Issue 8
Monday, 01 October 2018
Charles Darwin University
Vimal Parashar believes CDU has expertise and assets that can be globalised and can add value to a whole range of sectors
Vimal Parashar believes CDU has expertise and assets that can be globalised and can add value to a whole range of sectors

New Business Development Manager at CDU

CDU’s new Director of Business Development and Strategic Partnerships has been set the task of identifying and realising the commercial opportunities for the university’s research and expertise.

Vimal Parashar has extensive commercial experience gained from roles across South-East Asia, Japan, United States and Australia, and holds an Executive MBA from the National University of Singapore Business School.

With more than 20 years of experience in technology companies, Mr Parashar has forged a career covering significant roles ranging from business development and entrepreneurship to infrastructure delivery. His industry experience extends from aquaculture to aerospace and defence.

Most recently, Mr Parashar was based in Jakarta supporting an online education technology business driving growth across South-East Asia. Before this, he was based in Tokyo as Strategy Lead for Rakuten’s Ecosystem Department focusing on innovation, business improvement and globalising Rakuten’s key platforms.

Mr Parashar said he believed CDU has expertise and assets that could be globalised and add value to a whole range of sectors.

“My role is about connecting CDU’s capacity and capabilities with the needs of business and structure a relationship that works for both,” he said.

“Opportunities could range from training courses tailored to the needs of a particular business using CDU expertise or facilities through to creating new products to solve a particular market gap.

“CDU could also be a valuable knowledge partner for multi-disciplinary initiatives such as bringing together our strength in health and creating new capability by combining it with leading edge technologies,” Mr Parashar said.

The role will take a whole of CDU approach to potential growth and opportunities and be the internal champion for the effective collaboration and partnerships required for successful execution of commercial deals and opportunities.

Mr Parashar said the size and nature of CDU, the Darwin environment and the unique challenges of the NT offered an ideal environment for solutions to constraints that came from delivering services in a region larger than a lot of countries.

“Add to that Darwin’s proximity to South-East Asia and CDU is very well positioned to benefit from delivering value through business opportunities and partnerships locally, nationally and internationally,” Mr Parashar said.