Conan has been regularly residing in Qingdao, Shadong Province, China over 12 years. The June/July 2004 edition of South Australia’s In Business magazine observed that “Conan Fahey is an appropriate point man for South Australia in China. Familiar with local ways of life and business, he is part of the critical interface between very different cultures” and in the In Business October/November 2004 issue he was described as “an old China hand”.
Conan has facilitated millions of dollars’ worth of trade and raised the profile of South Australia and in the Province of Shandong and Qingdao in South Australia and has received awards from the Beijing Olympic Committee and the Qingdao Government in recognition of these benefits.
Conan has demonstrated a strong track-record of export success to Asia and for the promotion of South Australia to international markets in both a professional capacity and through years of actively building wide networks.
Conan’s global communication networks have been fostered over the last two decades and include representatives from Government in Australia, China and Hong Kong. He has networked extensively with business leaders, CCP Party Officials.
Conan’s business partner the Hon. Chris Schacht has enabled Conan to meet high level government officials in China and Australia.
His success in building networks has resulted in invitations to important events such as being one of 15 delegates from Australia whom joined more than 1,100 representatives, including senior CCP party officials, celebrities and newly returned overseas Chinese, gathering in Beijing in the Great Hall of the People, Tiananmen Square, Beijing. He attended the Eighth National Congress of Returned Overseas Chinese and their families. Nine members of the Standing Committee of the Communist Party of China (CPC) Central Committee Political Bureau – Hu Jintao, WuBangguo, Wen Jiabao, Jia Qinglin, Li Changchun, Xi Jinping, Li Keqiang, He Guoqiang and Zhou Yongkang — were present at the congress. (On the 14th – 17th July 2009)
In 2010, Conan was appointed as special consultant to the Qingdao CCOIC (Qingdao China Chamber of International Commerce) at the fourth session of the directors and members congress. Qingdao CCPIT, also known as China Chamber of International Commerce, Qingdao Chamber, is a premier agency affiliated to Qingdao Municipal Government responsible for the promotion of foreign investment into Qingdao. Conan has a long relationship with many departments of the Shandong Government and Qingdao CCP leadership and the Foreign Affairs Department.
Conan represents Australia as one of 12 international executives instated to improve economic trade and bilateral communications. Over 500 senior government officials attended the congress that is held every 5 years. The Italian Ambassador Trade Commissioner to China and the Beijing representative of the Russian Federation Chamber of Commerce were also appointed during the Congress for a 5 year term.
Conan and the Hon. Chris Schacht was the first foreigners ever to meet privately ex Minister Mr. Fu Jie and family at Government residence Shenzhen. (Mr Fu Jie was the China Minister of Justice :1983 – 2008) , Born 1935, 1952 Chairman of Student Council of Qingdao, 1954 Chairman of Student Council of Shanghai, 1974 Secretary to Prime mister Zhou Enlai, Member of Central CCP Policy Making Team, 1983 – 2008 – Member of CCP Standing Committee.
Conan is the General Manager of the Australia China Development Company Pty Ltd a privately owned company that facilitates links between business and international markets. Clients have included many of South Australian leaders in the – wine, agriculture, IT Sector, film, media, software and gaming. TACDC has assisted South Australian companies to get a foothold in China through its professional service offering and has been an active hand in many successful South Australian business outcomes.
Prior to TACDC, Conan was Managing Director of CPFIS a company also actively involved with creating business links to China. He is actively involved in a regular and wide variety of inbound and outbound trade missions, the sharing of business intelligence and resources between business associations, government departments and the export community. He has wide experience in leading, planning and managing trade delegations to China and Hong Kong.
From 2005 – 2010, the Hon. Chris Schacht and Conan Fahey have participated on the majority of the South Australian Government trade mission to Qingdao as delegates or consultants.
Conan (as TACDC General Manager) has spearheaded prestigious events that have promoted South Australia’s Global reputation including the 2nd Qingdao Beach and Water Sports Festival (3rd- 4th of October 2006), including the 1st ever Qingdao City Wide Sailing Regatta and the 1st ever Invitation Australia vs. China Beach Volleyball Cup. The Qingdao government estimated over 200,000 people attended the two days and evenings of sporting, entertainment, trade and business related activities. As a result, Conan received an award of recognition for increasing cooperation in trade and cultural exchange between Australia and China from Madam Zang Aimin vice Mayor of the Qingdao Municipal Government and Administrative Vice Chairman for the Sailing Committee (Qingdao) of Beijing Organizing Committee for the Games of XXIX Olympiad.
HONORARY CONSULTANT CCOIC, 2010 to current
Flinders University, 2003 to current
Conan is 1 of the 40 Flinders University Ambassadors to the Community, (FACes), and a committee member of the Business / Finance / Human Resources / Management Sub-Committee. Since 2003 Conan has been a committee member on the Flinders University Executive Alumni Committee. He is the responsible for China Alumni Chapters and his role is to build relationships between the Flinders University and China.
HKABA-SA, 2002 – 2004
Conan was a committee member of the Hong Kong Australia Business Association South Australian Chapter (HKABA-SA). The HKABA-SA have been the winners of Council for International Trade and Commerce SA (CITCSA ) International Chamber of the Year, 2001, 2002 and 2003.
Australian China Business Council, 2001 to current
Bachelor of International Studies
Majors: Asian Studies & International Relations
Bachelor of Arts
Majors: Globalisation & Politics