The South Australian Chapter of AACCI was established in 1982 with initial membership based primarily on an active group of agricultural commodity and equipment exporters. Since then the Chapter has secured a much more industry-diversified membership. Today, exporters and businesses throughout South Australia have teamed with the Chapter to make it an indispensable partner for engaging with the Arab world. In South Australia there are several companies for whom the Middle East is a very major export destination and even when ranked within their Australian industry sector they are significant exporters.
Olga Kostic – Executive Officer, South Australia
Professionally qualified as an oenologist, graduating with a B. App. Sc. from Roseworthy Agriculture College, Olga's 20-year international experience began as a flying Winemaker at Chateau Monbazillac. She subsequently advanced to International Sales & Marketing Manager for Burns Philp's Food & Fermentation Division based in Lyon, France. Upon returning to Australia, Olga secured a role with Adelaide venture capital start-up, NuKorc Pty Ltd, establishing markets and distribution in the non-English speaking countries of Europe and South America due to her fluency in French, Italian, Spanish and Portuguese.
Since 2005, Olga has been co-director of Fleurieu Winery Supplies, supplying biotech solutions to the wine, fruit juice and olive oil industries. Olga resides in the Fleurieu and her passion for the region extends to her recent not-for-profit work as Business Development Manager with Regional Development Australia in addition to board positions as Treasurer with both Fleurieu Peninsula Tourism & Fleurieu Food. Current board positions are held with the Exporters Association of South Australia and The School of Languages, DECD. Olga received a scholarship from the Leaders Institute of SA for the Governors Leadership Foundation Program, and graduated in November 2014.