The significant medical and scientific contributions of three Club Melbourne Ambassadors were officially recognised in the Queen’s Birthday 2014 Honours List revealed yesterday.
The recipients are members of the Club Melbourne Ambassador Program which unites and supports leading Victorians to secure and host international conferences and business events to Melbourne.
Professor Ingrid Scheffer received the Officer (AO) in the General Division for her distinguished service to medicine in the field of paediatric neurology as a clinician, academic and mentor, and for her research into the identification of epilepsy syndromes and genes.
Emeritus Professor Philip Nagley received the Member (AM) in the General Division for his significant service to education in the field of biochemistry and molecular biology.
Professor Nick Hoogenraad, a Club Melbourne Alumni member, received the Officer (AO) in the General Division for his distinguished service to science education and technological development, also in the fields of biochemistry and molecular biology.
Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre’s (MCEC) Chief Executive Peter King said the Ambassadors inclusion in the Queen’s Birthday 2014 Honours List is a fitting acknowledgement to their remarkable careers.
“I congratulate all three Ambassadors on this wonderful achievement. Our Ambassadors are leaders in their fields and we are delighted to see them recognised for their key contributions to the Australian community.
“We are incredibly proud to have this unique group of Melburnians, who work voluntarily alongside our team and partners, to lead and help deliver some of the largest and most prestigious conferences in the world.”
Since 2005 the elite thinkers and leaders of the Program have collectively helped secure and host 84 international conferences, boosting the Victorian economy by more than $500 million.
Club Melbourne is owned and led by MCEC with support and collaboration from the Melbourne Convention Bureau and Victorian State Government.
This year more than 700 Australians were honoured for their contribution to the community, across a broad range of industries and roles.