Rohini Kappadath

Capturing Global Markets.


Rohini Kappadath brings over 25 years experience as a pioneer, corporate entrepreneur and advisor in sectors such as Information Technology, Management Consulting and Professional Services. She is the Victorian Winner of the 2015 Telstra Business Women’s Award in the Corporate and Private category.

Current work

Rohini is the Chair of the Multicultural Ministerial Business Advisory Council, appointed by the Minister for Small Business, Innovation and Trade, the Hon. Philip Dalidakis, where she is leading a transformative agenda to showcase Victoria’s ethnic diaspora advantage – and their special role in lifting Victoria’s trade and investment links with the region.

Kappadath has built an international career working with organisations in Australia, India, Singapore, Japan, New Zealand and North America across diverse industries, particularly Information Technology.

As the Director-General for Indian Institute of Directors (IOD) in Australia, Rohini plays an active role in promoting trade and investment in the Australia-India corridor.

She is a regular commentator on TV and mainstream news media and is the current Senior Advisor to KPMG’s India Business Practice.

Previous experience

IT: An Information Technology veteran, Kappadath first worked as a Mainframe Computer Operator at the Toyota-owned York Motors Data Centre in the late eighties. She subsequently built a 13 year senior executive career with SAS Institute’s Australian subsidiary. SAS is a global multi-national in Business Analytics and the world’s largest privately held software company. In 1996, Rohini established SAS Institute’s subsidiary in India as its Managing Director following a 10 year stellar career as SAS Institute Australia.

Rohini has since facilitated a number of cross-border collaborations, joint ventures, distributor arrangements, new market entry strategies and other related activities in her own International Consulting business, Oyster, first established in 2002.

Australasia: Kappadath was previously, Pitcher Partner’s Director, Cross-Border Business, where she led the development of a growing cross-border advisory business within Pitcher Partners. She has been a national advocate for Australia’s engagement with the Asian region.


Talking Points
Rise, Step-aside and Re-emerge
Capturing Global Markets
Establishing SAS Institute India
Double Glazed
Change is One Thing, Disruption is Another - The Future of Professional Services