Shiraz & Shams Hajee: Ismaili couple from New Zealand presented with “Excellence In Retail Business” Award by Prime Minister John Key.

Shiraz & Shams Hajee: Ismaili couple from New Zealand presented with “Excellence In Retail Business” Award by Prime Minister John Key

Shiraz Hajee and his wife Shams Shiraz, Co-owners of Jesters Pies Mt. Wellington, Auckland were presented the accolade of “Excellence In Retail Business” by Hon. Prime Minister, Mr. John Key on Monday 24th November 2014 in a Gala BNZ Indian Business Award Nite held in The Sky City Convention Centre Auckland. More than 900 businesspersons,…

Rehana Meru: Wheel Dance offers 'complete freedom' to disabled dancers | Toronto Star

Rehana Meru: Wheel Dance offers ‘complete freedom’ to disabled dancers | Toronto Star

Ballroom dancing in a wheelchair feels like ‘floating through the clouds,’ Ken Faber says. ‘Nothing else compares.’ Every Wednesday, wheelchair user Randy McNeil heads down to the Victoria Ballet Academy in Vaughan for ballroom dancing lessons. The former industrial mechanic smiles as he is spun and twirled around the dance floor in his chair. “It’s…

DFATD - Left to right Gordon Campbell, Canada’s High Commissioner to the United Kingdom, Mahmoud Eboo of the Aga Khan Foundation and Canadian Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird on the occasion of the Diefenbaker Award

Gordon Campbell, Canada’s High Commissioner to the United Kingdom, Mahmoud Eboo of the Aga Khan Foundation and Canadian Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird

Photo taken during the occasion of John Diefenbaker Defender of Human Rights and Freedom Award, Canadian Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird presented the award to the Right Honourable William Hague (not in this picture) for his work on the prevention of sexual violence in conflict. Aitmadi Dr. Mahmoud Eboo, Chairman of the Ismaili Leaders’ International…

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Faizaan Somani successfully retained his Spelling Bee title for the third consecutive year

Faizaan Somani continued his winning streak for the third consecutive year at the annual Spelling Bee contest organized by the QSI International School of Bishkek, Kyrgyz Republic. The annual Spelling Bee competition for the academic year 2014-15 was organized on 13 November 2014. The students were split into four groups, according to their ages. FAIZAAN…

Shainool Jiwa - Religious Pluralism and Pragmatic Governance

Event – December 5 | Ismaili Centre, Toronto: Shainool Jiwa – Religious Pluralism and Pragmatic Governance: The Mediterranean Experience during Fatimid Rule

Dr. Shainool Jiwa, a specialist in Fatimid History, will discuss the leadership of Imam Al Mu’izz and examine various facets of Fatimid authority, leadership and inclusive governance. Among the hallmarks of the Fatimids, who reigned form 909 to 1071, was a model of leadership and governance which they espoused, and its durability over two and…

In conversation with Firoz Rasul, president of the Aga Khan University

In conversation with Firoz Rasul, president of the Aga Khan University

Firoz Rasul, President of the Aga Khan University presents in this interview the work of the centre of knowledge founded by the Aga Khan. This purpose of this unique university is to help the underpriveleged in developing countries improve their lives. This interview was captured during the Pictet Family Consilium, a unique setup bringing together…

The Globe and Mail Interview | Khalil Shariff on the virtue of pluralism

The Globe and Mail Interview | Khalil Shariff on the virtue of pluralism

‘Canada has developed a kind of civic intent to make diversity work’ In this six-part series of interviews, Canadians with a variety of experiences discuss the major challenges our country is facing and how best to address them. This instalment deals with making pluralism work. Khalil Shariff, chief executive officer of the Aga Khan Foundation…

Expect the unexpected in Central Asia - Story of Nisar Keshvani, Head of Communications at University of Central Asia

Expect the unexpected in Central Asia – Story of Nisar Keshvani, Head of Communications at University of Central Asia

How one PR pro from Singapore is trying to change the culture of reporting in the remote mountain republics As a teenager, I spent a month in Bangladesh. It was one of my first solo journeys and it left a lasting impression. It was an immensely enriching cultural experience, which has resonated in my professional…

Zohra Hemani receives Emerging Leader Award from Society of Women Engineers of USA

