Ambassador Dinner and Investiture 2017

We celebrated our annual Ambassador Dinner on Wednesday, 1 November. The event is dedicated to celebrating the bright minds of our Ambassadors who we are grateful to work alongside, and honoured to call friends.

This year's gala dinner, hosted by the International Convention Centre (ICC Sydney), saw over 300 attendees enjoy a spectacular evening, which included a warm welcome from BESydney CEO, Lyn Lewis-Smith; an address by the Patron of the Ambassador Program, the NSW Premier, The Hon. Gladys Berejiklian MP; and entertainment provided by BESydney Partner, Opera Australia.

This year's 'Australia Oration' by Elizabeth Broderick AO, was orated on her behalf by Professor Jane Latimer, and focused on a 'gender equal future'; and more specifically, the threats and opportunities for Australia to be at the forefront of arresting a backwards momentum.

This year at the gala dinner we welcomed the following new Ambassadors: 

  • David Gonski AC, Chairman ANZ Banking Group Ltd and Chancellor University of New South Wales
  • David Thodey AO, Chair CSIRO and Jobs for NSW
  • Dr Bronwyn Evans, CEO Standards Australia
  • Professor Emma Johnston, Dean of Science,UNSW Sydney and President-Elect, Science & Technology Australia
  • Serafina Maiorano, Global CEO Advance
  • Scientia Professor Nigel Lovell, Head of the Graduate School of Biomedical Engineering, UNSW Sydney
  • Professor Bill Ledger, Senior Vice Dean of Medicine and Professor of Obstetrics & Gynaecology, UNSW Sydney, Royal Hospital for Women

Please click here to watch the three truly inspiring videos screened on the night highlighting the fantastic work of our Ambassadors and the impact of international business events on our community, today and tomorrow.

A word from our sponsors

“ICC Sydney values the important role of academic, business and government ambassadors in securing business events for Sydney.  We are very proud to host the Ambassador Dinner, celebrating their vital contribution to the business of business events.”  Geoff Donaghy, CEO, ICC Sydney

"Recognising and challenging the barriers to gender equality is fundamental to good leadership in business, in government and in the business community.  First State Super was pleased to partner in the annual BESydney Ambassador dinner where Professor Jane Latimer, on behalf of Elizabeth Broderick AO, delivered the Australia Oration  on this important issue.” Michael Dwyer AM, CEO, First State Super

Highlight photos from the evening