AUSCHAM IN AUSTRALIA

Auscham Australia was established in 1981 with the objective of promoting closer trade links between Australia and Chile.

The Chamber is a private, non-for-profit company, whose membership comprises individuals and companies from all business sectors and from throughout Australia. It is the leading reference point for those persons wanting to benefit from the wide range of business opportunities that Chile has to offer Australia and vice versa.

In addition to the close links it maintains with its members and sponsors, the chamber has invaluable ties with the worldwide network of Chilean Chambers of Commerce, as well as ProChile, the Australia Latin America Business Council (ALABC), Austrade and the Council on Australia Latin America Relations (COALAR). The chamber also works closely with the Chilean Consulate in Sydney as well as the Chilean Embassy in Canberra. These networks foster cooperation and allow the exchange of information and the expansion of expertise, enhancing the ability to promote bilateral relations between Chile and Australia.

The principal objectives of the AChCC are:
• To promote and encourage trade and investment between Australia and Chile.
• To provide members with the opportunity to network with persons who have an interest in or are involved in doing business with markets in Chile.
• To represent the interests of Australian business in all matters relating to the development of trade and investment links between Australia and Chile.

Auscham Australia Board of Directors

Harris Gomez - President
Harris Gomez is the Managing Partner of Harris Gómez Group. Harris has over 20 years of legal and business experience between Australia and Latin America. In 2001, he founded Harris Gomez Group and was the first Australian Law firm to have an office in Latin America. In 2014 he opened an office in Sydney and was re-elected as President of the Australia Chile Chamber of Commerce, having previously served as President from 2004-2008.

Harris specialises in setting up Australian and Latin American businesses and providing support to both regions. His expertise is focused on common law and Latin American cross-border issues in areas including mining and energy, corporate matters, employment, taxation, intellectual property and business ventures. His understanding of both the Australian and Latin American legal and business cultures makes him a priceless link between the two regions.

As President of the ACCC Harris hopes to broaden members’ networking opportunities and strengthen the growing relationship between Australian and Latin America. Having spent 6 years growing his company in Chile, Harris made a variety of contacts creating an invaluable networking community for those wishing to do business in Latin America. hmg@hgomezgroup.com


Lyn Forsyth - Vice-President
Lyn holds a BA in Economics, UNSW, an Interdisciplinary MA in Economics and Politics, UNSW, and postgraduate qualifications from the Fundraising Institute of Australia (FIA) and the Australian Direct Marketing Association Australia (ADMA).

Lyn is a strategic services marketer with 3 decades experience in the public and private sectors in senior positions both in Australia and internationally. Lyn also founded in 1993 and is Director of FSMS=Forsyth Sales and Marketing Solutions, a strategic marketing consultancy, specialising in the higher education sector: student recruitment, academic exchange and collaborative research projects, consulting to over 30 Research Centres in association with the major universities in Australia and worldwide including Chile, Argentina and Brazil .The other main arm ofFSMS is the global NFP sector, consulting to a wide range of industry Associations on strategic marketing, promotions/PR, fundraising, membership analysis and development.

Lyn is also advisor on Federal and State Government Advisory Panels: 2009-2014 Australian Federal Public Service Commission, (ASPC) Learning and Development Panel and 2009-2014 South Australian Government Justice Department, Learning and Development Panel.

Lyn has a personal and professional passion for the development of bilateral trade between Australia and Latin America, particularly with Chile and over the last decade served on many bilateral committees, including for Mercosul and consulted to Latin American governments, plus served on the COALAR (Centre for Australia Latin American Relations) Education Sub - Committee for policy development, and as the Vice-President, Australia - Brazil Chamber of Commerce and as Director, Australia-Argentina Chamber of Commerce. lforsyth@chilechamber.com


Peter Konnaris - Hon. Treasurer
The Principal of Konnaris CPA, an accounting and business consultant firm, since 1982. Peter holds a Bachelor Degree in Business Studies from the University of Technology, Sydney , a Certified Practising Accountant with CPA Australia and a Registered Tax Agent.

Mr. Konnaris, is a former acting President of the Australia-Chile Chamber of Commerce between 2001 and 2006, and a member of the chamber since 1992. During this period he has participated in the organisation of four trade delegations to Chile in conjunction with Austrade and Prochile. He was a former Director of the Australia Latin American Business Council between 2007 and 2008.

As a former member of the taxation liaison committee for The Australian Taxation Office,Peter was consulted on various implementations of new tax laws and systems. He is involved in the organisation of ongoing educational programs for accountants with CPA Australia and regularly prepares seminars on various management topics including: property investments, superannuation, retail management, employee motivation and several others.

Peter has traveled extensively throughout Santiago and Southern Chile and studied legal work practices and taxation infrastructures, retail and tourism industries. pkonnaris@chilechamber.com


Mauricio Avila - Director QLD
Mauricio began his career in the travel and tourism industry in Australia back in 1983. He first started arranging group travel between Australia and Japan and later on was given the responsibility of the Latin American markets.

