Sep, 03 2012
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AAA/ASF Event: A Better Bond Market – Clearing the way for greater allocation to Domestic Fixed Income

On Wednesday, 29 August 2012, AAA along with the Australian Securitisation Forum (ASF) hosted a fantastic function as part of its Corporate Programme Series.

Industry leaders discussed the topic of "A Better Domestic Bond Market" and the importance of developing the Australian Debt Capital Market, and the factors that need to be addressed to achieve this outcome.

The Moderator for this event was Chris Dalton – CEO, Australian Securitisation Forum and panel members were:

Ian Beckett – Department of Treasury
Greg Tanzer – ASIC
Brad Scott – NAB Capital Markets
Sue Wang – Mercer Investment Consulting
Mihkel Kase – Schroders

With over 160 attendees across Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane, the event generated significant interest amongst thought leaders, Federal Government representatives and special guests from the US Consulate General's Office.

A special thank you to Ashurst for hosting the event.

If you are interested in attending AAA corporate functions, or would like to learn more about membership, please click here

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Coopers 150th Anniversary Beer Tasting Evening - HURRY LIMITED SPACE STILL AVAILABLE!!

Glenn Cooper & the Team from Coopers Brewery, along with the American Australian Association (AAA) and The American Club Sydney invites you and your friends to:

           Coopers' 150th Anniversary Beer Tasting Evening

Date: Wednesday, 12 September 2012
Time: 6:00 - 8:00 pm
Venue: The American Club Sydney. Level 14, 131 Macquarie Street
Sydney NSW 2000
Cost: Members $40.00 pp Non-Members $50.00 pp
Attire: Smart Casual
RSVP: Please click here to register and pay
(please note: you must register and pay prior to the event by credit card)

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Congratulations to the 2012-2013 Fellows

A record twenty fellowships were awarded by the Association’s Education Fund marking our 10th year promoting intellectual alliances and ground breaking research collaboration between Australia and the US. Showcasing Australia’s leadership in global sustainable development, the committee selected outstanding scholars advancing their careers in such fields as engineering, sustainability and health care.

View the successful recipients of the 2012-2013 Fellowship Program.

Since the Association’s Education Fund inception in 2002, over $4 million dollars have been awarded in Fellowships to more than 100 outstanding Australian and American scholars boosting educational and cultural ties.

Along with our Sir Keith Murdoch Fellowships and Neurological Fellowship, Fellowships are supported by corporations such as:

  • Alcoa Foundation
  • The Merck Company Foundation
  • Amgen
  • Morgan Stanley Pediatrics
  • Ausart Fellowship for Fine Arts
  • The Baillie Family
  • Pratt Foundation
  • Chevron Qantas Airways
  • ConocoPhillips
  • University of Queensland
  • The Dow Chemical Foundation
  • Westfield
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AAA Spotlight Fellow: Samantha Duncan

Samantha Duncan was the successful recipient of the 2011 Westfield Fellowship in the study of Sustainable Development. Samantha attended the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies in Washington DC where her studies concentrated on International Development.

Samantha advised that the AAA Westfield Fellowship allowed her the time to think academically about the challenge of development, and gave her the financial flexibility to consider a wider range of professional positions in the development field.

Samantha is now back in Australia working in Sydney at LeapFrog Investments, the world’s first and largest “profit with purpose” private equity fund, exclusively investing in businesses that provide insurance to low income and financially excluded people. LeapFrog’s portfolio companies already reach 8 million people across Africa and Asia, and Samantha’s work is focused on investment opportunities in Indonesia, the Philippines, and the ASEAN region.

Samantha’s future aspirations all centre on continuing to promote sustainable development by using business and investment principles to provide opportunities to low-income or marginalized people. Samantha advised that “every day I continue to be fascinated by the simple yet exciting potential of business to empower and economically reward low income people. In this sense, there is often no need to trade off development impact for financial returns; it’s more about changing the perception of the poor as beneficiaries, and respecting them instead as everyday consumers and entrepreneurs. Financial services such as microinsurance, artisan and agricultural cooperatives, and micro-focused retail businesses are all examples of profitable, ‘social’ enterprises. Here I have a strong belief in local business solutions, but a parallel appreciation for the need for private investment capital to finance and scale these sustainable development solutions.”


Melbourne Conservatorium of Music Master Teacher Program - Piano: USA's Craig Sheppard

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Date: 5 &14 September 2012
Time: 7:30 – 9:00pm
Venue: Melba Hall; Melbourne Conservatorium of Music - Gate 12, Royal Parade, Parkville, University of Melbourne

Described by the Seattle Times as “blessed with a formidable intellect and an equally formidable technique”, musician-inresidence Craig Sheppard will give two inspiring performances featuring the works of Liszt and Debussy, highlighting his residency at the MCM.

For additional information and ticket costs, click here.


Festival of Dangerous Ideas: The US elections: Just entertainment


Date: 30 September 2012
Time: 11:30am - 12:30pm
Venue: Sydney Opera House
Cost: $25 plus booking fee

As the world watches, Barack Obama and Mitt Romney will contest the US Presidential Elections on November 6. But does the outcome really matter that much? While Romney and Obama try to define their differences for the extremes of their electoral base, and on domestic issues, will it make any difference to the rest of the world who wins? Or even to the majority of Americans?

Visit the website to book your tickets and learn more about the renowned panel of experts.


Connect Lunch

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Date:18 September 2012
Venue: Level 14, 131 Macquarie Street. Sydney 2000
Time: 12.30 - 2.00pm

She Business Founder, Suzy Jacobs discusses 7 Strategies for Creating World Class Connections.

For more information follow this link.


Upcoming AAA Events

Both Melbourne and Sydney have upcoming events focused around the 2012 US Presidential Election. Make sure to visit our website and connect with AAA on Facebook for up to date event information .



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