As General Manager, Stakeholder Engagement, Varant oversees national and international stakeholder management functions at Standards Australia.
In this role he is responsible for engagement with legislators, Commonwealth and jurisdictional government departments as well as industry, business and professional organisations to address various issues of Australian public interest. He is also responsible for Australia’s international engagement with at the ISO and IEC.
Varant has made representations to government and worked to influence and shape key policies across a number of sectors including: information technology; communications; e-health; and business. He has also developed media strategies to effectively communicate policy development outcomes. He has led Australian delegations in a number of regional and international settings in Australia, the Asia-Pacific, Europe and South America.
Varant previously served on the Board of ANC Australia as President and Executive Director (2007 - 2012). At ANC Australia he developed and managed relationships with government institutions, media outlets and community-based organisations. He worked closely with federal and state legislators to develop and shape public policy on a broad range of community issues. He was also responsible for the operations, human resource and financial management of the organisation.
Varant additionally has several years’ experience in the banking industry having most recently held the position of Commercial Bank Finance Manager at Westpac Banking Corporation (2007 - 2009).
Varant has a Master of Management from the Macquarie University Graduate School of Management and a Master of International Relations from Griffith University. He holds a Diploma of Lending and Certificate of Financial Management from FINSIA. Previously, while completing a Bachelor of Arts at the University of Sydney, Varant served as an Infantryman in the Australian Army Reserve (2001 - 2003).
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Damian Fisher is a senior member of the Standards Australia team. He is responsible for coordinating and managing international standards work and leads the organisation’s capacity building and institutional strengthening program. Damian has also led a number of AANZFTA STRACAP and APEC SCSC sponsored projects. He is a member of ISO’s Developing Countries (DEVCO) Chairs Advisory Group and the immediate past Chair of the Specialist Regional Bodies Forum.
Daniel is responsible for stakeholder engagement and standards development work in the Oil & Gas, Steel, Plumbing, and Manufacturing sectors.
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Aldina Aljukic is a National Sector Manager at Standards Australia. In this role, Aldina is responsible for stakeholder engagement and standards development in the Information and Communications Technology (ICT) and Transport sectors.
Jonathan Avery is a National Sector Manager at Standards Australia. In this role, Jonathan leads standardisation initiatives with a particular focus on energy and electrotechnology, environment and quality management sectors. Jonathan holds the secretariat for the IEC Australian National committee in addition to IEC TC 36 Insulators.