The current CACCI office bearers are composed of top businessman from various countries in the Asia-Pacific region who share, the full support of the constituencies of their respective chambers, the common strong interest and commitment to CACCI’s actions in the region, and the keen interest of actively participate in CACCI’s programs.
Led by Samir Modi from India, with the support of nine Vice Presidents and members of the Executive Committee, the incumbent CACCI officers are totally committed and determined to uphold and achieve CACCI’s mission of “promoting the vital role of businesses in Asia-Pacific, increasing Asia-Pacific business activities, providing opportunities for businesses and nurturing business cooperation.”
Samir Modi (India)
Samir Modi (India)
* Executive Director of K. K. Modi Group
* Executive Director of Godfrey Phillips India Limited
* Director of Indofil Industries Limited
* President of Twenty Four Seven Convenience Stores
* Managing Director of Colorbar Cosmetics Pvt. Ltd.
* Executive Vice Chairman of Modicare Private Limited
Samir Modi is a graduate from the Hindu College, Delhi University and an alumnus of the famed Harvard Business School, U.S.A.
His expertise lies in conceptualizing, strategizing and setting up new businesses. His philosophy on management, innovative and lateral thinking helps him in strategic planning, and developing brands from scratch and turning them into successful profit making ventures. He has been responsible for many firsts for the group.
The group’s philosophy of Better People, Better Planet and Better Profits has led it to become one of India’s top conglomerates. Today the group has one of the widest distribution networks in India. It’s philosophy, culture and way of working has led it to be over a billion US dollars and is growing at a steady pace of 30% year on year. The group firmly believes that the customer is the best judge of its products and It is crucial to understand the customer’s stated & unstated needs, and accordingly develop the latest technologies that are applicable across industries and cultures.
During his college days after school he worked at International Tobacco Company. Here, he was able change the culture between management and workers. His philosophy of treating each man as an equal put him in good stead, which later helped him to negotiate better terms with the unions of the factory. He was able to bridge the gap and create harmony. He was also instrumental in starting a literacy program for the workers.
After finishing college in India he started his new career working for Philip Morris U.S.A first as a trainee working in the Tobacco fields of North Carolina and then it’s plants in Richmond, Virginia. He then joined the international division of Philip Morris and was responsible for creating the Marlboro Index. Moving from here he became the brand manager of Marlboro cigarettes. He was part of the team that revolutionized the way Marlboro was marketed and how to make it relevant in today’s context by launching the first and biggest marketing program called ‘The Adventure Team’.
Armed with knowledge and experience he came to India in 1994 with a global perspective and a multicultural approach to work that gave rise to his new philosophy of management, and his innovative and lateral thinking style of working.
His first task was to revive the Group’s consumer goods business, which used to have collaboration with S.C Johnson from the U.S. Thus he had the upheaval task of re-evaluating the portfolio of products, their properties and the geography and market they operated in. In a short span of time he was able to turn around the group company, Modern Home Care Products Pvt. Ltd. and also gaining substantial share of cleaning products market in India. He later sold the brands to Henkel of Germany after wiping all the losses and making a profit.
He is involved in strategic thinking and brand conceptualizing for Godfrey Phillips Limited, the groups flagship company. His ideas have led to the creation of innovative ideas and strategy for the group. He adds tremendous excitement and creating a place where ideas get nurtured and implemented. He is key member of the top management think tank and is constantly involved in generating ideas and solutions.
He had a dream of creating enormous wealth and financial freedom to the common man in India. With this idea he started the first Indian Network Marketing Company, Modicare in 1996 marketing consumer products. His experience with Modern Home Care helped him develop a world-class product portfolio that stood head to head with International network marketing companies and Mnc’s in India.
The company today has 1.5 lacs consultants and growing, providing products, knowledge and employment. He has changed the fortunes of thousands of people in India and has made them realize their dreams.
He felt the need to create a world-class cosmetic company that would compete with the top brands of the world and also cater to the needs of the contemporary Indian women. With this idea Colorbar Cosmetics was born in 2004. The products he has created are developed in the best facilities and R&D centers in the world. This along with his innovative idea of creating brand stores similar to the ones for prestige cosmetics was created. His company offers the same quality, performance and experience at par with International brands like M.A.C, Bobbi Brown etc. but at a better price. With its innovative products and wide color palette, Colorbar has emerged as a favorite with the women of urban India. This has helped him in garnering a substantial share of the market in India. He is now set in taking the brand internationally.
He also is the brain behind India’s first of its kind convenience store – Twenty Four Seven Retail Stores that are open 24 hours, 7 days a week throughout the year, launched in 2005. These stores offer Indian consumer a complete international shopping experience with a wide range of products from ready-to-eat food, beverages, groceries provisions, over the counter medicines to various convenient services from Bill Payment, International & Domestic Courier, and a lot more round the clock. This has changed the way the new generation of India in New Delhi lives. Thousands of customers visit the stores daily to experience the American style hot dogs, the Indian thali or the chicken biryani or that thirst for a soft drink that you wanted to quench at 2 a.m. This international experience and round the clock offerings is becoming very popular youth of today. He plans to open over 1000 stores in the next 5 years.
Samir’s strength lies in his extensive Leadership and management experience coupled with excellent analytical and interpersonal skills. His new philosophy of management, innovative and lateral thinking, helps him in conceptualizing new ground breaking ideas which when combined with his excellent public speaking skills, make him a dynamic leader.
