Our 2019 Ambassador, Sonia Gandhi, has an interesting story to tell us.
Sonia Gandhi arrived in New South Wales from India in 1997. In the year 1999- 2001 Sonia was the elected representative for CAPA (Council of Australian Post Graduate Association) representing 36 Australian Universities across Australia. Working alongside Senator Natasha Stott Despoja on International Student policy, (Education Services for Overseas Students (ESOS) Act 2000: Submission to the Senate) she was actively involved in the facilitation of orientation programs and cultural initiatives in Australian universities for overseas students.
Sonia is a multi-lingual serial entrepreneur and a champion of cultural diversity. A results driven event director with over a decade of experience in strategic marketing, public relations and end to end event management with community, government and corporate sectors across the Asia-Pacific region. She is also the founder and CEO of a multi-award winning marketing and event management company, Gandhi Creations Pty Ltd.
Sonia has executed over 500 events throughout her career and under the above banner, she regularly initiates and executes charity, community and government projects with accompanying marketing strategies from concept to delivery. Her work directly promotes a more diverse Australia by engaging with multicultural communities. On a broader level, she has produced events that have served as meeting grounds for the exchange of ideas between nations and platforms for enhanced cultural diplomacy and improved foreign investment and trade.
Over the year’s she has also gained respect and trust of several high-profile State Government departments, for whom she has produced a series of multi-stakeholder projects of national significance. In 2017 her company Gandhi Creations won the Australian Event Award for Best New Event in South Australia, ACT and Northern Territory for Confluence, A Festival of India in Australia. In 2015 her concept Cultural Diversity and Inclusion Day took the Best New Event for New South Wales as well as in 2013 she was awarded the Best Community Event Category for the Premier’s Harmony Dinner. (The Australian Event Awards is the pinnacle awards program that rewards achievements across all segments of the events industry in Australia)
Sonia was recognised as a Paul Harris Fellow by Rotary International in 2014 and continues her ongoing charity work with organisations such as White Ribbon, Alzheimer’s Australia, Beyond Blue and National Breast Cancer Foundation.
Sonia also sits on the board of the Multicultural NSW, the peak government agency whose purpose is to build and maintain a cohesive and harmonious multicultural society that enriches the lives of all the people of NSW. Sonia is currently launching Fashions of Multicultural Australia. A first ever national initiative across fashion diplomacy that will generate trade opportunities and foster social cohesion through the universally binding industry that is fashion. Providing a sustainable platform to showcase couture of Indigenous, CALD (culturally and linguistically diverse) and refugee designers.
Sonia has an accomplished track record of creating and executing profitable events for charities and communities and believes that regional Australia has a huge growth potential.
Sonia is blessed to live in Australia, a land of opportunities and continues to promote intercultural connectivity and community collaborations, working towards a stronger, more unified Australia.