Born Global : September 2020

From the CEO

Spring is in the air in Australia. With it comes the promise of green shoots and the opportunity to begin afresh. Young ballerina Georgia Neaverson shares her journey from the stage in Warsaw to the Faculty of Law at the University of Technology Sydney. We hear about the industries being created by Main Sequence Ventures portfolio companies, that General Partner Bill Bartee says “solve a very hard problem in a very large market with a product that is difficult to replicate”. We also draw on the decades of experience from Andrew Liveris AO on what it takes to scale businesses globally and I speak to Leanne Kemp about the opportunities for global Australian entrepreneurs in Queensland. Simon Wardley opens his toolkit to show us how we can make better program investment decisions with Wardley Maps and we and took time out to “look at our cities through fresh eyes” with Lucy Turnbull AO

Gary Quinlan AO, Australia’s Ambassador to the Republic of Indonesia, and one of Australia’s most highly regarded minds in foreign affairs took time to remind us of the importance of the relationship with our nearest neighbour. Foreign correspondent and most recent Washington Bureau Chief for the ABC, Zoe Daniel shared stories from the Trump White House and reflected on the power of an Australian voice and perspective interpreting and reporting on news at a local level, so that we don’t “lose our capacity to have a conversation we don’t agree with.” Speaking about career transitions, I spoke with Don’t Stop us Now Podcast hosts Claire Hatton and Greta Thomas about career transitions. Talking careers, we are major supporters of the Future of Work Summit that is taking place on-line this week. Until next time! – Maria MacNamara

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Ballerina Georgia Neaverson started dancing at age three, is now 21 years old, and talks about her life as a ballerina in Australia, studying in Europe and landing her first professional role with the Polish National Ballet. She is now back in Sydney and enrolled in an Arts Law degree at the University of Technology Sydney. We are running the conversation uncut, for the many young people making career decisions and the parents looking for inspiration. More


We were introduced to the work of venture capital firm Main Sequence Ventures and their portfolio of Australia’s most ambitious deep tech founders during a briefing. We were inspired to hear about the investment made by their first fund in 25 companies, that delivered top quartile results as measured against their global peers. More


Drawing on her most recent role as the inaugural Chief Commissioner of the Greater Sydney Commission from 2015 until March 2020, Lucy Hughes Turnbull AO outlined how the strategic planning for the whole of metropolitan Sydney will support us to adapt to the pandemic. More


Andrew N. Liveris AO, global Board Member and Advisor to Presidents Obama and Trump and Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison, outlined the key elements of a new toolkit to support Australia’s economic recovery, and redefine, reset and revitalise the economy for the 21st century. More


Sharing insights from her life as a Foreign Correspondent, and as the ABC’s Washington DC Bureau Chief for the past four years, Zoe Daniel provided a fascinating snapshot into Trump’s America, journalism in the digital age and the impact of Australia’s local storytelling upon the social fabric. More


The Australian Ambassador to Indonesia, His Excellency Mr Gary Quinlan AO, shared on-the-ground insights into the maturing relationship between Australia and Indonesia with the recent commencement of the Indonesia-Australia Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement (IA-CEPA), and outlined areas for collaboration, investment and innovation. More


In a special Advance Connect seminar, business strategy icon Simon Wardley, shared the power of Wardley Mapping to unlock the complexity of strategic decision making, and inspired attendees to enhance their situational awareness and to challenge inertia, legacy thinking, and accepted assumptions. More


Our upcoming Advance Connect Gamechanger conversation will be featuring Leanne Kemp. She is the 2018 Advance Technology Innovation Award, founder and CEO of blockchain technology company Everledger and Queensland Chief Entrepreneur. More


The Advance Awards Judging Panel has selected 37 finalists for this year’s Advance Awards and we will be introducing them to you over the coming weeks. On 15 October 2020 we will be announcing the Advance Award 2020 Winners. This year, the Advance Awards will be streamed live, globally. Gather your friends and family and raise a toast to our remarkable global Australians. There will be a great deal to celebrate. More


A special series of stories read by Mrs Rowena Lee for children who are at home during the pandemic. More