Our council is committed to:
- Foster, promote and enhance 'all inclusive' bilateral trade, cultural and business relations between Australia and Argentina.
- Build sound and solid bilateral 'business', diplomatic and political relationships between the regions of Australasia, Latin America and the Pacific rim region which may serve as 'links and bridges' to benefit both regions.
- Promote, enhance and build the cultural and artistic expressions of the above mentioned regions. To serve as enablers of events and activities to support trade and business initiatives from all interested parties that seek AABC membership.
- The AABC will network with all Chambers of Commerce, Business Councils, Government Agencies and Diplomatic agencies involved in the promotion of trade relations and other international links in both countries.
Our areas of focus:
- Culture & Arts and the creation of events and activities that will eventually bring the two counties closer.
- Facilitation and stimulation of tourism, education, sports, mining, energy, livestock, Agri-Business and professional services.
- Bilateral Trade Missions with individuals, small groups and large corporations.
- Exports and imports of goods and services.
- Bilateral education and sporting exchange programs for young men and women (aged between 14 and 17).
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Dr Hugo Javier Gobbi — Ex-Officio Honorary Chairman of the AABC
Dr Gobbi is the current Argentine Ambassador to Australia.
Ambassador Hugo Javier Gobbi completed his high school education at the American International School of Zurich. He is an economist and has a Diploma in Trade Policy from the GATT in Geneva. He has a Master’s degree in International Relations and a PhD in Political Science from the Université Catholique de Louvain, Belgium. His doctoral thesis was "Démocratie et intégration dans le Mercosur. Le rôle de la Commission parlementaire conjointe". Dr. Gobbi has published on trade, international affairs and political science. He taught International relations at the Universidad Católica Argentina and was also invited as Professor at the Université Catholique de Louvain, Belgium.
Ambassador Gobbi graduated from the Institute of Foreign Affairs of Argentina to become a diplomat in August 1985. His first post in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs was in the Directorate of Multilateral Economic Relations (1985-1987). He served at the Embassy of Argentina to the European Economic Community (1987-1992); the Directorate of MERCOSUR (1992-1994); the Mission of Argentina to MERCOSUR and ALADI (1995-1997); the Embassy of Argentina in Brazil, where he was the head of the Commercial and Economic Section (1997-2002); the Senate, where he was counsellor to ex-President and Senator Raúl Alfonsín (2003); the Secretary of International Economic Relations (2003-2005); and the Embassy of Argenitina to the Holy See (2005-2010), where he served as Chargé d'Affaires during 2008. In 2010 he was appointed Director of Special Economic Affairs and Sous Sherpa for Argentina in the G20. In January 2011 he was promoted to Ambassador.
He was the Director of Economic Multilateral Affairs and G20 between 2013 and 2016 and Sous Sherpa in the G20 between 2010 and 2016. He led Argentine delegations in several multilateral fora, including the WTO, FAO, OECD and G20. He was a member of the Argentine delegation that participated in the G20 Summits in Toronto, Seoul, Cannes, Los Cabos, Saint Petersburg, Brisbane and Antalya.
On 24 February 2016, Ambassador Gobbi presented Letters of Credence to the Governor General of Australia, H.E. General the Honourable Sir Peter Cosgrove AK MC (Retd) which accredited him as Ambassador of the Argentine Republic to Australia. On 25 October 2016 Ambassador Gobbi presented the letters of Credence to the Governor General of Papua New Guinea, H.E. Sir Michael Ogio, which accredited him as non-resident Ambassador to that country. On the 11 April 2017 he presented the letters of Credence to the H.E. President Jioji Konousi Konrote, President of the Republic of Fiji, which accredited him as non-resident Ambassador to that country. He has received the decoration of the National Order of the Southern Cross, Commander, from Brazil; the decoration of the Order of St. Gregory the Great, from the Holy See; and the decoration of the Legion of Honour, Knight, from France.
Ambassador Gobbi was born in Buenos Aires on 8 November 1955 and he is married to Beatriz Elena Mollerach, Doctor in Biochemistry. They have three daughters and two sons.
Mr Roderick H. McGeoch, AO LLB — Co-Founder and Patron of the AABC
Mr McGeoch is Immediate Past Chairman of the Australia New Zealand Leadership Forum, a past President of the Law Society of NSW and a Member of the Order of Australia, awarded in recognition of his invaluable services to the legal profession. Rod has had and continues to enjoy a remarkable career at the forefront of business, sports administration and the legal profession.
He unites exemplary senior level management experience with an unparalleled commitment to achievement. Perhaps best known as the leader of Sydney's successful Olympics 2000 bid, he is Chairman or Director of a wide range of major corporations and past Chairman of Corrs Chambers Westgarth, one of Australia's largest law firms. Rod McGeoch was described in an ABN AMRO report as one of Australasia's most influential Directors; his appointments included Chairman of Chubb Insurance Australia Limited, Vantage Private Equity Group Limited and BGP Investments/Holdings plc.
He is also a Director of Ramsay Health Care Limited and a member of the Board of Destination NSW. Rod is an accomplished media presenter, whose career highlights include winning (with Margaret Throsby) the Golden Gavel Award for excellence in legal reporting. Rod has published two best-selling books: McGeoch and The Bid. In 2013 he was made an Officer of the Order of Australia (AO) for distinguished service to the community through contributions to a range of organisations and to sport, particularly through leadership in securing the Sydney Olympic Games.
