Top 40 Under 40 2014 Award: Calgary Transit Planner Asif Kurji (Photo: Calgary Transit)

Top 40 Under 40 2014 Award: Asif Kurji, Calgary Transit Planner

“Transit creates and improves transportation choice, is environmentally friendly, reduces congestion, spurs redevelopment and can save households money. Through these benefits, everyone is impacted by public transit whether they use it or not.” In November of 2013, Kurji, along with two colleagues, were recipients of the Canadian Urban Transit Association’s (CUTA) Individual Leadership Award in…

Shoukat Dhanani

Dhanani family: Houston Foods to buy Heartland Units

Dhanani has a history of turning around struggling restaurants, having brought some closed Houston locations back to life. He was also an early adopter of Burger King’s new prototype. “What a great franchise. Great opportunities, great people to work with, and great products. What more can you ask for.” – Shoukat Dhanani Sources have confirmed…

Outstanding Nurse Educator - Rozina Bhimani, Director of the Doctorate of Nursing Practice Program, St. Catherine University, and Certified Nurse Practitioner, North Point Wellness Center Clinic in North Minneapolis. (Photo: Becca Sabot)

Rozina Bhimani wins 2014 Outstanding Nurse Educator Award

She sees patients, teaches students, and engages in scholarly research. Talk about a superhero. It takes leadership to make change, but anyone can do it. “If you can inspire one person to achieve his or her dreams, you are a leader.” – Rozina Bhimani, Director of the Doctorate of Nursing Practice Program, St. Catherine University,…

Syria and AKDN sign MoU for executing water project in al-Salamiah

Syria and AKDN sign MoU for executing water project in al-Salamiah

Damascus,  Ministry of Water Resources and the Aga Khan Development Network (AKDN) signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to execute a project for drawing drinking water from local sources to al-Salamiah city in Hama. The project is worth USD 1.5 million. Minister of Water Resources Kamal al-Shaikha underlined the importance of cooperation between the ministry…

Symposium on Women’s Rights and Empowerment in Afghanistan - Nurjehan Mawani, Aga Khan Development Network, Kabul (Photo: Norway MFA/ Kilian Munch)

Synergy: Nurjehan Mawani – AKDN’s Diplomat, joins civil society & leaders of 32 nations in Symposium on Women’s Rights and Empowerment in Afghanistan

Ahead of the London Conference on Afghanistan (4 December, 2014), the Symposium on Women’s Rights and Empowerment in Afghanistan was chaired by the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and attended by Government and Civil Society Leaders including the Aga Khan Development Network. Ismailimail presents below an excerpt from the summary report of the messages from…

From Ismailimail Archives: Nairobi, Kenya August 13, 2007  His Excellency President Mwai Kibaki bestowed Kenya’s highest medal of honour, the Chief of the Order of the Golden Heart.

All Africa | Kenya: Aga Khan’s Birthday Celebrations in Nairobi

The community’s profound sense of social responsibility, particularly towards the most marginalised members of society, is reflected in the Ismaili Muslims’ deeply-held tradition of voluntary service rendered through community and the AKDN organisations and through civil society institutions that benefit all. The Shia Ismaili Muslims are a community of ethnically and culturally diverse peoples living…

Synergy - France, Germany & Netherlands Development Institutions strengthen AKDN’s AKFED with a 12 year commitment

Synergy: France, Germany & Netherlands Development Institutions strengthen AKDN’s AKFED with a 12 year commitment

“This operation is the outcome of a long-term collaboration between the three DFIs and AKFED. We have been working together for more than 15 years financing various tourism, industry and infrastructure projects sponsored by AKFED. Through this financing, we are very pleased to further develop our partnership to support development in the South.” – Marie-Hélène…

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BlogTO | New Aga Khan Museum hosts first major show – The Lost Dhow: A Discovery from the Maritime Silk Route

