Stepan Kerkyasharian

(b.1943)
Stepan Kerkyasharian (say Kir-kia-share-ian) was born on the Mediterranean island of Cyprus in 1943 of Armenian parentage. He has spent most of his adult life working for the benefit of people who have come to live in Australia from overseas. He was the head of SBS radio from 1980 to 1989. He then became the head of a New South Wales statutory body called the Ethnic Affairs Commission and later chairman of the Commmunity Relations Commission and president of the Anti-Discrimination Board. The Commmunity Relations Commission has responsibility for promoting community harmony, participation and access to services so that the contribution of cultural diversity to NSW is celebrated and recognised as an important social and economic resource.

Stepan Kerkyasharian was made a member of the Order of Australia in 1992 and a Fellow of the University of Technology Sydney in 1995.