The AICC is an outcomes-focused organisation that is committed to facilitating trade between Australian and Indian businesses. India has emerged as the economic powerhouse of the 21 st century. It currently ranks as the fastest growing major economy in the world and is forecast to become the world’s third largest economy overall. India’s extreme and rapid growth is exciting for Australia-India bilateral commerce and trade.
For Australian businesses, India’s ambitious and booming market presents an opportunity for strong new growth. For Indian businesses, Australia’s consistent and resilient market presents an opportunity for sustainable success. Helping both Australian and Indian businesses to harness these exciting opportunities is our mission.
Entering a foreign market can be tricky. We are here to take out the guesswork. The AICC helps Australian businesses to break into the Indian market, and vice versa. We equip all members with the knowledge required to navigate trade relations in the new market to achieve real growth. We do this by connecting our members with our established and trusted network of like-minded professionals, government partners, and National Industry Groups.
Our National Industry Groups unite Australian and Indian representatives from key sectors, including mining, renewables, and education, to encourage great outcomes for businesses trading within these industries. They also produce collateral such as White Papers and case studies which the AICC uses to lobby government and demonstrate best practice.
The AICC also hosts conferences and events to encourage networking between our members so that they have the right connections at the right times.
We exist entirely for our members and look forward to helping more businesses to get the most out of the India-Australia trade connection.
"My journey with AICC so far is very rewarding, enriching, and professionally elevating. It’s provided me with a great number of networking opportunities that I could never have imagined. I strongly recommend joining the AICC team if you wish to make a difference in the Australia-India relation space."
"State Bank of India is delighted to be a Foundation Member of AICC. We became a founding member, as we understand the importance for a strong business focus and outcome driven chamber to drive bilateral business between Australia and India. We wish AICC every success in its endeavours."
"MinterEllison is proud to be a founding member of Australia India Chamber of Commerce (AICC). We recognise the importance of Australia’s relationship with India in strengthening the Indo Pacific region and look forward to further developing opportunities between the two countries through our partnership with the AICC."
"Instead of going blind into India and Googling contacts to talk to, AICC makes it easy for us to have the introductions and the networks. The Members of AICC come from various industries with various qualifications, experience, and backgrounds which is really helpful."
"The Western Australian Department of Jobs Tourism Science and Innovation was proud to partner with AICC as a silver sponsor for their ‘How India?’ Business Forum and Gala Dinner in Melbourne in August 2022. The event provided opportunities to strengthen relationships with our Indian Ocean neighbours, grow industry partnerships, and celebrate the 75th anniversary of Indian Independence, in particular leveraging the recently signed interim free trade agreement and historical mission to India. We look forward growing our partnership with AICC and to hosting events in Western Australia."
"The India-Australia relationship is entering an exciting new chapter and it was great to hear from an array of speakers on the opportunities that exist through business and our shared love of cricket, on the eve of the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup in Australia."
Chris Mooney is the current Managing Director and Founder of Planet Green, and he established International Celebrity Management (ICM) in 1986, which went on to become Australia’s leading corporate Speakers Bureau, bringing esteemed guests such as Nelson Mandela, Sir Bob Geldof, Condoleezza Rice, Alan Greenspan, and General Norman Schwarzkopf to Australian audiences. Chris has held the position of Chief Operations Officer at The Gillon Group for several years, where he worked in residential, commercial, industrial development and construction, as well as associated businesses in the areas of hospitality, retail, manufacturing, industrial tooling, and logistics. Chris has travelled to India on multiple business delegations and is passionate about the sub-continent and the opportunities for Australian businesses.
Daryl Koch is currently Chair of Q-bital Healthcare Services Pty Ltd, Governance Advisor at the SILC Group and SinaPrise Pty Ltd, and the Principal of Canterbury Commercial Services. Daryl was Head of Assurance (Australia) for a financial markets’ operations unit of a major Australian trading bank. He has a varied, three-decade long background in Risk Management. Daryl’s experience in NFP businesses have included as previous Chair of the Victorian chapter of the Finance and Treasury Association, board member of a Melbourne private member’s club, Deputy Chair of the Disciplinary Tribunal of the Institute of Public Accountants (IPA), and President of the Victorian Divisional Council of the IPA.
