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Update from our AGM program
The Global Foundation Annual General Meeting was held in Sydney on 13 March 2014.
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A message from our CEO
In conjunction with our Annual General Meeting (AGM), we had an interesting program for our members in Sydney, including Afternoon Tea, hosted by the Governor of NSW at Government House. These past weeks also saw us farewell one of the great founding supporters of the Foundation, Mr Ian Haig AM, who served the Foundation for a decade...
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Afternoon Tea at Government House NSW
We thank our Patron, Her Excellency Professor the Honourable Marie Bashir AC CVO, for hosting members for afternoon tea at Government House in Sydney. The afternoon was attended by over 40 members and friends, including His Excellency Mr Li Huaxin, Consul General of the People's Republic of China.  Click below to see photos from the event.
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We welcome Rob Hadler to the Board
Long standing supporter of the Foundation, Mr Rob Hadler, was appointed to the Board at the AGM, where members also passed a resolution to expand the Board from 9 to 14 members. Click below to read about Rob's career and to find out more about our other Board members.
Board Members Bios
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Prof James Haire's first Advisory Council meeting as Chair
Newly appointed Chairman of the Advisory Council, Prof James Haire AC, addressed our AGM, sharing his views about our responsibility as citizens, to tackle the big issues of our time.  Following the AGM, James chaired a working dinner of the Advisory Council. Over the coming months, James will turn his attention to the composition of the Council, following the resolution to expand membership of the Council from 50 to 75. Click below for a summary of his speech and the key issues discussed at the meeting.
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Dame Quentin Bryce
Farewell our Patron-in-Chief
Dame Quentin Bryce AD CVO concluded her term as Australia's Governor-General last week. We were honoured to have her support as Patron-in-Chief and the invaluable role she played.
Click below for a summary of her work with the Foundation.
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Mr Ian Haig AM
Tribute to Mr Ian Haig AM
We are saddened to have lost one of the Foundation's dearest friends, Mr Ian Haig AM, who passed away recently.  Ian was a trusted advisor to the Foundation until his retirement in 2006, at which time he was appointed as an Honorary Member.
Mr John Strang, Member of the Advisory Council, remembers Ian fondly in his tribute. Click below to read.
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Ms Christine Lagarde
CEO's Message
Adie wraps up some of the highlights of 2014 so far, including the wonderful dinner to farewell Mr Fergus Ryan AO as Chair of the Advisory Council and welcome his successor, Prof James Haire AC, as well as our recent event with Mme Christine Lagarde, head of the IMF.
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Annual General Meeting
Our Annual General Meeting and members' reception will take place on 13 March in Sydney.
Members who have not yet registered their attendance should contact Michele Mulder, Manager - Executive Office at If you are unable to join us, please submit your proxy form soon.. .
The Global Foundation Celebration Dinner
Our Chairman, Professor Ed Byrne AC, graciously hosted a celebration dinner for our Patrons, Board and Advisory Council members on 30 January, to thank Mr Fergus Ryan AO, who concluded his tenure as our Advisory Council Chair, and to welcome his successor, Professor James Haire AC.  It was an exceptional evening, involving more than 50 of our longest standing supporters, during which we honoured Fergus’ contribution and appointed him as a Patron of the Foundation.
To see a participant list and photos and to read the discussion paper from the night, click the Read More button below.
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A Tribute to Mr Fergus Ryan AO
Mr Fergus Ryan AO concluded his tenure as Chairman of the Advisory Council in January and was appointed as a Patron of the Foundation. Our Secretary General, Steve Howard, shared his perspective of Fergus' association with the Foundation in a heartwarming speech at the celebration dinner. Watch it here. Click the Read More button for a transcript of the speech.
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Welcoming the New Chair of Our Advisory Council
We were honoured to formally welcome the new Chair of our Advisory Council, Professor James Haire AC, last month.  Professor Haire joins us with extraordinary insight and experience, and we very much look forward to the next phase of the Council under his leadership.  Watch Professor Haires' address to our recent celebration dinner.
An Evening with Mme Christine Lagarde
We were proud to host IMF Chief, Mme Christine Lagarde, and facilitate a special episode of the ABC's Q&A last week.
In case you missed it, watch the episode online.
It was a very special moment in time for the Foundation, our members and friends, when we hosted a private reception for Mme Lagarde afterwards, honouring her with our inaugural Global Achievement Award - watch the video here
Special thanks to the ABC and The University of Sydney for partnering with us for this landmark occasion.
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Boardroom Series - Sir Rod Eddington AO
Sir Rod joined members at the first Boardroom Series luncheon of 2014, which was co-hosted by David Zehner, Managing Partner of  member firm, Bain & Company.
Click the link below to read about the discussion on the challenges and opportunities facing the infrastructure landscape both in Australia and around the world, and to see a list of guests.
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Member Profile
Bain & Company advises clients on strategy, operations, technology, organisation, private equity and mergers and acquisition, developing practical insights that clients act on and transferring skills that make change stick. Bain clients have outperformed the stock market 4 to 1. Founded in 1973, Bain has 50 offices in 32 countries, and its deep expertise and client roster cross every industry and economic sector.



