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Profile of Ambassador

Mr Spyrou is a career officer with the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade. He has served overseas previously as Counsellor in the Australian High Commission in Malaysia and had an earlier posting in France. In Canberra he has been Director of sections responsible for Management, Conduct and Corporate Strategy, bilateral relations with Vietnam, Myanmar and Laos and also for Australia’s engagement with the United Nations and Commonwealth.

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Profile of Patron

H.E. Nasser Abdulla Hussain Lootah was born in 1942 and the first eldest son of Abdulla Hussain Lootah. The Lootah family not one of the most prominent families in UAE but are culturally and traditional bond with strong family values.

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Profile of Chairman

Having facilitated the entry of over 250 companies in the Gulf region, ranging from local start-ups to listed multinational companies, Carl is an industry expert with a proven track record and in depth knowledge of the region. During this time he has built strong relations within a number of local Government Departments including the Dubai Chamber, the Dubai Economy and the Ministry of Finance. Having served on the ABCD Board for over 5 years now, he also has strongly established relations with all the key Australian stakeholders in the region, and feels that he has a good understanding of what the Australian business community is looking for as we move towards Dubai 2020.

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The Board

The ABCD Board: Carl Dowling - Chairman, Neil Judd - Vice Chairman, Grant Bateman- Treasurer, Gerard Seeber - Consul General, Justin Wilshaw - Sponsorship, James Edmondson - Membership, Barry O'Mahony - Marketing & Communications, Penny Couchman - Government Liaison, Nick Humphrey - Governance & Compliance, Andrew Glendinning and Anita Yadav.

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