Former AACCI Vice Chair, Mr James Harb has made a seamless transition into the role of President and National Chair following the announcement last week by Mr Roland Jabbour that he would be vacating the leadership role.

James Harb, incoming President and National Chair acknowledged Mr Jabbour’s exemplary leadership noting the significant strengthening of relationships with Heads of Mission, governments, and industry under his leadership.

Roland has been a strong and highly respected leader during his near two terms as President and I am looking forward to continuing to support these well-established bi-lateral relationships.  It is also my strong vision that the Chamber navigate the future of a post COVID-19 world with a robust approach to industry sector engagement such as mining, agritech, med tech, education, F&B, defence, aviation, tourism, alternative energy and fintech.  

With a renewed focus on AACCI’s commitment to members and stakeholders I am looking forward to seeing the Chamber expand its awareness of opportunities in the new Middle East for Australian exporters.

With the escalation of trade tensions between Australia and China, Mr Harb noted the importance of diversification as a key focus going forward.

AACCI plays a key role in assisting exporters to navigate the MENA market as we see many pivoting from the China market to consideration of new export markets.

After serving close to two terms as the Chamber’s President and National Chairman, Mr Jabbour announced his intention to vacate the position citing the importance of time with family and his focus on personal and professional interests going into 2021.

The world has changed in many more ways than one with the onset of the COVID-19, and as a result we have seen huge change globally, not least of which the abrupt pivot to digital transformation.  My time leading AACCI has indeed been a privilege and a pleasure, I am happy however to now welcome a new dynamic and a leadership that will guide the Chamber into 2021 and beyond.  

Elected to the position of Vice President was AACCI Treasurer and NSW Chair, Mr Mohamed Hage.

Acknowledging the importance of change, Mr Hage expressed his gratitude to Mr Jabbour for his terms served and paid respect to the Board along with all AACCI staff and Committees in navigating this difficult year.

This year despite the enormous global impact of the pandemic, AACCI has managed to establish new and especially important global partnerships which will play a crucial role going forward for the Chamber.  These partnerships are the cornerstone of a truly global pivot and I want to thank all of the many individuals and business leaders for their commitment and I look forward to continuing to work closely with all, on the behalf of the Chamber and most importantly for the benefit of our members.

The Board formally accepted South Australian Chair Mr Soufiane Rboub’s resignation from the National Board, and appreciation for Mr Rboub’s contributions were acknowledged by all Board Directors present.

Mr Jabbour will continue with the Chamber as an Independent Board Director.


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