Lord Mark Malloch-Brown, former United Nations (UN) Deputy Secretary-General to Kofi Annan, was the main speaker at the annual International Sydney Speaker Series at Australia House in London on 24 November. He addressed an audience of leading international association CEOs on the topic of Collaborating Locally, Delivering Internationally – a perspective from within the United Nations and World Bank.
The International Sydney Speaker Series is a joint initiative of Business Events Sydney (BESydney) and International Convention Centre Sydney (ICC Sydney), and aims to help associations meet the challenges in the rapidly changing global environment.
The Deputy High Commissioner to the United Kingdom, Mr Andrew Todd, welcomed the audience to Australia House and emphasised the importance of collaboration in innovation. “I’m constantly impressed by Australia’s technological advances in medicine and digital technology – these innovations all stemmed from successful research and development initiatives generated through partnerships – collaboration between education institutions, industry, private sector and our government bodies.”
Co-host of the event, Ms Lyn Lewis-Smith, CEO of BESydney, underlined that international relationships were key to successful collaboration and innovation. “On a daily basis, we see the outcomes of people coming together to tackle global issues and create a brighter future: business events drive economic and social outcomes for the global community.”