People 

Board of Directors

       

Roland Jabbour Esq JP  President and National Chairman

Roland is the Chairman of the Jabbour Holding Group of Companies, Chairman of the Australian Agency for Education & Training and Managing Director of the Cedar Jet Travel Group. He chairs the Australian Arabic Council and is a founding and current director of both the Australia Lebanon Chamber of Commerce and Industry (ALCCI) and the Australia Oman Business Council (AOBC).

Roland has extensive business and international trade relations experience. His business interests include property development and investments, traffic management, travel and tourism, international education and training. The Jabbour Holding Group is based in Melbourne and has offices across the Middle East region. The group oversees major projects between Australia and the Arab region, representing Australian universities, the private sector and government institutions.


James Harb  Independent Board Member

James is a member of AACCI's Board of Directors. He earned an LLB (Hons) from the University of Technology, Sydney in 1991 and an LLM from the University of Sydney in 1995. James is currently a partner at Blackstone Waterhouse Lawyers and lead the International Trade & Transport group. He is regarded as one of Australia's preeminent lawyers in the field and is also an expert in maritime law, logistics litigation, road/rail transport and aviation law. James has significant experience in establishing Australian business in Arab countries, particularly Iraq and the United Arab Emirates. He is also proficient with the Arabic language and culture.


Joseph Rizk OAM Independent Board Member

Joseph Rizk OAM is currently the Managing Director of Arab Bank Australia. Prior to it, Joseph was Chief Banking Officer for over five years, overseeing the retail, commercial and trade banking operations as well as its branch network, and being responsible for all revenue generating arms of the Bank. Joseph has over 40 years of corporate, commercial and international banking and finance experience along with extensive experience across the banking spectrum. Joe’s time with NAB was 31 years.

Joseph has been a Director of the Australian Lebanese Chamber of Commerce since 2007. In 2014 became President of the Westmead Medical Research Foundation. Joe also holds positions of Chairman and Director for the Italian Opera Foundation Association and Westmead Millennium Institute for Medical Institute. Joe is also a member of (MAICD) The Australian Institute of Company Directors and a fellow of The Australian Institute of Management.

On Monday 8th June 2015 (Queens’ Birthday) – Joseph was awarded the ‘Order of Australia’ in the General Division of the Awards. The Award has been given to Joe in recognition of his extraordinary contribution to the banking sector, community and to Charitable Works, especially in the Lebanese and Arabic Community.


Peter Grant  Western Australia Board Member

Peter holds a B.Sc. (Hons.) in Geology from Nottingham University and has over 40 years' experience in global exploration. He first worked in seismic exploration and then worked as a senior geophysicist for BG out of UK before moving to Australia to work for BHP Petroleum who he worked for 13 years in Australia, Africa and Middle East as an Exploration Manager. He joined Woodside Energy Limited in 1995 in Perth and led Woodside’s International expansion from 1998 to 2013, as General Manger International Exploration. He has worked in most hydrocarbon basins around the world and has enjoyed considerable success in finding and developing hydrocarbons in most continents. 

He left Woodside in 2013 to form his advisory company, International Energy Solutions and currently provides exploration, commercial and business development advice to Oil and Gas companies and Governments.

He is a Director of Swala Energy based in Perth, a National Director of the Arab Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry of WA, the Chairman of the Australia Korea Business Council of Western Australia and President of the Asia Pacific Region for the American Association of Petroleum Geologists.


Simon Harrison  Queensland Board Member

Simon is the Chair of the Arab Australia Chamber of Commerce and Industry in Queensland and a National Director of the organisation. Simon is also an Adjunct Professor at The University of Queensland.

Simon is a well-respected international lawyer whose principal focus is on the Middle East and North Africa and is a Partner at National Law Firm Käden Boriss Legal and practices out of the Firms Brisbane office where he focuses on agribusiness and food security, energy and export/import work. Simon has worked extensively across the Middle East and for Middle East clients in Australia as well as Australian companies who wish to engage in that the Middle East and Africa. He has spoken throughout the Middle East on matters of common concern for the region and Australia. Simon also has extensive experience advising both international industry and Sovereign States on a wide range of issues in his chosen fields in both contentious and non-contentious matters.

Simon appears regularly on television and radio nationally and internationally having been reported across the world’s news media from London to Brisbane and from China to Tanzania. As well as in professional journals covering a wide range of issues. Simon  has also been lead Counsel in most of Australia’s high profile class and group actions.  


Mohamed Hage  New South Wales Board Member - Treasurer

Mohamed took up the position as the lead analyst for multi-asset institutional investors with over $4 billion worth of assets under advice. Mohamed's responsibility is to deliver investment strategy, including responsibility for asset allocation, investment themes, investment management and product selection and monitoring to institutional clients across all asset classes globally.

Mohamed has built more than 10 years' experience in many aspects of professional investment management, with leadership responsibility taken for multiple investment management and investment consulting roles.

Mohamed is NSW Chairman of the Australia Arab Chamber of Commerce and Industry, the peak body of foreign investment and trade between Australia and the MENA region, with a focus on trade, mergers & acquisitions across a broad range of industries.

Mohamed obtained his graduate and post-graduate degrees in Commerce and Business with a specialisation in Finance and Management .


       

Soufiane Rboub  South Australia Board Member - Secretary

Mr Soufiane Rboub is an International Advisor at the International Student Center, Office of the Deputy Vice-Chancellor & Vice-President (Academic) at the University of Adelaide. Soufiane has over 15 years of experience in the international education industry and he is the Chair of the Australia Arab Chamber of Commerce and Industry in South Australia and a National Director of the organisation.

Soufiane has an extensive experience delivering workshops in collaboration with the International Education Association (ISANA) on cross-cultural understanding and on the Arab world. He also represents the University of Adelaide at various exhibition in the MENA region and member of the Group of Eight Scholarship Committee. In 2009 he successfully managed an AusAID initiative on behalf of the Iraqi government delivering support and logistics to their scholars undertaking their studies in Australia under the Iraq-Australia Agricultural Scholarship (AIAS).

Soufiane is also fluent in Arabic, French, Greek , Spanish as well as conversational Italian. 


Dr Fiona Hill Victoria Board Member

Fiona is an Anthropologist and Cultural Consultant for the Arab region with 25 years experience in commercial, philanthropic, and scholarly projects in Syria, Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Lebanon, Jordan, the UAE, Oman, Kuwait, Bahrain, Libya, and Morocco.

Through her business, Almanar Consultancy, Fiona provides in-house Briefing-Workshops, Webinars, Coaching-Mentoring, E-Guides, and women-only Tours & Missions of Arab countries. Almanar Consultancy clients include industry, government, educators, entrepreneurs, and new graduates. Fiona served a decade on the Executive of the Australia Arabic Council (AAC) Australia’s peak Arab communities advocacy body and two terms (6 years) with the Australian Government’s Council for Australian Arab Relations (CAAR).