NYC NRI Harbachan Singh, attorney, Barrister-at-Law (U.K.) and Community Activist, gets unique Recognition from Albert Nelson Marquis lifetime achievement award
Retired as Chairman-UN HQ Committee on Contracts. (Authorized $2 Billion contracts value per year)
Los Angeles, October 2, 2020
Harbachan Singh is an attorney with a Master’s degree from St. John’s University, USA. After working for 10 years with the Royal Malaysian Police Force, he worked with the United Nations and retired in 2000 as Chairman of the UN HQ. Committee on Contracts and Property Survey Board. He has received over two dozen accolades and awards from US Senators, US Congressmen, NY City Mayor, NY City Comptroller, NY State Senators, NY State NY City Council Members and Non-profit Organizations, for his distinguished community services and achievements.
He has worked assiduously to help people and serve the cause of humanity from childhood days. His involvement has been consistent and widespread. Consequently, his services have been highly recognized and applauded all along. His curriculum vitae is replete with details of his numerous deeds both nationally and internationally. He is a modest and a man of few words, who is forever working around the clock. Since his retirement from the United Nations in 2000, he sacrificed gainful employment to volunteering for the community.
|In a sharp contrast, Harbachan Singh was selected, as a compromise candidate, by two opposing groups who were at loggerheads with each other, as President of a Sikh Temple of over 1000 congregants when he was only 19 years of age.
He successfully kept each side at bay and peace reigned for several years. While working for the Police Department in Malaysia he often mediated in neighborhood quarrels and brought about amicable settlements and understandings in the precinct.
At the United Nations, he served the Peace-keeping missions in Iraq and in East Timor. He helped to maintain friendly relations between the Iraqis and the Kuwaitis working together under the aegis of the UN. Mission.
After East Timor was burnt down by the insurgents, as deputy leader of the Administration, he helped in anchoring a cruise ship to dock at the harbor and deployed it as an instant local UN. Headquarters and living quarters to dust off and start afresh.
After retirement, he has concurrently held leadership positions with over a dozen organizations working for the safety and security of local communities.
|He served as President of the Queens Civic Congress, Queens Health congress, First Vice President at Queens Hospital Center, President of Kupferberg Holocaust Center, Board member of Community Board 8, Delegate to Queens borough President’s General Assembly, 107 Police Pct. CAB. Member, President of Saul Weprin Democratic Club, Founder President of the Sikh American Friendship Foundation, Member of ACLU, and many others.
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His life-long achievements have much more relevance and significances today than ever before. He believes strongly in the words of Einstein that “only a life lived for others is a life worthwhile.”.
- He was born in Malaysia in Sikh religion of Indian heritage. He is married with three grown up children and 6 little grand-children
- Mr. Harbachan Singh is an attorney, Barrister-at-Law (U.K.) and has an MBA degree from St. John’s University in US.
- He worked with the Police force and then went into private law practice before he joined the United Nations for thirty years where he served in various capacities in New York and the peace-keeping missions and from where he retired as Chairman, UN HQ Committee on Contracts.
- Education: Barrister-at-Law (UK) 1967(Attorney), MA. Govt. & Politics, St. John’s University New York (1981). Languages: Proficient in English, French, Hindi, Punjabi, Urdu, Tamil, Malay & Indonesian. Knowledge of Spanish, Arabic, Chinese.
- Work Experience: - Malaysian Police: Criminal Investigation Dept. & Traffic: 8 years. (1957-1965) - Private practice as Attorney in Malaysia : 2 years (1967-1969.
- United Nations, 1969-2004: As Chief of Transportation, supervised issuance of UN Passports and getting appropriate visas for world travel of UN staff & delegates and responsible for UN shipments. Retired in 2004 as Chairman, United Nations Committee on Contracts (Authorized $2 Billion contracts value per year).
- Served Peace-Keeping Missions in Saudi Arabia 6 months & East Timor 9 months. Experience: (Since 1997) Represented UN at the “Gateway Improvement Task Force” constituted by President Ronald Regan (Chaired by Mayor John Lindsay) to facilitate travel from east coast in and out of New York City airports and seaports... Return of Kuwaiti Property from Iraq: 1997-1998.
- Served as UN Team Leader in Saudi Arabia and facilitated the return of Kuwaiti Property taken by Iraq before Desert Storm.
- Mr. Harbachan Singh Electoral Process in East Timor wrote:
- As a result of my interest in serving people & electoral process, I was trained by the UN and conducted, as Deputy Chief of UN Administration, a very complex and dangerous referendum in East Timor in 1999.
- UN staff had to be evacuated in 2000 as the militia burnt down the country in rampage due to outcome of referendum.
- Local community activities: 1997-2000. With the help and guidance of with NYC Councilman Sheldon Leffler, assisted individuals with problems such as those relating to housing, schooling, medical, transportation and baby-sitting.
- Tom Golisano for Governor Campaign: May-Nov. 2002, served as Assistant Regional Coordinator (Westchester & Hudson Valley).
- Traveled extensively and conducted the campaign in accordance with the State of New York Election Law 2002. Set up office and dealt with local Boards’ of Elections and Political Party Chiefs. Secured appropriate volunteers and hired paid manpower resources and dealt with press conferences. Worked assiduously on the “Get Out The Vote” program. Current activities: Vice-Chairman, Appointments & Promotions Committee (Human Resources Div.) of the UN.
- Vice Chairman, United Nations Joint Appeals Board of Management Dept. (Staff elected) Member of Community Board #8 since 2003 (also Chair: Government Rules & Regulations Committee) President, Sikh American Friendship Foundation, Inc. Delegate (Alumni) of Queens Borough President’s General Assembly. (Honored as Distinct Citizen of Queens) Board Member: Friends of Cunningham Park. President: The Saul Weprin Regular Democratic Club.
- Received numerous proclamations & accolades from US Congressmen, NYC Comptroller and other elected officials. Vice Chairman, The Harriet and Kenneth Kupferberg Holocaust Resource Center & Archives, Queensborough Community College. Advisory Board Member, Queens Public Television Station. Board Member, Community Advisory Board, Queens Hospital Center. Judicial Alternate Delegate for the Democratic Organization of Queens County of the New York State Democratic Committee
Albert Nelson Marquis lifetime achievement award:
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