Nilesh Makwana is a former university lecturer, entrepreneur and migrant who speaks from experience on several prominent issues surrounding community, technology, leadership, and diversity.

He has presented at various events as emcee, panel member and keynote speaker.

He is available for both virtual and in-person engagements.

Digital Inclusion

Nilesh is a public interest technologist and strong advocate for making a positive social impact in the community through technology. He has developed and deployed multiple free digital literacy programs to eliminate digital exclusion in Australia and has been a keynote speaker at a number of technology exhibitions, including digital access and inclusion conference West Tech Assemblage – which he founded!

Diversity

Nilesh is passionate about creating diverse workplaces and under his leadership illuminance Solutions has won multiple awards. These include the 2021 Western Australia Multicultural Business Award, 2019 Business Migrant of the Year Award and the 2019 Microsoft Partner for Social Impact Award. Nilesh has also been highlighted in the media for his diversity-focused hiring policies, which has supported mothers, Indigenous and Torres Strait Islander communities, people with disabilities, migrants, and refugees to employment. He speaks from the heart about the value of creating inclusive environments both in the office and out in the community.

Karmic Management

There are several ways to lead a company, but Nilesh is a strong advocate for one. His personal leadership style – karmic management – is a key foundation to his community engagement success and has been vital to building a dedicated team of employees and a positive, values–driven company culture.

Supporting International Students

Nilesh is a former international student who studied and graduated in London and Perth. With a first-hand understanding of mental health challenges, homesickness, language barriers and job seeking difficulties, Nilesh presents to international students and migrants and links them to the resources and guidance they need to thrive. When he is not sharing his experiences at Perth university campuses, Nilesh can be found mentoring people through the government-supported Kaleidoscope Initiative and linking migrants with job opportunities.

Terminal 4

Terminal 4 – An Entrepreneur’s Journey from Bicycle to Business Class is Nilesh’s new book that shares his journey traveling the world and collecting degrees. Heartwarming and informative, the book is being quickly snapped up by people and institutions interested in understanding the migrant experience and having an enjoyable read. Nilesh explains his move into authorship and answers questions readers have about the book.  
 

Previous Speaking Engagements

27 July 2022
Eulogy vs Resume
Hyderabad (India)

27 July 2022
Enlighten to Empower
NTR Auditorium, Public Garden, Nampally, Hyderabad (India)

16 July 2022
An Entrepreneur’s Journey from Bicycle to Business Class
Symbiosis Centre for Management Studies, Pune (India)

7 June 2022
From Master of Management Information Systems to CEO
Southern Cross University

24 March 2022
From Master of Management Information Systems to CEO
Edith Cowan University

12 April  2022
Entrepreneurial Mindset Bootcamp April 2022
Centre for Entrepreneurial Research and Innovation (CERI)

26 January 2022
Australia Day 2022
Auspire Ambassador

2 December 2021
Social Care and Ageing Living Lab: 4th Annual Report Research Forum
University of Western Australia

23 November 2021
Bringing Together World Leaders in Digital Health
Digital Health & Telemedicine Summit 2021
Indo-Asia Digital Health Centre

17 September 2021
Closing the gap in the digital divide through accessibility
XR:WA Immersive & Interactive Conference & Exhibition 2021

28 July 2021
Ask an Expert Sundowner
Belmont Business Enterprise Centre

16 April 2020
My LinkedIn Journey
University Hall (virtual)

20 August 2020
An entrepreneur’s journey connecting – not networking
Kaplan Business School

21 February 2020
Social Impact Through Digital Literacy
Roy Hill Foundation

December 2019
CEDA Hosts Disrupting Disadvantage: Setting the Scene
Committee for Economic Development of Australia

30 August 2019
An Entrepreneur’s Tale
Edith Cowan University

June 2019
A Story of Social Innovation
Innovate Australia

05 August 2018
Career Development: Using LinkedIn 101
Kaleidoscope Initiative + Indian Society of Western Australia

04 September 2017
Writing your Business Eulogy: What is your Brand Essence?
WA Club

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