GOPIO Qld Chapter is pleased to announce our new committee members elected to serve our organisation. We welcome on board our new team:
Dr Maha Sinnathamby AM
Maha Sinnathamby is an Australian businessman and property developer. He is the entrepreneur behind the Greater Springfield Development in Queensland, the largest master-planned community in Australia . He has been associated with GOPIO International for a long time , and helped launch GOPIO Queensland
Immediate Past President
Vinita Khushal is the principal of Bridges Family Law Specialists, and is an accredited specialist in Family Law. She holds a Masters of Law degree and has over 31 years’ experience in commercial law, litigation and family law.She has been involved with GOPIO Qld from its inception as she was there when the Idea was first floated and was present at the first informal dinner function of GOPIO Qld held at Tattersalls club in Brisbane. As the first secretary of GOPIO Qld she worked very hard on the Constitution and the first GOPIO Asia Pacific conference organised by the newly formed GOPIO Qld Chapter. She has been an integral part in organising and event managing the iconic India Day Fair, an event which attracted approximately 20,000 people last year. Is a member of the Board of Trustees
Rakesh Sharma - has been a founder member of GOPIO Queensland , he was instrumental in the first Asia Pacific Conference during which GOPIO Qld was inaugurated , Rakesh Sharma has been the president of Laxmi Narayan Mandir - during his term he undertook major infrastructure development for Hindu Mandir Association. He has been part of GOPIO Queensland management and has handled many important aspects of India Day Fair . He serves on the management committee of Radio 4EB's Indian Programming group where he is a presenter . He brings his business and investment expertise to the table .
Prof. Prasad Yarlagadda worked as an academic and Researcher in industry and universities for over twenty two years in a number of organisations in India, Hong Kong, Singapore, Papua New Guinea and Australia. He is working as Professor in Smart Systems in the School of Engineering Systems at Queensland University of Technology, Australia. Currently he is also Director, Smart Systems Research Theme in the Faculty of Built Environment and Engineering. He is Fellow of Institution of Engineers, Australia, Fellow of Institution of Engineers, India, Senior member of Society Manufacturing Engineers, USA, Member of Institution of Mechanical Engineers, UK, Member of American Society of Mechanical Engineers, USA, and number of other professional organisations around the world. Over last two decades he published over 200 research publications in various international journals and conference proceedings, edited number of conference proceedings and special issues of international journals and attracted significant amount research funding from government and industry agencies.
Irene Balydon Former General Secretary Duties of a Community Radio Station, which also included presiding over and assisting 8 of the 52 groups, and attending their AGM's.
Representing EBAQ as the Queensland representative on Board of NEMBC also Qld Women's Rep on the Women's Council. Has been associated with GOPIO Qld for a number of years
Rani Sharma , served in Government services , now serving as assistant secretary of GOPIO Queensland , she is a silent achiever and dedicated worker who has always been there discharging her duties diligently.
Treasurer GOPIO Qld
Arpit Singh An experienced and qualified finance professional, who likes to take challenging roles and deliver outstanding results. Attained Master’s Degree focused in International Economics and Finance from The University of Queensland, & currently working in the Australian Residential Lending industry while also running own outsourcing business. Arpit has held various roles in GOPIO Queensland - previously served in the youth Council
PRO and Assistant Treasurer
Assistant treasurer she is An Administrator at Scorpion International Tennis
Chairperson Business council chair
Umesh Chandra OAM - - Member, Board of Trustees GOPIO Qld
Founder President , launched GOPIO Qld , President of Queensland Multicultural Council ,Has held various position on GOPIO International , mentor to many GOPIO Chapters Worldwide , serves on Lord Mayors round table and is a multicultural adviser to Commissioner of police , Patron of various community Organisations ,
Chairperson Youth Council and PR team
Mayuresh Lande has been associated with GOPIO Queensland for a while , he is a valuable member as a IT professional , helps with AV for most of GOPIO functions looks after youth Volunteers at India Day Fair
Sponsorship and events
Usha Chandra - Usha Chandra has been a power house assisting GOPIO Qld in many roles - and as one of the past Presidents , she handles the sponsorship and has good working relation with many function venues and suppliers