Queensland Chapter

AACCI's Queensland Chapter was established in 1983, and has taken a prominent position as one of the leading organizations in the state promoting bilateral trade between Australia and the Middle East and North Africa. Chapter membership ranges across a variety of industry sectors, but is heavily driven by agribusiness and more recently by education—including training and professional services—but the core membership remains in manufacturing, trading and supply lines.

The Chapter has developed a strategic approach to working with other agencies including the State Government through Trade & Investment Queensland, and Federal agencies including Austrade and DFAT. This approach has also led to collaborative arrangements with Queensland city councils and universities.

Karl Ariss  Executive Officer, Queensland

Given his background in leadership, project management and process improvement, Karl has over 15 years’ experience in Marketing & Communication, Media, Media Sales, Advertising and Management. He has a proven history of success directing large operations and projects, delivering superb revenue growth, managing professional teams and liaising with multicultural clients and professionals from around the globe.

Before moving to Australia, Karl held managerial positions with big media companies in the Middle East and GCC countries, dealing with multi-million dollars advertising budgets. Karl travelled to most of the MENA region on business assignments.