The last month has highlighted the desperate plight of others, whether it be in Ukraine, or flooding across Australia’s east coast. We are also thinking of Advance members in China and Hong Kong impacted by the latest Covid-related rules and lockdowns. In this edition, we bring you stories of hope and ways to help.
Our annual survey of global Australians exposed the depth of expat talent overseas and returning to Australia. In our preview of the results on March 3rd, Peter O’Brien from Russell Reynolds Associates, shared tips for those returning to leadership positions in Australia, and Australia’s Consul General to Hong Kong and Macau, Elizabeth Ward, shed light on the current situation in Hong Kong.
It is with great appreciation that we recognise the contribution of Yasmin Allen, Chairman of Advance over the last 4 years, for steering Advance through this period of digitisation and enhanced programs for emerging Australian leaders. Yasmin will pass the baton to Andrew Low, who we are pleased to introduce to the Advance community.
‘Till next time,
CEO | Advance.org
INTRODUCING ANDREW LOW
Advance’s new Chairman of the Board, Andrew Low has more than 30 years of international experience, across a range of roles and organisations. Andrew is already well-known to many in the community, and is committed to nourishing the connections between Australia and all Australians living abroad. More
HELP THOSE AFFECTED BY FLOODS
The devastating floods affecting communities in NSW and Queensland have resulted in an outpouring of grief from the entire global Australian community. If you are looking for ways to assist those in need, there are many charities and organisations you can donate to that are providing urgent relief to affected areas. Check out the full list of charities, including mental health outreach, here.
AWARDS NOMINATIONS CLOSING
Time is running out to nominate an inspiring global Australian for the Advance Awards, with nominations closing on Monday March 28. Most nominations to date are for nominees in the US (43%), recently returned to Australia (15%), China (11%), UK (10%), France (7%), and other countries (14%). Are there global Australians where you are living that should be nominated? Let us know here!
POSTCARD FROM SYDNEY
In March each year, many organisations take a moment to reflect on their diversity and inclusion efforts. Current NextGen Program participant, Afeeya Akhand, shares her perspective on this topic. Afeeya discusses the unique position a multicultural background gives to create global impact, lessons she’s learnt from the NextGen Program, and the importance of believing in your worth. More
AUSSIES HELPING UKRAINE
Daniel Russell and Roger Scott are Australians living in Poland doing regular runs to the Polish border and into Ukraine to deliver much-needed supplies and pick up desperate refugees. They shared their experience with the ABC and RN Drive (jump to 14:10 to listen). You can follow their journey via this blog or Daniel’s Instagram, and/or donate to their fundraiser here.
2021 SURVEY EVENT/EXPAT TIPS
The results of the annual survey were previewed in a conversation featuring Peter O’Brien (Russell Reynolds Associates) and Elizabeth Ward (Australia’s Consul General to Hong Kong and Macau). A recording of the event and the full report will be posted shortly. The survey shows a huge influx of Australian professionals in senior roles returning to Australia. If that might be you, check out a list of tips shared by Peter for global Australians.
WHERE TO WATCH FOOTY
Are you living overseas and missing the thrill of watching the AFL/AFLW or the NRL/NRLW? Good news! With the men’s seasons just kicking off, and the finals for the women’s comps around the corner, America Josh has two information pages on how you can watch LIVE games of both the AFL and the NRL from overseas.
BONDI TO MANLY ULTRA
If you are passing through Sydney, there’s nothing quite like a walk or run along the beautiful Bondi to Manly Walk to experience the harbour up close! And for those who are extra keen, check out a new ‘urban ultra’ (80km or 20km race legs) on 5 November 2022. This inaugural event is sure to become an iconic feature on the ultramarathon calendar! Tickets go on sale on 23 March, with all proceeds to be reinvested into improving the track and the surrounding natural environment. More
LOVE YOUR JOB
Have you looked at the Advance Jobs Board yet? Your dream job could be waiting for you! With global vacancies across all sorts of disciplines and sectors, as well as weekly updates, there’s a potential perfect fit for everyone! You can also refine your search depending on the type of work or location you’re looking for, as well as using keywords. More