Canadian Minister for Multiculturalism, Jason Kenney met with AKDN Resident Representative to Canada, Dr. Mahmoud Eboo to discuss areas of mutual interest.
Minister Kenney tweeted “Excellent meeting with Dr. Mahmoud Eboo, representative of His Highness the Aga Khan” after their deliberations.
About Aitmadi Dr. Mahmoud Eboo, Ismaili Imamat’s AKDN Resident Representative to Canada
Aitmadi Dr. Mahmoud Eboo is the Chairman of the Ismaili Leaders’ International Forum (LIF) since 2012 and past President of Ismaili Council for the USA (2005-2012). Following the steps of his grandfather, Sir Eboo Pirbhai, Aitmadi Mahmoud Eboo also has had a long and distinguished record of leadership within the Jamati Institutions over the past three decades.
Dr. Mahmoud Eboo holds a PhD in Applied Laser Engineering and was the Co-Founder and President of Quantum Laser, which was subsequently sold to Honeywell.
Ismaili Imamat’s AKDN Resident Representatives
- Afghanistan: Nurjehan Mawani, Order of Canada
- Bangladesh: Munir M. Merali
- Canada: Mahmoud Eboo
- Kenya: Aziz Bhaloo
- Portugal, Mozambique and the Lusophone countries: Nazim Ahmad, Comendador da Ordem do Mérito (Commander of the Order of Merit)
- Syria: Mohamed Saifo
- Tajikistan: Ali Akbar Pesnani
- Tanzania: Amin Kurji, Légion d’Honneur (France’s Legion of Honour)
- Uganda: Mahmood Ahmed
AKDN Resident Representative is a position similar to an Ambassador. While AKDN is a non-denominational entity, it is supranational in the context of its reach and operations. AKDN is a contemporary endeavor of the Ismaili Imamat to realize the social conscious of Islam through institutional action and it is inspired by the ethics of Islam as interpreted by the Shia-Alid tradition. The diplomatic reciprocity AKDN enjoys in the global diplomacy arena speaks of the importance of the contribution, impact and relevance the Ismaili Imamat has in the community of nations in modern times.
According to Wikipedia, an ambassador is an official envoy, especially a highest ranking diplomat who represents a state and is usually accredited to another sovereign state, or to an international organization as the resident representative of their own government or sovereign or appointed for a special and often temporary diplomatic assignment. The “ambassadors” to the Commonwealth of Nations are known as High Commissioners and “ambassadors” of the Holy See are known as Papal or Apostolic Nuncios.
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