Emerging leaders gather to strengthen australia-india ties



Australia India Youth Dialogue kicks off in Melbourne and Sydney

Wednesday, 20 February 2019 — The best and brightest emerging young leaders from India and Australia converge on Melbourne and Sydney this week for a major bilateral dialogue.

The Australia India Youth Dialogue (AIYD) brings together Indians and Australians under the age of 40, all demonstrated leaders in their fields, for a four-day conference aimed at strengthening relations between the two countries (Sydney 20-21 Feb, Melbourne 22-23 Feb).

The conference is being launched tonight in Melbourne by three-time Olympic gold medallist Stephanie Rice OAM, who is carving out a career in media in India and was a delegate to the conference back in 2017.

Delegates this year includes a Grammy Award-winning musician, the global head of public policy at Uber, a Melbourne entrepreneur who is aiming to bring fuel-efficient technology to 2 million rickshaws, leaders in education, agriculture, politics, and more. (See full list overleaf).

Topics under discussion range from using education to foster greater cultural understanding, and boosting economic ties, to looking at how young leaders can drive policy development.

Over four days, they will hear from eminent speakers including Foreign Minister Marise Payne.

Karan Anand, Chair of the AIYD, said:

“The Australian Government’s India Economic Strategy – and the Indian Government’s much anticipated response – point the way towards strengthening the business relationship between the two countries. But we mustn’t forget the importance of the people ties.

“That’s what the Australia India Youth Dialogue is all about: bringing together dynamic young leaders to exchange ideas, and work together solve common challenges. It’s through collaboration at forums such as this that the relationship will flourish and grow.”

/Public Release.