Four members of the UNSW Sydney community have been appointed as Sydney Ambassadors, joining a group of influential Australians charged with promoting the city as a premier business events destination.

UNSW Chancellor David Gonski AC, Dean of UNSW Science Professor Emma Johnston, Head of the Graduate School of Biomedical Engineering Scientia Professor Nigel Lovell, and Professor Bill Ledger, Senior Vice-Dean of Medicine and Professor of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, UNSW and Royal Hospital for Women, were among seven new ambassadors revealed at the annual Business Events Sydney (BESydney) Ambassador Dinner in Sydney on Wednesday night.

UNSW ambassadors appointed previously include President and Vice-Chancellor Professor Ian Jacobs, Scientia Professor Michelle Simmons, Scientia Professor Veena Sahajwalla, Professor Ken Maher, Scientia Professor Deo Prassad and Scientia Professor David Cooper. 

The Business Events Sydney (BES) Ambassadors Program was launched in 2009 to help bring major global events to Sydney across priority sectors including infrastructure, information and communications technology, professional services, medical research and education.

BESydney CEO Lyn Lewis-Smith said the annual gala event recognised the vital role ambassadors played in raising the global profile of NSW.

“Business Events Sydney promotes NSW on the world stage, and our ambassadors, who are all leaders in their field, help Australia secure prestigious international events and conferences to increase our global competitiveness,” Lewis-Smith said.

NSW Premier and Patron of the Ambassador Program Gladys Berejiklian formally welcomed the seven new leaders to the program, which now features more than 90 ambassadors.

"It is an honour to be Patron of the Business Events Sydney Ambassador Program and support these individuals who are volunteering their time to advocate for our city and State as a hub of business, knowledge and innovation," Berejiklian said.