Held across two iconic Sydney locations, the Sydney Opera House and Art Gallery of NSW on 21 October 2016, The Advance Global Australian Summit and Awards celebrated international Australians who exhibit remarkable talent, exceptional vision and ambition. The Awards are the only of its kind to recognise the contributions of the one million Australians living abroad, and those who have returned home.

Check out photos from the night on the Advance Facebook Page.

The 2016 Advance Global Australian Awards acknowledged achievements across a number of categories and the winner of the overall 2016 Advance Global Australian Award was Dr Genevieve BellCorporate Sensing & Insights, Corporate Strategy Group, Intel Corporation. The Advance Global Alumni Award celebrates an outstanding non-Australian alumnus of an Australian university and we were delighted to present the Award to University of Newcastle alumnus Neima CandyNational Ebola Coordinator, Liberian National Red Cross. Professor Fiona Wood AM was presented with the Advance Global Impact Award. The judging panel consisted of distinguished Australian pioneers who themselves have have significant impact on the global stage.

LA-based Australian singer-songwriter Betty Who was the headlining performer and wowed the audience with her smash hit “Somebody Loves You” and other pop hits.

Internationally renowned returned expat Mandy Drury was the emcee for the evening. Her 18 year career working at the pinnacle of global business saw her working extensively with leading television networks CNBC, Bloomberg TV, NBC, MSNBC and contributing to Australia's Channel 7. 

The Hon. Malcolm Turnbull MP, Prime Minister of Australia joined us on the evening and presented Dr Genevieve Bell with the Overall 2016 Advance Global Australian Award.

The Advance Global Australian Summit brought together Australia’s game-changers and thought leaders to exchange ideas, and share insights and best practices. The Summit presented a unique opportunity to network with peers and gather intelligence into global trends and solutions that will influence Australia’s growth and its place in the world. 

Visit the Advance Facebook Page to see photos from the Summit!

For all our members and friends who were not able to join us in Sydney on the day, check out all the highlights here, thanks to Australia Channel

Read all the news and media coverage of the Awards program and see what people who attended the event this year and previous years (as well as those who tuned in from halfway around the world) had to say here.

At Advance, we believe that mentoring is a powerful tool that helps to build the clarity and self-awareness required to be truly innovative. As part of our Awards Program we offer the Awards Mentoring Program, matching Australian university students with an Advance Global Australian Award Winner for 12 months of one-on-one mentoring. Meet the 2016 mentees, many of whom were able to join us for the Summit and Awards.