The George Institute celebrates 20 years, 1999-2019
The George Institute for Global Health celebrated 20 years of ground breaking health and medical research on Thursday 21 November 2019. Together with alumni, key partners and collaborators, policy makers and government officials, the Institute gathered at NSW Parliament House in Sydney to reflect on the achievements of the Institute, and the legacy of impactful research by its committed staff.
Executive Director of The George Institute Australia, Professor Bruce Neal, opened proceedings by discussing the growth of the Institute over the past 20 years:
“In 1999, The George Institute for Global Health was established to tackle the rise of chronic disease and injury worldwide. We started as three people in a small office with one big idea.
“Today we have grown to over 700 global staff, projects in more than 50 countries and major centres in Australia, India, China and the UK.
“At The George we are proud of the growth that has been achieved, and recognise the contribution of our dedicated employees, board and academic affiliations.”
Professor Robyn Norton AO, Principal Director and Co-founder followed, explaining that the key to the Institute’s success has always been “our mission and our incredible staff.”
Principal Director and Co-founder of the Institute Professor Stephen MacMahon AO said: “When we first started, we could have never envisioned where we are now 20 years later.”
Chairman of the Board, Mr David Armstrong acknowledged the role of the Board and its Directors in supporting the Institute’s mission.
The NSW Minister for Health and Medical Research, the Hon. Brad Hazzard MP delivered remarks on the achievements of the Institute, and its success as a world leading institute founded in NSW.
The Minister offered warm and sincere congratulations in closing up the formal proceedings on the night saying,
“You are making a difference in the world and on behalf of the government of New South Wales - congratulations and well done, we look forward to another 20 years.”
Invited guests, including alumni, current staff members and key stakeholders, then shared conversations about memorable moments in the Institute’s history and how to better support the Institute’s mission in the coming years.