HIV / AIDS is a cause very close to Samir’s heart, for he believes that HIV / AIDS is something that will affect India in the near future. In 1996, he established the Modicare Foundation to prevent the spread of AIDS, enhance awareness and erase myths and misconceptions surrounding the disease. In 1998 he published and compiled a book called ‘The Positive Way’ that would raise awareness about HIV/AIDS is a interesting and empathetic way that would touch anyone who reads it. It also made the bestseller list consecutively for 2 years. The foundation won the President’s Award for their exceptional work in gender related issues in India. They have also been the case studies for many organizations worldwide. Today the Foundation does extensive work in the field of HIV/AIDS Awareness and Prevention as well as Gender related issues. It also is working with children to educate them on life skills. Recently they have started working with street children and is trying to educate them and keeping them off the streets.
Former President of International Tobacco Company
Former Managing Director of Modern Home care products private limited
Member of Executive Committee of Federaton of Indian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (FICCI)
Prominent Member of Retailers’ Association of India
Former Chairman of CSR Committee of PHD
Life member of AIMA of All India Management Association
Peter McMullin (Australia)
Peter McMullin (Australia)
Special Counsel at Cornwall Stodart Lawyers
Melbourne Area, Australia│ Law Practice
Director － Australasian Dispute Resolution Centre Pty. Ltd.
Treasurer and Council Member － Australian Institute of International Affairs Victoria
Board member － International Chamber of Commerce (Australia)
Senior International Business Adviser － Minister for Foreign Affairs,.Timor Leste
Board member －National Portrait Gallery, Canberra, Australia
Chair － Australian Chamber Alliance
Special Counsel － Cornwall Stodart Lawyers
Committee Member － Victorian Curriculum and Assessment Authority Audit Committee
Director － McMullin Group
President － Victorian Employers Chamber of Commerce and Industry (VECCI)
Board member － Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry
President － Geelong Art Gallery
Trust member － Geelong Performing Arts Centre Trust
Deputy President － Museums Board of Victoria
Consultant － HWL Ebsworth
Chairman － Melbourne International Comedy Festival
Councilor and Mayor － City of Greater Geelong
Chair － Regional Cities Victoria
Board member － Victorian Curriculum and Assessment Authority
Council member － Victoria University
Board Member － Victorian Casino and Gaming Authority
Commissioner － Local Government Best Value Commission
Principal Solicitor － P.G. McMullin and Co.
Chair － Mayor and Councilor’s Allowance Panel
Deputy Chair － Centenary of Federation Victoria Committee
Councilor and Deputy Lord Mayor － City of Melbourne
Solicitor to the Public Advocate － Office of the Public Advocate
University of Melbourne
Melbourne Grammar School
Peter has wide experience in business, law, local government, philanthropy and the arts. He was a Councilor and Deputy Lord Mayor at the City of Melbourne: a Councilor and Mayor at the City of Greater Geelong; Chairman of the Melbourne International Comedy Festival; Deputy President of the Museums Board of Victoria; a Board member of Philanthropy Australia; a Board member of the Victorian Curriculum and Assessment Authority; a Board member of the Melbourne Community Foundation (now Australian Communities Foundation) and a Board member of the Education Foundation (now Foundation for Young Australians.)
Peter is the Immediate Past President of the Geelong Art Gallery and has mentored the development of a Chamber of Commerce in Timor-Leste over the past five years.
He is the Immediate Past President of the Victorian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (VECCI) and currently chairs ACCI’s Trade and International Affairs Committee. He is a Board member of the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) Australia. He is Treasurer and Council Member of the Australian Institute of International Affairs Victoria. He is a founding Director of the Australasian Dispute Resolution Centre Pty Ltd (www.adrcentre.com.au), specialising in dispute resolution in the Asia-Pacific region.
He was a member of the Commonwealth Refugee Review Tribunal and a member of the Victorian Residential Tenancies and Small Claims Tribunals(now VCAT)
Australasian Dispute Resolution Centre Pty Ltd
March 2014 – Present (5 months) Canberra, Australia
International mediation and cross border dispute resolution in the Asia Pacific region. More details at www.adrcentre.com.au
Treasurer and Council Member
Australian Institute of International Affairs Victoria
November 2013 – Present (9 months) East Melbourne
Member of the Executive Committee and supervised the financial affairs of the organization.
International Chamber of Commerce (Australia)
April 2013 – Present (1 year 4 months) Canberra, Australia
Represented the Paris-based international Chamber of Commerce on its Australian Board.
Senior International Business Adviser
Minister for Foreign Affairs,Timor Leste
March 2013 – Present Melbourne
Mentored the establishment of Timor-Leste’s Chamber of Commerce and Industry, and promoted public and private investment into Timor-Leste.
National Portrait Gallery, Canberra, Australia
April 2011 – Present (3 years 4 months) Canberra, Australia
Supported one of Australia’s leading cultural institutions in its fund-raising, sponsorship and business development areas, as well as promoted the importance of portraiture in telling the stories of Australians from all backgrounds.
Australian Chamber Alliance
February 2011 – Present (3 years 6 months) Canberra, Australia
Chaired an alliance of all the state and territory based chambers of commerce and industry.
Cornwall Stodart Lawyers
September 2008 – Present (5 years 11 months) Level 10, 114 William Street, Melbourne
Assisted the firm and it’s clients in connecting with the right people in Melbourne and across Australia to achieve their goals. Connected them with my extensive networks in the fields of business, politics, philanthropy and the arts.
Victorian Curriculum and Assessment Authority Audit Committee
August 2006 – Present (8 years) Melbourne, Australia
The Audit Committee reports to the Board of the VCAA on matters within it’s Charter.
March 1985 – Present (29 years 5 months) Melbourne, Australia
Participated on the Board of a diversified property group (see www.Mcmullin.com.au)
Victorian Employers Chamber of Commerce and Industry (VECCI)
November 2010 – November 2013 (3 years 1 month) East Melbourne
Led Victoria’s largest business group in advocating at all levels of government for business-friendly policy development, and to ensure a strong Victorian economy.
Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry
February 2010 – November 2013 (3 years 10 months) Canberra, Australia
ACCI is the peak Australian business group, and I Chair its Trade and International Affairs Committee.
Geelong Art Gallery
September 2005 – October 2013 (8 years 2 months) Geelong
Led one of Australia’s leading regional galleries in Victoria’s second city.
Geelong Performing Arts Centre Trust
March 2004 – December 2012 (8 years 10 months) Geelong
Chaired the Geelong Cultural Precinct Committee, and supported funding for GPAC’s redevelopment.
Museums Board of Victoria
September 2000 – June 2010 (9 years 10 months) Melbourne, Australia
Chaired the Immigration Museum Committee,and served on the Governance and Remuneration Committee, as well as representing the Museum in Shanghai at the opening of Carrillo Gantner’s Australian Indigenous Art Collection at Shanghai Library.
September 2002 – September 2008 (6 years 1 month)
Melbourne International Comedy Festival
February 2000 – September 2008 (8 years 8 months) Melbourne, Australia
Led one of the world’s most successful cultural festivals for nearly a decade, and supported new Australian comedy performers through Raw Comedy and the Roadshow and similar events.
Councillor and Mayor
City of Greater Geelong
2004 – 2008 (4 years)
Led the Council of Victoria’s second city at a time of considerable transition. The move of the TAC headquarters to Geelong took place,as did the acquisition of a significant part of Geelong’s cultural heritage,Eugene Von Guerard’s View of Geelong.
Regional Cities Victoria
October 2005 – December 2006 (1 year 3 months) Victoria, Australia
RCV comprised the Mayors of Victoria’s major regional cities.
Victorian Curriculum and Assessment Authority
February 2001 – April 2006 (5 years 3 months) Melbourne, Australia
Served on this State Government body responsible for the VCE, VCAL and curriculum matters.
February 2000 – December 2005 (5 years 11 months) Flinders Street,Melbourne
Supported many initiatives,including the acquisition of the old Titles Office buildings for conversion into the University’s Law School, and the development of the University’s strong relationship with Timor-Leste.
Victorian Casino and Gaming Authority
March 2000 – June 2005 (5 years 4 months) Melbourne, Australia
Conducted licence application hearings as well as carrying out the Crown Casino Benchmarking Study and other Board responsibilities.
Local Government Best Value Commission
March 2000 – April 2004 (4 years 2 months) Melbourne, Australia
The LGBVC oversaw the implementation of best value principles in local government throughout Victoria.
P.G. McMullin and Co.
February 1978 – September 2002 (24 years 8 months)
Founder and principal solicitor with P.G. McMullin & Co., which had offices in Fitzroy and East Melbourne, and practiced extensively in property, family law, criminal law, immigration law, and wills and estates.
Mayor and Councillor’s Allowance Panel
February 2000 – June 2002 (2 years 5 months) Melbourne, Australia
The Panel conducted hearings around Victoria and considered submissions regarding the level of allowances, and made recommendations to the Minister.
Centenary of Federation Victoria Committee
November 1999 – June 2002 (2 years 8 months) Melbourne, Australia
The Committee organized the celebrations for the Centenary of Federation throughout Victoria.
Councillor and Deputy Lord Mayor
City of Melbourne
1996 – 1999 (3 years) Melbourne, Australia
Chaired the Federation Square Committee as part of the City/State partnership that created Melbourne’s Federation Square,as well as the Council’s Finance Committee and it’s Planning Committee. I also learnt a lot about Cities and Urban Design, and was inspired by the leadership provided by Rob Adams in those areas.
Solicitor to the Public Advocate
Office of the Public Advocate
September 1990 – September 1993 (3 years 1 month) Melbourne, Australia
Advised the Public Advocate on all matters pertaining to disability issues, including representing the Public Advocate at VCAT and the Supreme and County Courts.
Saruul Bulgan (Mongolia MNCCI)
Saruul Bulgan (Mongolia MNCCI)
Secretary General of the Mongolian National Chamber of Commerce and Industry (MNCCI)
#309, MNCCI Building, Mahatma Gandhi street
15th khoroo, Khan-Uul district, Ulaanbaatar, 17011
Office: 976-11-315590, Mobile: 976-91916936
Advisor, State Bank of Mongolia (2016-2018)
Senior Manager, Corporate Finance Division, Securities and Futures Commission of Hong Kong, SAR (2014- 2015)
Director General, Securities Department, Financial Regulatory Commission of Mongolia (2011- 2014)
Chief Executive Officer, Arta Invest LLC (2010- 2011)
Government Liaison and Communications Officer, Sustainable Land Management Project, UNDP (2008-2010)
Executive Director, Institute for International Development Ltd., Mongolian Representative Office of Australian Consulting Firm (2006-2008)
National Consultant for Policy Coordination, Sustainable Land Management Project, UNDP (2005-2006)
Project Advisor, Save the Children (UK) Mongolian Resident Representative Office (2002-2004)
Master of Business Administration, University of Finance and Economics of Mongolia (2018)
BA in International Relations, National University of Mongolia, School of Foreign Service (2002)
Diploma Program, Bard College, Annandale-on Hudson, NY, USA (2001)
Summer School, Choate Rosemary Hall, CT, USA (1997)
Mongolian-Russian joint secondary school (1998)
Project Finance, Banking and Finance Academy (2017)
Internal Audit and Control, Banking and Finance Academy (2017)
Risk Management, Banking and Finance Academy (2017)
Corporate Governance Certificate Training (2013)
Capital Markets Training Conducted by LSE, London (2011)
Accounting Course at File Training Centre, 3 months (2006)
Pradeep Kumar Shrestha (Nepal)
Pradeep Kumar Shrestha (Nepal)
Managing Director of the Panchakanya Group (Industrial & Trading House)
Mailing Address (Off.): Krishna Galli, Lalitpur, G.P.O. Box: 2743, Kathmandu, Nepal
Factory: Bhairahawa, Jhapa, Amelekhaganj & Kathmandu
Telephone: 5526551, 5526357 (Off.) 5545075 (Res.)
