The Value of Partnership 

In conversation with His Excellency Amir Maimon, Israeli Ambassador to Australia & the Hon. Dave Sharma MP, Member for Wentworth

Feb 22, 2022

His Excellency Amir Maimon, new Israeli Ambassador to Australia, arrived in January 2022 to support Australia’s important bi-lateral relationship with Israel. This interactive virtual roundtable is an opportunity to welcome and hear from the new Ambassador and provide an opportunity for an exchange of ideas. Joining the conversation will be the Hon. Dave Sharma MP, former Australian Ambassador to Israel. Moderated by AICC (NSW) Chairman Jillian Segal AO, the conversation will examine the value and areas of international partnership between Australia and Israel and consider opportunities for the future.

Our panel:

His Excellency Amir Maimon, Israeli Ambassador to Australia

His Excellency Mr. Amir Maimon is the recently appointed Ambassador of the State of Israel to Australia, following an extensive career in the Israel Defense Force and the Israel Ministry of Foreign Affairs.  

After a 14-year military career in the paratroopers unit of the IDF, (Ret) Lt. Colonel Maimon joined the Foreign Service. He has held diplomatic posts in London, Canada, Turkey, Ethiopia, and Washington. Mr. Maimon has also served as the first Ambassador of the State of Israel to Lithuania, along with other notable appointments within the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Israeli National Defense College.

 

Mr. Maimon holds a Bachelor’s degree in General History from Tel Aviv University and a Master’s degree in Social Sciences from Haifa University, and has studied National Security Issues through the Israeli National Defense College. 

 

The Hon. Dave Sharma MP, Member for Wentworth

Dave Sharma was elected to the Australian Parliament for the seat of Wentworth, in May 2019 as a candidate of the Liberal Party. Prior to politics, Mr Sharma enjoyed an extensive and distinguished career as an Australian diplomat. 

Mr Sharma joined Australia’s diplomatic service in 1999 and served in Papua New Guinea, Washington DC and Israel. He has served with the Australian-led peacekeeping force in Bougainville in 2000, for which he was awarded the Australian Service Medal. From 2001 to 2003 Mr Sharma was stationed in Papua New Guinea, helping to negotiate an end to the civil war in Bougainville. On his return to Australia, he worked as the legal and multilateral adviser to Foreign Minister Alexander Downer.

From 2006 to 2009, Mr Sharma served as the political counselor at the Australian Embassy in Washington DC, where he worked to coordinate and align policies with the US Administration on important challenges in East Asia and the Middle East.

From 2010 to 2012, Mr Sharma headed the International Division in the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet in Canberra, helping spearhead the Prime Minister’s diplomatic effort across the breadth of Australian interests. From 2013 to 2017, he served as Australia’s Ambassador to Israel, helping strengthen the relationship in the defence and technology sectors and ensuring strong Australian support for Israel in international forums.

Mr Sharma is Chair of the Joint Standing Committee on Treaties, and Chair of the Foreign Affairs and Aid Subcommittee.

Jillian Segal AO, Chairman Australia-Israel Chamber of Commerce (NSW)

Jillian is a professional company director with a legal and regulatory background and private and public sector experience.

Currently, she is a director of Rabobank Australia Limited, Chair of the General Sir John Monash Foundation (Australia’s national postgraduate educational scholarship organisation), Chair of the Australia Israel Chamber of Commerce (NSW), Chair of the Independent Parliamentary Expenses Authority (IPEA) a director of the Garvan Institute of Medical Research, the Grattan Institute of Public Policy and a Trustee of the Sydney Opera House Trust. Jillian is President of the Executive Council of Australian Jewry (ECAJ). She is a member of the Council of the Order of Australia.

Amongst her previous appointments, she was a director of ASX Ltd and National Australia Bank Ltd and a member of the federal government’s Remuneration Tribunal.

Jillian graduated BA. LL.B from UNSW and has an LL.M from Harvard University. Jillian was awarded a Centenary Medal in 2003 for services to society through business leadership, and in January 2019 she was appointed an Officer of the Order of Australia for service to the banking and financial regulation sectors, to not-for-profit organisations, and to women. Jillian is also a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

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