The OBAA provides the means whereby overseas bank representatives may meet together on a social basis to maintain personal and business contacts; and to enhance relations between overseas bank representatives and the resident Australian banking, commercial and government organisations.

The Association is a non-profit and non-political association.



Winter Networking Event

The OBAA Committee are pleased to provide members and their guests the next OBAA Networking Event, being at Hickson House in the Rocks, details as follows:


Date                     : Wednesday 17 August

Time                     : 6pm to 10pm

Cost                      : Members $85

                             : Non-Members $110

Venue                   : Hickson House – 6 Hickson Road, Dawes Point

RSVP                     : Thursday 11 August

Bookings             :


With the venue also being a distiller of spirits, there will be Gin available on the evening, in addition to sparkling, white and red wine, along with a variety of beers and soft drinks. In order to keep costs down for our members, the OBAA is proud to have 2 sponsors for the evening in Robert Walters ( and Brilliance Financial Technology (


We hope you can attend on the evening and there will also be a lucky door prize on the evening of a custom made suit from Oscar Hunt Tailors (




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Doha Bank

Honorary President


BNY Mellon

Honorary Vice President


Honorary Secretary

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Bank of Queensland

Honorary Treasurer

Jennifer Estrada, NAB
Andre Danelian, JP Morgan
Jenny Hutchings, ANZ
Anders Leftinger, Citi
Michael Reidy, Westpac
Richard Leong, SMBC





(Honorary Member)

Bank of Communications

Bank of Queensland

Citibank Australia

Global IME Bank

JP Morgan

The Bank of Nova Scotia

Westpac Banking Corporation

Credit Agricole 

Woori Bank

Baker McKenzie

(Honorary Member)

The Bank of New York Mellon


Commonwealth Bank of Australia


Mizuho Bank

Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation

Standard Chartered Bank

State Bank of India

Deutsche Bank

Australia and New Zealand Banking Group

Bank of Sydney

China Everbright Bank

Commerzbank AG

ING Bank N.V.

National Australia Bank

United Overseas Bank


Union Bank of India

Arab Bank Australia Limited

Bank of America

Merrill Lynch

BNP Paribas

China Merchants Bank

Doha Bank

Intesa Sanpaolo

National Bank of Greece

Wells Fargo

Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce



The first meeting of the Overseas Bankers Association of Australia (OBAA) was held on 27 August 1984 at the Imperial Services Club in Sydney. 52 representatives of the 101 foreign banks operating in Sydney at the time attended the meeting.

A Steering Committee was established and at the end of January 1985 a letter was sent to all foreign banks represented in Australia advising that a general meeting would be held on 20 February 1985 to approve the constitution and elect the office bearers. 72 representatives from 61 foreign banks attended the meeting.

The first meeting of the new Committee was held on 18 April 1985. A letter from the Federal Treasurer, Paul Keating, was read welcoming the formation of the OBAA and giving the Government’s official recognition. The Governor General, Sir Ninian Stephen, also conveyed best wishes for the success of the Association.

The guest of honour and speaker at the Foundation Luncheon was Sir Bede Callaghan, former Managing Director of the Commonwealth Bank and at the time the Chairman of the Foreign Investment Review Board. Guests from the Reserve Bank, Australian Bankers Association and Australia Merchant Bankers Association were also invited to attend. 97 members and guests attended the foundation luncheon.


The OBAA continues to thrive with a number of banks enjoying membership of the Association.

The OBAA is managed by a Committee comprised of a diverse group of bankers from both foreign and domestic banks. The Association conducts functions on an annual basis for the benefit of its members and these range from cultural nights and thought leadership lunches to golf days and ‘young banker’ networking events. Membership is at the institutional level which enables all staff of a member institution to attend functions at the ‘member’ rate.


As a mature association, we look at the role foreign banks have had in the development of Australia, the economy and the thousands of individual Australians who have worked for and learned their skills from foreign banks. We also look to the involvement that foreign banks will have in the future development of the Australian economy.

The OBAA recognises the work done by long standing members of the foreign bank community, awarding our first Life Membership in 2008.  Currently, there are ten Life Members of the OBAA.


In 2020, in keeping with the continuing development of the Association, we recognised the 35th anniversary of its establishment.



Thank you, we will be in touch!