Mr Sam Haddad has qualifications in B.E (Chem); MAppSc (Environmental); and a Master of Business Administration. He is a Fellow of the Planning Institute of Australia as well as a Fellow of Engineers, Australia.
Mr Haddad has more than 40 years of professional and senior executive experience in the NSW Public Service, including almost 10 years as the Director General of the NSW Department of Planning and Infrastructure. He has led and contributed to significant reforms and the delivery of sustainable outcomes in environmental land use planning and infrastructure and for successive governments. He led the earlier development of the strategic plans for Sydney’s growth and the associated policies and programs.
Mr Haddad has also specialised technical and policy expertise and is a pioneer in the field of health and environmental risk assessment applicable to major hazards and various energy sources. He authored various papers and led and participated in major studies in NSW and internationally. In the late 1990s he was seconded to the United Nations in Vienna, Austria, and led a multi-disciplinary team of experts on Environmental and Health Risk assessment from various energy sources with particular emphasis to the then countries with economies in transition.
Mr Haddad chaired and participated on a number of high level committees and boards and at several public inquiries, forums and taskforces including internationally. He co-chaired the Commonwealth-State Panel of Experts on Sydney’s second airport, which recommended the Badgery’s Creek site adopted by government as the site for the Western Sydney Airport.
As chair of the Board of the South West Sydney Local Health District, Mr Haddad is keen to ensure the availability of advanced, reliable and safe health care services to the growing and diverse community of the District.