Advance Launches Worldwide Search for Best and Brightest Australians Living Overseas

by on July 25, 2012 · 0 comments

Advance Global Australian Award winners, Chris Behrenbruch and Tan Le, at the 2012 Awards Presentation Ceremony.

Are you an Australian living overseas making a mark in your field?

Advance, the leading global community of Australians and alumni living overseas, this week launched a worldwide search for the most innovative and inspirational Australians living abroad.

The Advance Global Australian Awards build on the success of Advance’s inaugural Awards held in April and celebrate Australians and alumni living overseas, who are future leaders and innovators in their chosen field.

As well as being profiled on a global stage, each Award winner gets the chance to fly home to Sydney to receive their Award, as well as share their international experience with an Australian university student through the Awards mentoring program.

Next year’s Awards will also celebrate the achievements of a leading Australian who has returned home – recognising the benefit that overseas experience brings to Australia’s productivity, global partnerships and position in the world.

“In fields that are critical to Australia’s ability to compete in a global world, it’s good to know that some of our best and brightest brains are achieving so much overseas,” says Ken Allen AM, Advance Founder and former US Consul-General in New York.

“Rather than see them as lost talent, there is a great need to recognise them and to connect them back to Australia,” he says.

Advance’s inaugural Award winners include David Droga, Founder and Creative Chairman of Droga5, whose work has positively impacted on the Obama Presidency and the global water crisis, and created ground-breaking initiatives for some of the world’s biggest brands; Tan Le, a Vietnamese refugee and Founder and CEO of Emotiv Lifesciences, whose work makes use of cloud computing, mobile brain imaging technology and contextualized personal data to undertake complex brain scanning and research; and Jeremy Heimans, Co-Founder of Purpose, Avaaz and GetUp, whose online social movements have literally mobilized millions to help solve global problems.

For 2013, Advance is looking to cast the net even wider, and is calling for nominations from Australians living overseas, as well as Australians around the country with a brother, sister, parent, friend, child, cousin or colleague living abroad.

“Australians are nomadic by nature, and almost all of us know someone close to us who is living and working overseas. The Awards are a long-awaited opportunity to bring their stories home,” says Mr Allen.

Nominations for the Awards are open from now until 30 September 2012 for Australians living and working overseas in the following eight industry categories: advanced manufacturing, biotechnology, clean technology, creative industries, financial services, information and communications technology, mining and resources and social innovation.

If you or someone you know fits the bill, nominate now at: Nominating is easy and only takes a few moments.

Nominations close on 30 September 2012. Award winners will be announced in the first half of 2013.

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