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Andrew Durston

December 10, 2017

Andrew worked for 27 years with the Department of Immigration and Border Protection (DIBP) working extensively in overseas immigration, intelligence and risk functions. Andrew served on diplomatic postings in India, Sri Lanka and Africa and headed up the integrity and intelligence sections in New Delhi and Southern Africa plus was the head of the visa section in Sri Lanka where he introduced the streamlined student agents program.

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Kala Anand

December 10, 2017

Kala has over 15 years’ experience in the international education strategy and marketing space.  She has worked at senior positions with Contact Singapore and Austrade while also having expertise with IDP (India and Oman). Kala is credited by education providers for an outcome focussed 360 degree approach to education. She is also the Director of Konnect Konsultants, which supports promotion of many Australian institutions into the Indian market.

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Charanjit Singh

December 10, 2017

Charanjit has 20 years’ managerial experience with diplomatic missions within New Delhi. He spent 12 years as an Office Manager and Head of Nationality and Passports for North and South India, Consular Section at the British High Commission followed by six years at the Australian High Commission as a team leader, including the Referrals and Integrity teams. As part of these roles he managed verifications and site visits, investigations of visa claims and fraud and risk profiling, stakeholder engagement including maintaining regular and ongoing interaction with various education and financial institutions, Government of India immigration, legal and security agencies.

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Garima Astir

December 10, 2017

Garima is a database systems administrator and business analyst with ten years of experience working in immigration for the British and Australian High Commissions in New Delhi. At the Australian High Commission she managed the fraud and identity database for the South Asia Region (New Delhi, Colombo and Dhaka). Her knowledge of the IT systems and visa regulations was essential in maintaining the integrity in the visa caseload to identify and mitigate risk, and to facilitate genuine temporary entrants. She also has extensive experience in liaising with a variety of Indian government agencies and diplomatic missions.

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Jitin Rawal

December 10, 2017

Jitin has over 10 years’ experience in the field of immigration – after one year at T. T. Services working on American and Australian visas. He joined the Australian High Commission New Delhi in January 2008. Jitin worked across several visa teams at the High Commission including Students, Family, Visitors and Refugee and Humanitarian areas. Jitin was a senior delegated visa decision maker at the High Commission largely focused on Australia’s GTE requirements. He is an experienced professional conducting regular telephone and face-to-face verification and visa interviews, and responding to client queries ensuring smooth and accurate visa processing.

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