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CEO Message | October 2023

Ambassador Kennedy Announces First Alliance Award



The true strength of the US-Australia Alliance is its people.


AmCham inaugurated the Alliance Awards three years ago. We learned a lot from COVID as individuals, businesses, and nations. Emerging from the pandemic, the importance of innovation shone in a new light. The pathfinders, the people who look at things differently and take action, were more important than ever before.


In a special reception at the US Embassy in Canberra, AmCham Patron and US Ambassador Caroline Kennedy announced the winner of the first 2023 Alliance Award - The Ambassador's Award.


The Ambassador's Award complements the six industry awards to be announced at the AmCham Alliance Awards Gala on October 25: artificial intelligence, biotechnology, energy and clean technology, the digital economy, quantum, and space. These sectors are at the frontier of innovation and actively changing the way we live and work.


So, why is there a seventh Alliance Award?


We realised there was a missing piece. How are we bringing people together on the journey? How can we ensure we are promoting our shared values, cultural bonds, and inclusion as these emerging technologies propel us into the next generation of the Alliance?


Thanks to the support of the Pratt Foundation, AmCham is able to recognise these Australians making a positive contribution to their communities through the Ambassador's Award.

PICTURED [left to right]: April Palmerlee, Nicole Cook, Diana Zhang, Ambassador Caroline Kennedy, Jessica Smith, Miranda Menaspa, and Heloise Pratt.


ABSENT: Ahmed Hassan, Martine Ucnikova


Ambassador Kennedy announced that Dr Diana Zhang is the Winner of the 2023 Ambassador's Award. A Board Director of Science and Technology Australia, STEM Ambassador, and professional musician, Dr Zhang advocates for the inclusion of girls and members of culturally and linguistically diverse communities in science.


She works at the intersection of medical research, AI and machine learning – another sector in which Australians and Americans are collaborating to the benefit of both people’s health and the economy.


Dr Zhang is on an entrepreneurial journey to translate her Fulbright Australia research, detecting Parkinson's Disease up to 15 years before clinical diagnosis with 96 percent accuracy.


AmCham congratulates Dr Zhang and all of the extraordinary Finalists. For more information on all of the incredible AmCham Alliance Awards Finalists, , and make sure you are with us for the Gala as we announce the winners of our Alliance Award industry categories.

If you have already booked your Gala table, check out other AmCham events happening around Australia:


MELBOURNE | Member Networker

Victorian Commissioners to the United States Caroline Edwards and Nigel Warren • 19 Oct


PERTH | Indo-Pacific Space and Earth Conference

Read on for more details • 23-24 Oct


BRISBANE | Member Networker

With Australian Industry & Defence Network and Business Chamber Queensland • 2 Nov


ADELAIDE | Business Luncheon

Powering the Future – Igniting Green Energy & Renewables • 23 Nov


SYDNEY | Meet the Minister

The Hon Pat Conroy MP, Minister for Defence Industry • 23 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




The American Chamber of Commerce in Australia echoes the comments of Prime Minister Albanese regarding the appalling and abhorrent attacks on Israel.


AmCham has a close and productive working relationship with the Australia-Israel Chamber of Commerce, including a joint trade mission to Israel in November 2022. This trade mission included a solemn and profound visit to Yad Vashem, the World Holocaust Remembrance Center in Jerusalem. That more Jews were killed on October 7 than on any day since the Holocaust is an unmitigated tragedy.


Israel is a vibrant and innovative democracy. We reaffirm our support for the people of Israel to live freely. As Minister for Foreign Affairs Senator the Hon Penny Wong said, "Australia stands against terrorism. We stand in solidarity with Israel."


PICTURE: The Canberra Times




Chants of "USA! USA!" rang around the 100,024 sell-out crowd at the iconic MCG for the 2023 AFL Grand Final as American-Australian Mason Cox received his Premiership Medal.


Originally from Texas, Mason first learned of Australian rules football in 2014. Fast-forward to 2023, Mason is now a dual citizen of Australia and the United States. He has played over 100 games and kicked over 100 goals.


But his story is not without setbacks. He has endured more than his fair share of the slings and arrows of an elite athlete's career, including detached and torn retinas, a ruptured spleen, and the criticism that comes with a big American challenging Aussies at their own game.


Now, the 211cm ruck/forward has realised every footballer's dream and achieved the ultimate success. AmCham congratulates Mason and the Collingwood Football Club on their superb victory.


Mason Cox will be one of of the inspirational leaders speaking to the AmCham Global Leadership Academy in 2024. The Academy brings leaders from sports, philanthropy, defence, industry, and government to share their experiences with the next generation of leaders. Enrolment in 2024 is now open. Contact your AmCham General Manager for more information.

AmCham Governor News



AmCham is pleased to be a community partner on The Indo-Pacific Space and Earth Conference and to offer members an exclusive discount on registration.


This exciting two-day conference will be held in Perth at the Pan Pacific Hotel from Monday 23 October to Tuesday 24 October 2023.


Whether you work in space, resources, robotics, sustainability, agriculture, critical technologies, education, investment and commercialisation or defence - this is a unique opportunity to hear from key players from government and industry across the Indo-Pacific.


70+ national and international speakers - including a number from the United States - will present thought-provoking talks to inspire collaboration and innovation on the cross-over between space and earth, shaping the future of our industries.


AmCham Members are eligible to receive a special registration discount by using the code: AMCHAM10.


To find out how you can get involved and discover endless possibilities on earth, in space and beyond - .


AmCham Governor News

University of Adelaide and BAE Systems unveil the new defence surveillance radar research centre for world-leading over-the-horizon radar that monitors Australia’s northern approaches.


PICTURE: University of Adelaide

works with NASA to transport 4.5-billion-year-old rock material collected from asteroid Bennu by the OSIRIS-REx spacecraft.



Tim Harcourt examines the future of sport with Australian Olympic Committee CEO Matt Carroll and Carol Mills, Director at Institute for Public Policy and Governance at UTS, on the latest edition of podcast.


PICTURE: Ticker News


launch competition to land SA student design on the moon. The winning design will be 3D printed onto the shell of Fleet’s innovative SPIDER device, which stands for ‘Seismic Payload for Interplanetary Discovery, Exploration, and Research.’


PICTURE: Fleet Space Technologies


AmCham Governor News



AmCham is pleased to welcome our new Premium Member HSBC.


HSBC is one of the world’s largest banking and financial services organisations. They serve approximately 39 million customers through their global businesses: Wealth and Personal Banking, Commercial Banking, and Global Banking & Markets. Their network covers 62 countries and territories in Europe, Asia, the Middle East and Africa, North America and Latin America.


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

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