Cr Sam Aziz
Cr Sam Aziz was born in Cairo, Egypt in January 1973 and migrated to Australia with his parents in 1983.
In 1991, Cr Aziz began his tertiary education at Monash University. He was appointed by the Victorian Government in June 1991 as an adviser on youth affairs, advising the Hon. Caroline Hogg, then Minister for Community Services and Youth Affairs.
In 1995, Cr Aziz completed an Honours degree in Political Science at Monash University, which examined the effects of religious terrorism on political systems.
In 1997, Cr Aziz began a career in the Australian Government at the Department of Defence in Canberra. Cr Aziz was then promoted in December 1998 to a Manager position at the Attorney General’s Department, working in a counter terrorism role.
In 1998, Cr Aziz completed a Masters degree in Defence and Strategic Studies at the Australian Defence Force Academy.
In July 1999, with a view to returning to his favourite city Melbourne, Cr Aziz seized the opportunity and accepted an appointment with Australian Customs and Border Protection. Cr Aziz worked as a Director with Customs in Victoria for 14 years, and has served in a number of roles including as Director Intelligence and Director Investigations. His last role was as a Director of Strategy and Business Modernisation, which delivered national policy responsibility as well as an operational focus on the protection of the Australian border.
After 17 years of continuous service at senior levels, he retired from the Commonwealth Government in December 2013 to pursue a number of business interests.
Throughout his service at the federal level, Cr Aziz also served in a number of state and local government roles. In August 2000, Cr Aziz was appointed as a Commissioner for Multicultural Affairs by the Victorian Government, and served in that role for five years from 2000 to 2005. In September 2005, Cr Aziz was appointed by the Minister for Police and Emergency Services, as a Director on the board of the Victorian Metropolitan Fire and Emergency Services Organisation.
In 2008, Cr Aziz was elected as a Councillor to the City of Casey. He served as Chairman of Planning at Casey from 2009-2011.He was first elected Mayor of the City of Casey in 2011-2012. He was re-elected as a Councillor at the general election in 2012. He was again elected Mayor of the City of Casey in 2015-2016. He was re-elected as a Councillor at the general election in 2016. He was elected Mayor of the City of Casey again in 2016-2017, becoming the first ever Mayor in the history of Casey to be elected consecutively and across a general election, and also the first Mayor to serve a third term.
He delivered in his final Mayoral term Bunjil Place. This iconic $125 million cultural and civic precinct is the largest infrastructure project ever undertaken by local government in Australia.
As a result of his distinguished career, Cr Aziz was formally awarded the recognition of Mayor Emeritus, which grants him the honorary title of Mayor for life.
In addition to his formal university qualifications, Cr Aziz is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. Cr Aziz also holds an Advanced Diploma in Business and an Advanced Diploma in Government from the University of Canberra.