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.
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 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.
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 AM
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 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.
The Hon. Mrs Jeannie Lopes
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. She remained involved in business and education through the years when her children were young and has been the UK Ambassador for Advance since 2018.
United States of America
Josephine Linden AM
Josephine Linden is Founder and CEO of Linden Global Strategies, a wealth management advisory firm and multi-family office. She retired from Goldman Sachs as a partner and managing director in 2009, after being with the firm for over twenty-five years and was previously an Advisor to GSJBWere, Australia. Josephine serves on private and non-profit boards. She is the Chairman of Lands’ End, and Ambassador Emeritus of Advance. She served as Treasurer and Trustee for the Collegiate School, serving on the Executive Committee and serves on the Investment Committee.
Cassandra Kelly AM
Advance Lifetime Ambassadors
Advance Lifetime Ambassadors have a special place in our hearts as past Advance Board of Directors, Special Advisors and donors, who have generously supported Advance financially and/or given their time over the years to provide strategic guidance and leadership.