Mr David Joseph Mason — Co-Founder and Chairman of the Board (Mining, Energy and Renewables Team Chair)
David Mason has a broad business, corporate and mining background achieved through working in the exploration and mining industry for 35 years in Australasia, Asia, the Americas and Africa. David is the Executive Director of Dark Horse Resources (ASX:DHR), a mining and energy company planning to develop a 1000MW mine mouth, coal-fired power station in Argentina. Prior to this, David was an Executive Director of Intra Energy Corporation Limited (ASX:IEC), a mining and energy developer in East Africa.
David has had roles as Managing Director of Overseas & General Limited (ASX:OGL), an Indonesian mining company; Operations Director of Haddington Resources (now Altura Mining, ASX:AJM), a diversified resource company; and General Manager of the Swabara Group, which developed the Adaro Indonesia coal mine, the MHU coal mine, a suite of Indonesian exploration assets and mining service companies. He was also was involved in the early planning of the 1260MW Paiton Power Station. David holds a BSc (Hons) and a PGradDipBA from the University of Queensland and an MBA from the Univeristy of Southern Queensland. He is a Fellow of the AusIMM (CP Mgt) and a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors (AICD).
Mr Enrique Edgardo Rodríguez Basi — Co-Founder and Managing Director
Mr Rodriguez, also known as TOPO in rugby circles, arrived in Australia in 1984 and became a Triple Rugby Union International who represented his country of birth Argentina, Tahiti and Australia for 42 test matches (1977-1991). Enrique has vast experience with not-for-profit and community-based non-government organisations, having set-up and run the BIPOLAR Education Foundation (2007-2013). He is currently Principal Consultant at ERConsulting and the AATP Alliance. Enrique has been described by his peers as an empathetic and visionary team leader with sound management skills and a clear strategic vision.
In 2000, Enrique was awarded the Australian Sport Medal (ASM) for services to rugby by The Hon John Howard. He is also an award-winning author and self-published the "The ART of Scrummaging" (2011, 2012 and 2015). He is also an accomplished public key note and motivational speaker.
A/Prof. Estela Valverde — Director (Arts and Culture Team Chair)
Dr Estela Valverde has a PhD in Spanish and Latin American Studies from the University of NSW and is a long standing academic in this area in Australia. Her aim has always been to promote her culture and create links between Australia and Latin America through cultural events, student exchanges and promotion of the export sector. She was the founding member and head of three of the main Latin American Studies' departments in Australia: University of Western Sydney (UWS), University of Queensland and Macquarie University. She has occupied senior positions in tertiary and secondary education, including Head of the Department of International Studies at Macquarie University; Director of the Language for Export Research Centre at UWS and Chairperson of the Spanish HSC Examination and Syllabus Committees of NSW.
Dr Ruth Adler — Director (Government and Foreign Affairs Team Chair)
Dr Ruth Adler is a highly experienced non-executive director and former senior career officer of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade. Ruth's appointments included Australian Ambassador to Ireland (2013-2016) and Australian High Commissioner to Brunei Darussalam (2006-2009), with earlier postings to Mexico (1998-2000) and the Philippine (1991-1994)s. Ruth has significant expertise in foreign and trade policy, international relations, international environment issues, political risk, government relations and corporate governance. Ruth has a PhD in Latin American Studies from La Trobe University and is fluent in Spanish. She is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors (GAICD).
Dr Luciana Porfirio — Director (Agribusiness and Science Team Chair)
Dr Luciana Porfirio has established herself as an expert on climate adaptation and mitigation especially as they affect food security. She uses the Integrated Assessment Modelling (IAM) framework to analyse the impact of climate on agricultural production and food trade at the global scale. Luciana's experience as a scientist began in 2000 at the University of Buenos Aires (UBA), Argentina, as an undergraduate and research assistant. In 2013, Luciana was awarded a PhD from the Australian National University (ANU).
Mr Max Prentice — Director (Strategic Marketing and Commercial Team Chair)
Mr Prentice is an accomplished international insolvency practitioner of more than 40 years. Max was one of the founders of the well-known Australian leading insolvency firm: Prentice, Parbery and Barilla (today PPB Advisory). He is currently a founding partner in BPS Recovery, a Sydney based firm of turnaround experts. He is also a keen bluewater yachtsman, having competed in the wild Sydney to Hobart races several times and other ocean races on regular bases also.
Ms Romina Gambarrutta — Director (Events and Activities Team Chair)
Ms Gambarrutta, a former geologist from Argentina, is currently Director of Recruitment and Business Development at AUKA Resource Solutions. Romina has more than ten years Australian and International experience in business development and recruitment across the mining, engineering and resource sectors. She is fluent in English, Spanish and has excellent working knowledge of German and Italian. Romina sits on a number of independent boards and is an accomplished facilitator in international relations in the resources and energy sectors.
Mr David Delaporte — Director (Treasury, Financial and Corporate Compliance Chair)
Mr Delaporte is financial professional with a 30 year career working in medium and large companies across the mining, energy, health, utilities and manufacturing industries in the commercial and government sectors, both in Australia and Chile. He is currently CFO of the Australian Digital Health Agency and was previously CFO of Seqwater (QLD), Tinguiririca Energia Joint Venture (Chile) and Power and Water Corporation (NT). David holds a BBus (Acc) and is a Fellow of CPA Australia and the Financial Services Institute of Australasia. He is also a graduate and member of Australian Institute of Company Directors(AICD) and the Governance Institute of Australia.