Friday, April 9th, 2010

Advance Emerging Leaders Summit 3-4 May New Delhi: Binding Relationships For Future Growth

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA – 8 April, 2010 – Some of Australia’s most influential thought leaders will join forces with emerging and established leaders in India at the Advance Emerging Leaders India Summit 2010 hosted in New Delhi on 3 – 4 May, 2010.

Australian speakers and discussion leaders include Rory Medcalf from the Lowy Institute, Bruce Hawker from Hawker Britton, George Eby Mathew from Infosys Australia, Gaurav Gupta from Dalberg Asia and The Green Livelihoods Centre, Dr Elizabeth Hill from the University of Sydney, and Anna Rose from the Australian Youth Climate Coalition.

Representatives from India include Pradeep Kumar Dadhich (Head of the Centre for Policy and Regulatory Studies, TERI University), Pramath Raj Sinha (Founding Dean, Indian School of Business), Manit Rastogi (Director, Morphogenesis Design Studio) and Ravi Singh (CEO, WWF India).

The Summit, which serves as an intensive workshop, has been organised in response to calls for a stronger relationship between India and Australia. It is being hosted by Advance, Australia’s leading global ‘people to people’ network of Australians and alumni abroad with more than 24,000 members spread across 80 countries, extensive industry networks and strong relationships with global business, government and academia.

Advance Emerging Leaders India Summit 2010 reflects Advance’s commitment to leveraging the networks of influence of Australian expatriates and alumni in India and the broader Asia region. By joining forces with emerging and established leaders in India and across the world, Australians working abroad are able to inspire creative strategies, tackle key challenges and opportunities and forge stronger relationships between India and Australia.

The Advance Emerging Leaders Summit in New Delhi will explore the role India and Australia can play together through interactive roundtable discussions focused on; redesigning our entrepreneurial ecosystems; meeting the region’s future water and renewable energy challenges; the urbanisation of cities; fostering 21st century global citizenship; re-writing the book on retail and corporate banking; the impact of mega-events when the carnival is over; and high quality international education.

Australian High Commissioner to India, Peter Varghese, said “global Australians are now working in so many countries and so many industries. The Advance Emerging Leaders Summit 2010 is a great opportunity to use the skills and expertise of Australians working in India to build new linkages and generate new ideas in collaboration with some of India’s emerging leaders. The New Delhi summit will help build the momentum of the bilateral ‘people to people’ relationship, drawing on the skills and insights of our talented expatriate community”.

The structure of the Summit will encourage lively debates, intense conversations, provide opportunities to learn from experts and influence both today and tomorrow’s decision makers.

The outcomes of the Advance Emerging Leaders India Summit 2010 will be tabled in the form of recommendations to the Prime Minister of Australia, the Hon. Kevin Rudd. These recommendations will also be disseminated through Advance’s global network.

“Australia’s future depends on our ability to engage constructively and effectively with our diverse neighbours. The Summit presents an unprecedented opportunity to connect with our dynamic, entrepreneurial diaspora, and to focus on core interests in Australia's critical future relationship with India” said Serafina Maiorano, Chief Executive Officer, Advance.

About the Advance Summits:
A Place ‘Where Global Australians Meet’

The Advance Summits are a place where established and emerging leaders from Australia’s diverse diaspora can meet - as an important brains trust - to explore and disseminate ideas, connections and best practices that lead to tangible results that can collectively contribute to society. The Advance Summits represent a unique opportunity to network with peers, gather clear and intelligent insight into critical global trends and solutions that will influence Australia’s growth and its place in the world. Each year Advance hosts a Summit in a different global city as part of our commitment to showcasing and harnessing the talent and expertise of Australia’s diaspora, and provide feedback – to influence government and business decision making.

Advance Achievements
Advance embodies the best of Australia and Australians – dynamic, professional, innovative, cross cultural, competitive, global thinking, fun and the ‘can do’ attitude for which we are admired.

Advance Highlights

  • Founded in 2002 as a not-for profit entity in the US, established in the UK and Hong Kong;
  • Largest and highly valued global network of senior Australian expatriates, alumni and mentors;
  • Membership of over 24,000 – both Australians, alumni and Friends of Australia;
  • Reach to 80 countries including Australia’s largest markets, US, China, India and Japan;
  • Eight (8) global industry networks including financial services, green tech, and life sciences;
  • Successful delivery of fully integrated overseas programs to accelerate the successful commercialisation of Australian innovation with a track record of bringing results;
  • Successful in partnering with Australian government agencies, institutions and accessing private sector investments;
  • Establishing strategic relationships with other peer organisations;
  • Successful delivery of leading global Summits such as the Advance Global 100 Summit held at the Sydney Opera House in 2006 and the Advance Asia 50 Summit in Shanghai in 2009;
  • Successful delivery / promotion of over 100 events worldwide annually; and
  • Global advisory board consisting of Australian captains of industry around the globe.

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Advance’s patron is the Prime Minister of Australia, the Hon. Kevin Rudd. Our founding patrons are Lachlan Murdoch, Anthony Pratt and Peter Lowy. We are supported by the Federal Government through the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, by State Governments, donors and corporate partners. As the leading global ‘people-to-people’ network of Australians and alumni abroad, we have a global reach of 80 countries, with offices in New York, San Francisco, Hong Kong and London. With a growing membership of over 24,000 Australians and alumni in key global cities around the world, a strong commitment to business volunteerism, our extensive industry, government, corporate and academic networks in the US, Asia, UK, EMEA and Australia, we galvanise our talent pool for the economic, cultural and social advancement of Australia and global Australians. Our members and non-Australian friends represent extensive networks, spheres of influence in key overseas markets.
Serafina Maiorano
P: +61 401 392 708


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