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Australia Day Events Around The World Whether you prefer is listening to some great music over a good old fashioned Aussie BBQ, or attending a gala dinner sampling some great Australian wines - we’ve got you covered for some key international events that celebrate Australia Day.

Cutting-edge design with a conscience Designer Brodie Neill has taken his childhood passion for furniture-making and turned it into an international career, creating innovative pieces that could help to save the oceans.

Sparks in the desert Nestled deep in Australia’s Red Centre, the Desert Knowledge Precinct is home to innovative organisations and initiatives that create opportunities for desert communities. These include the Intyalheme Centre for Future Energy, which aims to become a world leader in renewables research.

Adam Garone: "Everyone can make a difference in a variety of ways" With a background in web and mobile marketing, Melbourne-native Adam Garone's career took a left turn in 2003 when his brother challenged him to grow out a moustache. The two wondered if they could bring the moustache back in vogue and, in the process, raise awareness for men's health along with money for prostate cancer research. And so began the now globally recognised Movember movement, where Adam served as CEO until June 2016.

Judy Olian: “Being global, I think, is very Australian” Melbourne native Judy Olian is the Dean of UCLA Anderson School of Management, one of the leading business schools in the world. Driving an institution that annually provides management education to almost 2,000 students enrolled in various MBA and Doctoral programs, and to over 2,500 professional managers through executive education programs, Judy knows first-hand what it takes to succeed in business. Under Judy’s leadership, UCLA Anderson has hired a record number of faculty and raised almost $400 million for innovative programming, and student and faculty support.

Jaddan Comerford: “I think that when you focus more on things like culture and purpose, one plus one can equal a hundred” “I think that when you focus more on things like culture and purpose, one plus one can equal a hundred.” Jaddan Comerford started his music business as a 17-year-old from the bedroom of his parents’ house, in one of the most tumultuous periods the music industry has ever seen; when illegal downloading service Napster and CD burning were just being introduced.

Paul O'Byrne: "LA brings about a sense of optimism" Like many Australians, Paul O’Byrne relocated to Los Angeles from Sydney after following a “sense of adventure”. A senior creative entrepreneur, Paul helps companies conceive, lead, deliver and evaluate major change programs, turning business problems into long-term assets.

Elizabeth Jens: "If I had a thin skin I don't know how long I would have lasted" At very young age, Elizabeth Jens developed an interest in space exploration – largely precipitated by Patrick Moore's Mission to the Planets, a book gifted to her by her father. Through a number of factors; unwavering dedication, perseverance, sheer grit, and, as she acknowledges, a “little bit of luck”, she had her dream realised when she began working at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) in Pasadena, California.

Young Australian Leaders To Meet The Queen Of all 52 Commonwealth countries, Australia has well and truly come in with the gold: Caitlin Figueiredo and Hunter Johnson have been presented with the opportunity of a lifetime as the recipients of the Queen’s Young Leaders Award.