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Sean Keenihan

Sean Keenihan
Chair

Sean has extensive international engagement experience, with a focus on international competitiveness and a commitment to job creation in South Australia. He is a recognised opinion leader around Australia’s engagement with China with a particular focus on South Australia’s economic transformation through improved trade and investment dealings with China.

As the SA Government’s Strategic Advisor on China, Sean provides strategic advice to the Premier, Ministers, Local Government and Industry Bodies to facilitate closer bilateral links between South Australia and China. As a highly competent Mandarin speaker, Sean plays a pivotal role in trade and investment deals involving Chinese Parties.

Sean is also the Chairman of Partners at Norman Waterhouse Lawyers and specialises in commercial, infrastructure, property and foreign investment law and transactions. Sean has led the South Australian local government sector’s growing role in key infrastructure, development and commercial projects and is a leading voice on the critical economic development role that Councils play to grow local economies and communities in South Australia.
Sean is the National Vice President of the Australia China Business Council (ACBC) and President of the South Australian branch. ACBC provides education and support to businesses seeking out trade and investment opportunities with China.

Sean was the recipient of an Australian Government Scholarship to study intensive Mandarin in China in the late 1980s prior to commencing a double degree in Law and Arts at the University of Adelaide.

Sean’s roles include: Chairman, South Australian Tourism Commission, Chairman, Norman Waterhouse Lawyers, SA Government Strategic Advisor – China, National Vice President of the ACBC Ltd and SA President of the ACBC, Board Member, Salisbury Water Management Board, Economic Development Board’s Industry Growth Sub-Committee Member, Member of the Advisory Committee of the Confucius Institute (University of Adelaide), and Foundation Member of the Advisory Board for the Centre of Asian Business (UniSA).
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