Fax: 977-01-5526529, 5536815
Member of the CACCI Executive Committee
Honorary Consul of the Republic of South Africa
Vice President of SAARC Chamber of Commerce & Industry
Member of the Academic Assembly-Nepal Academy of Science & Technology
Member of the Observer Research Foundation (Nepal- India)
Director of Butwal Power Limited
Chairman of Kabeli Energy Limited
President Federation of Nepalese Chambers of Commerce and Industry
President Rotary Club of Kasthamandap
President Nepal Golf Association
Board Member Nepal Rastra Bank
Chairman Nepal China Non Government Cooperation Forum
Chairman FNCCI-CII Joint Economic Council (Nepal-India)
Chairman Industrial Relations Forum (IRF)
Chairman Small & Medium Enterprise Development Project (SMEDP)
Co-Chairman Agro Enterprises Center (AEC)
Past President Nepal Rolling Mills Association
Past Board Member Different government, non government and international organizations
Hon. Member Nepal Jaycees
Medals & awards
Gorkha Dakshin Bahu, Birendra Aishwarya Sewa Padak, Nepal Samman 2059, Man of the Year 2003 by The American Biographical Institute.
Rifat Hisarciklioglu (Turkey TOBB))
Rifat Hisarciklioglu (Turkey TOBB))
* President of The Union of Chambers and Commodity Exchanges of Turkey (TOBB)
* Deputy President of EUROCHAMBRES
* Vice President of the Islamic Chamber of Commerce, Industry and Agriculture (ICCIA)
* Board Member of the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC)
Mr. Hisarcıklıoğlu is President of The Union of Chambers and Commodity Exchanges of Turkey (TOBB), which is the largest non-profit business organization in Turkey, covering 365 Member Chambers and Commodity Exchanges. TOBB represents the country’s 1.5 million companies and acts as the most effective professional organization with a network of members reaching into all scale of businesses from different sectors, great to small in all regions in Turkey.
Married and father of three, Hisarcıklıoğlu was born on November 22nd 1955 in Ankara. He is originally from Kayseri. After graduating from high school, Ankara TED College, he achieved his B.A. degree in Economics and Management from Gazi University in Ankara.
After achieving his undergraduate degree, Hisarcıklıoğlu started his professional life in the private sector. He is the Chairman of Eskihisar Group of Companies that operate in the fields of construction, construction materials, export and import, agriculture, investments, land development, food industry and automotive sector.
After holding the vice presidency of TOBB for a year, Hisarcıklıoğlu was elected as the President of the Union on June 26th 2001 and was re-elected in May 2002 until 2005. He was elected for the fourth time in August 2013.
He pioneered the establishment of the largest Women Entrepreneurship Council and the Youth Entrepreneurship Council in Turkey.
Since August 2001, Hisarcıklıoğlu has been the President of the Foreign Economic Relations Board (DEIK), which aims to contribute to the efforts for improving Turkey’s foreign economic relations through its worldwide 115 Business Councils.
He is also the President of the World Turkish Business Council (DTIK), which aims to bring together the Turkish businessmen living abroad under an umbrella.
As one of the best practices of academy-industry cooperation in Turkey, TOBB established the TOBB University of Economics and Technology (TOBB-ETU) in 2003, of which
Hisarcıklıoğlu is still the Chairman of Board of Trustees.
Hisarcıklıoğlu pioneered the establishment of the TOBB ETU Hospital in 2010, one of the accredited medical institutions with JCI Quality Certificate.
He is currently the President of TEPAV – The Economic Policy Research Foundation of Turkey, a think-tank, which is engaged in research on economics, governance studies, strategic and foreign policy studies.
He is a High Advisory Board Member in the UNICEF National Committee of Turkey.
He also participates in the boards of many regional and international platforms such as:
Deputy President of EUROCHAMBRES which covers 46 countries and over 20 million companies; and Vice President of the Islamic Chamber of Commerce, Industry and Agriculture (ICCIA) which appeals to 57 Islamic countries, since 2009.
Board member of the Association of Balkan Chambers (ABC), ECO Chamber of Commerce and Industry (ECO-CCI), and Confederation of Asia- Pacific Chambers of Commerce and Industry (CACCI).
Chairman of ICC-Turkey (International Chamber of Commerce), since September 2001 and he became the ICC G-20 Advisory Group Member in June 2011. Besides, he is the Member of the General Council of World Chambers Federation (WCF) since January 2011. In July 2012 he was elected as a Board Member of ICC which covers 134 countries and 8.000 companies.
In 2013, he became the International Chairman of the Jerusalem Arbitration Center which aims to resolve commercial disputes between Israeli and Palestinian businessmen.
Member of the Executive Board of the Association of the Black Sea Zone
Chambers of Commerce and Industry and member of the Executive Committee of D-8 Federation of Chambers of Commerce and co-president of Turkish- African Chamber (TAC).
Chair of the “Partners for a New Beginning” (PNB) Turkey Local Chapter, which was established to contribute in the development of TurkeyUS economic relations through public private partnerships.
Chairman of The Ankara Forum, a permanent dialogue mechanism for a trilateral economic cooperation among Palestine, Israel and Turkey, initiated by TOBB.
Chairman of The Istanbul Forum, another unique platform to instigate and build up economic cooperation between Pakistan, Afghanistan and Turkey.
