The world-leading Club Melbourne Ambassador Program last night celebrated its 10th Anniversary, marking the milestone with the launch of its inaugural Club Melbourne Fellowship.
Speaking at the 10th Anniversary Gala Dinner, The Honourable Linda Dessau, Governor of Victoria and Patron-in-Chief of the program, acknowledged the contributions made by Club Melbourne Ambassadors.
“Club Melbourne Ambassadors enable us to showcase our expertise to the world, generating economic and tourism growth while building important research, educational and networking opportunities,” the Governor said.
“On behalf of all Victorians, I thank Ambassadors for their voluntary work over the past ten years promoting Melbourne as Australia’s international convention and exhibition destination and for securing numerous world- class business events for Victoria.”
Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Trust Chairman Bob Annells launched the inaugural Fellowship during the celebrations, as part of the program’s vision for the future.
“This Fellowship will recognise excellence in research and leadership by mid-career Melburnian researchers, and enable the program to support the next generation of potential Ambassadors,” Annells said.
“The recipient will gain access to our prestigious Club Melbourne network for one year and will be invited to attend the program’s annual events – an invaluable opportunity for researchers in the midst of their careers.”
The Fellowship will also provide research funding of $10,000, which includes attendance at international conferences to enable new research opportunities.
During the Gala Dinner five new Ambassadors were inducted into the program, bringing with them a wealth of new experience, networks and potential conferences. The new Ambassadors include:
- Professor Arthur Christopoulos – Professor of Pharmacology at the Monash Institute of Pharmaceutical Sciences.
- Professor Susan Davis – Chair of Women’s Health in the Monash University Department of Medicine at the Alfred Hospital.
- Professor Richard Eckard – Director of the Primary Industries Climate Challenges Centre.
- Dr Malcolm Hogg – Head of Pain Management Services at the Royal Melbourne Hospital.
- Professor Linda Kristjanson – Vice-Chancellor of Swinburne University.
Club Melbourne General Manager, Suzana Bishop said: “We’re pleased to welcome these five elite thinkers and industry leaders into the program, who will help us to build Melbourne’s excellent reputation and address increasing competition around the world.
“Club Melbourne continues to grow from strength to strength and, to this day, remains one of the world’s most influential Ambassador Programs,” Bishop added.
Since its inception in 2005, Club Melbourne has generated more than $580 million in economic impact for the State, securing 105 major conferences for Melbourne.
Club Melbourne is owned and led by Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre with support and collaboration from Melbourne Convention Bureau and the Victorian State Government.