The Aga Khan museum has been drawing fascinated photographers to Don Mills and Eglinton for a few months now to shoot the stunning granite exterior of Toronto’s newest architectural gem. Designed by Pritzker Prize-winning architect Fumihiko Maki, the new museum is a marvel of modern design that also incorporates classic Islamic architectural principles. That alone…

(l) British Columbia Premier - Christy Clark & (r) Ontario MP - John Carmichael, visit Aga Khan Museum & the Ismaili Centre, Toronto (Images Via Twitter)

British Columbia & Ontario Government Leaders visit Aga Khan Museum & the Ismaili Centre, Toronto

Premier Christy Clark from the province of British Columbia and  Member of Parliament John Carmichael from the province of Ontario, visit Aga Khan Museum & the Ismaili Centre, Toronto. Honoured to visit new @AgaKhanMuseum for a tour. Beautiful institution showcasing Ismaili & many other cultures. pic.twitter.com/IC3O50WgRp — Christy Clark (@christyclarkbc) December 9, 2014 Toured the…

Vancouver Talmud Torah students build interfaith connections and learn about Ismaili Holidays (Image Jewish Independent)

Vancouver Talmud Torah students learn about Ismaili holiday (His Highness Prince Karim Aga Khan’s birthday)

VTT Grade 7 students will also be exchanging gifts with Grade 7 students in the Ismaili community …  It’s an opportunity to teach our students about the upcoming Ismaili holiday [birthday of the His Highness Prince Karim Aga Khan]. – Shoshana Burton, Vancouver Talmud Torah’s (VTT) Interim Director Written by Vancouver Talmud Torah in Celebrating…

Local Project team L-R Karim Andani, Massuma Jessani, Shamim Kooverjee, Salma Ladha, Navine Jafferali, Pyarali Jiwa (Chairmen ASG), Islamshah Rahemtulla (Board member and Treasuer), Nadia Valliani (Project Leader)

Photographs from the Ginan seminar hosted by the Association for the Study of Ginans

On 30th November 2014, the Association for the Study of Ginans, led by Chairman Pyarali Jiwa, hosted a seminar at Manchester with resounding success. Participants came from Eastbourne & Hastings, Birmingham, Bolton, Burnley, Leicester, Leeds-Bradford, Manchester, Stoke-on-Trent, and members of the Board from London. The programme consisted of speakers on Ginans: Anis Attenborough, Karim Andani,…

Ismaili Institutions for Canada: Narratives of Expression: Rethinking identity and music in Muslim discourse

Ismaili Institutions for Canada: Rethinking Identity and Music in Muslim discourse with Salim-Sulaiman, Karim Gillani & Hussein Rashid

Excerpt: At the heart of this program, was a roundtable discussion held by the academics along with artists, Salim & Sulaiman of Bollywood as well as Ali Ramzi and Hamin Honari of Qalandar. The roundtable sought to facilitate a dialogue that offered the audience new modes of thinking and articulating narratives of inclusivity in the…

Photos: Jeremiah Hill (left) and Temmuz Arsiray (right)

Event – December 18 | Aga Khan Museum: Spoken Word Jam with Tanya Evanson and Sheniz Janmohamed

Aga Khan Museum’s Performing Arts program features spoken word poetics by Tanya Evanson and Sheniz Janmohamed and an ensemble of local musicians Gurpreet Chana and Waleed Abdulhamid. EVENT: Spoken Word Jam with Tanya Evanson and Sheniz Janmohamed DATE: Thursday, December 18th, 2014 TIME: 8:00 p.m. EST VENUE: Aga Khan Museum Auditorium, 77 Wynford Drive, Toronto,…

Canada and Ismaili Imamat Reciprocal Representatives - Ambassadors - mp

Canada appoints Ambassadorial Representative to the Ismaili Imamat

Ismailimail is excited to share the news of Canada’s appointment of an ambassadorial level senior diplomatic representative to the Ismaili Imamat. While this is epic event in the history of our community, it reinforces Canada’s confidence and seriousness of purpose in establishing permanent contact at the highest levels of Ismaili institutional leadership. This follows Mawlana…