Gold Medal of Merit by the Republic of Austria
‘Commendatore’ from the Republic of Italy
‘Medal of Inspiration’ from Mongolia
Mediterranean Leadership Award by the John Hopkins University, USA
Kazakhstan Medal for Development of Friendship and Cooperation
Honorary Doctorate by the Kyrgyzstan- Turkey Manas University, Kyrgyzstan
Honorary Doctorate by the Karadeniz Technical University, Turkey
Honorary Doctorate by Izmir University of Economics, Turkey
Medal of Honor from the Assembly of French Chambers of Commerce and Industry
Honorary Membership Award from the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Romania.
Medal of Honor by Ukrainian Chamber of Commerce and Industry
Medal of Honor by Georgian Chamber of Commerce and Industry
Gratitude Award by the Islamic Chamber of Commerce and Industry
“Businessman of the Year” Award from the Romanian Chamber of Commerce and Industry
International Road Transport Union (IRU) Honorary Award
Certificate of Honorary Membership by the Turkish – American Businessmen Association
Henry Kao (CIECA)
Henry Kao (CIECA)
Henry C.S. Kao, Chairman of I-Mei Foods Co. Ltd., became CACCI Vice-President during the 89th CACCI Council Meeting held on November 23, 2018 in conjunction with the 32nd CACCI Conference in Istanbul, Turkey. Earlier, he was also elected as Chairman of Chinese International Economic Cooperation Association (CIECA) in November 30, 2016.
Mr. Kao has taken leading positions at the regional level such as being appointed as APEC Business Advisory Council (ABAC) member of Chinese Taipei from 1996 to 2009. He served as well as Co-Chair of ABAC Food Task Force in 1998 and promoted implementation of the APEC Food System initiative.
Mr. Kao was re-appointed as ABAC member in 2016. He also serves as Co-Chair of the ABAC Connectivity Working Group in 2017.
The CIECA is an independent, non-profit, professional business organization founded by the leading manufacturers and service firms in Taiwan, R.O.C. It is dedicated to maintaining frequent and friendly contacts with counterpart organizations, as well as developing mutually beneficial trade and investment relationships with the international business community all over the world. With the consolidation of bilateral business council meetings and international-related affairs, CIECA aspires to play a more active and constructive role in integrating and coordinating various functions, such as economic information center, business delegation visits, trade promotion, investment facilitation, technology transfer, and bilateral economic cooperation conferences.
Currently, CIECA maintains friendly and cooperative relationship with 145 counterpart organizations from 97 countries covering Europe, Asia, Oceania, Africa,the Americas, and the Middle East.
The APEC Business Advisory Council (ABAC) was created by the APEC Economic Leaders in November 1995 to provide advice on the implementation of the Osaka Action Agenda and on other specific business sector priorities, and to respond when the various APEC fora request information about business-related issues or to provide the business perspective on specific areas of cooperation.
ABAC comprises of up to three members of the private sector from each economy. ABAC members are appointed by their respective Leaders, and represent a range of business sectors, including small and medium enterprises.
About I-MEI FOODS
I-MEI FOODS is a family owned company established in 1934. Based on its commitment to serving quality foods to customers, as well as caring for environment and social responsibility, I-MEI has gained customer trust and brand loyalty and become a leading food company in the Taiwan market. Principal products include confectionery, bakery, beverages, chilled and frozen prepared foods, condiments, etc.
I-MEI currently runs 4 factories in Taiwan & Vietnam.
I-MEI also supplies food service industries and major fast food chains such as McDonalds, KFC and Burger Kingin Taiwan.
Sheikh Fazle Fahim (Bangladesh FBCCI)
Sheikh Fazle Fahim (Bangladesh FBCCI)
A business leader and entrepreneur with extensive experience in business development, financial management, real-estate, and multiproduct distribution.
Sheikh Fazle Fahim is a philanthropic community leader. His social contributions over the years through various projects in education, health, sports and innovation has garnered nation-wide recognition.
With an academic background in Masters of Liberal Arts in Political Economy from the St. Edwards University in Austin Texas and Harvard University in Cambridge, Massachusetts, he is a professional with proven track record of accomplishments in investment, management, strategic planning, business development, relationship management and more importantly socio-economic policy advocacy.
He is currently the elected Senior Vice President for the term 2017-2019 of the Federation of Bangladesh Chambers of Commerce and Industries (FBCCI), the apex business body representing eighty two chambers and three hundred and eight four associations of Bangladesh. He earlier served as an elected Director of FBCCI for the term 2015-2017. His role as a member of Arbitration Tribunal of FBCCI for the terms 2017-19 and 2015-17 is evident through many successful alternative dispute resolutions.
He is part of multiple domestic and international organizations including Executive Committee Board Member of South Asian Association of Regional Cooperation (SAARC) Chamber of Commerce and Industries (SCCI), Member of the Board of Governors’ of National Human Resource Development Fund (NHRDF), Director of National Academy for Planning & Development (NAPD) among others. He has received several prestigious international awards including the Certificate of Merit from World Customs Organization and International Construction Business Award from the Global Trade Leaders’ Club.
He had been key note speaker, session chair and panel discussant at numerous business and social events all over the world. He was part of the Hon’ble Prime Minister of the Govt. of Bangladesh H.E Sheikh Hasina’s delegation as the deputy leader of the business entourage in state visits to various countries. He was also the deputy leader of the business delegation at the Joint Economic Council Meetings of Sri Lanka and Turkey as part of the delegation of the Minister of Commerce of the Govt. of Bangladesh.
He was a guest at events such as the National Prayer Breakfast in Washington DC, United States of America (USA) chaired by the President of United States, Barack Obama where global industry leaders, US Senators and Congressmen were also present. His contributions towards regional, bilateral and multilateral initiatives is evident through his leadership at the WTO Ministerial, ASEAN Meetings, SAARC, BIMSTEC, BBIN, SRCIC, OIC, APTA, etc. and at the Commonwealth Business Forum 2018.
