Systems entrepreneur and climate and refugee activist Usman Iftikhar has been announced as Campbelltown’s 2021 Australia Day Ambassador.
Mr Iftikhar is the co-founder and CEO of Catalysr, a startup pre-accelerator that empowers migrant and refugee entrepreneurs to launch their own startups.
The company has supported 400 people to launch 150 new businesses in the past five years.
Mr Iftikhar will speak in an online awards ceremony posted to Council’s Facebook page at 10am and website at 11am on Australia Day.
“I am looking forward to hearing about Mr Iftikhar’s experiences and ideas as well as his work helping migrants and refugees launch their own businesses in Australia,” Mayor George Brticevic said.
“Our community is an amazing and diverse place with stories from many different backgrounds,” Cr Brticevic said.
“I am also excited for us to recognise the outstanding achievements and contributions of members of our community who will be honoured with awards on Australia Day,” he said.
The Australia Day ambassador program is an initiative of the Australia Day Council of NSW.
Residents can kick off their Australia Day with a free snag at Campbelltown’s Big Aussie BBQ breakfast from 8am on Australia Day.
The BBQs will be held at several parks around Campbelltown and down at the Lithgow St Mall.