Neville Roach AO
Neville Roach is a graduate of the University of Bombay, India, majoring in economics and political science. He has lived in Australia since 1961.
Mr Roach is a well-known ICT industry leader. He has served as Chairman and CEO of Fujitsu Australia Limited, Chairman of the Australian Information Industry Association and President of the Asian Oceanian Computing Industry Organisation. He is currently Chairman of the ANZ Advisory Board for Tata Consultancy Services, India's largest IT Company. In 2008 he received the Pearcey Medal for lifetime achievement and contribution to the ICT industry, research and professions.
He has made a significant contribution to Education and Research. He is a member of the NSW Premier’s Advisory Council for International Education. He was Chairman of TAFE Global, the export arm of the NSW Department of Education and Training and Founding Chairman of National ICT Australia (NICTA), Australia’s pre-eminent ICT Research Centre. He was awarded a Doctor of Science, Honoris Causa, by UNSW for his eminent service to the community. The NICTA research facility at UNSW has been named the Neville Roach Laboratory.
He has actively promoted closer links between Australia and Asia, especially India. He is Chairman Emeritus of the Australia India Business Council and a member of the Asia Business Advisory Council of the NSW Government, which has appointed him an Honorary Sydney Ambassador to India. He is the only Australian member of the Indian Prime Minister’s Global Advisory Council, which comprises 20 eminent Overseas Indians from around the world.
Mr Roach was appointed an Officer of the Order of Australia (AO) in 2000 for service to business and Australian Multiculturalism. In 2008 he became the first Australian to receive the Pravasi Bharatiya Samman Award from the President of India, the highest honour conferred on Overseas Indians.