His expertise in providing breakthrough leadership with a view to achieving corporate strategies, building coalition to support sustainable business growth and implement as well as manage change to drive organizational performance is highlighted through his civic standing in the community. He is currently the managing director of Obsidian Bangladesh Ltd., a conglomerate with business interest in power, EPC, durable consumer goods, property and energy. He is also the Vice Chairman of Euro Petro Product Ltd. which owns a LPG terminal and bottling plant. He earlier worked as the financial adviser at the Edward Jones Investments, a global financial organization.
Pedram Soltani (Iran ICCIMA)
Pedram Soltani (Iran ICCIMA)
Pedram Soltani is a renowned Iranian businessman and philanthropist, recognized for his courageous views and efforts concerning modernization of Iranian business structure. In 2011, he was elected as the Vice President of the nation’s peak level private sector organization, Iran Chamber of Commerce, Industries, Mines and Agriculture (ICCIMA), the youngest to have ever reached this position in the country. In 2015, he was re-elected as First Vice President of ICCIMA. Soltani is founder and director of several national level business associations and corporate entities.
(1) Persol Corporation, Chairman, Iran (1996-Present)
As Chairman of Persol Corporation, founded the company in 1996, for the purpose of streamlining the supply and export of Petroleum Derivative Products and Petrochemicals from Iran through a professional, specialized and systematic structure, which was unique and pioneering in its establishment and implementation. In the past 20 years, the company’s success has allowed it to expand into other fields, such as, Mining, Paper and Cellulosic Products, LPG, Transportation/Logistics, and Commodities. Today, the company is ranked amongst Iran’s Top 400 Companies (IMI400), has won a number of national awards, and has become one of the top competitor companies in petroleum-based products in the whole of the MENA Region. (URL: www.persol.ir)
(2) OPEX Fund, C.E.O., Iran (2005-2007)
OPEX Fund, or Oil Products Export Development Fund of Iran, is a private consortium established in 2002. Purpose of the fund is agglomeration of the capital of exporters and investors in large-scale downstream projects, such as, Refining, Petrochemicals, and Logistic projects, and acts as the executive and economic arm of Iranian producers of fossil fuels and derivatives. The group, a joint-venture, is composed of 91 leading Iranian exporters and producers of Oil, Gas, and Petrochemicals, with facilities active in Storage, Transportation, Transit, and Swap. (URL: www.opexfund.ir)
(3) Persol Corporation, C.E.O., Iran (1996-2005)
Please refer above for information on Persol Corporation.
Honorary & Elected Positions
(1) Iran Chamber of Commerce (ICCIMA), First Vice President, Iran (2011-Present)
The ICCIMA is Iran’s highest private sector authority, in charge of all the other State, Local, and Joint Chambers (34), with the Mission to organize, strategize, and promote private sector actions and positions. Its other imperatives are to create the proper environment for entrepreneurship while promoting Iranian businesses abroad and clearing the way of obstacles for their functioning. The Chamber also acts as a consultative body to State entities. (URL: www.iccima.ir)
(2) World Chambers Federation (WCF), General Council Member, France (2017-Present)
WCF is the global forum for its 12,000 member chambers of commerce worldwide, with the mandate to aid in their efficiency while consolidating their interconnections. WCF is an affiliate of International Chamber of Commerce (ICC). It is also a unique and truly global forum, helping individual chambers become more productive while strengthening links between them. (URL: http://www.iccwbo.org/about-icc/organization/world-chambers-federation/)
(3) Iran-Austria chamber of commerce, president, Iran (2018-Present)
Iran-Austria Chamber of Commerce is the bilateral chamber, formed under auspices of Iran Chamber of Commerce, Industries, Mines and Agriculture with the aim to pursue bilateral economic and business relations of the two countries. (URL: www.iajcc.ir)
(4) High Economic Council, Private Sector Rep, Iran (2014-Present)
The High Economic Council of Iran is one of the highest economic bodies in the country which has both a consultative and decision-making capacity with members from the public and private sectors. Some of the most important economic strategies and decisions are made in this body.
(5) Arbitration Center of Iran Chamber (ACIC), Board Member, Iran (2016-Present)
The ACIC, now in its 15th year of operation, is the adjudication body of the Iran Chamber of Commerce, Industries, Mines, and Agriculture (ICCIMA), which has come into existence through Parliamentary approval, yet it is a wholly independent juridical body. The institution is Iran’s first independent arbitration body, functioning as the arbitrator for domestic and international commercial disputes. ACIC is composed of 7 Board Members, a Secretary General, and the Arbitrators. (URL: http://arbitration.ir/En/Home/index)
(6) Tehran Chamber of Commerce (TCCIMA), Deputy, Iran (2007-Present)
TCCIMA is the country’s biggest chamber in terms of number of members and size of companies, having more than 15,000 constituents. (URL: www.tccim.ir)
(7) Customs Dispute Resolution High Commission, Commissioner, Iran (2011-2016)
This institution is the highest body and administrative court for passing judgment on rising disputes between Customs and companies.
(8) ICCIMA, Chair, WTO and Int’l Organizations Commission, Iran (2009-2011)
This commission sets strategies and policies of the Chamber on how to work with international organizations.
(9) Iranian Oil, Gas and Petrochemical Products Exporters’ Association (Opex) Director/Secretary General, Iran (2003-2007)
It is the most comprehensive Iranian business association in the oil and gas sector, in which almost all major refineries, petrochemical plants, logistics and trading corporations are members. (URL: www.opex.ir)
Master of Business Administration (Merit), Manchester Business School, U.K. (2009)
Doctorate of Medicine, University of Tehran (1995)
Affiliations & Honors
(1) Founder of Iranian Junior Entrepreneurs’ Associations across the country
(2) Founder of Iron Ore Miners’ and Exporters’ Association of Iran
(3) Founding Member of Iran Cellulosic Products Association
(4) Head of Iran Trade Missions to Several Countries
(5) Chief of ICCIMA Planning Body
(6) Supervisor of Specialized Commissions at ICCIMA
(7) Supervisor of International affairs of ICCIMA and Joint Chambers of Commerce of Iran
Founder of My Iran Campaign, working on educational development of underdeveloped regions of the country. The campaign is building 100 primary schools in remote and rural areas of Iran. It has also created an umbrella for collaboration between all active NGOs in educational development and justice.
