General Manager of Enterprises at the National Centre of Indigenous Excellence (NCIE) (Australia)
Indu Balachandran is the General Manager of Enterprises at the National Centre of Indigenous Excellence (NCIE). Previously, she managed the Indigenous Social Enterprise Fund at Social Ventures Australia. Indu has worked in enterprise development in the creative and social sectors for 15 years. Her work in the Indigenous sector was recognised by the UTS Human Rights Award for Reconciliation. Indu holds qualifications in finance and economics (social science), including a Masters degree by research in gender and enterprise development. She is influenced by community-led, human centred-designed that creates enduring and sustainable value. Her work in Indigenous social enterprise development has prompted her to seek and test enterprise models that could achieve this objective.
In addition to her work at NCIE, Indu is a keen contributor to cultural development in the South Asian diaspora. Her film exploring gender and music, “Her Inner Song”, enjoyed national acclaim and prompted new dialogue in the community. Indu is a musician in the Indian Carnatic tradition, teaching and performing on the veena (a stringed instrument) and as a vocalist.