He then began to interpret, translate as well as arrange and coordinate group travel into Chile and South America. He has travelled extensively and is very passionate about developing the relationships between Australia and Chile.

He has been a member of the Australian Institute of Management (QLD) since 1998. Mauricio is married with four children and based in Brisbane, Queensland. mavila@chilechamber.com


Eduardo Donoso - Director S.A
Eduardo has over 25 years’ experience as an Engineer working within the Heavy Engineering, Mining, Defence and Maintenance Service Industries nationally as well as internationally being a Director, Supplier and also a Customer, reviewing, analysing and negotiating contracts – 20 years directly associated with Management. Has over this many years developed the ability to communicate and build relationships at all levels from large companies and organisations through Governments and its related entities.

Currently he is an Executive Director with Donoso and Sons Pty Ltd. Prior to establishing Donoso and Sons Pty Ltd. Eduardo hold a number of Executive Directorships positions with, Louminco Pty Ltd, Whyalla Fabrications Pty Ltd, E&A Contractors Pty Ltd, Heavymech Pty Ltd, ILS Ltd (Hong Kong) and He was a senior Executive within the EAL Limited Group, a publicly listed entity (ASX) since 2007.

Eduardo holds a Bachelor of Industrial Engineering and an Associate Diploma of Mechanical Engineering. He is also a Member of the Regional Development Board – Whyalla & Eyre Peninsula Inc. (Federal Government – Individual Appointment), Member of Aboriginal Employment Cluster, Fellow/Member/Council Member of Ai Group Business Council for SA, Member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, Member of the Advisory Committee to the Industry Capability Network of SA.

Eduardo is an initial member of the Australian Bilateral Committee for the Free Trade Agreement between Australia and Chile which come into effect on the 6th March 2009. Eduardo is an Alumnus of the Australian Latin American Leadership Program sponsored by the Federal Government of Australia.


Marcelo Salas - Director
Mr.Salas, currently holds the position of Business Development Manager for Tersainox Australia, member of Vapor Industrial Group of Companies on of the largest industrial groups in Chile. Tersainox is the company within the group that specializes in stainless steel equipment. He assumed as President of the Australia-Chile Chamber of Commerce in March 2010. He is also the Vice Chair of NSW for the Australia-Latin America Business Council (ALABC).

Since October 2004 until January 2010, Mr. Salas held the position of Senior Trade Commissioner for Australia and the Pacific Islands. Marcelo was involved in all the negotiation rounds of the FTA between Australia and Chile. Prior to moving to Australia, Marcelo was Deputy Director of the Chilean Trade Promotion Organization (ProChile) in Santiago, responsible for Trade Information Services - Chief Information General Manager. He also held the position as Trade Commissioner of Chile in New York from 1996 to 2001 and in Sydney from 1987 to 1994.

Between these two postings, Mr. Salas worked in ProChile Santiago in the first Country Image Campaign of Chile as International Marketing Manager. During this period, Marcelo gained considerable experience working as a client for international PR and Advertising agencies in the United States, Spain, UK, Japan, Singapore and Chile and reporting to Chilean International Marketing Board. Marcelo commenced his career at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Chile in 1984, where he held the position of Head of the Asia Pacific Department, within the Bilateral Economic Division until 1986, when he was appointed Manager of the International Trade Fairs Department of ProChile.

Marcelo Salas holds a Commercial Engineer degree from the Catholic University of Valparaiso. He also has post graduate studies in International Trade Negotiations (Catholic University of Chile), International Marketing (University of Santiago), E-Business (University of Chile) and Sales and Marketing Strategies for the Electronic Commerce Environment (University of California, Berkeley). msalas@chilechamber.com


Auscham Australia Membership
Auscham Australia offers a range of services including: assisting members in identifying business and investment opportunities, potential business partners in any country in accordance with industry, and providing guidance on taxes, legal matters, suppliers, buyers, transportation, customs, etc.

Auscham Australia's main objectives are to provide networking opportunities for the development of new business and business between Australia and Chile, to promote participation in the Australia-Chile business network, to attract all industrial sectors and to maintain up-to-date relationships with other Chambers present in Australia / Chile and around the world; And maintain a relationship and dialogue with Australian government agencies in relation to our trade agreements and the general relations between the two countries.

Auscham Australia's membership provides value-added marketing, business development and market entry to help and facilitate the growth of member businesses with Chile and Australia.
Benefits available through Auscham Australia membership include:
- Preferential admission at reduced rates to Auscham Australia events.
- Access to resources of the Chilean Chamber, such as the Auscham Australia Library, commercial contacts and directories of export trade, media database, etc.
- Opportunities for networking with delegates and business representatives in trade missions / market visits to Chile and Australia.
- Information on events and seminars related to Chile / Latin America / Australia, including events designed by industry experts.
- Referral service to other Auscham members, and Auscham's extensive business network in both countries.
- Information on opportunities to do business in Chile and Australia.
- Discounted advertising in Auscham Magazine.
- Consultation assistance on trade relations between Australia and Chile