Advance Strengthens Presence in Asia with Inaugural Advisory Committee

Advance, the largest network of global Australians, today launched its Asia Advisory Committee led by leading restaurateur Michelle Garnaut AO as Chair, along with high profile Asian-based members drawn from various industries including technology, finance and health.

This inaugural Advisory Committee focused on Asia will continue Advance’s critical role in forging strong links between Australia and its international talent, for the benefit of Australia and Australians in the region. As Asia continues to grow in importance for Australia and be a magnet for Australian talent, the Advisory Committee will help Advance harness that expat talent, and build relationships with business, government and educational organisations.

The Committee members have been drawn from an impressive list of global Australian and alumni leaders based in Asia. In addition to Michelle, members of the committee include Mr. Sam Gerovich (Bangkok); Dr. Lucy Chen, Global Health Advisor at Peking University (Beijing); along with high profile Asian based alumni of Australian universities such as Dr. Mari Elka Pangestu, former Minister of Trade in Indonesia, Angelica Cheung, Editor in Chief, Vogue China (Beijing) and Dr Adeeba Kamarulzaman, Dean of the Faculty of Medicine, University of Malaya (Kuala Lumpur); as well as those with business interests in Asia such as Joseph Kwok CEO of SooChow Securities CSSD (Singapore) Pte Ltd (SSCS), a Chinese state-owned enterprise.

The Committee membership will continue to expand across different Asian countries, including potential future members from India, Japan and Malaysia.

Serafina Maiorano, Global CEO of Advance said: “Asia is an important region for Australia, has always attracted Australian talent, and our leading alumni of Australian universities in Asia are an important national asset. We are delighted this impressive group of global Australians, and those who have an association with Australia, have agreed to continue the growth of Advance’s extensive network in Asia. We know harnessing our offshore talent and associations brings extensive benefits to Australia, now and for generations.”

Michelle Garnaut AO added: “I am delighted to be chairing Advance’s Asia Advisory Committee. As a long-term expat, I have always championed the importance of Australia’s diverse international community to Australia. Advance is uniquely placed to harness the benefits of this widespread community. I have seen the strength of Advance and the critical role it plays and am excited by the future opportunities for us all in Asia.”