AACCI has been active in NSW since 1975, and the local chapter boasts membership across a broad spectrum of industries from Bega in the south to the Queensland border in the north. The chapter's office is based out of the Sydney CBD where there is a natural concentration of member companies. Documentation services are provided from two locations – north and south of the harbour.
Members are represented on an elected Management Committee which meets regularly to plan and organize events and other member activities. The NSW chapter holds regular events to afford members an opportunity to network and to hear from prominent speakers with insight on Arab markets.
Ali Asghar Shah – Executive Officer, New South Wales
Ali Asghar Shah joined AACCI in April 2012, as National Secretariat Manager in Canberra. He was promoted to NSW Executive Officer and National Member Services Manager for AACCI at the Sydney office in April 2015. He is responsible for managing the NSW Chapter, supporting the Chapter Chairman and Management Committee to provide superior service to the NSW Chapter members.
At National level, Ali is responsible for implementation of the National Member Services Program. Ali also acts as Company Secretary to provide support to the AACCI National Board. He possesses a keen interest in international trade and business and has worked on a diverse range of strategic, financial, marketing, trade, and government affairs of the Chamber.
Ali holds a Bachelor of International Business from the Australian National University (ANU), majoring in the Middle East and the Arabic language, and is fluent in Urdu and Hindi. He has been a guest speaker at the ANU thrice on the subject of “The Importance of Free Trade”, and during his time there was actively involved with the university's Pastoral Care network. His previous experience has been in editorial publications in Pakistan.