WCF Chairmanship History

The WCF Chairmanship History from 1956 to 2008

World Chambers Federation

2009-2012

Chairman: Rona Yircali, Balikesir Chamber of Industry (Turkey)

Vice Chairman:

  • Mustafa Mansur, President, Federation of Malaysian Manufacturers

2006-2008

Chairman: Rona Yircali, Balikesir Chamber of Industry (Turkey)

Vice-Chairmen:

  • Peter Mihok, Slovak Chamber of Commerce & Industry (Slovakia)
  • Robert Recker, Vice President, Orlando Regional Chamber of Commerce & Industry
  • Sifiso Zulu, Past President, Durban Chamber of Commerce (South Africa)
  • Pere Vicens, Member of the Council, Barcelona Chamber of Commerce (Spain)

2004-2005

Chairman: Avijit Mazumdar, Assocham India

Vice-Chairmen:

  • Nancy Hughes Anthony, Canadian Chamber of Commerce
  • Peter Mihok, Slovak Chamber of Commerce & Industry (Slovakia)
  • Park Yong-Sung, Korea Chamber of Commerce & Industry
  • Rona Yircali, Balikesir Chamber of Industry (Turkey)

2002-2003

Chairman: Avijit Mazumdar, Assocham India

Vice-Chairmen:

  • Nancy Hughes Anthony, Canadian Chamber of Commerce
  • Usamah M. Al Kurdi, Council of Saudi Chambers (Saudi Arabia),
  • Peter Mihok, Slovak Chamber of Commerce & Industry (Slovakia)
  • Park Yong-Sung, Korea Chamber of Commerce & Industry

2001

Chairman: Avijit Mazumdar, Assocham India

Vice-Chairmen:

  • Nancy Hughes Anthony, Canadian Chamber of Commerce
  • Usamah M. Al Kurdi, Council of Saudi Chambers (Saudi Arabia)
  • Peter Mihok, Slovak Chamber of Commerce & Industry (Slovakia)

International Bureau of Chambers of Commerce (BICC)

1999-2000

Chairman: Avijit Mazumdar, Assocham India

Vice-Chairmen:

  • Helmut Klomfar, Vienna Economic Chamber (Austria)

1998

Chairman: Avijit Mazumdar, Assocham India

Vice-Chairmen:

  • A.A Baramuli, Indonesian Chamber of Commerce & Industry
  • Pierre Tchanqué, Cameroon Chamber of Commerce, Industry & Mines
  • Helmut Klomfar, Vienna Economic Chamber (Austria)

1997

Chairman: Avijit Mazumdar, Assocham India

Vice-Chairmen:

  • A.A Baramuli, Indonesian Chamber of Commerce & Industry
  • Pierre Tchanqué, Cameroon Chamber of Commerce, Industry & Mines
  • Helmut Klomfar, Vienna Economic Chamber (Austria)

1994-1996

Chairman: Adnan Kassar, Beirut Chamber of Commerce (Lebanon); President, General Union of Arab Chambers of Commerce & Industry

Vice-Chairmen:

  • A.A Baramuli, Indonesian Chamber of Commerce & Industry
  • Avijit Mazumdar, Assocham India
  • Pierre Tchanqué, Cameroon Chamber of Commerce, Industry & Mines

1993

Chairman: Adnan Kassar, Beirut Chamber of Commerce (Lebanon); President, General Union of Arab Chambers of Commerce & Industry

Vice-Chairmen:

  • A.A Baramuli, Indonesian Chamber of Commerce & Industry
  • Avijit Mazumdar, Assocham India
  • Pierre Tchanqué, Cameroon Chamber of Commerce, Industry & Mines
  • Keizo Saji, Japan Chamber of Commerce

1992

Chairman: Adnan Kassar, Beirut Chamber of Commerce (Lebanon); President, General Union of Arab Chambers of Commerce & Industry

Vice-Chairmen:

  • A.A Baramuli, Indonesian Chamber of Commerce & Industry
  • Pierre Tchanqué, Cameroon Chamber of Commerce, Industry & Mines
  • Keizo Saji, Japan Chamber of Commerce

1991

Chairman: Adnan Kassar, Beirut Chamber of Commerce (Lebanon); President, General Union of Arab Chambers of Commerce & Industry

