Committee

Mr Sury Prakash Soni – President

Sury is doing community service for more than 15 years since he landed in Australia as an International student in 2005. Sury is an IT Professional and working in the area of Data Analytics and Artificial Intelligence. Sury is actively involved with various community organisation like RAJKOV (Rajasthani Community), APSASM (Arya Samaj) and Mental Health Foundation Australia (Multicultural Ambassador). Sury is young and dynamic and passionate to promote and engage young professionals for community service.

Mobile: +61 433661327
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Mr Gurucharan Singh Gandhok  – Vice President

Gurucharan Singh Gandhok has been self-employed in the Hospitality business since 1983 as an owner-operator. He has worked with different nationalities in different locations to manage large events. He has extensive experience in handling logistics and human resources to execute events at multiple locations. He is currently the president of the Australia India Society of Victoria (the oldest Registered Indian organisation in Victoria) and on the committee of the AIBC. He has been actively involved in community affairs at different levels of state and Federal government.


Ms Usha Gulapalli – Vice President
 
Mrs Usha Gullapalli represents the TAAI and the wider Telegu community. In spite of her full-time work commitment and numerous other responsibilities, Usha has managed to contribute to the FIAV. She has been actively involved in community service for years now. She has also worked as a volunteer for multiple community organisations over the years. A few of her contributions are supporting MHA & FIAV’s Pandemic meal program and many more.
 

Mr Pradeep Gaur – Treasurer

Pradeep Gaur is a passionate social worker and has been instrumental in the service of the broader Indian community in Victoria. He actively works with the Indian Consulate for the Indian Migrant victims of family violence in Melbourne. He is committed to using his skills, resources and capabilities to support the broader Indian community to succeed in all the spheres of growth and development in Australia. He holds the position of Vice President of Hindi Niketan, Melbourne from 2016. Pradeep Gaur holds a Juris Doctor/Master of Laws from Monash University Australia and Harvard Law School, USA. He is a Master of Engineering (Structures & Forensics), RMIT University, Melbourne


Dr Reena Dubey – Asst. Treasurer

Reena Dubey understood the importance of Nation-building very early in her life when her parents sold off their well-established business just after the 1962 China war and moved to North-East India to work towards the socio-economic development of the people living on the border states. As a child, Reena witnessed the selfless work of her parents and participated in many activities alongside them. In Australia, for the last 20 years, Reena has worked in Telecom Industry in various technical and managerial positions. Within the industry, she is very well regarded for her Process Excellence and Program Management skills. She has a PhD in Nuclear Physics and started her career in Physics research. She also has a bachelor’s degree in education and still enjoys teaching in her spare time.


Mr Pritom Dutta – General Secretary

Pritom Dutta has been actively involved in community activities for the last 8 years in Australia. Pritom worked as general secretary of the Bengali Association of Victoria and organised multiple cultural and social events ranging from Spring Festival (Durgapuja), Bengali New Year celebration and many others to bring the community together. He was instrumental in organising social awareness programs for the community including Women empowerment and fight against Domestic violence (in collaboration with the Australian Red Cross), positive ageing workshops for senior citizens and many more. He worked with the Mental Health Organisation and FIAV to support the Pandemic meal program during the unprecedented COVID time. Pritom is also a passionate theatre actor and performed in multiple stage productions across multiple cities of Australia.

Mobile: +61 401 101 722
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Ms Sanchita Abrol – Asst Secretary

Sanchita Abrol is Principal Policy Officer at Modern Slavery Initiative. She is also an internationally acclaimed Indian classical (Kathak) danseuse and cultural entrepreneur, preserving and promoting Indian culture. She is the Founder and Artistic Director of Kathaprana Dance Academy Melbourne. She is a thought leader and the first Indian classical art and culture columnist in Australia, writing for G’day India. Sanchita’s interest is in the area of community development with a particular focus on cultural development. Her approach focuses on utilising participatory processes, civic engagement, and gender and community development.


Ms Rashmi Gore – Committee Member

Rashmi Gore completed her graduation (Bachelor of Architect) from the most prestigious Architecture college of India, Sir JJ College of Architecture, Mumbai, India. For the last 5 years, she has been running her Art Practice & Classes under the name ART n EASEL. She is the former President of Maharashtra Mandal of Victoria. She is also an active member of IAA (Indian Australian Artists), AIWEF and Melbourne Urban Sketchers group, Circle of Art Friends & The Track Gallery in Monash. She is a certified Yoga teacher recognised by Yoga Australia & conducting yoga classes in Melbourne. She has conducted several free Yoga & Meditation sessions throughout 2020 to help people combat issues of anxiety & stress.


Mr Sudharsan Sritharan – Committee Member

Sudharsan Sritharan is a solution architect working for a Telecom company. Sudharsan believes that community service comes in different forms and shapes and is triggered in many ways, Some of us give our time, some give our hearts, and others give in kind. Some people learn to give; some learn to feel. Some do it at a young age, some at old age, some do it all the time. Sudharsan started community service at the age of 15 along with his Father volunteering for various old age homes and orphanages in and around Chennai, India. Sudharsan is an active member of ABBS ( Australia Bharatha Bhraman Samaj ) and volunteer in other community organisations.


Mr Gandhi Bevinakoppa – Committee Member


Mr Tyrone D’Souza – Committee Member


Vasan Srinivasan – Public Relations, Media & Government Liaison

Vasan’s contribution to the Victorian community is well known even across the border. He is credited with a number of major community initiatives undertaken for the benefit of the Indian Community.
Mobile: +61 412 553 371
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