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The American Australian Association hosts Benefit Dinners to recognise prominent individuals who have made significant contributions to business, economic, social and cultural relationships between the United States and Australia. Proceeds from the dinner go towards building the Association's Education Fund.
2013 American Australian Association Benefit Dinner
Honouring The Dow Chemical Company Chairman & CEO Andrew Liveris and Richard Warburton AO LVO
The recent 2013 Annual Benefit Dinner at Sydney’s Convention Centre on 6 June was a tremendous success. Over 500 attendees including Prime Minister Julia Gillard, former PM John Howard, Federal Deputy Opposition Leader Julie Bishop, US Ambassador Jeffrey Bleich, Deputy Premier Andrew Stoner, NSW Treasurer Mike Baird, Business Council of Australia President Tony Shepherd, Commonwealth Bank of Australia Chairman David Turner, News Ltd CEO Kim Williams, Qantas Chairman Leigh Clifford, Visy Executive Chairman Anthony Pratt, Bluescope Steel Chairman Graham Kraehe, IBM Australia Managing Director Andrew Stevens, Woolworths Chairman Ralph Waters, Bank of America Merrill Lynch CEO & Country Head Craig Drummond, Citi CEO & Country Head Stephen Roberts, McDonald's Australia CEO Catriona Noble, Worley Parsons Chairman John Grill, Nine Network Chairman David Haslingden, Coca-Cola Australia Managing Director Warwick White, Proctor & Gamble Australia Managing Director Maile Carnegie and Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu Managing Partner John Meacock gathered to celebrate the extraordinary achievements of Andrew Liveris, Chairman and CEO of The Dow Chemical Company; and, Richard Warburton AO LVO.
The Benefit Dinner raised funds to support the Education Fund, which fosters post-doctoral research between Australia and the United States. To date, more than 160 Fellows have received awards totalling over US$4 million to pursue studies in critical fields from medical research to sustainability at top institutions such as MIT, Harvard and Princeton.
The American Australian Association extends a sincere thank you to the 2013 honourees, sponsors (listed below) and special guests.
Video highlights from the Benefit Dinner:
The University of Queensland
United States Studies Centre at the University of Sydney
The Dow Chemical Company
Commonwealth Bank of Australia
Macquarie Private Wealth
McKinsey & Company
Bank of America Merrill Lynch
Ernst & Young
Westfield Retail Trust
PM Projects of Darwin
The Waypoint Group
Business Council of Australia
Australian Institute of Bioengineering and Nanotechnology (AIBN)
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Past Benefit Dinners
2012 - Jacques Nasser AO, Chairman, BHP Billiton and Lindsay Fox AC, Founder, Linfox
2010 - Jeanne Pratt AC, Co-Chairman, Visy, Anthony Pratt, Executive Chairman, Visy and The Pratt Family
2009 - Frank Lowy AC, Chairman and Co-Founder, Westfield Group
2007 - Charles Goodyear, Chief Executive Officer, BHP Billiton
2006 - Rupert Murdoch AC, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, News Corporation