Billionaire Atlassian founders among four new ambassadors for BESydney

(L-R) Gladys Berejiklian, Scott Farquhar, Pip Marlow and Lyn Lewis-Smith.

Scott Farquhar, Mike Cannon-Brookes, Pip Marlow and Elizabeth Broderick were inducted into the BESydney Global Ambassador Program this week.

Farquhar and Cannon-Brookes (the duo behind Atlassian), Marlow (Salesforce ANZ CEO) and Broderick (Elizabeth Broderick and Co.) were welcomed to the program by BESydney Global Ambassador Program Patron, NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian, at the 10th Anniversary Ambassador Dinner.

“I am pleased to welcome the new Global Ambassadors to the program, and I acknowledge the great work that all of our Ambassadors do to help Sydney attract the talent and investment needed to make this city such a great place. Thank you for volunteering your time, resources and expertise to give Sydney the leading edge,” said Berejiklian.

“I also want to congratulate BESydney for their commitment to showcasing Sydney’s many attractions across the globe for 50 years. Together with the Global Ambassadors, BESydney has generated some $1.9 billion in direct expenditure into the NSW economy in the past 10 years alone, which is an incredible achievement.”

Farquhar shared his vision for the future of work, what’s needed to support Australia’s innovation economy, and his ambition for Sydney and Australia within the global technology sector.

“Sydney has always been our home,” he said. “We chose to build Atlassian here because we want to create the jobs of the future and the economy of the future. It’s an honour to represent BESydney as a Global Ambassador.

“Our vision is to build a tech hub in Sydney that attracts the best talent and opportunity for future generations. That’s why Atlassian is based here, and that’s why we can’t wait to work with BESydney to bring in more business visitors, create more jobs and grow our economy.”

BESydney CEO Lyn Lewis-Smith said the 10th Anniversary Ambassador Dinner was a celebration of the invaluable role Ambassadors play in bringing global conversations around development, best practice and change to Australia.

“Sydney is the nation’s hub for professional, scientific and technical innovation,” she said. “However, we rely on our advocates to make their achievements and our story known. It’s an honour to work with our incredible Ambassadors to help Sydney and Australia achieve their potential, raising our social and economic prosperity in the process.

“We’ve achieved some incredible things in BESydney’s 50-year history, and for the past 10 years we’ve been fortunate to do so alongside some of Australia’s most ambitious individuals. I believe this collaboration is our most powerful driver of economic growth and innovation, and look forward to seeing the success it brings over the coming decade and beyond.”