Transcript of a Conversation between His Highness the Aga Khan and Synergos Founder Peggy Dulany at the Synergos University for a Night Event
My name is Bob Dunn and I have the privilege of serving as the President of the Synergos Institute.
This is our first University for a Night in Europe, although we have held similar events for more than a decade in New York and quite recently in Johannesburg. It’s really wonderful to see some old friends and some new ones, new faces, and we are, of course, especially honoured to have with us His Highness the Aga Khan and also that we are joined by his daughter and son, Princess Zahra and Prince Rahim.
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In October this year His Highness the Aga Khan was awarded the “David Rockefeller Bridging Leadership Award.” Following the award ceremony, Peggy Dulany, Founder and Chair of the Synergos Institute, engaged the Aga Khan in an important and lengthy conversation which covered a wide variety of topics including the transfer of philanthropic values within his family, impact investing — a concept the Aga Khan characterised as “one of the most important” he could recollect in the “last 50 years” — and the underlying ethic behind Islam’s notion of help.
Earlier only a small fraction of the conversation was available, but we are pleased to inform our visitors that the full transcripts of both the Aga Khan’s acceptance remarks and his conversation with Peggy Dulany have been released and we are now able to bring them to you in their entirety.
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Complete transcript of His Highness the Aga Khan’s Acceptance Remarks and Conversation with Peggy Dulany at the David Rockefeller Bridging Leadership Award Ceremony hosted by the Synergos Foundation (London, United Kingdom)
The event was held at The Royal Automobile Club (RAC), and was sponsored by the Hashoo Foundation, David Rockefeller, Kim Samuel-Johnson, Shell Oil and a special support from the Nand and Jeet Khemka Foundation.
The evening concluded with dinner discussions that brought participants together with members of Synergos’ global networks and other experts from around the world in a unique effort to exchange of ideas on specific topics, address diverse strategies to create systemic solutions to poverty, inequity, conflict, environmental degradation and other critical problems.
via Hashoo Foundation at the Synergos’ 25th Anniversary & Reflection in London – Hashoo Foundation USA blog org | Paderborner ‘SJ’ Blog.
Earlier this week, His Highness the Aga Khan was presented with the David Rockefeller Bridging Leadership Award for having “leveraged the social conscience of Islam in ways that benefit people of all faiths; promoting tolerance, pluralism, and broad-based development.”
Following his acceptance remarks, Peggy Dulany, Founder and Chair of the Synergos Institute — which hosted the event, engaged in a short but extremely thought provoking and insightful interview with the Aga Khan in which he succinctly and forcefully explains the fundamental principles that underwrite the development ethic and strategies of the Aga Khan Development Network. We at NanoWisdoms highly recommend this short, but weighty interview, to all.
Click for the full interview at NanoWisdoms: Acceptance Address and Interview – David Rockefeller Bridging Leadership Award Ceremony hosted by the Synergos Foundation (London, United Kingdom)
London, 22 October 2012 – As part of the Synergos Foundation’s University for a Night series, His Highness the Aga Khan was awarded the David Rockefeller Bridging Leadership Award at a ceremony in London.
David Rockefeller, in a letter addressed to the Aga Khan which was read to the audience, described the reasons for awarding this honour: “Through the Aga Khan Development Network, you have leveraged the social conscience of Islam in ways that benefit people of all faiths, promoting tolerance, pluralism and broad-based development.”
In acknowledging the award, His Highness spoke about the importance of civil society in development. “As I have done my work over the past decades, I have concluded that one of the most important forces in development is civil society,” he explained. “If you think about the countries around the world which have had fragile governments but which have still made progress, there are umpteen examples of countries which have made progress because they have had strong civil society.”
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