AICD has nearly 1,500 international members based in more than 70 countries across Asia, the Pacific, the Middle East, Europe and America.
We have a dedicated team to help our international members to keep their knowledge up-to-date with AICD’s international courses, events and webinars.
This team also speaks with directors from around the world on their professional development and assists with queries regarding member services, in-house courses and other governance related matters.
The international team
Head of International
Edward Palmisano, Head of International
Edward leads the AICD’s international engagement across Asia, the Pacific, the Middle East, Europe and America. As a former diplomat with the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, he represented Australia at international negotiations and served at the Australian Embassy in Spain. As Director of Government Relations at the University of Sydney, he led the University’s engagement with government and represented the university on overseas trade delegations.
Edward holds a BA (Hons 1), LLB and Masters of International Relations. He is admitted to the High Court of Australia, is a Fellow of the Cambridge Commonwealth Society and is on the Board of the Art Gallery Society of NSW. He speaks Spanish, is an Australian-EU dual national, and was awarded a DFAT Australia Day Citation during the Israel-Lebanon war. He is based in Sydney.
Member relations are available to speak with you about membership, your ongoing professional development and questions you may have about being or becoming a director. This team will also assist with any queries on in-house governance courses and advisory services.
International Members Executive
Lauren leads our international member engagement and is available to assist members with ongoing professional development. She has experience in a range of business operations, including implementing a cloud based fully integrated CRM system in her previous role as Systems & Membership Manager at the American Chamber of Commerce in Australia, where she spent over 10 years. Lauren has a strong background of successful engagement in membership based organisations. She completed her studies in Event Management in the distinction grade at TAFE NSW. She is based in Sydney.
Education programs and events
This team looks after our flagship International Company Directors Course as well as short courses, events and the international newsletter.
International Events Executive
Katie manages AICD’s international events in Hong Kong, Singapore, Dubai and Fiji, with the goal to further our members’ professional development and networks. She also coordinates the promotion of our courses and events through different marketing channels. Her previous experience is as Event Manager for the American Chamber of Commerce in Australia, responsible for over 80 events annually.
Katie holds a Diploma in Event Management and is currently studying a Bachelor of Communications with the University of South Australia. She is based in Sydney.
International Programs Executive
Fiona is responsible for the delivery of the coordination and delivery of AICD’s international programs in Singapore, Hong Kong, Dubai and Fiji. She has extensive experience convening domestic and international programs at AICD, including premium programs such as Mastering the Boardroom. Fiona previously worked for the Property Council of Australia and Citibank. Fiona is based in Sydney.
International Programs Executive
Anna is responsible for the coordination and delivery of AICD’s international programs in Singapore, Hong Kong, Dubai and Fiji.
Anna has been involved in the international education industry for over seven years through the University of Queensland and the Queensland State Government where she promoted and delivered short-term academic and professional development programs to participants from Asia and the Middle East. Most recently Anna served as the Events and Membership Manager for the American Australian Association in New York.
Anna spent two years studying in Osaka, Japan and speaks Japanese. She holds a Bachelor of Communications/Arts and is based in Sydney.
International Team Coordinator
Cassy assists our members with registrations to courses and events, and provides administrative support to deliver high quality education programs and events. Her previous experience includes working as the Learning Pathways Administrator at Resolution Institute, as well as Membership Coordinator at the Real Estate Institute of New South Wales.
Cassy holds a Diploma of Business Administration and is currently studying a Bachelor of Business Administration with Swinburne University. She is based in Sydney.