Advance Connect: Nurturing a relationship focused on innovation

In an Advance Connect Roundtable roundtable in partnership with DFAT NSW, His Excellency The Honorable Arthur Sinodinos AO, shared his perspective as Australian Ambassador to the USA on not only helping our economy bounce back, but transforming it for the better, with a strong focus on science and innovation as the catalyst. Chairman Yasmin Allen, opened the roundtable and discussed with Mr Sinodinos the important role that the organisation could play in finding and utilising Australia’s talent across the diaspora. Advance sits at the heart of the talent equation, with a strategy to mobilise this talent and shift it into Australian specialised roles within industries that Mr Sinodinos identified as having strong potentials – such as space, rare earth, and minerals.

An opportunity for Australia to be competitive and innovative

In his introduction, Mr Sinodinos explained that Australia is at a tipping point, and to not only overcome it but come out better than ever, we need to grasp the challenge at hand and use our expanse of talent to transform our economy. While there are clear distinctions between Australia and the US, there are also many similarities which give us the potential to be as competitive as we are able to be. 

He suggested we look around corners and observe what the USA does with their ability to collaborate between industry, research and innovation sectors. The USA mindset has allowed them to become the innovation powerhouse they are known to be. This dialogue is essential in creating a more innovative nation.

Mr Sinodinos also pointed out that for the USA to articulate their ambitions, they work with like-minded, talented people to achieve them. Companies across the USA utilise Australian talent, showing a clear opportunity for further collaboration between the two countries.

Shifting the Australian economy

The incoming Ambassador also pointed out that Australia is already at the forefront of industries such as space and minerals. The country could be a world leader by collaborating with countries like the USA, and by leveraging a more sustainable and effective asset: the talented diaspora with the potential for world leading innovation. 

The conversation continued with the focus on Australia’s position within the APAC region and on creating more meaningful relationships through the exchange of talent and IP. The discussion involved our distinguished guests, such as Adrian Turner, Head of Minderoo Foundation’s Fire Fund, Robi Stanton, Vice President of ANZ Warner Bros, Stephen Brady AO CVO, Chairman of the National Gallery Foundation,  Arlene Tansey, Non Executive Director of Aristocrat, as well as Advance Founder and Chairman Emeritus Ken Allen AM, and’s Non Executive Director Michael Cannon-Brookes.

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  • A great discussion as always
  • Congratulations on arranging and hosting an excellent breakfast. I found it fascinating and very useful.
  • Today’s session was just fantastic. It resulted in a very useful exchange of views and very valuable input for Mr Sinodinos’s new role as the Australian Ambassador to the USA, a role that is critical for Australia for the next decade of a globalised world. 
  • It was a great pleasure to be part of such a brilliant group of people.
  • I just wanted to congratulate and thank the team for organising and executing such a successful breakfast for Arthur today. Certainly, everybody that I talked to at the end found it very worthwhile attending and liked the free-ranging Q&A session. It demonstrated clearly the power of Advance. Well done!
  • Thank you for the invitation this morning. It was a fascinating discussion!
  • It was so very interesting – you are the most amazing connector!
  • It was the best discussion I have been to in years. I can now see the value of Advance.