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CEO Message | November 2023

Official White House Visit and APEC CEO Summit top AmCham engagement in the US this month


AmCham returned to the United States for our third visit in three months for the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Leaders Meeting and CEO Summit, following the Official State Visit and the Innovation Trade Mission and Study Tour.


AmCham's in-person engagement with the United States is back to its record-setting pace. So too is the diplomatic engagement. "I stand here in Washington," said Prime Minister Albanese at the State Luncheon, "as the leader of America's steadfast ally." This past month has been about advancing both the economic and strategic relationship. AUKUS, unsurprisingly, has been high on the agenda, but not alone. Another task alongside this herculean project is cooperating on clean energy and navigating the historic Inflation Reduction Act to our nations' mutual benefit.


Beyond the bilateral, Australia's engagement with APEC - whose 21 members account for 75% of Australia's trade and over half the global economy - is crucial. One in four Australian jobs is dependent on trade, and during the Summit, Prime Minister Albanese affirmed the need for responsible reform to the dispute settlement mechanisms within the WTO, to ensure international rules and norms of international trade "can be applied in the interests of all."


President Biden characterised the US-Australia alliance as one marked by "imagination, ingenuity, and innovation." In AmCham's engagement with the United States, senior leaders have complemented this description as indispensable, unbreakable, and essential.


Australia's minilateral and multilateral engagement continues to expand. APEC and AUKUS are joined by the Pacific Islands Forum, ASEAN, the G20, the Quad, and NATO IP4 among others. Many of these involve cooperation with the United States. AmCham's upcoming is one example of the multi-faceted and expanding US-Australia alliance.

PICTURE: Prime Minister Albanese (right) and President Joe Biden at the APEC Leaders' Summit in San Francisco, California | Anthony Albanese, Linkedin


Over the coming weeks, AmCham offers members across the country more opportunities to become informed by and connected with experts in the fields that matter for business. Check out other AmCham events happening around Australia:


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 • 6 Dec


CANBERRA | Meet the Minister

The Hon Dr Andrew Leigh MP, Assistant Minister for Competition, Charities, Treasury and Employment with ANU Vice-Chancellor Brian Schmidt • 6 Dec


MELBOURNE| Business Luncheon

Mark Vassella, Chief Executive Officer of BlueScope • 6 Dec


BRISBANE| Business Luncheon

Defence 2024 - The Significance of National Security • 15 Feb 2024


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

AmCham and KPMG launch 'A Prosperous Future: Biotech' - a new report exploring the economic opportunity to generate $38 billion in exports and create 34,000 jobs by accelerating US-Australia collaboration in the biotech industry.


TWE acquires fastest-growing US luxury wine business, DAOU Vineyards for an upfront consideration of US$900 million. DAOU is recognised throughout the industry for its award-winning Cabernet Sauvignon-based wines, unique consumer profile, and benchmark-setting luxury experiences which TWE plans to grow.



Minnesota Governor Tim Walz and his trade delegation met with AmCham members at the University of Melbourne.



Flinders University has become the first Australian university to join forces with a key United States Navy research centre, the Naval Undersea Warfare Centre, to advance collaborative research in undersea technology.


PICTURE: Flinders University

Medtronic celebrated 50 years of operations in Australia with global Chief Executive Officer and Chairman Geoff Martha in Sydney.


PICTURE: Medtronic Australia and New Zealand

Google announced plans for the South Pacific Connect initiative, which will deliver two new transpacific subsea cables to help increase the reliability and resilience of digital connectivity in the Pacific, in collaboration with partners including Fiji International Telecommunications, Office of Posts and Telecommunications of French Polynesia, APTelecom and Vocus Group.



AbbVie celebrates their 10th anniversary of operations in Australia, launching the Future Health Leaders Program with Research Australia.


PICTURE: Emma St Clair-Pearce, Linkedin

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It was fitting that on the same day as this attempted phishing email, AmCham gathered in Canberra to discuss cyber resilience with Martin Creighan - Commvault, Stephanie Crowe - Australian Cyber Security Centre, and Annie Haggar - Cyber GC.


Our experts unpacked the evolving threat landscape, the best strategies to reduce risks and control costs, and even the emergence of RaaS - ransomware-as-a-service. While none of the highly informed attendees of our business luncheon will fall victim to this phishing scam after hearing from the panellists, AmCham urges anyone who receives the suspicious email to block the sender, delete the email, and alert their IT department.

AmCham Governor News

We are delighted to announce new members of the Councils of Governors across the country.

New South Wales

Roger Amir



South Australia

Dr Brenton Cooper

Chief Executive Officer


New South Wales

Guy Danskine

Managing Director, Australia


PICTURE: Winners of the Prime Minister's Prizes for Science 2023 | Department of Industry, Science and Innovation




AmCham congratulates our members who have recently been recognised as leaders in their fields:


Dr Brenton Cooper - Fivecast

State Winner (SA), Pearcey Award


Marcus Dawe - MCi Carbon

State Winner (ACT), Pearcey Award


Professor Glenn King - University of Queensland

Winner of the Prime Minister's Prize for Innovation


Professor Nicholas Opie - University of Melbourne

Paul Shelter Disrupter of the Year Award, InnovationAus 2023 Awards for Excellence


Michele Simmons - Silicon Quantum Computing

Winner of the 2023 Prime Minister's Prize For Science


David Tudehope and Aiden Tudehope - Macquarie Technology Group

Winners of the Pearcey Medal and inducted into the Pearcey Foundation Hall of Fame


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

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