Khaled Sukkarieh is a community activist who has been working on a voluntary basis with Muslim and non-Muslim communities across Sydney for over 20 years. He has been a member of the Islamic Council of New South Wales since 2007, and was elected as Chairperson in 2009.
Khaled is part of the team responsible for Islamic Special Religious Education (ISRE) in public schools. He’s a member of the NSW State Government’s Australian Muslim Reference Group which was established in 2011.
Khaled’s passion was seen through his initiation of the ‘Open Home in Ramadan’ Program encouraging Muslims to invite non-Muslims to Iftar dinners (Breaking of the Fast) during the Holy Month of Ramadan to build bridges and break down barriers between Muslims and Non-Muslims. A few hundred events have taken place under this program between 2010-2018.
In May 2012, Khaled was a member of the Premier of NSW’s delegation to Lebanon and the UAE. In order further to assist in developing community capacity in Australia, he co-founded Awkaf Australia Ltd in 2012 with the aim of supporting Islamic Education specifically and education in general which hosted the Asia Pacific Awqaf Congress in 2015.
He also has an interest in beekeeping and trading in Manuka honey as a social enterprise to support community projects such as ISRE.