Message from the Group CEO, Martine Letts

By Martine Letts
Asialink Group CEO

Join us for a night of celebration and networking at our Annual Sir Edward ‘Weary’ Dunlop Dinner and Awards Wednesday 24 August at The Pavilion, Arts Centre Melbourne.

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From the CEO

Asialink Chair Peter Varghese AO and I are looking forward to welcoming you at our signature Annual Sir Edward ‘Weary’ Dunlop Dinner and Awards on Wednesday 24 August.

Now in its thirtieth year, the Dunlop dinner brings leaders and influencers together who are committed to Australia’s engagement with and success in Asia.

The Sir Edward ‘Weary’ Dunlop Asialink Dinner is Asialink’s signature annual event. It brings leaders and influencers together who are committed to Australia’s engagement and success in Asia. It features distinguished speakers and cultural performances. The event attracts up to 300 leaders from government, the business community, non-governmental organisations and the media for a wonderful night of leader connections and networking.

The dinner features the annual Sir Edward ‘Weary’ Dunlop Lecture and the awarding of the prestigious Sir Edward ‘Weary’ Dunlop Asialink Medal to a prominent individual with outstanding achievements in improving Australia-Asia relations and enhancing the quality of life in the region.

This year, the Sir Edward ‘Weary’ Dunlop Lecture will be delivered by The Hon. Julie Bishop who will provide insights into how we navigate these critical times for Australia and Asia’s future.  Inaugurated in 1993 by then Prime Minister Paul Keating, other Dunlop lecturers include former Prime Ministers the Hon. Malcolm Turnbull AC, the Hon. Kevin Rudd AC, and the Hon. John Howard OM AC SSI.

The Dunlop Medal which will also be awarded on the evening, recognises the enduring contribution made by an individual to advancing Australia’s engagement with Asia. Past medallists have included Sir Rod Eddington AO, Professor the Hon Gareth Evans AC QC, former Lord Mayor John So, Professor Ross Garnaut AO, and the late Gough Whitlam AC QC and Mrs Margaret Whitlam AO. In 2021 the recipients were Carrillo and Ziyin Gantner, champions for arts and culture.

I’m thrilled to announce Fred Leone will be joining us this year as the Dinner’s musical performer. Fred, a well-respected community leader with strong Australian Aboriginal, Tongan and South-Sea Islander heritage, comes from the Garawa and Butchulla Tribes.

He is one of the Butchulla Songmen, a traditional song custodian, and a ground-breaking, award-winning artist who works across genres and mediums to bring a distinctly original voice to his performances and recordings.

As the founder of Queensland's only Indigenous owned and operated record label, Impossible Odds Records, he has toured as a featured artist with the internationally acclaimed Black Arm Band across the world, and presented solo theatre works in the UK.

His latest original music project — Yirinda — is his vehicle to raise awareness of the language and stories of his people.

If you have not already done so, please contact our events team to secure your tickets and share the opportunity to join 300 leaders from government, the business community, non-governmental organisations and the media in a night of celebration and networking, with inspiring cultural performances.

Event details

Location: The Pavilion, Arts Centre Melbourne

Date: Wednesday 24 August, 2022

Time: 17:30 – 18:30 VIP Networking Drinks | 18:30 – 21:30 Event Proceedings

We invite you to join us and align your brand with this prestigious event, celebrating outstanding contributions in advancing Australia’s engagement with Asia.

To purchase your tickets and/or table click here.

For further information please contact:

Event enquiries:
Asialink Dunlop Events: dunlop-asialink@unimelb.edu.au

Sponsorship enquiries:
Claire Stephens: c.stephens@asialinkbusiness.com.au 

Martine Letts
Asialink Group CEO