New Chairman of the Board for Advance

Mr Andrew Low will become the new Chairman of the Advance Board, bringing a long history of leadership and experience advising global clients.

Advance Global Australians is pleased to announce the appointment of Andrew Low, Chairman of Cobden Reid and National Chairman of the Australia British Chamber of Commerce, as Advance’s new Chairman of the Board.

Low brings more than 30 years of experience in international relations, via senior roles in a variety of different organisations, and will provide significant relationships and insights to the executive team in continuing the mission to develop ties between Australia and its diaspora. Low will be taking over from Yasmin Allen, who has led Advance as Chairman of the Board since early 2018. 

In addition to his roles as Chair of Cobden Reid, the Australian British Chamber of Commerce and the Australian Finance & Technology Centre Advisory Group, Low is on the Boards of Bell Shakespeare Company, Hunter Ferdinand Healthcare REIT and the Europe Australia Business Council. He previously served on the Australia Japan Business Council for 10 years and was Deputy Chair of the Asia Society in Australia as well as on its Hong Kong Advisory Board. Prior to becoming a non-executive director, he spent 28 years in the financial services sector in Australia, Asia, Europe and North America, including as Macquarie Capital’s Head of Asia and Global Head for Telecom, Media & Technology and as Global Head of Investment Banking for CLSA.

Ms Allen commented on Low’s appointment, saying “Andrew has worked and lived in Asia, Europe and North America, and knows first hand the life of an Australian expat.”

“The Board sees this background, together with his strong relationships in the corporate, government and arts sectors here in Australia, as making Andrew the ideal person to lead the Board through the next stages for Advance,” she added.

The appointment commences in March 2022, ahead of the much anticipated Advance Celebration Dinner on March 23, 2022, which will bring together Advance Award winners and Australian corporate and government decision-makers who value the contribution of Australians working around the world.

Mr Low, responding to the new role, said, “The last two years have been particularly hard on Australians living and working overseas, and on the families that support them. There has never been a more important time to rebuild and nourish the connections between Australia and all our extraordinary Australians living abroad.”

“I credit Yasmin for steering Advance through a period of significant transformation, driving delivery of engaging digital content and events, including the annual Advance Awards, and enhancing opportunities for emerging Australian leaders,” added Mr Low.

Mr Low remarked, “Advance is an integral part of Australia’s commitment to ‘soft power’ abroad, and facilitates talent, ideas and technologies to flow back into Australia. I’m pleased to drive this ambitious agenda, and play a role in creating a powerful dividend benefiting Australia.”


Advance is the professional network for overseas Australians. It was established in 2002, by the then Australian Consul-General to New York, Ken Allen AO, who is now the Advance Chairman Emeritus and Chair of the Judging Panel for the annual Advance Awards. Advance is partially funded by the Australian Federal Government and through the generous contributions of philanthropic donors and corporate sponsors who value Advance’s role in connecting global talent and elevating Australia’s global reputation.

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