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Post-Event Report: WCLD 2019

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2019 West Coast Leadership Dialogue | 13 – 17 January

The Australian American Leadership Dialogue (AALD) launched its 13th annual West Coast Leadership Dialogue (WCLD) program on 13 January in Seattle, WA, San Francisco and Palo Alto, CA.

Convening the largest and most significant, private delegation of Australian leaders to ever visit Seattle, the 2019 program focused on leading edge innovation and further opportunities for collaboration between Australia and the United States. Delegates explored topics of critical importance to Australia and the United States, including:

  • Shaping of the healthcare industry through personalisation and precision medicine
  • Leadership in innovation and the impact of artificial intelligence and machine learning
  • Future plans for Smart Infrastructure to drive opportunities and threats associated with smarter cities

High-level US delegates included: Governor Jay Inslee of Washington State and former US Ambassador to Australia and AALD board member, Ambassador Jeffrey Bleich.

The program was also led at a national political level, with Federal Cabinet Minister, The Hon Alan Tudge and former Labor Deputy Prime Minister, The Hon Anthony Albanese leading discussions surrounding key, geo-strategic trends and shifts within the region.

A full photo gallery can be viewed below:

Chris, rick etc photo

Rick Geritz, WCLD Chair and AALD Board Member, Chris Hancock and Peter Rathjen

JSS, Rashida and AJP

Rashida Hodge, Julie Singer Scanlan AO and Amanda Johnston-Pell

Doron, vince and jeff

Shitij Kapur, Doron Ben Meir, Ambassador Jeffrey Bleich and Vince Di Pietro

Panel Session

WCLD 2019 Delegates in Session


AALD Founder, Phil Scanlan AM

Tristan NEW

Nathan Price in Session

Chris Hancock in session

WCLD Chair and AALD Board Member, Chris Hancock in Session

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Katie Mitchell, Dean Carson and Angus Griffin in Session

AJP in session

Amanda Johnston-Pell in Session

Amazon Spheres Group Shot

2019 WCLD Delegation at Amazon HQ


2019 WCLD Delegation at Zoox HQ

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