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John Gandel AO awarded AC

June 13th, 2017

Congratulations to John Gandel AO - Chairman of Gandel Philanthropy and Philanthropy Australia Member - for being awarded the highest Queen's Birthday Honour, the Companion of the Order of Australia (AC). For eminent service to the community as a benefactor and supporter of a range of visual arts and cultural institutions, to youth education, medical and biotechnology innovation programs, to business, and to the advancement of philanthropic giving.


  • Chairman, Gandel Philanthropy, current.
  • Major Donor, National Gallery of Australia, 2010.
  • Chairman, Board of Governors, Jewish Museum of Australia - Gandel Centre of Judaica, since 1983; Patron and Benefactor, since 1982.
  • Life Governor, Alfred Health, since 2002; Member, Appeal Committee, Burns Unit, 1992; Chair, Alfred Hospital Cancer Centre; Benefactor, current.
  • Foundation Member, Patrons of the Victorian Arts Centre, since 1991; Life Member, 2008. Member, Advance Council, The Global Foundation.
  • Life Governor, Vision Australia Foundation, 2002.
  • Life Governor, Melbourne Hebrew Congregation, 1999.


  • Chairman, Gandel Group of Companies, since 1984.
  • Founding Chairman, CFS Gandel Retail Trust, 1994-2006.
  • Board Member, CSIRO, 1999-2002.
  • Director, Priceline, 1982-1998.
  • Member, World Business Council; World Presidents Organisation, and Chief Executives Organisation, since 1985.

Awards and recognition

  • Co-Recipient, Victorian Premier's Award for Community Harmony, 2016. Co-Recipient, Research Australia's Great Australian Philanthropy Award, 2015. Honorary Degree, Monash University, 2013.
  • Hall of Fame Inductee, Property Council of Australia, 2013.
  • Honorary Doctorate of Philosophy, Tel Aviv University, 2006.
  • Recipient, Centenary Medal, 2003. 

Full list of AC recipients >

Full list of Queen's Birthday recipients >

Benevolent Society

Philanthropy Meets Parliament Summit

11 & 12 September 2017 

The Philanthropy Meets Parliament Summit brings together Australian funders, political leaders, and policy makers to meet at the heart of Australia’s political system. 

Early bird closes on 22 July 2017 .

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