Established in 1981, the Victorian Chapter has been at the forefront of promoting bilateral trade between Australia and the Arab states.
Members of the Chapter come from a wide diversity of business interests and industrial sectors, including manufacturing and agricultural exporters to service industry specialists -- ranging from large manufacturers and exporters to individual commodity traders and independent consultants. Members export a broad range of products including meat, grains and pulses, dairy products, fresh produce, pharmaceutical products, cars, pumps, and oil and gas equipment.
In recent times, the chapter has experienced strong membership growth in the financial and professional services sectors. Recognising the networking opportunities that AACCI offers, members are active in the executive recruitment, education, building and construction, vocational training, mining and logistics sectors.
The chapter has forged strong partnerships with the state offices of DFAT and Austrade, state government departments, industry focused groups as well as Melbourne based consuls representing Egypt, Lebanon and Oman.
Barbara Haggerty – Executive Officer, Victoria
Barbara possesses strong business and management skills with focus on business relationships development coupled by well established marketing, communications and strategy planning skills. These skills are underpinned by many years of experience gained in airline; sales, government and not-for-profit organisations; business events management, property investment and recruitment industries. Barbara has managed successfully large business projects and people with high level of complexity and involving multiple stakeholders across Australia and internationally.
Barbara has a strong overseas business development focus and interest in business networking opportunities both in Australia and the MENA Region, which she visits regularly. She is also very passionate about the people and culture in the Region. Barbara has been an active member of AACCI Victoria Chapter Management Committee for five years and the last four years serving as the Vice Chair. She has always readily dedicated time and actively contributed to the Chamber’s events and activities. Barbara possesses strong understanding of AACCI’s mission and is committed to delivering members’ networking and business opportunities as well as strengthening the relationships with stakeholders in Australia and across the MENA Region.
In the EO role, Barbara will provide continuity to the organisation, support the Chamber’s growth and development, improvement of services and benefits to members over the next 12 months. She looks forward to the new role and appreciates the ongoing support and confidence of the members. She holds a Bachelor of Business International Trade (Monash), a Bachelor of Business Marketing & Management (Monash) and a Masters of Business & Marketing (Swinburne).
Said El-Saadi – Export and Member Services Officer, Victoria
Said is a native Arabic language speaker. Hence in addition to his business communications and customer service skills, Said brings to the Chamber the direct connection to the language and the culture of the Region. Prior to coming to Australia, Said has lived and been involved in trade and marketing assignments in Saudi Arabia and the UAE.
With his specialized education and bilingual capabilities, Said has acquired skills and knowledge of culture and business in Australia and across the MENA Region. Through his varied cultural and business experiences, Said has attained qualities and attributes that helped him become an effective communicator who can deal with different situations diplomatically and satisfy the requirements of international clients.
Said has proven to be very dedicated to the Chamber as well as display strong initiative and commitment to members’ services. Said has become very proficient in export documentation services and seeks delivering best support for the benefit of AACCI's members and stakeholders.
Said’s ambition is to improve trade and cultural relations between Australia and the MENA Region for mutually successful and prosperous relations. He is currently completing a Bachelor of Strategic Communications (LaTrobe) and holds a Diploma of International Business.