We are truly honoured to have the support and involvement of our Advance Ambassadors, whose generosity allows us to take our important work to the next level and continue to help the next generation of global Australians. For more information about this program, please contact us, here.

Country Ambassadors


Michael Cannon-Brookes

Michael Cannon-Brookes retired from IBM in July 2012 after 15 years with the company. He was vice president for strategy worldwide for IBM’s Growth Markets Unit covering 149 emerging markets, which has its Global Headquarters in Shanghai, where he lived for the last 8 years.

Carol Schwartz AO

With a dynamic leadership career spanning property, the arts, finance, government and health sectors, Carol Schwartz AO is recognised as an esteemed business person and entrepreneur, focusing on gender equality, women’s leadership, governance, social enterprise, business and finance industries.


Tracy Colgan

Tracy Colgan is President and Beijing-based Managing Director of Kamsky Associates, Inc. In these capacities, she is responsible for the overall management and strategic direction of KAI, as well as overseeing the structuring and implementation of client engagements involving China and the Asia Pacific Region.

Geoff Raby

Dr Geoff Raby is Chairman and CEO of Geoff Raby & Associates, a Beijing-based business advisory firm. He is also an independent, non-executive director on the boards of Fortescue Mining Group, OceanaGold, and SmartTrans.


Melanie Brock

Melanie Brock is one of Japan’s most respected APAC specialists. She uniquely combines practical commercial business leadership and language skills to consistently deliver on business, regulatory and partnership outcomes for Japanese and foreign corporations both on global and domestic levels.

United Arab Emirates

Adam Malouf

Adam is a seasoned and dynamic C-suite senior executive and non-executive director with wealth of international and regional experience in strategic, technical and functional areas, having worked with multinational corporations, government, regional  conglomerates, family offices, private investment offices and sovereign wealth funds.

United Kingdom

Jeannie Lopes

AMBASSADOR UNITED KINGDOM Jeannie Lopes grew up in Tasmania and was educated in NSW and the USA before coming to London in 1990 where she worked for the BBC, later joining a number of not-for-profit boards.

United States of America

Josephine Linden

AMBASSADOR EMERITUS  Josephine Linden is Founder and CEO of Linden Global Strategies, a wealth management advisory firm and multi-family office.

Odaria Finemore

Odaria Finemore is a lawyer from Sydney who specialized in industrial relations, environmental and corporate law work. Odaria received her Bachelor of Arts from the University of Sydney and Bachelor of Laws from the University of Technology.

Advance Lifetime Ambassadors

Advance Lifetime Ambassadors have a special place in our hearts as past Advance Board of Directors and Special Advisors, who have generously supported Advance and kindly given their time over the years to provide strategic guidance and leadership.