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Benefit Dinners

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.


American Australian Association & US Studies Centre's 10th Anniversary & Benefit Dinner

Honoured The Hon John Howard OM AC and Boral CEO & Managing Director, Mike Kane


 The Hon John Howard OM AC                                      Mike Kane, CEO & Managing Director, Boral

The 2016 AAA & USSC 10th Anniversary and Benefit Dinner in Sydney on 9 June was a tremendous success.  Over 500 attendees including NSW Governor General H.E. David Hurley, Prime Minister of Australia Malcolm Turnbull, NSW Premier Mike Baird, Foreign Minister Julie Bishop,  Cabinet Minister Arthur Sinodinos, US Ambassador John Berry, Former Ambassador Kim Beazley, NSW Treasurer Gladys Berejiklian, NSW Minister for Trade, Tourism, Major Events & Sport Stuart Ayres, Japanese Ambassador Sumio Kasaka, US Consul General Hugo Llorens, News Corp Australia Executive Chairman Michael Miller, Herald & Weekly Times Chairman Penny Fowler, Macquarie Group Chairman Peter Warne, Boral Chairman Brian Clark, ASIC Chairman Greg Medcraft, JP Morgan Australia CEO Rob Priestley, Bank of America Merrill Lynch CEO Kevin Skelton, AGL Energy CEO Andrew Vesey, Northrop Grumman CEO Ian Irving, ABC CEO Michelle Guthrie, Dow Australia Regional President Tony Frencham, ANZ NSW & ACT Chairman Warwick Smith, Gandel Group Chairman John Gandel, NyunggaBlack MD Warren Mundine, Foxtel Chairman Robert Nason, Commonwealth Bank Executive GM, Gregg Johnston,  Former President of the Business Council of Australia Tony Shepherd, PwC Managing Partner Joseph Carrozzi, Financial Services Council CEO Sally Loane, Former Macquarie Group Chairman Kevin McCann and Accor Plus CEO Dino Mezzatesta gathered to celebrate the extraordinary achievements of The Honourable John Howard OM AC, Former Prime Minister of Australia; and, Mike Kane, CEO & Managing Director of Boral.

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 250 Fellows have received awards totalling over US$6 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 and United States Studies Centre extends a sincere thank you to the 2016 honourees, sponsors (listed below) and special guests.


News Corp Australia


United States Studies Centre

Dow Chemical Australia




Macquarie Group

Perth USAsia Centre

JP Morgan

The University of Sydney

Westfield Corporation

Folkestone Limited


Coca-Cola Amatil

Bank of America

Herbert Smith Freehills

Gandel Group



Lexington Partners

Cosby & Textor


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Past Benefit Dinners

2014 - Roy Krzywosinski, Managing Director, Chevron Australia and Andrew Harding, Chief Executive Iron Ore, Rio Tinto

2013 - Andrew Liveris AO, Chairman & CEO, The Dow Chemical Company and Richard Warburton AO LVO

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

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