MEDIA RELEASE: New partnership between ACYD and Asia Society

10 July 2015

2015 ACYD, Media Release

The Australia-China Youth Dialogue has announced that Asia Society has become an Associate Partner.  

ACYD Founder and Chairman Henry Makeham said “For six decades Asia Society has been the leading force in forging closer ties between Asia and the West through arts, education, policy and business and there a lot of synergies with what we are trying to achieve with the next generation of leaders through ACYD”. 

Asia Society CEO Philipp Ivanov said “Asia Society Australia is delighted to be a partner of ACYD  - a leading bilateral youth initiative. We are committed to work with ACYD to provide a platform for the new voices and ideas on Australia-China relations, and help to develop the future champions of bilateral engagement ”.

Established in 2010, the ACYD is held in either Australia or China over four days each year. The ACYD aims to build a high impact concentration of future leaders in Australia-China relations across a range of industries and sectors (public and private) connected at an early stage in their careers, and as such, relatively free of institutional constraints so as to promote forthright, long-term exchange.  

Asia Society Australia is Australia’s leading national centre for engagement with the Indo-Pacific Asia, based in Sydney.  Asia Society Australia promotes greater connectivity and deeper understanding between Australia and the Indo-Pacific in the areas of business, policy, culture and education and provides a high-level and innovative platform for Australian and Asian leaders and champions of engagement to connect, exchange ideas and develop meaningful relationships. Asia Society Australia is a not-for-profit, non-governmental and non-political organisation empowered by the membership of leading Australian and regional business, education and cultural institutions.

The sixth ACYD will be held in Brisbane from 4-7 December this year. As in previous years, the ACYD will include 30 delegates between the ages of 25 and 40 coming together to discuss the bilateral relationship. Applications for ACYD open on 1 August 2015 and details can be found on

Media enquiries:

Fiona Lawrie
Executive Director,
Australia-China Youth Dialogue

Philipp Ivanov
Chief Executive Officer,
Asia Society

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