Zohra Hemani receives Emerging Leader Award from Society of Women Engineers of USA

Society of Women Engineers of USA (SWE) honor any woman engineer who has been actively engaged in an engineering or technology profession, has demonstrated outstanding technical excellence as an individual resulting in significant accomplishments, and has 10 to 15 years of cumulative engineering experience. Zohra Hemani – Northrop Grumman Corporation. For bridging engineering and business…

Participants weighing the garbage collected by their group (Izzat McGrath, Gail Willson, Naima Salehmohamed, Robert McGrath). AL-NASHIR CHARANIA

Victoria Ismaili Muslim Community Participates in the Great Canadian Shoreline Cleanup at Saxe Point Park, Esquimalt, BC

AL-NASHIR CHARANIA October 18, 2014 Esquimalt, October 18, 2014 – Inspired by similar events happening across the country, members from the Greater Victoria Ismaili Muslim community participated in the Great Canadian Shoreline Cleanup at Saxe Point Park on Saturday, October 4. This was the first time that members of the Victoria Jamatkhana had participated in…

Amyn Rajan CEO Simba Technologies Inc

Simon Fraser University alumni appreciation: Amyn Rajan, CEO Simba Technologies

Amyn has made philanthropy an integral part of Simba Technologies’ corporate culture. The company supports many community-focused charities such as the United Way and the Aga Khan Foundation’s World Partnership Walk, which raises funds to fight global poverty. BSc Hons (Cmpt),  1993 Amyn Rajan is a software industry veteran with a passion for supporting the…

Farouk Ahamed appointed to Campaign Cabinet, Wilfrid Laurier University, Waterloo, Ontario

Farouk Ahamed appointed to Campaign Cabinet, Wilfrid Laurier University, Waterloo, Ontario

Farouk’s other community service involvements have included serving on the boards of the Freeport Hospital, the Social Planning Council of K-W, the Waterloo-Wellington CA Association and His Highness Aga Khan Council and Economic Planning Board, Ontario. Farouk provides transactional advisory services to growth oriented companies on mergers, acquisitions, divestitures, financings, recapitalizations and strategy and shareholder…

Aston University, Birmingham, awards posthumous honorary degree to Dr. Roshan Thomas

Aston University, Birmingham, awards posthumous honorary degree to Dr. Roshan Thomas

Roshan Thomas (Posthumous Award) Roshan graduated from Aston University with a degree in Optometry in 1978. Over the years, Roshan used this training to serve marginalised populations in the developing world. With her ophthalmologist husband, Rahim, she volunteered in refugee camps in Pakistan. They then established a comprehensive eye clinic in one of the most…

Rudy Karsan

Event – November 23 | Economic Planning Board for Ontario: An Intimate & Interactive Conversation with Rudy Karsan

The Ismaili Business Professionals’ Association (IBPA), as a part of the Economic Planning Board for Ontario (EPBO) invites you to an intimate conversation with the Founder of Kenexa, Rudy Karsan. Mr. Karsan will speak of his experiences, including selling Kenexa to IBM for $1.3 billion. EVENT: Interactive Conversation with Rudy Karsan DATE: Sunday, November 23,…

Mrs. Nurjehan Mawani, Diplomatic Representative of His Highness the Aga Khan

Women & Leadership | Nurjehan Mawani, Diplomatic Representative of His Highness the Aga Khan to the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan

AKDN Statement at the “Heart of Asia” Ministerial Conference on Afghanistan in Beijing, China Delivered by Mrs. Nurjehan Mawani, Diplomatic Representative of His Highness the Aga Khan to the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan Honoured Co-Chairs, Excellencies Mr. Wang Yi and Mr. Zarar Ahmad Osmani, Excellencies, Honoured colleagues, On behalf of His Highness the Aga Khan…

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Women & Leadership: Reflection

Inspired by several events this weekend, Ismailimail brings to our readers a special series on Women & Leadership. Ismailimail shares five inspiring stories.  Stories of Tajik women empowering Afghan women in Badakhshan; an Ismaili female mountaineer summiting Mount Everest; an Ismaili Ambassador leading Imamat projects in Central Asia; an artist’s meditative work synthesized into a…