Vice-Chairmen:

  • A.A Baramuli, Indonesian Chamber of Commerce & Industry
  • Pierre Tchanqué, Cameroon Chamber of Commerce, Industry & Mines
  • Keizo Saji, Japan Chamber of Commerce
  • Hari Shankar Singhania, Assocham India

1989-1990

Chairman: Hans Messer, Frankfurt Chamber of Commerce (Germany)

Vice-Chairmen:

  • Adnan Kassar, Beirut Chamber of Commerce (Lebanon)
  • Pierre Tchanqué, Cameroon Chamber of Commerce, Industry & Mines
  • Keizo Saji, Japan Chamber of Commerce
  • Hari Shankar Singhania, Assocham India

1987-1988

Chairman: Hans Messer, Frankfurt Chamber of Commerce (Germany)

Vice-Chairmen:

  • Adnan Kassar, Beirut Chamber of Commerce (Lebanon)
  • Pierre Netter, Assembly of French Chambers of Commerce (France)
  • Keizo Saji, Japan Chamber of Commerce
  • Hari Shankar Singhania, Assocham India

1985-1986

Chairman: Rudolf Schlenker, Hamburg Chamber of Commerce (Germany)

Vice-Chairmen:

  • Adnan Kassar, Beirut Chamber of Commerce (Lebanon)
  • Pierre Netter, Assembly of French Chambers of Commerce (France)
  • Susumu Furukawa, Osaka Chamber of Commerce (Japan)
  • Hari Shankar Singhania, Assocham India

1984

Chairman: Rudolf Schlenker, Hamburg Chamber of Commerce (Germany)

Vice-Chairmen:

  • Adnan Kassar, Beirut Chamber of Commerce (Lebanon)
  • Pierre Netter, Assembly of French Chambers of Commerce (France)
  • Isamu Saheki, Osaka Chamber of Commerce (Japan)
  • Hari Shankar Singhania, Assocham India

1980

Chairman: Rudolf Schlenker, Hamburg Chamber of Commerce (Germany)

Vice Chairmen:

  • Raul de Goes, Confederation of Chambers of Commerce of Brazil
  • Adnan Kassar, Beirut Chamber of Commerce (Lebanon)
  • Egil S Roed, Oslo Chamber of Commerce (Norway)
  • Isamu Saheki, Osaka Chamber of Commerce (Japan)

1978

Chairman: Phillip Schoeller, Austrian Federal Economic Chamber

Vice-Chairmen:

  • Raul de Goes, Confederation of Chambers of Commerce of Brazil
  • I. Habibullah, Overseas Investors Chamber of Commerce (Pakistan)
  • Adnan Kassar, Beirut Chamber of Commerce (Lebanon)
  • Egil S. Roed, Oslo Chamber of Commerce (Norway)
  • Isamu Saheki, Osaka Chamber of Commerce (Japan)

1977

Chairman: Phillip Schoeller, Austrian Federal Economic Chamber

Vice-Chairmen:

  • Raul de Goes, Confederation of Chambers of Commerce of Brazil
  • I. Habibullah, Overseas Investors Chamber of Commerce (Pakistan)
  • Adnan Kassar, Beirut Chamber of Commerce (Lebanon)
  • Egil S. Roed, Oslo Chamber of Commerce (Norway)
  • Isamu Saheki, Osaka Chamber of Commerce (Japan)

1974

Chairman: Phillip Schoeller, Austrian Federal Economic Chamber

Vice-Chairmen:

  • Arch N. Booth, US Chamber of Commerce (USA)
  • Raul de Goes, Confederation of Chambers of Commerce of Brazil
  • I. Habibullah, Overseas Investors Chamber of Commerce (Pakistan)
  • Adnan Kassar, Beirut Chamber of Commerce (Lebanon)
  • Massimo Risso, Chamber of Commerce of Genova (Italy)
  • Egil S. Roed, Oslo Chamber of Commerce (Norway)
  • Isamu Saheki, Osaka Chamber of Commerce (Japan)

1972

Chairman: Phillip Schoeller, Austrian Federal Economic Chamber

Vice-Chairmen:

