Expert and is the recipient of numerous high-end management performance awards. He lives in Sydney, is employed by Mindtree and enjoys time with his family, distance running, travel and German electronic music!



Vibha Rana

Director in Information Technology Directorate – NSW Department of Education

Vibha has over twenty years of experience in delivering a wide range of IT business solutions in industry sectors such as Education, Telco and Engineering. Her experience spans in leading the building of green field business applications, the operational management and delivering enterprise class transformational programs.

She has a successful track record of partnering with business to develop, influence and deliver business valued outcomes. She has a flair of managing people and has a proven record of building a high-performance cohesive teams.

In her current role as Director in Information Technology Directorate at NSW Department of Education, she leads multi-disciplinary teams providing alignment between operational and strategic needs.

In her spare time she volunteers with a charity organisation for fund-raising and learns Indian classical signing.


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