AICC(WA) Board Members
AICC(WA) President: Mr Graham Laitt, Managing Director, Milne AgriGroup; A Governor, Australia-Israel Chamber of Commerce
AICC(WA) Vice President: Mr Larry Lopez, Partner, Australian Venture Consultants; Chair, Australia-American Fulbright Commission; Chair & Co-Founder West Tech Festival; former Director, Accelerating Commercialization, Department of Industry, Commonwealth Government of Australia
AICC(WA) Treasurer: Mr Dean Pike, Partner, PKF
Dr Simon Avenell, Independent Consultant
Mr Hugo Bombara, Director, Lawbrook Holdings – Coy
Professor Lyn Beazley AO FAA FTSE FACE CIE (Aust), WA Australian of the Year 2015, Sir Walter Murdoch Distinguished Professor of Science, Murdoch University
Ms Kerryl Bradshaw, Director Resources Industries, Microsoft Australia; Co-Chair, Sustainability Council of Microsoft Australia; Board Member, Infrastructure WA
Mr Paul Kordic, Legal Practice Director, Strand Legal & Conveyancing
Ms Robin K. McClellan, Non-Executive Director, Advisory Board Member, Co-Chairperson and & CEO; former United States of America Consul General-Perth
Mr Paul Niardone, Managing Director, The Agency
Mr John Schaffer AM, Chairman & Managing Director, Schaffer Corporation Ltd
Professor Fiona Wood AM, FRCS, FRACS, Director, Burns Service of Western Australia; Clinical Professor with the School of Paediatrics and Child Health, The University of Western Australia and Director of the McComb Research Foundation
Chief Executive: John Cluer
Executive Administration & Events: Di Horwitz
His Excellency Mark Sofer
Ambassador of Israel to Australia
The AICC is honoured to have as its Governors these outstanding individuals who have each made a significant contribution to the Australian business, political, philanthropic, academic and cultural communities, and who are all great supporters and advocates of the AICC and Israel:
Mr Chris Anderson
Mr Anthony Berg AM
Prof. Adrienne Clarke AC
Mr Charles Goode AC
Ms Margaret Jackson AC
Mr Graham Laitt
Mr Isi Leibler AO CBE
Mr Mark Leibler AC
Mr Bob Mansfield AO
Mr David Mortimer AO
Mr Paul O’Sullivan
Mr Phillip Scanlan AM
Dr Paul Simons AM
Mr Stan Wallis AC
The AICC Australia-Israel Chamber of Commerce was established in the mid 1950’s by a dedicated group of Australian business leaders in Melbourne and Sydney who sought to promote the export of Israeli goods and services to Australia.
Among the pioneers were Syd Field, Kalman Bar-On, Harry Castle, Ben Cohen, Gerald Falk, Stanley and Bernard Ferster, Max Freilich, Gerald Goldsmith, Sir Asher Joel, Louis Klein, Arnold Newhouse, Shya Redelman, Eli Tal and Paul Ungar.
The early pioneers had much to show for the voluntary efforts, with the opening of the Israeli Trade Commission, Israeli Government Tourism Office, and the arrival of Zim, Koor and other Israeli companies to our shores and the opening of the Australian Trade Commission in Tel Aviv.
Since its formal registration in 1970, trade between the two countries has continued to grow and the range of items traded has dramatically expanded. Both Australia and Israel have learnt much from each other and the work of the Chamber has allowed much of this potential to be realised. An entrepreneurial and talented leadership and staff have ensured the continued growth of the organisation, and have established the Chamber as one of Australia’s leading business organisations with a strong brand and reputation in the marketplace.
In the 1980’s a new strategic direction for the Chamber was set which saw the Chamber transformed from an organisation of committed volunteers to a professional business organisation that promoted Australia-Israel business ties using a contemporary marketing formula.
The Chamber has grown to be a national organisation with professionally staffed offices in Adelaide, Brisbane, Melbourne, Perth, Sydney and Tel Aviv.