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Moustafa Fahour
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Moustafa Fahour

Industry: Culture and Society

Company: Islamic Museum of Australia

Designation: Founder

Country: Lebanon

Country of origin: @MoustafaFahour, @IslamicMuseum

Age: 33

The purpose of the Islamic Museum of Australia was built around the idea of an “Islamic Exploratorium” and is envisaged as a vanguard of interactive and participatory experiences.

It aims to create a culture of awareness and understanding through innovative environments, programmes and tools that help people nurture their curiosity about Islam and build bridges of understanding between cultures.

This initiative has taken on even more importance after the café hostage crisis in Sydney in December cast a negative image of Muslims in the country.

The driving force behind the museum is founder Moustafa Fahour, who has a string of accolades to his name. He was voted as one of Melbourne’s Top 100 by The Age and also Muslim Man of the Year 2011 and Volunteer of the Year 2011 by the Australian Muslim Achiever Awards (AMAA).

On January 26, Fahour was recognised with the Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM) for his service to the visual arts and cross-cultural relations, one of the highest honours in Australia.

Aside from the museum, Fahour, who was raised in Preston (UK) and is the son of Lebanese immigrants, has over 11 years of experience in the financial services and banking industry and is currently executive general manager at international contractor Habtoor Leighton Group.