Meet our team

AICD’s international team and services

We have a dedicated team to assist our international members based around the world.

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

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.

Lauren Knight
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.

Katie Harris
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.

Fiona Currey
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.

Anna McCrea
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.

Cassy Ashford
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.

International membership

Benefit from being part of our director community with access to professional development opportunities and director networks.

Whether you're a director, work closely with directors or would just like to better understand directors, International membership will provide you with a range of exclusive benefits to support you at each stage of your director journey.

From developing foundational knowledge through to boosting performance and establishing credibility, becoming a member is the first step towards maximising your effectiveness as a director.

International member services

Boost your board performance

Tailored services and evaluations for your international board.

Our International Board Services range includes In-Boardroom learning programs and the Governance Analysis Tool (GAT) which is the latest tool in board evaluation. Delivered in your boardrooms or via online options, these customised programs are facilitated by seasoned corporate governance professionals.


Delivered within the confidential surroundings of your own boardroom or a selected venue, our In-Boardroom service draws upon the Australian Institute of Company Directors' extensive range of courses to meet the development needs of your international board.

Governance Analysis Tool

The Governance Analysis Tool™ is a comprehensive board evaluation tool for boards, designed to facilitate collective self-reflection by a board of its governance practices. The Tool is a useful, efficient and effective method of focusing the board's attention on the governance system as a whole and identifying the areas the board believes are its strengths and where there are opportunities for improvement.

For all International Board Service enquiries please contact Stuart Munro or +61 8248 6600.

Global Network of Directors Institutes

We are a founding member of the Global Network of Director Institutes (GNDI), formerly known as the Global Director Development Circle.

Membership of GNDI provides us with a forum to demonstrate the leadership of Australian directors internationally, and to share expertise in corporate governance and professional director development.

GNDI is comprised of membership organisations for directors from Australia, the UK, US, Canada, Malaysia, New Zealand, Brazil and South Africa.

GNDI Global Passport

If you are a financial member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors then you have access to the Global Network of Director Institutes Global Passport.

For more information, see our GNDI Global Passport page here.


Read current and past editions of our International Newsletter. Click on the links below to download the PDF

February 2018

Welcome to the first edition of the International Newsletter for 2018.

We’re discussing how countries around the world are embracing artificial intelligence, the growing importance of the ASEAN-Australia Relationship and how members can boost their Director Professional Development units.

November 2017

Welcome to our November edition of the International Newsletter.

This issue features the key points to take away from the Essential Director Update:17, experiences from the International Company Directors Course and details of our courses and events for 2018.

August 2017

Welcome to the August 2017 edition of the International Newsletter.

This edition features highlights from our Fiji Directors Course, an article on tightened regulation of the financial sector in China, an international member profile from Mereoni Rasovo Matavou and details of upcoming courses and events.

May 2017

Welcome to the Autumn 2017 newsletter, we are excited to present a new-look publication, which continues to bring relevant content to our readers.

This season's newsletter features an article on the improvement of China's income inequality, an international member profile, a dissection of the Australian Federal Budget, and upcoming courses and events in locations all over the world.

February 2017

The first International Director Newsletter of the year features articles from various regions, international member profiles and upcoming courses and events.

November 2016

November 2016 includes articles on: Left behind- can China learn international lessons to revitalise its rust belt, Board diversity: would your board benefit from having a lawyer- director, New and longstanding membership profiles, International Out and About and more.

August 2016

August 2016 includes articles on: Short term volatility risks derailing China's critical reforms- risking weakness longer term, International Director profiles, Scholarship winner Tracy Hansen's IFOD experience, Confronting an uncertain world and much more.

May 2016

May 2016 includes articles on: Casting a wider net over China's total debt, Diversity- broader than you think, International Director profiles and Taking Margaret River wines to the world.

February 2016

February 2016 includes articles on: Essential Asia: interest in interest, Cyber, a quest for ongoing resilience, International Director profile, International Member profile and China transition to high value manufacturing.

November 2015

November 2015 includes articles on: China's new labour force survey could finally provide unemployment clarity, China's transition: Risks and opportunities for S-E Asia, International new member profile: Participant profile, Time to get serious about Asia.

August 2015

August 2015 includes articles on: Singapore's Productivity Imperative, Capital account, Remembering Lee Kuan Yew, 30 Percent Club launches in Australia.

May 2015

May 2015 includes articles on: Diversity on ASX 200 boards,How to enter the Indian market, SME issues, 2014 Australia-China Trade Report.

February 2015

February 2015 includes articles on: Humour and Corporate Governance, Sustainability strategy driving commercial value, Why international JVs so often fail to deliver anticipated value, Governance without borders.

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