About the AmCham Alliance Awards Gala.

With over 100 years of economic, political, cultural, diplomatic, and military ties, the Australia-US alliance has never been more vital to the Australian people. On 8 December the American Chamber of Commerce will celebrate this relationship and some of the emerging leaders in key fields that are transforming and deepening our transpacific mateship for the better. AmCham’s inaugural Alliance Awards Gala will honour pathfinders in six key industries that are actively strengthening the links between Australia and the United States. Celebrating these individuals in Australia with strong ties to the United States will shine a light on their achievements, focus attention on future investment, and inspire the next generation of Australian and American innovators. The award categories are:

Artificial Intelligence | Biotechnology | Digital Economy | Energy and Clean Technology | Quantum Computing | Space

AmCham’s Alliance Awards will reflect the important relationship between Australia and the United States and the enormous American contribution to the Australian economy.

Award Finalists.

Artificial Intelligence

  • Michelle Aguilar
    CTO and Co-Founder, VAPAR 

  • Brenton Cooper
    Co-Founder and CEO, Fivecast 

  • Jason Hosking
    Co-Founder and CEO, HIVERY 

  • Jordan Nguyen
    Founder CEO, Psykinetic 

  • Michael Priddis
    CEO, Faethm 

Sponsored by Amazon Web Services


  • Chris Behrenbruch
    CEO and Managing Director, Telix Pharmaceuticals 

  • Chris Larkins
    Senior Vice President Operations, Seqirus 

  • Sean Parsons
    Founder and CEO, Ellume 

  • Anthony Stowers
    SVP, Recombinant & Gene Therapy Product Development, CSL Limited  

  • Hala Zreiqat AM
    Professor of Biomedical Engineering, University of Sydney

Sponsored by Johnson & Johnson

Digital Economy

  • Paul Brafield
    Vice President, Digital and Global Enterprise, Torrens Global Education

  • Sean Duca
    VP, Regional Chief Security Officer - Asia Pacific & Japan, Palo Alto Networks 

  • Julia Fossi
    Director | International, Strategy and Futures; and
    Kathryn King
    Head of Information Technology and Digital, Office of the eSafety Commissioner (joint nominees) 

  • Michelle Lim
    Scientific Chair and Chairperson, Ending Loneliness Together

  • Russ Matulich
    Group Chief Executive Officer, RTI Cable

Sponsored by SAS

Energy and Clean Technology

  • Liz Beavis
    Services Site Manager, Coopers Gap Wind Farm, GE Renewable Energy

  • Hannah McCaughey
    Managing Director, Tallarook

  • Gail Reynolds-Adamson
    Managing Director, Indigenous Consulting Group Australia 

  • Rebecca Tilbrook
    Business Development Manager, Emerging Technologies, Hydro Tasmania 

  • Meherzad Variava
    Chemical Engineer – Clean Energy (Hydrogen), Linde

Sponsored by Boeing

Quantum Computing

  • Michael Biercuk
    CEO and Founder, Q-CTRL

  • Cathy Foley AO PSM
    Australia’s Chief Scientist

  • Jeremy O’Brien
    CEO, PsiQuantum

  • David Reilly
    Physics Professor, University of Sydney; Principal Researcher and Director, Microsoft Station Q 

  • Vikram Sharma
    Founder and CEO, QuintessenceLabs 

Sponsored by Microsoft


  • John Culton III
    Director, Andy Thomas Centre for Space Resources, University of Adelaide

  • Jason Held
    CEO, Saber Astronautics 

  • Renae Sayers
    Deputy Director, Space Science and Technology Centre, Curtin University 

  • Carley Scott OAM
    CEO, Equatorial Launch Australia (ELA) 

  • Flavia Tata Nardini
    CEO and Co-founder, Fleet Space Technologies 

Sponsored by OneGlobalVentures

Event Details.

Wednesday 8 December 2021
6:30 PM for 7:00 PM - 11:00 PM

The Fullerton Hotel Sydney
1 Martin Place, SYDNEY NSW

Member Table (10): $3 500
Non-Member Table (10): $4 500
Silver Table (10): $5 000
Gold Table (10): $10 000

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Dress Code: Black Tie

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Why Attend.

  • Be recognised as one of Australia’s leaders with an American back story in six key industries. Raise your individual or organisational visibility with the expert judges and corporate sponsors.

  • Reengage with colleagues and friends in-person after almost two years of COVID-induced “turtling up.”

  • Meet Federal and State policymakers, American diplomats, international investors and venture capitalists, potential clients and suppliers, and other leaders in related fields.

  • Draw inspiration from the sectors and individuals highlighted.

  • Explore future collaboration or innovation projects with other attendees.

  • Enjoy a glamorous night out with entertainment, prizes, dancing, and great food and drink.

  • Celebrate the Alliance and future industries.

About AmCham Australia.

The American Chamber of Commerce celebrates 60 years of standing up for business in Australia. Since its founding in 1961, AmCham has worked to “facilitate interaction, open up channels of communication, change thinking, and explore possibilities”. Operating in every state and territory around the country, representing 400+ organisations and 500,000+ employees, AmCham Australia means business. It also means jobs for Australians. With policy committees, trade missions, business luncheons, interactive webinars, and the AmCham Global Leadership Academy, the AmCham of 2021 is the country’s largest and most influential international chamber of commerce.