Investment specialists, India


John Madew - Senior Trade and Investment Commissioner

John Madew

Tel: +91 22 6116 7117

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. Prior to his position in Mumbai, John was the Senior Trade Commissioner for Sub–Saharan Africa, based in Johannesburg, where he led the promotion of trade, investment and education across Africa.

John’s previous positions with Austrade includes postings in the United Kingdom and Canada. Prior to joining Austrade, John worked in consulting roles for software companies, beginning his career as an analyst in credit insurance and trade finance. John holds a Bachelor of Business (Banking and Finance) from Charles Sturt University, and is a qualified accountant.

Ajit Mangrulkar - Investment Manager

Ajit Mangrulkar

Ajit joined Austrade in 2001 and has had a varied experience across operational areas at Austrade. He recently moved to the FDI attraction role in the capacity as Investment Manager, South Asia with specific focus on innovation and technology driven sectors. Ajit previously held the position of Austrade’s Regional Manager Finance and Administration, South Asia.

Prior to joining Austrade, Ajit held the position of Group Manager Marketing in an automotive ancillary group based in Mumbai, and was engaged in the production and marketing of products for the Indian Automotive OEM and Aftermarket segments.

Ajit has an educational background in commerce and accounts, with a Bachelors in Commerce from the Bombay University and an Inter C.A. qualification from the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India. Ajit has almost 30 years of commercial experience with exposure to industry and trade and investment promotion activities.

Ramakrishna Dastrala - Investment Manager

Ramakrishna Dastrala

Tel: +91 40 6611 2251

Ramakrishna (Ramki) joined Austrade in 2004 as the Business Development Manager for Andhra Pradesh state based in Hyderabad. He worked across all sectors and facilitated Trade & Education. With the establishment of the Investment hub at Mumbai, he supported the inward Investment activities in the region. He will have a focus on Resources & Energy investments from India and will support the Innovation activities from a Resources & Energy perspective.

He has a Masters in Chemical Engineering and an MBA in International Business from Edith Cowan University (Australia) and Illinois State University (USA). He also has 9 years of work experience in Process Engineering, Sales & Marketing, and International Business Strategy prior to joining Austrade.

Puneet Thakur - Investment Manager

Puneet Thakur

Tel: +91 11 4575 6230

Puneet is Austrade's Investment Manager based in New Delhi.

Puneet has 12 years’ experience as a private banker and investment banker. Prior to his role at Austrade, he had worked in the private sector as an Investment Banker and has been actively involved in international business in core infrastructure sectors for 8 years.

At Austrade, Puneet has a geographical focus on North India and is responsible for identifying, facilitating investment and collaboration opportunities across sectors. Puneet works and engages with key Indian corporates based in North India to provide advice and facilitate investments into Australia.

Puneet is a Mechanical Engineer from Regional Engineering College, Hamirpur (now known as National Institute of Technology, Hamirpur) and an MBA in Finance and Marketing from Himachal Pradesh University, Shimla.

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