Queensland’s Professor Rajiv Khanna AO, a groundbreaking cancer researcher, was named Professional of the Year at the recent 2018 India Australia Business & Community Awards (IABCA).
All 15 winners were announced at the sparkling IABCA awards evening at Brisbane City Hall on Friday 12 October.
Professor Khanna, a Senior Scientist at Brisbane’s QIMR Berghofer Research Institute, is a world-leading researcher in the use of immunotherapy to treat virus-related cancers.
His research group at QIMR Berghofer has conducted multiple successful clinical trials and is currently involved in 3 new trials.
Also honoured at the awards was another Queenslander, QUT Deputy Vice-Chancellor Professor Arun Sharma, who received the Lifetime Achievement Award.
Professor Sharma has been the Deputy Vice-Chancellor of Research and Commercialisation at QUT since June 2004, overseeing major growth in annual research funding and a substantial increase in the number of PhD students graduating each year.
His work has also helped QUT rise from 18th position to 9th nationally in research block grants, and climb more than 200 places in the Academic Ranking of World Universities over the past 3 years to now be in the top 300.
Queensland’s younger generation was also recognised at the awards, with Brisbane’s Reena Augustine named this year’s Young Community Achiever.
Ms Augustine came to Australia as a student in 2009, and is now an Australian citizen and migration agent, as well as being a volunteer event organiser, stage manager, photographer and more.
She was appointed a Queen’s Baton Bearer during this year’s Gold Coast Commonwealth Games, and has also received several other awards, including awards for community service.
IABCA celebrates the Australia-India relationship and honours migrant entrepreneurship and community leadership.
TIQ was a supporter of this year’s awards, with major sponsorship provided by the Queensland Government.
Around 49,000 Queensland residents were born in India, and India is identified as one of Queensland’s main trading partners in the Queensland Trade and Investment Strategy 2017–2022.
TIQ recently consulted on the development of a Queensland-India trade and investment strategy.
TIQ’s India office can also provide advice on exporting Queensland products into Indian markets.