Chairman, South Australia and Lead Partner, Property
Con Tragakis doesn’t think small. “Shaping a successful future for South Australia is what I’m passionate about, and since KPMG has some of the greatest thinkers on the planet, it’d be a waste not to apply that resource to our clients and our community.” And that is exactly what Con does so well – combine the best international and local thinking to help create an environment that is turning South Australia into an innovation and investment hub.
To that end, Con has engaged with 300 senior executives to create a roadmap for the State’s future. He’s also consulted on regulatory reforms that have cut the red tape of doing business in SA.
Over the years, Con has built a powerful level of trust, respect and a wide circle of connections. No matter how big or small the client, Con is always happy to lend an ear to problems and use his influence to bring the right people on board. “It doesn’t matter if they’re inside or outside of KPMG, the right person, at the right time can make a huge difference to outcomes.”
Above all, Con loves applying the clout of KPMG’s know-how to respond to market signals quickly and with entrepreneurial agility. He has also remodelled the KPMG SA Office to become a leading workplace of the future.
With three young boys, sport and camping are never off the schedule for long. Con also lends his energy and guidance to a variety of kids’ charity and activity groups. Casting a fishing line is how he prefers to switch off. “Catching a fish is a bonus”, he says.
Bachelor of Accounting (Distinction), 1990
Member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants (since 1993)
Fellow of the Taxation Institute of Australia (since 1993)
Fellow of Australian Institute of Company Directors (since 1998)
Member, SA Government China Council (advising on property and infrastructure)
Member of the Property Council of Australia Division Council and Treasurer (since 2013)
Member of the Chiefs of Gender Equity Board (since 2012)
State Executive, Council for Economic Development of Australia (since 2012)
Executive Member, Urban Development Institute of Australia (2010-12)