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CEO Message | September 2023

An Idea You Can't Kill


"You have to create an idea you can't kill," says Professor George Foster AM, the Konosuke Matsushita Professor of Management at Stanford University.


Professor Foster knows what he's talking about. This engine of entrepreneurship in Silicon Valley, Stanford alumni and faculty have created more than 39,000 companies, including iconic innovators such as Google and Tesla. The AmCham Innovation Trade Mission and Study Tour to Silicon Valley, California and Denver, Colorado this month visited Stanford, Google,, and Tesla among many other icons of innovation.


From driverless cars to supersonic planes, the delegation visited more world-leading companies including Microsoft, Nvidia, Boom Supersonic, PsiQuantum, Palantir, and institutions like the Colorado School of Mines, and the National Renewable Energy Laboratory to hear from the innovators and entrepreneurs creating ideas that can't be killed.


In California, we heard from US Ambassador to Australia (2019-2013) and Australian Consul-General Odette Hampton, and in Colorado the group met with Lieutenant Governor Dianne Primavera, Mayor of Denver Mike Johnston, Australian Honorary Consul-General James Waddell, and Ambassador Thomas Dougherty (Ret.) for a diplomacy and policy download among the intense innovation agenda.

PICTURED: The AmCham Innovation delegation visits chip giant NVIDIA in Silicon Valley, California. Nvidia's market value has risen sharply in recent months (>US$1 Trillion), making it 6th highest in the world.


A key message of the program was to collaborate and get support. The best way of doing that is face-to-face, and AmCham's core mission is to provide access to these opportunities at home and abroad.


Closer to home, our own world-leading innovators are preparing for the AmCham Alliance Awards Gala, where we will celebrate exceptional and emerging talent in key sectors. This month, AmCham was delighted to announce the Finalists in the six industry categories as well as the Ambassador's Award, which you can view . We hope you will join us for the spectacular Gala on October 25 in Sydney.




Booked your Gala table? Check out other AmCham events happening around Australia:


SYDNEY | Business Luncheon

The Great AI Debate • 28 Sept


MELBOURNE | Meet the Minister

The Hon Clare O'Neil MP, Minister for Home Affairs • 11 Oct


ADELAIDE | Business Luncheon

The Digital Evolution • 12 Oct


BRISBANE | Unlocking Imagination

The Power of the Creative Industries • 9 Nov


CANBERRA | Business Luncheon

The Hon Dr Andrew Leigh MP, Assistant Minister for Competition, Charities, Treasury and Employment• 6 Dec


For more upcoming events and to secure your place, please . We look forward to seeing you at an AmCham event soon.


Kind regards,

April Palmerlee, Chief Executive Officer

American Chamber of Commerce in Australia


AmCham Governor News

PICTURED: AmCham Digital Economy Committee meets with Co-Chair of the Australia-US Parliamentary Friendship Group Luke Gosling MP | Marble Foyer - Parliament House




AmCham's Digital Economy, Health, and Space Committees took to Canberra this month for the spring Doorknock, meeting with Ministers, Shadow Cabinet, Department Heads and key staffers to engage on key priorities for increasing trade, investment, security, and freedom.


AmCham's Committees are the voice for the Chamber and its members on these important issues. Members can learn more about our Policy Committees on our .

AmCham Governor News

Boeing, the world’s largest aerospace company, has named CSIRO, Australia’s national science agency, a Supplier of the Year for the fifth time since 2010.



Tesla Chair Robyn Denholm and Alliance Award Winner and CEO of Fleet Space Technologies Flavia Tata Nardini recgonised in The Australian's Top 100 Innovators.


PICTURE: The Australian

The Australian Department of Defence awards a contract to deliver new Maritime Underwater Tracking Ranges for the Royal Australian Navy.


PICTURE: L3 Harris


AmCham Governor News

Harvey Lister

Adjunct Professor, School of Business

Faculty of Business Economics and Law

University of Queensland


AmCham is pleased to welcome our newly appointed member of the Councils of Governors in Queensland, Harvey Lister. AmCham's Governors are important contributors to the Chamber and provide advice to the Board of Directors and Executive Team.

I’m delighted to welcome these new members and here are links to their websites:

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