Born Global : July 2020

From the CEO

Lawyers often rely on precedents to inform their decision making. Today, we are in ‘unprecedented’ times. Whether it’s the global pandemic, the economic crisis it precipitated, the rising global health toll or the growing tension between superpowers. Despite these challenges, or perhaps because of them, uncertainty presents an opportunity to reshape the future with the help of our global Australians, many of whom have returned to Australia unexpectedly. In this issue we celebrate the gumption of Distinguished Professor Genevieve Bell AO FTSE and her first 3A Institute graduates with a Master of Applied Cybernetics. We are motivated by the opportunities revealed during the conversation with Lord Grimstone of Boscobel Kt who joined his Excellency the Hon. George Brandis QC about negotiations of the Free Trade Agreement between the UK and Australia. Mark Rigotti, the immediate past global CEO of Herbert Smith Freehills shares his lived experience of leading change after an economic shock; and Adam Malouf, Chief Asset Sourcing Officer at the Knowledge Fund for the Government of Dubai, reveals the opportunities for companies looking for capital and customers. The conversation with Mark Adams, an Australian living in the Bay Area and host of the podcast presented by Curious Thing, unveils opportunities in deep tech product development lured down under by Australia’s talent pool, stability, exchange rate and its response to Covid-19. We always love to hear your news, so drop us a line. Until next time – Maria MacNamara.


Foreign Minister Marise Payne advised that 300,000 Australians have already returned from travel, study and work overseas. We know that global Australians can find it difficult to re-establish themselves quickly on their return to Australia. We have developed a range of activities to assist with the transition. Join Advance.



We were privileged to host Distinguished Professor Genevieve Bell AO FTSE at our most recent global digital roundtable. We welcomed guests from Japan, the United Kingdom, the United States and across Australia to hear about her incredible journey from growing up in remote Aboriginal communities to joining the tech sector as Intel’s resident anthropologist, before returning to create a brand new discipline within engineering at the 3A Institute at ANU. More



The United Kingdom’s Minister for Investment, Lord Grimstone of Boscobel Kt, joined His Excellency The Hon George Brandis QC to our partners and guests with a rare glimpse into the aspirations and context for the negotiation of the Free Trade Agreement (FTA) between the UK and Australia. More

Coming up

There are a number of Partner Events coming up including a roundtable with Andrew Liveris AO, Lucy Turnbull AO and a conversation with Zoe Daniel, one of the few journalists who saw the rise of Donald Trump coming, while reporting beyond the big cities. Zoe has returned to Australia with her family after a four year stint as a Washington Bureau Chief for ABC News. While in the United States, she travelled from Alaska to Washington and to 44 states. More

Simon Wardley is the creator of Wardley Maps. Wardley maps are used within the UK government, with particular interest within the Government Digital Service for strategic planning and identifying the best targets for government digital service modernisation. As a geneticist with a love of mathematics and a fascination in economics, Simon has always found himself dealing with complex systems, whether it’s in behavioural patterns, environmental risks of chemical pollution, developing novel computer systems or managing companies. He is a passionate advocate and researcher in the fields of open source, commoditisation, innovation, organisational structure and cybernetics. More



Immediate past Global CEO of Herbert Smith Freehills, Mark Rigotti spoke with CEO Maria MacNamara and reflected on how change drives growth in the professional services sector, and focuses on the importance of leadership. More.


Adam Malouf has been living in the UAE for 16 years now, and sees the country as a very open environment that welcomes business. He has actively maintained a relationship with Australia, trying to find areas of common interest between Australia, the UAE and the Middle East. More


Mark Adams is an Australian in the Bay Area. In conversation with, he talks about his entrepreneurial journey to Silicon Valley, how technology is helping the global jobs market in rebounding the economy and his interest in promoting Australia’s technology potential. More


Sara McKerihan heads home from NYC and will take up the role of vice chair of markets and securities services for Australia and New Zealand at Citi, while Scott Collary returns from Canada to take up the role as Chief Operating Officer at Westpac. Welcome back


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