Searching for the best and brightest

05 Aug 2012

Author: Australia Unlimited



Two leading international associations are searching for exceptional leaders
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Advance, the global community of Australians and alumni living overseas, has launched a worldwide search for the most innovative and inspirational Australians living abroad.

The Advance Global Australian Awards build on the success of Advance’s inaugural Awards and celebrate Australians and alumni living overseas, who are future leaders and innovators in their chosen field. 

As well as being profiled on a global stage, each Award winner gets the chance to fly home to Sydney to receive their Award, as well as share their international experience with an Australian university student through the Awards mentoring program.

The 2013 Awards will also celebrate the achievements of a leading Australian who has returned home – recognising the benefit that overseas experience brings to Australia’s productivity, global partnerships and position in the world.

"In fields that are critical to Australia’s ability to compete in a global world, it's good to know that some of our best and brightest brains are achieving so much overseas,” says Ken Allen AM, Advance Founder and former Australian Consul-General in New York.

Advance’s inaugural Award winners include David Droga, Founder and Creative Chairman of Droga5, whose work has positively impacted on the Obama Presidency and the global water crisis, and created ground-breaking initiatives for some of the world’s biggest brands; and Tan Le, Founder and CEO of Emotiv Lifesciences, whose work makes use of cloud computing, mobile brain imaging technology and contextualized personal data to undertake complex brain scanning and research.

For 2013, Advance is looking to cast the net even wider, and is calling for nominations from Australians living overseas, as well as Australians around the country with a brother, sister, parent, friend, child, cousin or colleague living abroad.

Nominations for the Awards are open from now until 30 September 2012 for Australians living and working overseas in the following eight industry categories: advanced manufacturing, biotechnology, clean technology, creative industries, financial services, information and communications technology, mining and resources and social innovation. 

If you or someone you know fits the bill, nominate now at:

The Australia-China Youth Dialogue (ACYD) aims to promote frequent and meaningful engagement between young adults in China and Australia who are interested in furthering Australia-China relations.

The ACYD was founded to promote sophisticated cross-cultural understanding among Australian and Chinese and to enhance Sino-Australian relations by bringing together key people from both sides to forge deeper connections for the future.

The ACYD is currently seeking applications from exceptional young Australians and Chinese, aged 18-35 and who have a demonstrated interest in Sino-Australian affairs whether that interest lies in diplomatic/international relations, politics, defence/security, journalism, international business, law academia, or creative industries.

The 2012 ACYD, to be held in Beijing and Chengdu, China from 19 to 24 October. Delegate applications are open to Chinese applicants until 15 September 2012, and to Australian applicants until 31 August 2012.

Visit the ACYD website for more information.