  • Arch N. Booth, US Chamber of Commerce (USA)
  • W.H. Fockema Andrea, Rotterdam Chamber of Commerce (Netherlands)
  • Massimo Risso, Chamber of Commerce of Genova (Italy)
  • I. Habibullah, Overseas Investors Chamber of Commerce (Pakistan)
  • Isamu Saheki, Osaka Chamber of Commerce (Japan)

1969-1971

Chairman: B. Thorburn, Goteburg Chamber of Commerce & Industry (Sweden)

Vice-Chairmen:

  • Arch N Booth, US Chamber of Commerce (USA)
  • Paul Förster, Austrian Federal Economic Chamber
  • I. Habibullah, Overseas Investors Chamber of Commerce (Pakistan)
  • Shinobu Ichikawa, Osaka Chamber of Commerce (Japan)
  • Massimo Risso, Chamber of Commerce of Genova (Italy)

1968

Chairman: Hans Rudolf Von Schröder, Austrian Federal Economic Chamber

Vice-Chairmen:

  • Arch. N. Booth, US Chamber of Commerce (USA)
  • Paul Förster, Austrian Federal Economic Chamber
  • Shinobu Ichikawa, Osaka Chamber of Commerce (Japan)
  • Massimo Risso, Chamber of Commerce of Genova (Italy)

1966

Chairman: F.H. Tate, London Chamber of Commerce & Industry (UK)

Vice-Chairmen:

  • Arch N Booth, US Chamber of Commerce (USA)
  • Paul Förster, Austrian Federal Economic Chamber
  • D.L. Morrell, Canadian Chamber of Commerce
  • D. Odawara, Osaka Chamber of Commerce (Japan)
  • Eugenio Radice Fossati, Union of Italian Chambers of Commerce
  • Rudolf Von Schröder, Hamburg Chamber of Commerce (Germany)

International Information Bureau of Chambers of Commerce (BIICC)

1964

Chairman: F.H. Tate, London Chamber of Commerce & Industry (UK)

Vice-Chairmen:

  • Arch N Booth, US Chamber of Commerce (USA)
  • Paul Förster, Austrian Federal Economic Chamber
  • D.L. Morrell, Canadian Chamber of Commerce
  • D. Odawara, Osaka Chamber of Commerce (Japan)
  • Eugenio Radice Fossati, Union of Italian Chambers of Commerce
  • Rudolf Von Schröder, Hamburg Chamber of Commerce (Germany)

1962

Chairman: J.F. Sarasin, Basel Chamber of Commerce (Switzerland)

Vice-Chairmen:

  • Arch N. Booth, US Chamber of Commerce
  • Paul Förster, Austrian Federal Economic Chamber
  • D.L. Morrell, Canadian Chamber of Commerce
  • D. Odawara, Osaka Chamber of Commerce (Japan)
  • F.H. Tate, London Chamber of Commerce & Industry (UK)

1960

Chairman: B.F. Enschedé, Haarlem Chamber of Commerce (Netherlands)

Vice-Chairmen:

  • Paul Förster, Austrian Federal Economic Chamber
  • Gerhard Frentzel, Association of German Chambers of Ind. & Commerce
  • D.L. Morrell, Canadian Chamber of Commerce
  • Michisuke Sugi, Osaka Chamber of Commerce (Japan)

1959

Chairman: Carlos Mantero, Lisbon Chamber of Commerce (Portugal)

Vice-Chairmen:

  • Paul Förster, Austrian Federal Economic Chamber
  • Gerhard Frentzel, Association of German Chambers of Ind. & Commerce
  • D.L. Morrell, Canadian Chamber of Commerce
  • Michisuke Sugi, Osaka Chamber of Commerce (Japan)

1956

President: Carlos Mantero, Lisbon Chamber of Commerce (Portugal

Past Presidents:

  • Stefano Brun, Naples Chamber of Commerce (Italy)
  • Jacques Fougerolle, French German Chamber of Commerce

Vice-Presidents:

  • Sir Eric Carpenter, Manchester Chamber of Commerce & Industry (UK)
  • Guillermo Kraft, Chamber of Commerce of Argentina
  • D.L. Morell, Canadian Chamber of Commerce
  • Michisuke Sugi, Osaka Chamber of Commerce (Japan)

Founding Chairman: Stefano Brun, Napels Chamber of Commerce (Italy)

Additional information

This information has been sourced from the ICC Handbook published as per the years noted above.

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