Mr. Soltani speaks Persian, English, French, German, Arabic and Kurdish.
For more information about Mr. Soltani, please visit www.soltani.ir or contact him by email at email@example.com
Teruo Asada (Japan JCCI)
Teruo Asada (Japan JCCI)
Mr. Teruo Asada is the Special Advisor of The Japan Chamber of Commerce and Industry and The Tokyo Chamber of Commerce and Industry, as well as Vice-Chairman of The Japan Section of the ASEAN-Japan Business Council; and since 2018, CACCI Vice-President.
Mr. Teruo Asada has been the Chairman of Marubeni Corporation since April 1, 2013 and its Director since June 2005. Mr. Asada served as the Chief Executive Officer and President of Marubeni Corporation, the parent company of SYNNEX Infotec Corporation from April 2008 to April 1, 2013.
Mr. Asada served as Corporate Senior Vice President of Marubeni Corporation and also served as its General Manager of Finance Department. In April 1972, Mr. Asada joined Marubeni and was its Executive Officer since April 2002, Managing Executive Officer since April 2004 and Senior Managing Executive Officer since April 2006.
He also served as Executive Corporate Officer of Investor Relations of Marubeni Corp. Mr. Asada served as Senior Corporate Officer of Investor Relations and Corporate Vice President of Marubeni Corp. since 2002.
He was the President at iSigma Capital Co. Ltd.
Mr. Asada graduated from Keio University in 1972.
Wyler Wong (Kowloon Chamber)
Wyler Wong (Kowloon Chamber)
Wyler Wong is an Kong entrepreneur with extensive experience in trading, manufacturing, textiles and other businesses in the Hong Kong, Shenzhen and other areas in China. He is involved in many social projects and actively participates in the public service sector.
1974 – Set up “Marketa International Ltd.” for magnet and electronics component business, customer network covering Hong Kong, China, S.E. Aaia, Europe and USA.
1979 – Invest in Jiangmen City Powder Metallurgy Factory producing ferrite magnet.
1980 – Set up Pingao Plastic Manufacturing Factory in Shenzhen.
1985 – Joint venture with Treasure Group to set up a textile plant, Sansin Weaving & Dyeing Factory Co. Ltd. At Sansui, Guangdong Province.
1988 – Develop the Huizhou Shuibei Industrial Area introducing Taiwanese to set up factory in China in the very earliest stage.
1990 – Set up Yun Tat High Quality Material Co. Ltd. At Yuen Chuen City Shanxi Province.
1995 – Set up Marketa Trading (Shenzhen) Ltd. In Shenzhen.
1999 – Set up Markta Trading (Shanghai) Ltd. In Shanghai.
2012 – Set up “Legend Development (Chengdu) Co. Ltd” to invest in Qionglai City, Chengdu for development of travel Spa resort, Hotel, and residential house. The whole project is to build a town within 10 years. The planned size is approx 239,560 sq meters. The 1st phase included a 4-star hotel, a club house for Spa, a building for commercial purpose and 44 residential towers.
2016 – Set up “Silver Lining Media Ltd” to publish high quality children’s books and novels.
Social and Public Service
(1) Member of the 12th Xi’an Committee of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference
(2) Executive Director of the Shenzhen Futian Federation of Returned Chinese
(3) President of the Shenzhen Futian Shangmeilin & Overseas Wong’s Clansmen Association
(4) Appointed Vice President of the Federation of Hong Kong Shenzhen Associations
(5) Executive Director of the Hong Kong Association for the Promotion of Peaceful Reunification Of China
(6) Honorary President of The Unified Association of Kowloon West
(7) Vice President of the International Association of Chinese Traders
(8) Vice Chairman of the Kowloon Chamber of Commerce
(9) President (2010-2011) of the Rotary Club of Mid-level
High Diploma in Management for Executive Development (MED), Chinese University Hong Kong
MBA, Pacific State University, USA
BA, National Cheng Kung University, Tai Wan
Wyler Wong can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org
Steve Hsieh (Taiwan)
Steve Hsieh (Taiwan)
* Chairman, CACCI Budget Commission (2014)
* Chairman, Taiwan Lottery Co., Ltd (2009)
* Vice Chairman, CTBC Financial Holding Co., Ltd. (2012)
* Senior Fellow, Division of Technology and Economy, National Policy Foundation (2009)
M.S. & Ph.D. Nutritional Biochemistry, University of Wisconsin, Madison, USA (1974)
B.S. Agricultural Chemistry, National Taiwan University, Taipei, Taiwan, ROC (1967)
Vice Chairman, CTBC Bank Co., Ltd. (2011-2012)
Secretary-General, Taiwan (ROC) National Government Cabinet (2008-2009)
Director, Division of Technology and Economy, National Policy Foundation (2003-2008)
Vice Chairman, National Science Council (1996-2001)
Director General, Hsinchu Science-based Industrial Park Administration (1989-1996)
Deputy Director General, Hsinchu Science-based Industrial Park Administration (1986-1989)
Obaidur Rahman (Bangladesh)
Obaidur Rahman (Bangladesh)
* Managing Director of Dorasco Limited
* Proprietor of Rahmania Aluminium Factory
* CEO of Mark-One Tradelink
Address: 345 Segun Bagicha (2nd Floor), Dhaka-1000.
