Dec, 18 2014
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Reflecting on 2014 and best wishes for 2015

A note from the Hon John Olsen AO, Deputy Chairman and CEO:

It has been a very exciting year for the Association, achieved because of the continuing support, generosity and dedication of our Members and supporters to our charter.

The Benefit Dinner held in April in Perth was a success, honouring two prominent Australians: Roy Krzywosinski, Managing Director, Chevron Australia and Andrew Harding, Chief Executive, Iron Ore, Rio Tinto. The establishment of the US Asia Centre in Perth was celebrated at the event, which together with the United States Studies Centre in Sydney highlights the outcomes of the Associations work and underpins the importance of the Australia- United States bilateral relationship and its significance economically, politically & culturally to the Australian Asian region. The funds raised through the dinner assisted us to award 18 Fellowships to young researchers to travel from Australia to the USA in 2014 / 2015, to undertake studies in their dedicated fields.

The successful launch of the Alumni Club in Sydney & Melbourne earlier this year exceeded our expectations. We aim to build a dynamic Alumni which will actively engage with Corporate Australia through a speaker series next year, and participate in a mentor program.

Members were invited to attend a presentation by Ambassador John Berry at the Melbourne Press Club in October. The address titled ANZUS & Beyond was well attended & referenced the historical & current values our great nations’ share, together with our resolve in addressing world issues. Our ties and working relationship with the US Consulates in each State have been deeply appreciated by us as an organisation.

Our social programme included an event with key partners such as the Australian Women’s Association; and support by Sara James (American Australian & Emmy Award winning journalist) who spoke at the Benefit Dinner & was guest speaker at the annual Thanksgiving Luncheon. These partners helped to recognise key US and Australian calendar dates enabling members, family and friends to celebrate together.

The AAA Holiday Reception celebrated in Sydney on December 4 was hosted at US Consul General Hugo Llorens & Mrs Lisett Llorens official residence; and in Melbourne on December 9 hosted at the offices of Butcher & Co. Both were well attended and an opportunity to thank our supporters. The Association extends its appreciation to our hosts for the excellent venues and hospitality.

On behalf of everyone at the AAA, we wish you and your families a safe and joyous holiday season, and may the New Year bring a healthy, happy, prosperous 2015.




AAA Holiday Drinks in Melbourne 2014

On Tuesday 9 December the American Australian Association held its Holiday Reception for its corporate sponsors, individual members & Fellows. It was a wonderful night for all to take time and celebrate the past year's achievements & gather for some festive cheer!

We would like to thank Butcher & Co for the gallery style venue as the backdrop for the occasion. The Hon John Olsen AO gave a summary of the year’s achievements, and thanked the Association's supporters, who through generous contributions enabled the continuation of the Education Fund Program. Many Fellows attended the event and were able to informally share their research interests to date.

Over 50 guests attended and included U.S. Consul General Amy J. Hyatt and her partner, Mr John Thanner; American Australian Association Deputy Chairman & CEO The Hon John Olsen AO; Chairman of The Institute of Public Affairs The Hon Rod Kemp & Mrs Daniele Kemp; Managing Director Dow Chemical (Australia) Ltd, Mr Tony Frencham; Chief Economist, Coles Mr Peter Crone; Greenfleet CEO, Mr Wayne Wescott; former CEO CEDA, Mr Peter Fitzgerald; Corporate Partnerships, The Australian Ballet, Ms Fiona Gosschalk; Global Accounts, PwC Ms Imogene Thomson; Director People & Culture, Melbourne Convention & Exhibition Centre Ms Helen Fairclough; and AAA Directors Mr Andrew Butcher, Mr Jeffrey Browne & Mr Andrew Dyer.



AAA Holiday Drinks in Sydney 2014

On Thursday 4 December the American Australian Association held its annual Corporate Holiday Drinks at the Official Residence of the U.S. Consul-General Mr Hugo Llorens and Mrs Lisett Llorens.

Over 80 corporate and individual members attended. Guests included: American Australian Association Ltd. Deputy Chairman & CEO The Hon John Olsen AO, ABC Chairman The Hon James Spigelman AC QC; Boeing Australia President Maureen Dougherty, Rothschild Australia Co-Head Marshall Baillieu, DFAT NSW State Director Virginia Greville, ASIC Chairman & AAA Board Member Greg Medcraft, United States Studies Centre CEO Professor Bates Gill; Folkestone Deputy Chair & AAA Board Member Mark Baillie; Baker & McKenzie Partner George Harris, Designer Rugs Managing Director Yosi Tal, Sullivan & Cromwell Special Counsel Waldo Jones, and Hotels Association Australia President Peter Hurley.



AAA Fellow Profile

Fellow: Steven Mong

Fellowship: Baillie Family Fellow

Year: 2013

Field of Interest: Sustainable Business Entrepreneurship

I recently completed a Master of Business Administration (MBA) program at The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania. I entered the program with Bachelor of Commerce (Honours) and Bachelor of Laws degrees from the University of New South Wales. My Wharton experience was thoroughly enriching and enjoyable. I had the opportunity to travel to study different business innovations and economic systems around the world. The generous support provided by the Baillie Family Fellowship was invaluable.

In my career, I have been fortunate to work in strategy consulting and investment banking at Bain & Company, Macquarie Bank, and Credit Suisse. I have had the privilege of leading teams in transformational projects in Australia, Asia and the US. I am also passionate about entrepreneurship that can have both social and commercial impact. This led me to volunteer to lead projects in developing countries such as Cambodia and South Africa.

The Fellowship enabled me to continue to investigate the best practices of entrepreneurial systems in growing regions. This involved identifying key sectors that have global growth potential, such as financial technology and the market for customer data. Furthermore, I examined structures put in place in various countries to encourage business ventures. I travelled to study systems in Argentina, China, Israel and the United Arab Emirates; which was great for both for research and cultural enrichment. Hopefully these learnings may be applied to help innovation, technology, and entrepreneurship flourish in Australia in the long-run.

A great aspect of being awarded a Fellowship was the opportunity to interact with the other Fellows. We met each other at the Benefit Dinner in New York. It was a huge honour to join a network of top Australian researchers in the US, and learning about their fields of study. Fellows push the frontiers of science, engineering, medicine, business and public policy. It was nothing short of humbling to hear what they could for Australia and the world. Meeting eminent Australian and American leaders (and celebrities) at the dinner was a real treat too!

I cannot say enough good things about the American Australian Association’s Education Fellowship program. I encourage any Australian who is interested in expanding their horizons and studying at the graduate level in the US to consider applying for the Fellowships.


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