Ehssan is an experienced public policy and strategic communications executive with a background in government, media and small business.
As a member of NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian’s senior leadership team between 2015 and 2021, Ehssan provided strategic advice to the Premier, Cabinet and the public sector on a range of high profile issues facing the state. Ehssan led the government’s strategic communications and stakeholder management throughout a difficult period for NSW in 2020, with a focus on the Covid-19 pandemic response and recovery.
Prior to entering government, Ehssan worked in media, including five years as a journalist for Australian Associated Press (AAP). Ehssan moved to Australia with his family in 1991 from Iran, initially settling in Sydney’s western suburbs. Having gained experience working in his family business from an early age, he went on to co-founding a publishing and event promotion company.
Ehssan is passionate about 24-hour global cities and the policy settings that allow those cities to thrive.