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.




Insights into the US Presidential Election and

Potential Implications for Australia

Date: 14 October 2020 / Time: 10:00 – 11:00am AEDT

Join us for a panelist webinar, hosted by OBAA President Hilton Wood, to explore and understand what will certainly be one of the most impactful events of the year. As the world continues to expend tremendous amounts of resources to contain the resurgence of COVID-19 and the economic fallout of the disease, the US Presidential election is fast approaching.  With the strength of the US economy, the conventional wisdom in Australia going into 2020 was that President Trump would be re-elected to a second term.  However, given the administration’s response to the virus and the racial equality movement in recent months, more polls suggest that he is vulnerable.  Gain insight into what to expect in the last few weeks leading up to the election and potential outcome scenarios as it relates to foreign and trade relations with Australia, economic growth, and fiscal policy in either a second Trump administration or a new Biden administration.


John Hewson, AM Former Leader of Federal Opposition, Australia

William M. Daley, Vice Chairman of Public Affairs Wells Fargo & Company

Kim  Mundy, Associate Director, Currency Strategy and International Economics, Commonwealth Bank of Australia

Please email to register.



Doha Bank

Honorary President


Honorary Vice President

Mark Cochrane

BNY Mellon

Honorary Secretary

Damien Bechly

Bank of Queensland

Honorary Treasurer

Michael Glenn, CBA
Jennifer Estrada, NAB
Andre Danelian, JP Morgan
Jenny Hutchings, ANZ
Anders Leftinger, Citi Group
Richard Ventura, HSBC
Judy Margala, Wells Fargo
Hongde Yu, China Everbright Bank



(Honorary Member)

Bank of Communications

Bank of Queensland

Citibank Australia

Global IME Bank

JP Morgan


United Overseas Bank

Baker McKenzie

(Honorary Member)

The Bank of New York Mellon


Commonwealth Bank of Australia


Mizuho Bank

Royal Bank of Canada

Wells Fargo

Australia and New Zealand Banking Group

Bank of Sydney

China Everbright Bank

Commerzbank AG

ING Bank N.V.

National Australia Bank

The Bank of Nova Scotia

Westpac Banking Corporation

Bank of America

Merrill Lynch

BNP Paribas

China Merchant Bank

Doha Bank

Intesa SanPaolo

National Bank of Greece

Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation



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 seven Life Members of the OBAA.


In 2010, in keeping with the continuing development of the Association, we recognised the 25th anniversary of its establishment.



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