Mission Led by The Hon. Mike Baird MP, NSW Premier

Apr 2016


The Hon. Mike Baird MP


Led by NSW Premier Mike Baird, this mission was one of the most successful to date bringing together a diverse group of people including NSW Police Commissioner Andrew Scipione, NSW Chief Scientist Mary O’Kane and medical cannabis advocate Lucy Haslam; as well as senior state government and university leaders, key business executives and top entrepreneurs.

The group of more than 22 leaders, including 13 delegates from the NSW Government, came together to experience an unforgettable journey through Israel. Participants gained direct insights into the state of play in Israel, forging a deeper understanding of the ‘Startup Nation’ and how Australia can harness innovation as a nation.

The mission captured the hearts and minds of the Premier and delegates, including Teva Pharma Australia’s Managing Director, John Michailidis, who said, “The program was well thought out and allowed the delegates from all sectors to gain value from meeting with research institutions, universities, innovation incubators, commercial companies and government. Importantly, for me, it also allowed significant contacts to be made with other delegates that would otherwise not have been made.

NSW Premier Mike Baird thanked and congratulated the AICC and its NSW Chair and trade mission delegate, Jillian Segal, on the successful mission, “Your support, and the support of the Australia Israel Chamber of Commerce, in facilitating the program and bringing together elements of the innovation ecosystem ensured the mission was both enjoyable and a great success. It was inspiring to learn about Israel’s innovation ecosystem and to initiate a number of collaborative projects between Israel and NSW.”


The trade mission was extremely well organised and provided great insights, perspectives and introductions. Israel is a great case study on how need is the mother of innovation and how with the right focus and alignment across government, industry and academia incredible things can be achieved for an entire nation.
Alex Scandurra

CEO, Stone & Chalk

A unique way to explore Israel’s start up nation ecosystem with the additional benefit of being part of and getting to know others in the dynamic delegation. I took a lot from the experience!
Antony Green

Head of Real Estate, Macquarie Capital

Participating in the Premier’s Mission to Israel earlier this year was a tremendously valuable experience. I was very impressed by the level of innovation that exists in Israel and the proactive collaboration between government, industry and academia. It was apparent how Israel is deeply committed to fostering entrepreneurship and is truly an innovation ecosystem. I’ve brought many of my learnings back to NAB and continue to share stories and new ideas with both customers and colleagues.
Spiro Pappas

Executive General Manager, Global Institutional Banking, NAB