Our Team

Executive Director


Professor Shaun Star
B.Com. LL.B. (Macquarie), B.C.L. (Oxford)
Executive Director, Centre for India Australia Studies (CIAS)
Assistant Professor and Assistant Dean, Jindal Global Law School

Passionate about promoting the Australia-India relationship, Shaun has been working in India since 2010. Shaun is currently the Executive Director of the Centre for India Australia Studies, housed at O.P. Jindal Global University. He has been appointed as an Assistant Professor and Assistant Dean (International Collaborations) at Jindal Global Law School.

Shaun is an Australian qualified lawyer and has worked at various top-tier law firms in Australia and India, including most recently at Amarchand & Mangaldas & Suresh A Shroff & Co. Shaun was recently named as one of 30 people to watch in the business of law in Asia. Shaun subsequently founded his own advisory practice and has advised numerous Australian organisations (from start-ups to listed companies), assisting them with their entry and expansion into India.

Shaun is co-founder and Chair of the Australia India Youth Dialogue, a forum which hosts young politicians, entrepreneurs, policy-makers and diplomats and encourages collaboration between young leaders of both of our nations.

Associate Director


Dr. Laknath Jayasinghe
BSc (Melb), BBus (QUT), MPhil (Qld), PhD (Melb)
Associate Director, Centre for India Australia Studies (CIAS)
Associate Professor in Marketing and Vice Dean (Research), Jindal Global Business School

Laknath has worked in India since July 2017, and is currently the Associate Director of the Centre for India Australia Studies, housed at O.P. Jindal Global University. He is also Associate Professor in Marketing and Vice Dean (Research) at Jindal Global Business School. Australian born and raised, and with strong ancestral ties to the Subcontinent, he is excited about facilitating tight Australia-India relationships and partnerships.

With over twenty years professional experience, Laknath’s career straddles the nexus of academia and qualitative marketing research. He holds a PhD in consumer research from the University of Melbourne, as well as an MPhil in Australian cultural studies from the University of Queensland, and is an experienced facilitator, administrator, qualitative researcher, and teacher. He has taught at leading Australian universities, including the University of Queensland, Monash University, Macquarie University, and University of Newcastle.

Laknath has also worked at premier advertising agencies and strategic brand research firms in Australia, including most recently a stint as Research Director at Ward6 Sydney and research consultant roles at Latitude Insights and Forethought Research in Melbourne. He began his career in marketing as an advertising media planner at the globally renowned media investment firm, Mediacom. Throughout his career, Laknath has advised and assisted numerous firms (from start-ups to iconic brands) with their launch and expansion into the Asian region.

Laknath’s scholarly research on Australian suburban family consumption, published in the prestigious Journal of Consumer Research, was recently listed by the acclaimed Marketing Science Institute as one of 16 “must read” papers of scholarly marketing research published globally in 2013. Apart from his scholarly journal articles and book chapters, his work has been published in iconic venues such as Harper’s Magazine, and in other leading media outlets such as The Australian, The Age, B&T, and New Matilda.

Laknath is passionate about bringing together future leaders of India and Australia--across the political, business, cultural, and policy domains--and views his role at CIAS as facilitating this aim.



Matthew Byrne
B.A./B. Asian Studies (ANU) & LL.B. (Canberra), LL.M. (Sydney)
Assistant Director, Centre for India Australia Studies
Assistant Professor, Jindal Global Law School

Matthew is an Australian qualified lawyer and has worked in several fields including three years exclusively in criminal defence law in the Outback, and in boutique general practice firms including in litigation and dispute resolution. He worked for two years in the Federated States of Micronesia and is admitted to the High Court of Australia and the Supreme Court of the FSM.

Matthew has also worked as a Policy Officer in the International Engagement section of the Office of Asian Engagement for the Northern Territory government and is keen to facilitate connections between India and Australia.


Mr. Dhruba Jyoti Dutta
MBA & MMC (Assam)
Senior Manager
Centre for India Australia Studies and Research Jindal Global Law School