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Welcome to Advance’s fourth Thought Leadership Summit.

At Advance, we celebrate the work of others - the thriving Australians abroad whose ambitions, curiosities, great potential and hard work have led them to experience the world.

Advance is a conduit for chanelling this global experience to create the most positive of outcomes for Australia. This Summit furthered our mission of showcasing and harnessing Australian expatriate talent, expertise and alumni networks abroad as a ‘brain chain’ for Australia, with this coming year’s focus being on women’s leadership in the Asia Pacific region.

We brought together current and emerging thought leaders across industries, countries and generations, with the aim of celebrating the achievements of exceptional women and showcasing their innovative leadership roles. By engaging and bringing together those Australians whose work and ideas are infused with unique experiences, travel and exposure to the world's very best, we talked and listened. Inspired and were inspired.

While this Summit had a focus on women’s leadership, we welcomed all Advance members both at home and abroad, and had men speaking at both our keynote and round table discussions, which addressed current regional issues of our time.

The Summit recognised 50 outstanding women leaders and emerging leaders in the region who are part of Australia’s overseas brains trust. As we launched the Advance Women’s Leadership Summit, we were thrilled to announce and welcome Advance’s newest patron, Australia’s first female Prime Minister, the Honourable Julia Gillard MP.

Serafina Maiorano

Chief Executive Officer, Advance