Join us for a night of inspiration

The 2024 Gala Dinner on Thursday 14 March will showcase global Australians having an outsized impact in our world. Highlighting why global citizenship matters now more than ever, the Gala Dinner will feature insights from an inspiring line-up of speakers, including the 2023 Global Australian of the Year, Prof Glenn Denning. and Australia’s former Ambassador to the US, the Hon Ambassador Joe Hockey (Ret.).

The Gala Dinner is Advance’s only fundraiser to support the work of Advance, including our signature Global Australian Awards, which celebrate the extraordinary achievements of Australians living and working overseas, international alumni of Aussie universities and recent migrants to Australia who are innovating in their field.

This is your exclusive opportunity to be immersed in, and learn first-hand about Australia’s global engagement. You’ll also meet GameChangers recognised in 2023 Global Australian Awards, and be able to network with your peers from a range of corporate, government and not-for-profit backgrounds.

Dress Code: Formal


Additional speaker announcements coming soon!


Professor Glenn Denning is a world-renowned expert in international agriculture and food security who has dedicated his career to combating hunger and malnutrition. As the founding Director of the Master of Public Administration in Development Practice at Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs, his current focus is on the sustainable transformation of the global food system. Over the past 40 years, Glenn’s impactful contributions include serving on global initiatives such as the UN Millennium Project Hunger Task Force, playing a key role in the design and establishment of the Global Agriculture and Food Security Program (GAFSP), and advising organizations like the Asian Development Bank on aligning strategies with the 2030 Agenda and the Sustainable Development Goals. Recognised as the 2023 Global Australian of the Year, you can read more about Prof Glenn Denning here.


Joe Hockey served as Australia’s Ambassador to the United States from January 2016 to January 2020, where he focused on strengthening trade ties and promoting infrastructure development. Prior to this role, he held the position of Treasurer of Australia, overseeing economic matters and chairing significant international meetings. With over two decades of parliamentary experience, Joe has held various cabinet roles, demonstrating his commitment to public service and governance. He is currently Founding Partner & Global President of Bondi Partners, where he spearheads the firm’s global strategic direction, identifies emerging investment opportunities across Australia, the US and the UK and leads negotiations on mergers and acquisitions.


Rae is a multi-award-winning Wiradjuri journalist, from Dharug and Gundungurra country in Western Sydney. Her work appears across a range of mediums including television, radio and digital media. She was the first Science and Technology Editor for NITV at SBS, as well as the producer and host of top-rated podcasts. Throughout her impressive career as a leading commentator on all things tech, science and pop culture, Rae has worked with every major television and radio network in Australia, regularly making appearances today across SBS, ABC and Network Ten. Find out more about Rae Johnston here.


Andrew serves as Chairman of Advance Global Australians, the Australian British Chamber of Commerce, Genea Biomedx Group, and Cobden Reid Advisory. He is also a Director of the Bell Shakespeare Company and the Europe Australia Business Council. With a background in senior roles at Macquarie Group and CLSA, Andrew has extensive experience in finance and investment banking. A Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and the Financial Services Institute of Australasia, he brings a wealth of expertise to his diverse leadership roles. Find out more about Andrew Low here.

Not sure what to expect? Watch the highlights from the 2023 dinner!

Sponsors receive brand recognition before, during and after the Gala Dinner; a table for 10 guests and priority table placement and signage. For sponsorship opportunities or further inquiries about our Gala Dinner, please contact us at [email protected]