Hassan Akkad is a Syrian refugee, activist, filmmaker and consultant living in London. He fled Syria in 2015 and after a punishing 87-day journey across Europe, he arrived in London. Akkad was part of the team that made Exodus: Our Journey to Europe which won a BAFTA in 2017. He has worked in film and TV production, and has consulted on scripted drama and comedy including Channel 4’s ‘Home’, Netflix’s upcoming ‘The Swimmers’ and Obama’s Higher Production of ‘Exit West’ with Riz Ahmed. He recently co-directed Netflix’s Convergence: Courage in a Crisis.
Hassan has worked for Choose Love, a refugee advocacy organisation until the Covid-19 pandemic in 2020, when he took a job as an NHS hospital cleaner in east London. His posts went viral and he has since been featured in Vogue, Al Jazeera, The Guardian, BBC News and Independent. He recently published his memoir, Hope Not Fear (2021).