Board of Directors


Roland Jabbour Esq. JP  National Chairman & Victoria Board Member

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  NSW 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.

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’s (U.Q.)

Simon is a well-respected international lawyer whose principal focus is on the Middle East and North Africa and is a Partner with National Law Firm TressCox 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.  

Soufiane Rboub  South Australia Board Member

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.


Paul Morris  Independent Board Member

Paul has held various business leadership roles in professional services consultancies over the past 25 years, 10 years of which were resident in the Middle East, where he established the Property & Buildings business of GHD in Qatar and the United Arab Emirates.  As a Global Market Leader at GHD, Paul is responsible for leadership and business development of GHD’s property and buildings business globally, in addition to providing direction and leadership across international projects.

He has been on Steering Committees for a range of major projects across GHD’s global practice, including: The Palm Islands, Dubai; Doha Asian Games; Khalifa Port Industrial Zone, Abu Dhabi; Comalco Alumina Project (Rio Tinto); and a peer review of a wide range of industrial, agribusiness, commercial, hospitality and residential development projects across the Middle East, China, SE Asia and Australia.

He brings a strong understanding of the professional services industry to AACCI, with a passion for B2B networking and business generation.

Dr Fiona Hill Independent 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).

Raymond (Rafeek) Najar, OMIEA Australia Independent Board Member

Ray is a civil engineer who has specialized in water resource management since 1964. He completed his diploma with a Rotary Foundation Fellowship in the USA in 1976 and is a Melville Jones Fellow in Lions International.  Since September 2003, Ray has been the General Manager of the Murray Darling Association, Australia’s largest local government body. He is an agricultural engineering expert whose work focuses on irrigation and water resource management and consults for Middle Eastern countries such as Egypt, UAE, Qatar, Kuwait and Lebanon.

In 2005, Ray was awarded South Australian Ambassador of the Year for his efforts in promoting bilateral trade between Australia and the Middle East, and facilitating trade missions in and out of Australia.