Hassan Abdulhaqq

Adjunct, School of Continuing & Professional Studies

Nobody could achieve success unless he loves what he is doing. Similarly, Dr. Hassan M. Abdulhaqq, a family-oriented man and success-driven professional, believes that his passion has driven him to succeed in all his undertakings. Aside from this resolve, Hassan has effectively utilized his strong emotional intelligence and demonstrated patience that helped him thrive throughout his career-long history in human resources management and academic administration. As such, he attributes his successful experience as a human resources professional and educator to all the relationships he has established and maintained through his diplomatic ways.


Starting his career at Cashier Training Institute as a human resources consultant, Hassan, later on, worked at the European American Bank as a human resources business partner. Afterward, he served as the assistant vice president of human resources at Apple Bank for Savings where he exemplified his expertise in human resources management by training more than 1,500 employees. In this tenure, Hassan adeptly developed and executed different HR programs and initiatives which augmented profitable growth in the organization. To cite a few instances, he was the driving force behind the development of the organization’s first formal HR policy and procedures manual, which generated a 12% increase in offer acceptance and $350,000 decreases in annual hiring expenditures. Also, Hassan successfully instigated and utilized a performance management system, which regulated compensation and bonus awards to parallel performance objectives and strategic goals.


After 11 years of service, Hassan joined the largest credit union in Long Island, Bethpage Federal Credit Union, where he served as manager of human resources. He exemplified his expertise commitment to developing people by instituting and facilitating a series of 16 management development seminars for all managers and supervisors, which delivered improvement in HR service efficiency and quality. He held the responsibility of vice president for recruiting at Citibank globally where he took charge of overseeing the more than 60 branches in Nassau and Suffolk County in New York. As he fulfilled his obligations, Hassan has successfully positioned the company for growth while also establishing and cultivating a solid network of contacts within the industry. He now serves as the senior director, talent acquisition at Fedcap, a Manhattan-based not-for-profit organization with $141 million revenue that provides vocational training and employment resources to those who face barriers to employment. In this role he oversees and develops the United Kingdom and North American talent acquisition team.


Along with his executive roles, Hassan proved his versatility by simultaneously fulfilling teaching¾ his lifelong ambition. He first started teaching at the University of Phoenix where he provided a new course development and utilized value-added initiatives. As of present, Hassan imparts his knowledge and teaches students at four different schools including the Metropolitan College of New York, Vaughn College of Aeronautics and Technology, Capella University, Stony Brook University, and New York University. As a professor, he demonstrates his commitment to advance student growth in wide-ranging courses such as Business Communications, Corporate Ethics, and Organizational Culture, Dissertation, and International Trade and Finance.


In 2013, Hassan re-launched a consulting firm that he first established in late 1990. Hassan offers keynote addresses, workshops, and consulting services under his firm HMA Consulting and Motivations. Institutions Hassan provided services for include Nassau Community College, Suffolk Community College, Rutgers University, Mohawk Valley Community College, Adelphi University, Molloy College, Fordham University, LaGuardia Community College, Grace Institute, Dress for Success, Veterans for America, New York Institute of Technology, SUNY Old Westbury, and Sachem Library. Hassan’s discourses have been in groups as small as 10 to as large as 250. He has spoken at events such as career fairs, Professional Day, and New York State Financial Aid Administrators Association on topics including communication, emotional intelligence, delegation, team building, stress management, and leadership in the workplace.


Hassan finished his bachelor’s degree in Communication, with a concentration in Human Resources at Adelphi University and later on earned his MBA at Long Island University. To take his knowledge a notch higher, he pursued further education at the University of Phoenix for his Doctor of Business Administration, with a concentration in Organizational Behavior. He finished his dissertation entitled Leadership Traits of African American Senior Level Male Executives in Banking, which was published on ProQuest. Moreover, Hassan actively involves himself in different organizations. Through his leadership and commitment in making a difference in the community, he received the nationally renowned American Business Awards for Human Resources Executive of The Year Bronze Stevie Award in 2014 and 2017. He also received an accolade in recognition for his work in higher education called the Stephen Shank Recognition honor for mentoring excellence as a Capella faculty member for making a significant difference in a learner's pathway to success. In 2012, he won a Long Island Business News Award for one of the 50 Most Influential Men for Outstanding Community Contributions and Leadership. Together with his wife, Lisette, and two sons, Darius and Markus, Hassan currently lives in Brentwood, New York.


University of Phoenix, Doctorate in Business Administration

Courses Taught

Strategic Planning

Nonprofit and Government Leadership

  • Publications and Scholarly Activities

    Leadership traits of African American senior-level male executives in banking: A case study.

    Jun 1, 2008: University of Phoenix

    Banks are required to have a racially diverse staff and must satisfy diversity requirements and discrimination issues that require a bank's leadership to reflect the community bank services (Eagan & Bendick, 2001; Ely & Thomas, 2001; Jackson, 2002). This study used a qualitative case study research design. The objective of this research study was threefold, which was (a) to discover the leadership traits of African American male senior executives in the banking industry, (b) to identify or explore the perceived inhibiting factors that may have led to the under-representation of African American male senior executives in the banking industry, and (c) to explore the perceived motivating factors (enablers) that may have assisted African American male executives in reaching senior-level executive positions in the banking industry. Results from the study denoted characteristics that African American males aspiring to reach the senior executive levels in organizations should possess, should not possess, and should strive for and inhibitors that would prevent them from attaining senior level positions in the banking industry.

  • Professional Experience and Memberships


    1. Global Head of Human Resources (interim): 8/2018-Current
    2. Sr. Director, Talent Acquisition: 2017-Current
    3. Director, Talent Acquisition: 2016-2017
    4. Manager, Talent Acquisition: 2015-2016


    1. Vice President of Recruitment: 11/2010-12/2014

    Bethpage Federal Credit Union

    1. Human Resources Manager: 11/2007-3/2010

    Adjunct Faculty Member

    • Capella University
    • Medgar Evers College
    • Metropolitan College of New York
    • New York University
    • Stony Brook University
    • University of Phoenix
    • Vaughn College
    • Webb Institute