Growing our U.S partnership: priorities and opportunities

Growing our U.S partnership: priorities and opportunities

Mar 29
CEDA is delighted to welcome to Perth the long-awaited and recently appointed Ambassador to Australia for the United States of America, Arthur B. Culvahouse Jr to deliver his first public address in Australia.


His Excellency Arthur Culvahouse Jr, Ambassador to Australia for the United States of America

Event overview

Join Ambassador Culvahouse as he provides a big picture lens on America and its partnership with Australia, detailing opportunities for the future and for Western Australia.

The United States has been the largest source of foreign investment into Australia for more than 30 years and Australia welcomes more American exports than almost anywhere in the world.

This is an important strategic partnership and we look forward to hearing from the 26th US Ambassador to Australia and how he sees the road ahead.

Event presentations

Delegate handout PDF

Meet the keynote speaker

His Excellency Arthur Culvahouse Jr
Ambassador to Australia for the United States of America

President Donald J. Trump nominated Ambassador Arthur B. (A.B.) Culvahouse, Jr. to be the United States Ambassador to Australia on November 6, 2018. Confirmed by the U.S. Senate on January 2, 2019 by unanimous consent, he was formally sworn in by Vice President Mike Pence on February 19, 2019 and presented his credentials to the Governor-General, Sir Peter Cosgrove on March 13, 2019. Ambassador Culvahouse serves as the President’s personal representative to the government and people of Australia. He leads the U.S. Mission to Australia, which is comprised of the Embassy in Canberra and three Consulates located in Melbourne, Sydney, and Perth. Ambassador Culvahouse has a long and distinguished career. He is the former Chair of O'Melveny, a firm he has been associated with for more than four decades. He began his career as Chief Legislative Assistant to United States Senator Howard H. Baker, Jr. and later served as White House Counsel to President Ronald Reagan. In 1989, President Reagan awarded Ambassador Culvahouse the Presidential Citizens’ Medal, an award to "recognize citizens who performed exemplary deeds of service for the country or their fellow citizens". In December 1992, then-Secretary of Defense Dick Cheney awarded Ambassador Culvahouse the Defense Medal for Distinguished Public Service for his work on the Federal Advisory Committee on Nuclear Failsafe and Risk Reduction.

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