Thursday 24 March 2011
The Governor of Victoria, Professor David de Kretser, A.C was honoured last night at a prestigious dinner hosted by the Club Melbourne Ambassadors Program (CMAP) and ICT for Life Sciences Forum at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre (MCEC).
Throughout the evening the Governor’s contributions to Melbourne and Victoria were recognised by the business events community, leaders in government, scientific, academic and research sectors and corporate partners.
Pre-recorded video messages acknowledging the Governor’s achievements were shown from the Hon Ted Baillieu, Premier of Victoria, Professor Niels Skakkebaek, Copenhagen University Hospital, Denmark and Professor Alan Finkel AM FTSE PhD, Chancellor, Monash University.
Professor Gabor Kovacs AM, Monash IVF and Club Melbourne Ambassador, Chris Barlow, Chairman, Melbourne Convention + Visitors Bureau, Emeritus Professor Sir Gustav Nossal AC, University of Melbourne and Club Melbourne Ambassador and Jan de Kretser took to the stage and paid tribute to Professor de Kretser.
The Governor has been a valued supporter of the State’s education and research sectors, reflecting his own background as one of Australia’s most significant medical researchers.
He has also provided invaluable guidance and support as Patron in Chief of the CMAP which has secured 43 international conferences for Melbourne since its inception in 2005.
In 2013 the MCEC will host the 10th International Congress of Andrology and the Asia Pacific Forum on Andrology, a business event that the Governor was directly and passionately involved in securing.
The MCEC’s 5000+ seated plenary was transformed into an intimate setting for over 300 distinguished international and national guests.
Accomplished musical director Chong Lim and his orchestra accompanied the evening’s proceedings which included a five minute video montage that paid tribute to the Governor’s service.
Guests were also surprised with an exclusive sneak preview of ‘Love Never Dies’, the hottest new musical to visit Melbourne in May, with the ‘Phantom’, Ben Lewis, performing ‘Till I hear you sing’ from the show.
Professor de Kretser will end his term of office on Thursday 7th April, 2011, returning to a distinguished medical research career.