Members' Newsletter - December 2013
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Thursday 30, Melbourne
Dinner for Patrons, Board and
Advisory Council Members
By invitation only

Friday 31, Melbourne
Boardroom Series (Lunch)
Lunch with Sir Rod Eddington AO
Advisory Council Member,
President, Australia-Japan Business Co-operation Committee &
Chair, Infrastructure Australia
Click here to register your interest

Thursday 13, Sydney
Advisory Council Meeting,
Annual General Meeting & Cocktail Reception
(late afternoon)

Wednesday 26, Melbourne
Boardroom Series (Lunch)
Mr Rob Grant
Advisory Council Member, Regional Chair for Latin America, &
CEO PacificHydro

Monday 8-10, Bo'ao, Hainan Province, China
Boao Forum for Asia Annual Conference
Asia's New Future: Identifying New Growth Drivers
Click here to register your interest in joining the Foundation's delegation

Friday 16, Melbourne
Boardroom Series (Lunch)
Dr Megan Clark
Advisory Council Member &
Chief Executive, CSIRO

Tuesday 20, Sydney
Boardroom Series (Lunch)
Mr Glenn Stevens
Governor, Reserve Bank of Australia

Dates are being confirmed for other guests who will join our Boardroom Series in 2014, including: HE Mr Ma Zhaoxu, Ambassador of the People's Republic of China to Australia; Mr David Murray AO, Advisory Council Member, & Chair of the Commonwealth Government Financial System Inquiry; Mr David Mackay, Advisory Council Member & Director, Woolworths;  and Mr Rod Sims, Chairman of the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission; amongst others.  Further details will be advised in the New Year.

CEO's Desk

As the year draws to a close, we are hearing the many sighs of relief from our members and friends, from all around the world, for whom 2013 has been a big and complex year in many ways.  And while many of you are looking forward to a well-earned rest, we are sensing a great deal of positive energy about the potential for 2014.

On behalf of all at the Foundation's headquarters, including our Board and small and loyal team, we thank you for your continued and vital support of our work and for playing an active role with us, to ensure that the big issues facing Australia and the world continue to receive dedicated attention from a whole-of-society perspective.

We look forward to continuing our strong engagement with our global network over the coming year, to facilitate mutual understanding, build goodwill, and create harmony in promoting the interests of Australia in the world. 

2014 promises to deliver an interesting and issues-rich program, with a number of guests lined up to share their insights and experiences as part of our Boardroom Series, and with plans well underway for the Australia and the World Program and further engagement with the global network.

Most importantly, we look forward to your involvement with us on this journey.

Adie Dawes-Birch
Chief Executive Officer

In the New Year
Forward Program
Click here to read about the latest developments in the Foundation's Australia and the World Program and for highlights from our program calendar in the first half of 2014.
China Relations
And Some News About Indonesia
Read about Secretary General Steve Howard's recent visit to China in preparation for some of the Foundation's program work in 2014, including the Boao Forum for Asia and our Greening and Feeding programs.
Boardroom Series
Mr Pascal Lamy
The Foundation, along with UNESCO Honorary Ambassador Dr Samuel Pisar AO hosted Mr Pascal Lamy, former Director-General of the World Trade Organisation at a luncheon in Paris this month. Read Foundation member Ms Louise Watson's account of this candid and timely discussion on the need for a new global governance arrangement.

From Brazil
BEST Brazil Finance Delegation Visits Sydney
Read about the recent visit of financial sector leaders from Brazil, hosted by the Foundation recently and and co-hosted by long standing corporate member, Clayton Utz at their Sydney headquarters; as well as other news from our Latin America office.
Mr David Murray AO Appointed Head of Government Inquiry
The Global Foundation congratulates the former Chair of its Board on his new appointment as head of the Government's Financial System Inquiry. Read about the inquiry and about Mr Murray's career to date.
An Invitation to Members

Australia Day at Government House
Her Excellency Ms Penelope Wensley AC, Governor of Queensland and Patron of The Global Foundation invites members to an Open Day at Government House in Queensland on Australia Day 2014. Click here for more information.

Member Profile

Clayton Utz is a top tier law firm which takes a fresh, pragmatic, commercial approach to legal practice that focuses on getting the best results for its diverse and blue-chip client base. The firm has advised on some of the country's largest and most complex deals and litigation as well as on cutting edge international projects. Its strong relationships at all levels of Government means it is at the forefront of critical policy development and regulation. It has a substantial commitment to making the legal system accessible, through its Pro Bono practice, and is actively involved in the community through its Community Connect program. Discover more.

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The Global Foundation is a citizens’ organization with extensive private sector membership, based in Australia. Fully independent of government and funded by its members, The Global Foundation promotes high-level thinking within Australia and cooperation between Australia and the world. It works with government and institutions, the private sector, academia and the community, to help shape longer term solutions to great challenges.

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The Foundation hosts the Chairman of the Supervisory Board of the CIC during his visit to Australia. 6-8 Mar 2013

Roundtable meeting with the Coalition Policy Development Committee. 28 Feb 2013

The Global Foundation hosts the Chairman of ASIC at a Boardroom Dinner. 26 Feb 2013

The Global Foundation visits Jakarta. 11-13 Feb 2013

The Global Foundation holds a ‘breakthrough’ working session to explore Australia’s potential in the digital age. 12 Feb 2013

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