Mr Syed Atiq ul Hassan has received the ‘Senior Citizen of the Year Award 2018’ by the Parramatta Council on the Australia Day, 26 January 2018.
Mr Hassan arrived in Australia in 1989 with his wife and two children.
He started his professional career in Australia as an IT specialist for well-known government agencies including NSW Police Services and other national & multinational companies.
Mr Hassan is an educationist, media analyst, an established journalist and an extraordinary active community leader who has done amazing work in bringing people of different background together.
Academically, Mr Hassan holds a degree in Physics, Computer Technology, Economics, Law, Journalism and advance academic credentials in Management, Marketing and Life Coaching.
From the very beginning, in Australia, Mr Hassan has taken interest in multicultural affairs and worked in the community as social worker promoting community harmony and interfaith relations through his media and events organisational activities.
Syed Atiq ul Hassan is among those few campaigners of multiculturalism in Australia who have delivered extraordinary services within the Muslim community and to the broad multicultural communities in the state of New South Wales.
He was awarded New South Wales Premier’s Harmony Award (the first Stepan Kerkyasharian award) in 2014.
Mr Hassan is an editor-in-chief of Tribune International (Australia) – a multicultural Australian Newspaper in English under the banner ‘Voice of Multicultural Australia’.
Mr Hassan is the author of ‘Australia for Pakistanis’ – that stunningly investigates the genealogy of Pakistani and Muslims migrants to Australia, published in 2003.
He is the founder of ‘Chand Raat Eid Festival (CREF)’ (www.chandraat.com) which is after 20 years is the largest multicultural event of its kind in the world being held in Sydney, Melbourne and Perth and where over 40 thousand people of different background participate.
Through CREF events, Mr Hassan has brought the people of Islamic and multicultural background together.
Mr Hassan’s another extraordinary project is the international event of Halal Expo Australia. This is an international event where academics, scholars, entrepreneurs, exhibitors, organizational heads from different countries and from all over Australia participate.
Halal Expo Australia is playing a vital role in the Australia trade and economy, and an international halal conference which is playing a significant role in creating awareness, delivering knowledge and resolving issues and finding solutions between the Islamic and non-Islamic intellectuals, academics, scholars and leaders.
Mr Hassan is an ambassador of multicultural Australia within the country as well as overseas.