Harish Rao is a Non-Executive Director on various companies including the Australia India Chamber of Commerce Limited, the Australia India Institute, Cricket Victoria, and the Australian Friends of Asha. Since 2002, Harish has been the face of the Sundaram Finance Group in Australia, a US$5 billion financial services conglomerate that based in Chennai, India. He has been involved in the Australia-India business space for over two decades and his achievements include establishing the first TGA approved herbal facility in Kerala, India, pioneering the concept of business processes outsourcing for accounting firms in Australia, and taking the Australian World Orchestra to India twice – the only Australian orchestra to have ever toured India. Born in Chennai, India, Harish grew up in Melbourne and has a Master of Business Administration and Graduate Diploma in Asian Business from Monash University and is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.
Martin Artenstein is a senior partner at the Chartered Accounting firm Morris Cohen Glen & Co. For over 30 of those years, he has represented an array of major national and international Indian businesses. Martin is responsible for successfully attracting Indian companies to do business in Australia. Martin is passionate about all things India – not just for business. Martin is also a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Australia and New Zealand (where he is a Fellow), The Institute of International Affairs, and The ASEAN Nations Accounting Federation among others. He has acted at a senior level on the Boards of many other Australian state, national, and international organisations.
Tully joins the AICC from the American Chamber of Commerce in Australia (AmCham), the nation’s largest international chamber, where he served as General Manager. Tully established his career working in strategic communication, corporate affairs, and strategy, and prior to joining AmCham, worked for the top ten ASX-listed Telstra Corporation. As a strategist, Tully has significant experience leading organisations at both an executive and board level. He has also supported several start-up businesses, with a speciality in new and emerging technology. Tully has twice been included in the Ipsos Global Reputation Council, considered the definitive list of the world’s most influential communicators, and, with approximately 100 people included globally each year, is one of only a small number of Australians to have made the list. Passionate about his community Tully contributes through a number of board-level positions in the not-for-profit sector. Tully’s service has been recognised with, among others, a Prime Minister of Australia’s Award for Service to the Community. Tully is a member of the Melbourne Stars cricket team, the Essendon Football Club, and the Victoria Racing Club, and he enjoys skiing, golf, food, and wine. Tully lives with his partner, Agnes, and their dogs in Point Cook, in one of Australia’s fastest-growing communities, Melbourne’s West.
Nia graduated with a Bachelor of Science in International Development from the University of Leeds (UK), followed by a Post Graduate Diploma in Event Management from Birkbeck, University of London (UK). With over ten years of event management experience, Nia has worked with some of the UK’s most iconic institutions – including the Barbican Centre and the University of Cambridge. Nia has also worked with several associations in the UK and Europe before establishing herself as a freelance Event Manager – delivering events across the UK and Europe. Before emigrating to Australia with her young family at the beginning of 2022, Nia worked as a Personal Assistant and has several years of experience working closely with prominent public figures.
We have AICC representatives located in each state of Australia, and we are continuously developing sector-focused National Industry Groups that have members in all states of Australia and from across India.
Ted Baillieu AO served as Premier of Victoria and Minister for Arts from 2010 to 2013, and, after serving as the Member for Hawthorn since 1999, retired from Parliament in 2014. As a former architect and Fellow of the Australian Institute of Architects, Ted maintains a keen interest in the built environment. He pursues a significant International Engagement Strategy to provide increased opportunities for Victorian business to grow the economy, and actively promotes Victoria’s multicultural people. Ted is the recipient of the Aust. India Business Council's 2013 Ashoka Medal, and the 2014 Asian Leadership Special Public Service Award. He serves as Melbourne University's Honorary Enterprise Professor associated with the Faculty of Architecture, Building and Planning, and is an appointed Adjunct Professor at Swinburne University.
Ted Co-Chaired the Victorian Government’s Cladding Task Force (2017-2019) and Chaired the Victorian Government's ANZAC Centenary Committee – coordinating Victoria's commemorations (2013-2019). In 2017, Ted joined the Committee of the Melbourne Cricket Club, in June 2020 he was appointed to the Board of the Australia-India Council by the Minister for Foreign Affairs, and, in June 2021, was appointed Chair of the Australian Heritage Council.
Ted is Patron of several groups including Multicultural Arts Victoria, Public Record Office of Victoria, The Sovereign Hill Museums Association, Queenscliffe Historical Museum, and Cancer Council Victoria: Relay for Life Hawthorn. He is also Chieftain of the Victorian Highland Pipe Band Association.
In 2020, Ted was appointed an Officer of the Order of Australia for his service to the people and Parliament of Victoria and to international engagement.
Ted and his wife Robyn have three children, and he is a long-time member of the Brighton Icebergers and is Co-Founder of the Pier to Perignon Swim.