Fax: 88-02-8316864, E-mail: email@example.com
Mr. Rahman’s enterprises cover a wide area of businesses from manufacturing, importing and exporting goods to international trading.
These are some of the positions held and currently hold by Mr. Rahman
Director – The Federation of Bangladesh Chamber of Commerce & Industry.
President – Bangladesh Aluminium Manufacturers’ Association.
Vice-President – Australia-Bangladesh Chamber of Commerce & Industry.
Director – Bangladesh Chamber of Industries.
Life Member – SAARC Chamber of Commerce & Industry.
Convenor – Import, Indenting and Internal Trade Standing Committee, The Dhaka Chamber of Commerce & Industry.
Former Vice-President – France-Bangladesh Chamber of Commerce & Industry
Fellow Member – Asian Productivity Organisation (APO)
U.S.A , Canada, U.K, Australia, Japan, France, Belgium, Luxembourg, The Netherlands, Germany, Italy, Spain, Russia, U.A.E, Saudi Arabia, China, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand, Philippines, Indonesia and SAARC countries.
Muhammad Iqbal Thaheem (FPCCI)
Muhammad Iqbal Thaheem (FPCCI)
Dr. Iqbal Thaheem is currently Secretary General of the The Federation of Pakistan Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FPCCI) at Federation House, Main Clifton, Karachi, Pakistan, Tel: 0092-21-35873691-94, Fax: 0092-21-35874332, Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
He was born on 7th October, 1956; and graduated from Dow Medical College, Karachi in 1983.
He joined Civil Service of Pakistan (CSS 18th Common Batch) in 1990 and retired in 2016 as Director General in Trade Development Authority of Pakistan. Dr. Thaheem has developed most of his career in Trade related Government Ministries and Trade Missions abroad.
Government positions held in the past
(1) Director General – Trade Development Authority of Pakistan
(2) Joint Secretary – Ministry of Commerce
(3) Consul & Head of Mission – Consulate of Pakistan, Osaka, Japan
(4) Director – Minister for Commerce of Pakistan
(5) Commercial Counselor – Embassy of Pakistan, Tokyo, Japan
(6) Additional Secretary – Chief Minister, Sindh
(7) Commercial Secretary – Consulate Gen. of Pakistan, Dubai
(8) Deputy Director – Export Promotion Bureau of Pakistan, Ministry of of Commerce
(9) Assistant Director – Textile Quota Management Directorate, Ministry of Commerce
(10) Assistant Director – Export Promotion Bureau of Pakistan
(11) Staff Officer – Minister for Defence of Pakistan
Ernest Yuen (Kowloon KCCI)
Ernest Yuen (Kowloon KCCI)
Ernest Yuen has developed an extensive legal career in the Hong Kong and Kowloon area where he is currently Partner at Messrs. Yuen & Partners. He specializes in civil litigation, commercial litigation, commercial law and conveyancing.
Ernest Yuen is currently Life Member and Supervisor of Kowloon Chamber of Commerce, Vice Chairman of Kowloon Chamber of Commerce, Vice President and Legal Consultant of The Yuen Clansmen’s Association, and Council Member of Kowloon City District Civic Education Campaign Organising Committee.
Education and Professional Qualifications
Bachelor of Commerce, University of Toronto, Canada (1985)
Common Professional Examinations, Newcastle Upon-Tyne Polytechnic (1988)
The Solicitor’s Final Examination, U.K. (1990)
Admitted as a Solicitor of the High Court of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (1992)
Bachelor of Laws, China University of Political Science and Law, three-year law program (1999)
Legal Professional Career
Audit Trainee at Price Waterhouse, Hong Kong (1985 – 1987)
Articled Clerk at Messrs. Robin Bridge & John Liu (1990 – 1992)
Assistant Solicitor at Messrs. Van Langenberg & Lau (1992 -1994)
Assistant Solicitor at Messrs. AB Nasir (1994 – 1994)
Consultant at Messrs. Ivan Tang & Co. (1994 – 1995)
Partner at Messrs. Ivan Tang & Co. (1996 – 1997)
Partner at Messrs. Yuen & Partners (1997 – Present)
Bachelor Degree in Western Languages and Literature from National Chengchi University
(1) Current Director General of the Confederation of Asia-Pacific Chambers of Commerce and Industry (CACCI)
(2) Current Secretary and Treasurer of the Asian Bankers Association (ABA)
(3) Current Senior Vice President of Corporate Relations at the Office of the Chairman in CTBC Bank
(4) Section Chief of the Secretariat Department and Assistant Vice President of International Affairs in CTBC Bank (formerly known as Chinatrust Commercial Bank)
(5) Director of International Affairs and Deputy Secretary-General at the Chinese National Association of Industry and Commerce (CNAIC)
Amador R. Honrado, Jr.
Amador R. Honrado, Jr.
Economics (Academic Units), University of the Philippines
Masters in Business Administration (Academic Units), Ateneo de Manila Graduate School
Mathematics, University of San Carlos, Cebu City
Seminar on Transfer of Technology, INSEAD, Kuala Lumpur
Seminar on Management Consulting, Andersen Consulting, St. Charles, Chicago
(1) Deputy Director-General, Confederation of Asia-Pacific Chambers of Commerce and Industry (CACCI), Taipei (1996 – Present)
(2) Deputy Secretary, Asian Bankers Association (ABA), Taipei (1996 – present)
(3) Senior Officer, Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Secretariat, Jakarta (1994 – 1996)
(4) Management Specialist, Center for Research and Communications (CRC) (currently University of Asia and the Pacific), Manila (1990 – 1991)
(5) Manager, SGV & Co., Manila (1981 – 1989)
(6) Economic Specialist, Private Development Corporation of the Philippines (PDCP), Manila (1979 – 1981)