D.D. Saxena accepts national award for investment in Australia

We are very excited to announce that Riverina Oils & Bio Energy Pty Ltd have just been awarded IABCA’s brand new award, the Indian Investment in the Australian Market - Introduced as an award to recognise developing business opportunities between Australia and India. 

Over 400 guests in attendance at Brisbane City Hall witnessed history as winners of the fourth annual India Australia Business & Community Awards were announced on the 13th October at the Awards Gala. The awards platform celebrates the Australia India relationship while honouring success stories of migrant entrepreneurship and community leadership. The evening honoured the monumental contributions made by IABCA's winners and finalists to the Australia India space, and created a platform for key leaders in this space to host a dialogue of transnational significance. 

Master of Ceremonies Lucy Zelic, SBS Football Presenter, officially commenced the evening with a lamp lighting ceremony that honoured our esteemed and dignitary guests before The Hon. Zed Seselja, Assistant Minister for Social Services and Multicultural Affairs, made the Prime Ministers address on behalf of The Hon. Malcom Turnbull, Prime Minister of Australia. In addition to this, the Gala featured a number of addresses of transnational significance made by honourable guest speakers including The Hon Jackie Trad MP, Deputy Premier of Queensland, His Excellency, Dr. A.M Gondane, High Commissioner of India to Australia, and Her Excellency, Ms. Harinder Sidhu, High Commissioner of Australia to India, Peter Varghese, Chancellor, The University of Queensland, Sheba Nandkeolyar, Chair, AIBC, Kiran Ramrakha, Managing Partner, Barker Henley and many more. 

Managing Director, Mr DD Saxena recognised as Asia Pacific Entrepreneur of the Year

The Non Resident Indian (NRI) awards recognise ‘living legends’ who have made their mark on foreign shores. In April 2016, at the awards’ third annual event, Riverina Oils & Bioenergy (ROBE) Managing Director Mr DD Saxena proudly walked away as winner of the Asia Pacific Entrepreneur of the Year award category.

The awards recognise ‘heroes’ who overcome hurdles to inspire others, both in India and in the countries they now call home, to hone their skills and chase their dreams.

Mr Saxena was commended for successfully capturing the opportunity that existed in Australia to establish a canola oilseed crushing and refining plant and business—ROBE. His objective was to achieve outstanding quality, cost efficiency and product consistency, and to build a high calibre organisation.

The biggest challenge faced was to raise the capital required. The approvals took three-and- a-half years to be achieved. However, the organisation was in place in 2013 and has since built an enviable reputation and is highly regarded in the Industry.

The award is much more than just a celebration for Mr Saxena. It recognises the efforts of all the staff at ROBE and many other people who have been part of ROBE’s success so far.