American Australian Association

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The American Australian Association is an influence group designed to create a cadre of Australian leaders loyal to the United States and to further the careers of the next generation Australian leaders. It has similar functions to, amongst hundreds of these networks around the world, the German Atlantik-Brücke and the British-American Project. The network includes virtually everyone with a position of power in Australia, in politics, business and media.

Despite being allegedly an open network, this incredibly powerful membership association does not have a Wikipedia page.


Overview

From the organizations own introduction[1]:

Established by Sir Keith Murdoch in New York City in 1948, the American Australian Association (AAA) is the leading privately funded nonprofit organization dedicated to deepening and strengthening cooperation and understanding between the institutions and people of the United States and Australia. Our two nations work closely on many levels, through government and business cooperation and leadership, corporate investment, research and innovation and the movement of people in business, education, sports, culture and the arts.

For over 70 years, the AAA has provided an important forum for collaboration and exchange between political and business leaders - the US President, Australian Prime Ministers, Federal and State Cabinet Ministers, and the chief executives of leading companies across the United States and Australia have been among the many individuals hosted.

Our corporate members include many of the most prominent commercial and financial institutions engaged in business between the United States and Australia, showcasing the depth of our countries' partnership - spanning defense, spacial exploration, arts, education, technology and innovation, energy, infrastructure, sport and many other areas of mutual endeavor.

Since 2002, the Association's grant programs have distributed over $10 million to over 800 graduates, veterans and artists - further advancing the careers of the next generation of leaders, developing international networks and generating solutions that address the global issues of our time.

Benefit Dinner

Every year, the Association holds a Benefit Dinner to recognize important American-Australian business relations and to celebrate the scholars of its Education Fund. The Dinner is an elegant evening held in an upscale New York venue. The event is attended by around 600 guests. Price: Platinum Sponsor $50,000; Gold Sponsor $35,000; Silver Sponsor $25,000 [2]


Governance

Leaders

CHAIRMAN Craig E. Chapman Esq. Sidley Austin LLP


VICE CHAIRMAN Melissa Babbage Swiss Re America


PRESIDENT Amb. John Berry (Ret.) American Australian Association

TREASURER Jacqui Spence Sora Group


SECRETARY Shannon Marshall J.P. Morgan


Board of Directors

Grant Knuckey CEO Americas ANZ

Sara McKerihan Managing Director, Citigroup

Leon Allen Managing Director, Americas Commonwealth Bank of Australia

Martin Schroeter Senior Vice President & CFO IBM

Jennifer Nason Managing Director and Global Chairman of Technology, Media and Telecom Investment Banking J.P. Morgan

Charles R. Grant Partner Lexington Partners

Ben Scott Managing Director, Senior Relationship Manager Morgan Stanley

Rich Rauchenberger Executive Vice President & General Manager National Australia Bank

Jim Kennedy Chief Communications Officer News Corporation


Todd Malan Vice President External Affairs Rio Tinto

Craig E. Chapman Esq. Partner Sidley Austin LLP

Melissa Babbage Non-Executive Director Swiss Re America


Stephen Thompson Senior Executive Vice President Quantas, The Americas, New Zealand, Pacific Islands, Japan

Advisory Council & Patrons

  • Patron of the Association

David W. Anstice Former Executive Vice President Merck & Co.

Robert L. Joss PhD Dean Emeritus, Stanford Graduate School of Business


Greg Norman AO Chairman & CEO Great White Shark Enterprises

Hon. Michael Baume AO


Andrew Liveris Chairman, President & CEO The Dow Chemical Company


Anthony J. Pratt Global Chairman Pratt Industries USA


Geoffrey Bible Chairman & CEO Emeritus Altria Group, Inc.

Peter Lowy* Principal Lowy Family Group


Bruce Stillman PhD AO President Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory


Douglas Daft AC Former Chairman & CEO The Coca-Cola Company

W. James McNerney Former Chairman & CEO The Boeing Company


Robert Thomson Chief Executive News Corp


James Gorman Chairman & CEO Morgan Stanley

Rupert Murdoch AC Executive Chairman, News Corp Co-Chairman, Fox Corporation Frederick B. Whittemore* Advisory Director Morgan Stanley


Leon Hertz AO Former Executive Vice President News Corp

Jacques Nasser AO Former Chairman BHP Billiton Ltd


James Wolfensohn KBE AO* President Emeritus World Bank

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