Advance Year In Review

December: Australians in Hong Kong, returned diaspora and end of year reflections



In the final month of the year, Advance was honoured to welcome John Fraser to join Advance’s Board.

Advance also welcomed the first intern from Australian National University joining the Asia team for a six-week internship program.

Congratulations to Advance Awards Judge Darren Burns on his promotion to Vice Chair, Asia Pacific for Weber Shandwick.

As we enjoyed the festivities and make New Year’s resolutions, we thought it seems an opportune time to reflect on a wonderful 2018 – over 70 Aussies and alumni from 12 global cities sharing their inspirational journeys with us through our #BornGlobal series; 11 visionary leaders in their respective professions and industries were recognised for their gamechanging achievements at the 2018 Advance Awards dinner held in Sydney in October; 10 university students were handpicked for a special mentoring journey, 15 Salons and Roundtables were hosted across the world from Asia, Australia, to the US sharing global insights, trends and connections; and our innovation program Propel continued to open doors for Aussie startups and scale-ups taking the leap to Silicon Valley and beyond. We were also proud to launch a report in collaboration with PwC focused on Australia’s Diaspora as a Pathway to Innovation, and prepare a submission for the federal government on the importance of our Diaspora as a soft power asset.

Advance switched things up for the final month of the year exploring Hong Kong in our #BornGlobal e-series and sharing the inspiring stories of our Returnees to Australia in a special edition.

Industry and Innovation Champions:

  • The University of New South Wales Sunswift solar car team cruised into the record books. Read more about it here.

  • Professor Genevieve Bell, 2016 Advance Awards Overall winner and Technology Innovation Award winner, has been appointed as the Independent Non-Executive Director to the Commonwealth Bank of Australia Board with effect from 1 January 2019.

  • The Australian government announced that Australia's new space agency will be established in South Australia in mid-2019.

  • Meet Vicky Lam, the woman bringing Australian brunch to Ho Chi Minh City.

  • Applied DNA Sciences (NASDAQ:APDN) entered into an agreement with Everledger to develop a blockchain-based platform for tracking “high-value commodities.” Founder and CEO of Everledger Leanne Kemp is the 2018 Advance Technology Innovation Award winner.