MC 2016-2017

Ravi Singh (President)

Ravi holds a B. Tech in Electrical Engineering from IIT Roorkee (1983), an M. Tech from IIT Delhi (1988) and also earned his Executive MBA degree from AGSM. Ravi has over 27 years of business development and general management experience in the electrical power and industrial automation industry. He held various senior leadership roles both in India and Australia with a large multinational company and his focus is on Energy Management and sustainability in his current role.

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Nikhil Kumar (Vice-President)

Nikhil completed his B.Tech. in Civil Engineering from IIT Delhi (1985), MS from Louisiana State University, USA (1987) and an MBA from Melbourne Business School (2002). He has been working for over 25 years in Management & IT Consulting focusing on technology led business transformations and currently works for Tech Mahindra looking after Business Consulting in the Australia and New Zealand region. Nikhil enjoys jogging, started playing golf few years ago (still a beginner) and loves travelling for leisure.

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Dr Rachana Kaudinya (Treasurer)

Rachana completed her M.Sc. in Physics from Meerut University and M.Tech in Energy Studies from IIT Delhi in 1984. In the role of Deputy Director for the Indian Government she was responsible for sanctioning, monitoring and evaluating projects executed by NGOs related to the dissemination of innovative technologies in rural areas. She arrived in Melbourne in 1995 to undertake a PhD on Public Programs and Policies with a focus on analysing their impact on eco development as an approach to sustainability. She held the position of Senior Policy Officer in the Housing and Environmental Branch of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Services (ATSIS), and the Department of Family and Community Services (DFaCS). Rachana is now heavily involved in her family business, Eco Pacific, an Australian company, dedicated to designing and manufacturing energy efficient and environmental friendly heating, cooling & fresh air products.  (Mob: 0431 388 319;

Dr Sridhar Karuppasami (Secretary)

Sridhar completed his M.Tech in Electrical Engineering from IIT Madras and PhD in Telecommunications from the Institute of Telecommunications Research, University of South Australia.  He has over 10 years of academic, industrial and research experience in several disciplines of Electrical and Electronics Engineering. Currently he works as Senior IC Verification Engineer at ASTC, Adelaide. He believes in volunteering and in the past has provided his services to St Johns Australia.

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Abaran Deep (Committee member)


Abaran completed his B. Tech from IIT Delhi in 1990. He has been working as a Management Consultant in Australia since 1995. He currently shares the responsibility of running a consulting firm which helps large businesses establish collaborative contracts with their suppliers. Abaran enjoys cycling, woodwork and occasionally listening to the rock groups from the IIT days.

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Dr Dilip Desai (Committee member)

Dilip has BE from Baroda Uni, M.Tech. from IIT Kanpur and PhD from IISc Bangalore, all in chemical engineering. He has worked for IISc, Monash Uni, BHP Steel Whyalla, BHP Research Melbourne, Fuel and Combustion Technology Adelaide,  CSIRO Melbourne and Pinches Industries Melbourne in various roles. Recently he has started his own company Taara Technology P/L inMelbourne. Dilip enjoys R&D, Innovation, chess, walking, travelling, music and reading.


(Mob: 0400 428 714;


Abhay Sinha (Committee member)


Abhay Sinha completed his B.Tech EE from IIT Delhi, 1983 and MBA  from Melbourne Business School, 2001. He is currently the Managing Director for Care Essentials Pty Ltd.

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Dr Ashok Sharma B Tech, M E, PhD, FIEAust, FIEIndia CPEng (Committee member)

Ashok SharmaAshok Sharma completed his Master of Engineering (Environmental Eng.) and PhD (Civil Eng.) at Indian Institute of Technology, Roorkee, India. He has 30 years of research, teaching and industrial experience in water industry. Currently, he is working as a faculty member at College of Engineering and Science, Victoria University, Melbourne, Australia. He also worked as a Principal Research Engineer at CSIRO, Australia, Planning Engineer at Department of Natural Resources and Mines, Queensland, Australia, Assistant Professor at Delhi College of Engineering, Delhi, India and as an Engineer at Uttar Pradesh State Water Corporation.

He is a Fellow of the Institution of Engineers (Australia and India) and CP Eng. (Australia), and an Editor of International Water Association’s Journal of Water Supply: Research and Technology-AQUA. He has co-authored nearly 190 publications including books, book chapters, journal and conference papers and 45 technical reports for water industry.  (Mob:  0401 134 900;


Dr Bala Kumble (Committee member)

Bala Kumble
Dr Kumble is the Managing Director of Innova Sierra Pty Ltd which is an AusIndustry registered Innovation and R&D Company providing specialist R&D advice and management, Product development – concept to product release, and Innovation advice to Industry and other organisations.  Dr. Bala Kumble has over 30 years’ experience in Information and Communications Technologies (ICT) industry, Satellite Communications and Navigation, Navigational aids & avionics, Biomedical, Mining and Smart Grid technology. Dr Kumble’s interests include commercialisation of innovation in ICT, design and delivery of telecommunication networks, Mining innovation & mining communications, Smart Grid technology design & implementation, Medical Science and environmentally friendly technology innovation & implementation, education, and Tele Health. (Full Bio)

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