THE HON. CHRIS SCHACHT – CHAIRMAN (FAICD)
The Chairman of the company is Chris Schacht a former Senator and ALP Party official in Australia, and a Minister in the Keating Government first visited Shandong Province in 1986.
Since 1986, Chris has visited China over 70 times in the following capacities:
1. ALP Party official
2. Senator—Including leading official parliamentary delegations from the Australian parliament to China,
3. Australian Minister—Including leading trade delegations to China and a number of official ministerial visits to China,
4. President of the Australian Volleyball Federation,
5. Board member of the Asian Volleyball Confederation,
6. Board member of the Federation of International Volleyball,
7. Chairman of ACDC—Many visits to China, with special reference to visits to Shandong Province and the city of Qingdao.
The Hon. Chris Schacht has visited China extensively as a Senior Labor Party official, Senator and as a Federal Government Minister. He has also visited as the President of the Australian Volleyball Federation, leader of Trade Delegations and as a guest of the Communist Party of China. Recently Chris has been working with the consultation group on the South Australia – South East Asia Engagement Directions Paper. Chris was President of the Australian Volleyball Federation from 1997- 2013 during a period of unprecedented growth for the sport internationally – volleyball being one of the top 3 sports in China. Former Volleyball Australia President The Hon. Chris Schacht become the first Australian voted on to the Federation Internationale de Volleyball (FIVB) Board of Administration.
During Chris’s career as a Senior Labor Party official, Senator, Federal Government Minister and now business advisor he has visited China and observed the remarkable transformation of the Chinese economy. He has been fortunate to meet a number of senior Chinese leaders such as Former Premier Zhu Ronhgi and since 1986 has made regular visits to China on an annual basis.
Chris is a former Australian politician and member of the South Australian branch of the Australian Labor Party (ALP), who was born in Melbourne and educated at the University of Adelaide and Wattle Park Teachers College.His political career started as a State party official in 1969 during the Don Dunstan era. In 1987, he entered Federal Parliament as a Labor Party Senator for South Australia. He was Minister for Science and Small Business and Minister assisting the Prime Minister for Science in the Keating Labor Government from March 1993 to March 1994 and then Minister for Small Business, Customs and Construction until Labor’s defeat at the 1996 election. Chris left the parliament in June 2002 after 15 years as a Senator and 33 years in Australian politics.
Asia Pacific Conferences, delegations and visits ( 1989 – 2001)
Member, Parliamentary Delegation to Vietnam and Indonesia, January-February 1989.
Member, Parliamentary Exchange Visit to New Zealand, April 1989.
Leader, Joint Committee on Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade (Defence Sub-Committee) visit to Noumea, New Caledonia, April 1989.
Member, Joint Committee on Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade visit to Papua New Guinea, February-March 1991.
Official visits to Cambodia, July 1992; Japan, November 1992; Japan, October 1993; Laos, June-July 1994; New Zealand, July 1994; Japan, India and Vietnam, October-November 1994; Japan, China, Vietnam and Philippines, June-July 1995; China, September 1995; Belgium.
Leader, Delegations to China, July 1991 and November 1992.
Leader, Joint Committee on Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade study tour of Indonesia, October 1992.
Member, Parliamentary Delegation to Singapore and Malaysia, March 1999.
Member, Joint Standing Committee on Treaties visit to New Zealand, March 2000.
Official visit to the Republic of Korea to commemorate the 50th Anniversary of the Korean War, April 2001.
Local organising committee for International Astronautical Congress 25-29 September 2017 (IAC2017).