abu dhabi based

About Us

Formed in 2005 to bring together Australians involved in business activities in Abu Dhabi, AusBG aim to promote trade and investment between the UAE and Australia.

Chairmans Letter

Dear friends and partners,

Welcome to Australian Business Group Abu Dhabi.

The Australian Business Group strives to meaningfully foster, develop and integrate the links within our business and social communities such that we connect Australians to business and business to Australians. We promote trade and investment through our groups wide network of agencies, sponsors, businesses and members whilst keeping our members informed and educated on regional insights and developing opportunities. We enjoy a close working relationship with the Australian, UAE and GCC embassies, government offices, investment offices and chambers of commerce and industry.

Australian businesses in the UAE and GCC continue to grow as evidenced by UAE-Australia trade, which grossed A$5.4 billion in 2021-22. Australia’s close and trusted partnership with the UAE over the past decades has, and will continue to, surge the business activity trend forward in the coming years.

We have now moved past the period when the world was given a reset by COVID-19 whilst at the same time seeing the resilience and incredible successes of EXPO 2020 in the UAE. Throughout this period, Australian businesses continued to grow and make important connections in the region. The success of the Australian business community is reflective of the very nature of the Australian spirit that embodies innovative entrepreneurship, cunning strategic approaches and a mateship approach to business and partnerships.

Australian businesses are globally well renowned and are seen as a close trusted partner within the UAE. Our two nations and people share a tenacity for success for countries of similar age. This has led to our reputable standing on a global stage. Our continued endeavour for excellence and fostering of partnerships will see the growth of both nations for decades to come.


I thank our sponsors, partners and members who come together and contribute to our mission. The importance of having strong networks and connections to build business success is critical. We welcome new members of all nationalities, especially those with links to Australian businesses and driven to growing Australian interests. You are welcome to join us and share your vision at our regular networking and social events. Please reach out so that we can partner in your growth.

AusBG Chairman

On 25 November 2020, the constitution was voted in by AusBG members at the AGM.

To view a copy of the constitution, use the download button.

Joanna King


Strategy Kings Marketing


Vice Chair

Australian Business Group

Our Team/Board

Ryan Jabir CPA

Board Treasurer

Business Manager – Cleveland Clinic

Clarah Armour

Board Secretary

Paralegal – Support Legal Group

Mat Bates

Board Member – Sponsorships

AcuityX – Cofounder & Partner



Scott Thompson

Board Member

Portfolio & Projects Director – Abu Dhabi Ports Group




Board Member

Australian Business Group

Sharon Pakir

Board Member – Memberships

Founder – The Invincible Co

Pankaj Savara

Board Member – Partnerships

Managing Partner – Robotics ME




Kassem Youness PSM

Board Member

Founding & Managing Director – KHL Partners



Peter Willoughby

Board Member

Senior Director – Department of Finance, Abu Dhabi







Emirati Alumni
Liaison Officer

Workforce planning
and Budgeting

Elizabeth Wood

Government Liaison Officer

First Secretary
Australian Embassy







Rebecca Johanson

Office Manager

Australian Business Group

Our Sponsors

Our Partners

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