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Sydney – 25 July 2019

Advance held an intimate roundtable lunch with inspiring guest speaker, Nina Blackwell, Advance Board member, Australian Global Game Changer and Senior Advisor at the forefront of politics and philanthropy in the US.  

Rachel Scheel: the HR leader fostering a positive work environment

Rachel Scheel is the Global Culture and Employee Engagement Leader at GE Healthcare, based out of London. Leaving Australia for the UK 12 years ago, Rachel’s international experience resonates with many other global Australians – she initially planned to relocate overseas temporarily which ended up becoming a permanent/ long-term move.

John McClusky: The next challenge came with the realization and learning that my current role is incredibly different to anything I’ve ever done before

A believer of change is a good thing, John McClusky fits in and stands out naturally in the global banking world where changes are constant and sometimes disruptive. John is the General Manager, Head of London Branch at the National Australia Bank. He’s one of the driving forces powering and building connections between Australia and the UK through financial services.

Jeannie Lopes: Advance’s UK Ambassador

Jeannie Lopes is one of the Australians who have chosen London as their adopted city. She’s amongst the Australian diaspora back in 1990 who has witnessed the growth of the Aussie expats population in London with close to a tenfold increase from 24,000 to over 200,000.

Advance Reinforces Strength of Australian Diaspora in UK

Advance, the leading global network of offshore Australians, demonstrated the strength of the country’s diaspora at its UK relaunch in London on July 10, attended by a number of high profile Australians.

Tuning in: how composer Anthony Leigh Dunstan is pushing music boundaries

Anthony Leigh Dunstan’s life has always revolved around music. He’s a composer and a classical music writer at Primephonic  – aa Amsterdam-based streaming service designed for classical music. His artistic talent comes from his devotion and hard work in pursuing a music career. He’s also been influenced by his family whose passion for music is no less than Anthony’s – his mum plays piano and sings and his dad being an amateur trombonist.

The Aussie chef adding finesse to Dutch cuisine: Alex Haupt

“It’s strange to say but a kitchen/restaurant is where I am most comfortable and where I am happiest.” It’s a genuine revelation and makes sense of how Alex Haupt landed a career in hospitality as the chef-patron of 101 Gowrie, an emerging fine dining hotspot in Amsterdam.

Susan Perry: There is something special about riding your bike along the beautiful canals. It’s such a great way to commute – especially as it’s so flat!

Susan Perry is one of the many audacious global Aussies with an adventurous spirit. After a two-year entrepreneurial journey, Susan made a return to corporate life with fresh perspectives and new skills and subsequently joined Booking.com as Global Head of Marketing for BookingSuite. She is based out of Amsterdam in the headquarters of the global travel fare company.

Lotte Haverman: at the forefront of protecting children’s mental wellbeing

Dr Lotte Haverman wears many hats – clinician-scientist, child psychologist and researcher. Based at Amsterdam’s Emma Children’s Hospital, Lotte plays a vital role in supporting children’s mental wellbeing as a child psychologist helping children and families to cope and accept medical diagnosis, as well as providing treatment for trauma, depression and anxiety related to their medical conditions.

Beijing: Boardroom Breakfast with Yasmin Allen

In partnership with AustCham Beijing, Advance was pleased to host a Boardroom Breakfast with Yasmin Allen, Advance’s Chairman and one of Australia’s most experienced female directors on leading Australian company boards.

The duo expanding the wardrobes of millions of women: Costa Koulis & Kirsten Kore

The rise of the ‘on-demand’ economy has rewritten the rules of conventional marketplaces, changing our everyday, from the way we commute, to entertainment and dining. Even the act of dressing is up for disruption, thanks to the ingenuity of Costa Koulis and Kirsten Kore – the creators behind Designerex, the world’s leading peer-to-peer designer dress sharing platform.

Roundtable Luncheon with Carol Schwartz AM

Advance was delighted to host an intimate women’s lunch with Carol Schwartz AM, a strong advocate for women in leadership, with a passion for the arts, entrepreneurial businesses and social enterprises. The gathering was generously hosted by Advance Global Advisory Council member, Josephine Linden, at her Fifth Avenue offices in New York City on April 15.

Jane Sloane: pushing boundaries for women in Asia and the Pacific

Jane Sloane is an Australian living and working in San Francisco. One of the many ordinary Aussies doing extraordinary things in her adopted home city. She’s working to advance women’s rights and gender equality in Asia and the Pacific, encouraging and empowering girls and women to realize their rights and potential. Jane is Director, Women’s Empowerment and Gender Equality at The Asia Foundation.

Darren Chait: an architect building a “one-team” culture

Darren Chait – co-founder of Hugo– connected meeting note software for teams to share and action insights – has come across the same experience. But unlike many of us who would scratch our heads about the communication confusion, he and his team are on the way to cracking the code by developing a platform to centralize team meeting notes and integrate with calendars and all the other apps used by teams to share and action those insights in real time.

Curtis Stone: the Aussie chef who excites the dining scene in California

Curtis Stone is an Australian celebrity chef based out of California but his culinary career is not geographically defined. His global adventure started out in London where he worked for British chef and restauranteur Marco Pierre White for eight years before settling in Southern California and becoming an international culinary icon.

Isha Chaturvedi: a driven data scientist

Isha Chaturvedi is a data scientist based out of San Francisco. Although she’s always working “behind the scene”, her work is highly visible in our daily lives – from our simple internet searches to medical diagnosis.

Paul Halliday: spreading the footy spirit across Indonesia

23 years ago when internet was almost unheard off and watching footy from outside Australia wasn’t always accessible, Paul Halliday who moved to Indonesia for work and his mates founded Jakarta Bintangs AFL football club as they were looking for “something else to do on the weekends”.

Barakalla Robyn: at the forefront of global marine conservation

Barakalla Robyn has pursued his passion and career in the environment sector.  He’s the Sustainable Ocean Initiative & Climate Senior Program Lead at the World Resources Institute Indonesia (WRI) – an affiliate of the World Resources Institute headquartered in Washington, D.C. WRI Indonesia is an organisation dedicated to developing research-based solutions to address climate change and helping Indonesia to achieve sustainable development.

Eva Kasim: an upbeat social welfare professional

Eva Kasim requires mobility aids but that doesn’t prevent her to dream big. She took the opportunity to study in Australia after receiving a scholarship, all while she was also facing challenges and inconveniences with her limited mobility. And she even devoted time to get involved in volunteer work besides her study.

Dr Juliet Donald: a psychologist supporting the wellbeing of aid workers

Dr Juliet Donald is a professional story listener and observer. Her patients share their stories through words and body languages. She’s a registered clinical psychologist in Toronto. Moving to Canada from Sydney, Juliet works in a private practice and international humanitarian medical non-governmental organisation Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF), taking care of staff’s mental wellbeing.