American Australian Association (AAA)

Business Resilience: In Conversation with Innes Willox

Event Description


Please join Amanda Drury (CNBC) in a conversation with Innes Willox, Chief Executive, Australian Industry Group (and former Australian Consul General, Los Angeles) as they discuss a range of topical business issues, including COVID and its economic impact, relief support measures, the future outlook for business, and other issues relevant to the American – Australian business environment.


The conversation will be followed by a live Q&A; Questions for the speakers may be submitted upon registration.


AUS: Wednesday, Sep 1: 9am AEST
USA: Tuesday, Aug 31: 4pm PT, 7pm EDT

This webinar is free to attend; Registration is essential.



Mr. Innes Willox
Chief Executive
Australian Industry Group


Innes Willox is Chief Executive of the Australian Industry Group, a leading industry organisation representing businesses in a broad range of sectors including manufacturing, construction, transport, defence, ICT and labour hire. Innes was appointed Chief Executive in May 2012.


His current appointments include:

  • Director of Australian Super
  • Director of the Innovative Manufacturing Co-operative Research Centre
  • Board Member of the Australian American Leadership Dialogue
  • Convenor of the Industry 4.0 Advanced Manufacturing Forum
  • Chair of the Migration Council of Australia
  • Chair of the Ministerial Advisory Committee on Skilled Migration
  • Chair of the RMIT College of Business Industry Advisory Board

Innes served as the Australian Consul General to Los Angeles from 2006 to 2008, where he represented wide-ranging Australian interests on the west coast of the United States, including in the areas of trade, finance, culture, bio-technology, environment and energy sectors.

He was Chief of Staff to the Australian Minister for Foreign Affairs, Alexander Downer, from 2004 to 2006.

Earlier, Innes held a number of private sector and government positions including Manager of Global Public Affairs for Singapore Airlines based in Singapore (2000-04).

Innes began his working career as a journalist. His positions included Chief of Staff at The Age newspaper in Melbourne and Chief Political Correspondent for The Age in the Canberra Parliamentary Press Gallery.

Innes was educated at Melbourne High School; Monash University (BA History and Politics); and Edinburgh Business School. He is on the Board of Windermere – Victoria’s oldest family and child services agency. He is based in Melbourne and is a lifetime supporter of the Collingwood Football Club.

Amanda Drury
Anchor, CNBC


Amanda “Mandy” Drury has had a 24-year media career working at the pinnacle of globalbusiness. She is currently an anchor with leading global business television network CNBC and has worked extensively with other networks such as Bloomberg TV, NBC, MSNBC and Australia’s Channel 7.


Mandy has interviewed political and business heavyweights such as Rupert Murdoch, Speaker Nancy Pelosi, Former President Donald Trump, Former US Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross, Mitt Romney, John McCain and Jamie Dimon as well as the who’s who of Australian politicians and CEOs. She also co-anchored CNBC’s “The Call” with Former Director of the US National Economic Council, Larry Kudlow, in New York.

Working extensively in the Asia-Pacific arena, she has also interviewed and worked with Prime Ministers, CEOs, central bankers and finance ministers of the region. Mandy has also had the pleasure of interviewing personalities from the celebrity world, including Matthew McConaughey, Kylie Minogue, Curtis Stone, Mike Tyson, Matchbox 20, and the Sharks from Shark Tank in the US.

In addition, Mandy is a sought-after moderator on the world stage. She has moderated conferences for organisations such as Credit Suisse, Charles Schwab, TD Ameritrade, Commonwealth Bank of Australia, Standard Chartered Bank, Reuters and LinkedIn, as well as for non-profits such as the United Nations on topics ranging from women’s issues, microfinance and climate change.

Mandy is a seasoned MC for events such as Rotary International conventions, Advance Global Australian Awards, Platts Global Energy Awards, and the Gerald Loeb Award for Distinguished Business and Financial Journalism.

She also enjoys being able to contribute her time for charity, volunteering for the Wayside Chapel in Sydney, and emceeing fundraising events for Rotary International, pet rescue shelters, cancer prevention, autism, St Andrew’s Cathedral Choir and local schools.

She is a Melbourne girl, an alum of Melbourne University and has worked in New York, Tokyo, London, Singapore but currently lives in Sydney with her husband, two boys and pet toy poodle.


AUS: Wednesday, Sep 1

9am AEST, 7am AWST

USA: Tuesday, Aug 31

4pm PT, 7pm EDT




Debbie Chappel