The ANZBAI Committee

ANZBAI is run by a committee of volunteers elected annually by our members. You can read about our committee members below. 


Chris higgins - chair

Chris is the business head at Ideate Labs, a digital agency in Mumbai with a focus on digital strategy, creative, video, tech, mobile, social media, performance marketing, games, apps and online reputation management. Read More.

Pankaj Baliga - Director

Pankaj Baliga is the Vice-President at Tata Consultancy Services Limited, Mumbai. Pankaj is a SPURS Fellow 1975, Massachusetts Institute of Technology-MIT, USA., also holds a MBA 1970, Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad, and a B.E. 1968, National Institute of Technology, Durgapur. Read More.


Mahesh Rathod is in charge of the India operations of COFINA, an international corporate finance advisory and consultancy that is headquartered in London. Read More.


Peter Baldwin is the Regional Director of the Western Australian Trade and Investment office in Mumbai. Read More.

simon tottle - membership manager

Simon Tottle is the Membership Manager here at ANZBAI and has been in Mumbai since 2016. Read More.

chris ellinger - committee member

Chris Ellinger commenced as Australia’s Deputy Consul General to Mumbai in September 2018.  Prior to this, he was the Deputy Director of the India Economic Strategy Taskforce in the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade. Read More.

SAM GhOSH - Committee member

Mr Sam Ghosh is Group Chief Executive Officer of Reliance Capital Ltd. since 1st April 2008. Reliance Capital is on the Bombay and National Stock exchanges (NSE). Reliance Capital has interests in asset management and mutual funds; life and general insurance; commercial and Housing Finance, Equity & Commodity broking; distribution of financial products; Asset Reconstruction and proprietary investments. Read More.

AAKSHAYE SHETH - Committee member

Aakshaye has been living in Mumbai, India since 2010. Previous to this he had been based South Yarra, Melbourne for over 15 years. He is an Australian with an OCI residency in India. Read More.

AANCHAL SHETH - committee member

Aanchal is a chartered accountant and business woman who ran her own fashion business here in Mumbai. Read More.

SHIREEN ARDESHIR - committee member

Shireen Ardeshir, an Australian Alumni from Macquarie University, has been in the field of international education for over 15 years and has been associated with The University of New South Wales (UNSW) and Macquarie University as well as organizations such as IDP Education. Read More.

CAROLINE GhOSH - committee member

Caroline works with the social committee to pull of ANZBAI's many successful social events. Read More.

JOHN MADEW - committee member

John Madew is the Senior Trade and Investment Commissioner with the Australian Trade and Investment Commission, Australian Consulate-General in Mumbai. John leads Austrade’s investment attraction activities across South Asia. Read More.

ABIZER MERCHANT - committee member 

Abizer is the Regional Director, South Asia & Middle East for the Macquarie University, Sydney. Read More.

MARK WALLEY - committee member 

Mark is with the New Zealand government based in Mumbai.