Three winners will take out the prestigious Melbourne Asia Game Changer Awards


Asia Society’s world-renowned Asia Game Changer series comes to Australia.

The Melbourne Asia Game Changer (MAGC) initiative will showcase under-recognised and inspirational individuals who are making a positive contribution to Asia and Australia’s future in the region. The series will bring greater acknowledgement to Australians, especially Asian-Australians, who are making a positive impact across the region in the fields of the arts, health, science, sport, business, media and other areas engagement.


MAGC will engage the public through a national nomination campaign to nominate individuals and organisations as Game Changers. A selection committee of prominent Australian and Asian leaders will be formed to evaluate nominations and select the Game Changers.

With Melbourne as the heart of the initiative, the campaign and the speaker series will be delivered biannually, with winners celebrated either individually or as groups according to their sector or contribution. In the event series, each Game Changer will be paired with a notable Australian identity for an in-conversation dialogue on their contribution to Australia’s relationship with Asia.

The inaugural Melbourne Asia Game Changer Award Ceremony will be held at the Wheeler Centre on November 18.

The program draws on the highly successful Asia Game Changer Awards by Asia Society New York. The Asia Game Changer Awards, launched in 2014, are designed to fill a vital gap, identifying and honouring true leaders who are making a positive contribution to the future of Asia.

The vision for MAGC is to become a global and national initiative that attracts widespread attention, is recognised as a leading award program and that delivers tangible economic and community outcomes to Melbourne and Victoria, as well as Australia as a whole.

Selection Committee

Alice Wong, selection judge

Ling Ang, filmmaker and artist

Alice Wong, Asia Society Board Director and advocate for Asian-Australian leadership

Gönül Serbest, Chief Executive Officer of Global Victoria

Andrew Wear, City Economist and Director – Economic Development and International at the City of Melbourne

Caro Llewellyn. Chief Executive Officer of The Wheeler Centre



To nominate a Game Changer, visit our nominations portal:

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About Asia Society Australia

Asia Society Australia is Australia’s leading global think-tank and the membership organisation dedicated to Asia, focussing on the interplay between business and policy.

They connect business, policy and society, helping Australians to understand and engage with Asia and to navigate our shared futures.

They are a national, independent, non-partisan, and non-political institution with a national centre in Melbourne, an office in Sydney, and programs accessible in Australia and globally through digital and face-to-face platforms.

Asia Society Australia is a centre of Asia Society – a preeminent global non-profit organisation dedicated to Asia, founded in 1956 by John D. Rockefeller 3rd, with centres in New York, Hong Kong, Houston, Los Angeles, Manila, Melbourne, Mumbai, San Francisco, Seoul, Sydney, Tokyo, Washington, DC and Zurich.

The Mission

Their mission is to prepare Australians for deeper and sustainable engagement with a more complex Asia.

The Priorities

Their strategic priorities are linked to the major challenges and opportunities that are facing Australia and Asia.

The Values

  1. Excellence: they provide world-class expertise, a region-wide perspective and a global outlook.
  2. Independence: they are an independent, non-partisan, non-political, non-profit organisation with a national mission.
  3. Diversity and inclusion: They are a champion of diversity – of regional outlook, of culture, of opinion and of our Asian-Australian communities.
  4. Respect and integrity: They value every member of our network for the contribution they make to our success.  They act with the highest standards to encourage freedom of expression, creativity, collegiality, and robust and respectful debate.


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