Dr GK Harinath OAM has been extended the honour of being the first ‘Chairperson Emeritus’ appointed to the Multicultural NSW Advisory Board. The honour was bestowed by the Premier of NSW and the Minister for Multiculturalism. Dr Hari, as he is known, stepped down from the role of Chairperson of the Multicultural NSW Advisory Board at the end of June 2022. This was a position he had held for 8 years.
Dr Hari helped to transform the Advisory Board, attracting wonderfully qualified and respected people to the Board. He made sure there was a youth voice on the Advisory Board, with the appointment of youth members. He has also been a strong advocate for gender equity on the Board.
Dr Harinath was awarded an Order of Australia Medal in the 2009 Queen’s Birthday Honours for service to cricket through executive roles at state and national level, and to the community.
Dr Harinath was also awarded the Pravasi Bharatiya Samman (Medal) by the President of India in 2017, the highest honour conferred to Indians living overseas.