Hakan Akyol has extensive experience in multicultural affairs having had various roles within the community, local government and state government. He is presently the Director of the Office of Multicultural Affairs and Citizenship within the Victorian Government Department of Premier and Cabinet. His previous roles have included: Interim Chairperson of the Victorian Multicultural Commission (2011); Deputy Chairperson and Director of the VMC (2005-11); Deputy Director of the Victorian Office of Multicultural Affairs (2001-2005); Executive Officer of the Ethnic Communities’ Council of Victoria (1993-2001); HACC Ethnic Access & Equity Officer for Southern Metro Region (1989-1993) and as a Bilingual Rehabilitation Coordinator (1989).
In his student days he also had brief stints as a mediator, houseparent, occupational therapy assistant, kitchen hand, pizza deliveries and as a taxi driver. He has had various roles on a range of committees of management as well as representation on Commonwealth and State advisory committees. He has a Bachelor of Science and a Bachelor of Social Work.