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Australia faces a significant opportunity in Indian real estate & infrastructure investment. In the last five years, India invested over USD $330.5 billion, including USD $68.7 billion in private funds, as per the Global Infrastructure Hub. India’s infrastructure sector is crucial for sustainable economic growth and job creation.

Australia has a unique chance to invest in India’s transport infrastructure, vital for cities’ liveability and economic sectors’ competitiveness. The Australian Federal Government’s India Economic Strategy to 2035 identifies de-risked brownfield assets in the transport sector as prime investment opportunities for Australia.

Moreover, Australia can export expertise in port logistics, infrastructure financing, road safety, heavy haul transportation, multimodal logistics, architectural design, and engineering. In short, the synergies with both markets with respect to real estate & infrastructure is enormous.

Agribusiness (Food & Beverage) National Industry Group Conveners

Yemee Fernandes

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Yemee Fernandes has held senior commercial roles in a number of publicly listed companies such as Fairfax, Universal Music Australia and LexisNexis. Over 15 years Yemee has worked across maintaining and creating partnerships with a range of industries from FMCG through to digital innovation. Some of her clients in the past included American Express, Mcdonald’s, Unilever, Virgin Mobile and CocaCola.

Born In India, Yemee moved to Australia in 1998 and has detailed insight into the Indian business landscape. When travelling back to visit friends and family Yemee saw an opportunity to bring premium food and beverage products from Australia to India to meet that growing consumer demand.

She co-founded Four Pillars Trading Australia with a team both in Australia and Mumbai to support Australian businesses navigate through the complexities of the Indian market and deliver on ground operational support. Yemee continues to work with the likes of the Australian Macadamia Society in developing and executing their India market programme.

Simon Venus

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Simon is a partner in Piper Alderman’s Corporate Division and head of the firm’s Agribusiness Group. He has extensive experience acting on corporate transactions in the Australian agribusiness, food and beverage sectors. He advises on in-bound foreign direct investment, trade and cross-border investment and transaction execution.

Simon is an inaugural member of the Agribusiness Advisory Board at the University of Adelaide’s School of Business and holds other board and advisory council roles, as well as being a director of several Australian holding companies for private clients

He was a director of the peak industry body, Agribusiness Australia, and an inaugural member of the South Australian Agribusiness Council which focused on identifying emerging domestic and international economic development of the Agribusiness sector.