Amin Mawji (OBE), Uganda’s new AKDN Resident Representative presents credentials to Government

“It is my hope and prayer that, as the Resident Representative of the AKDN, now based here in Kampala, I will be able to reinforce further the ties of understanding and partnership between AKDN and the Republic of Uganda.”

 

– Amin Mawji, Resident Representative of the Aga Khan Development Network

Foreign Affairs minister Sam Kutesa (Left) with Resident Representative of the Aga Khan Development Network Amin Mawji (Centre) with his wife Gulnar Mawji in Kampala yesterday. (Photo BY STEPHEN WANDERA via Daily Monitor)
Foreign Affairs minister Sam Kutesa (Left) with Resident Representative of the Aga Khan Development Network Amin Mawji (Centre) with his wife Gulnar Mawji in Kampala yesterday. (Photo BY STEPHEN WANDERA via Daily Monitor)

By Stephen Wandera for the Daily Monitor
Posted  Wednesday, June 29   2016 at  01:00

Kampala, Uganda: The newly appointed Resident Representative of the Aga Khan Development Network, Mr Amin Mawji OBE, on Monday presented his credentials to the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mr Sam Kutesa.

Mr Kutesa welcomed the envoy and wished him well. Mr Mawji replaces Mr Mahmood Ahmed and will be based in Kampala.

Mr Mawji is a former senior partner at Ernst & Young, UK, and has served as a non-executive director on the UK government’s Trade and Industry Board and the Board of UK Export Finance.

“His public service has included serving on the Audit and Finance committees of the UK Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA), and the Department for International Development (DfID),” reads the statement.

“In 2012, he was appointed an officer of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (OBE) by Her Majesty the Queen,” the statement adds.

Mr Mawji has also served as President of His Highness the Aga Khan’s Council for the UK and on the national governance bodies of the Aga Khan Foundation, Focus Humanitarian Assistance and the Royal Commonwealth Society for the Blind.

Amin Mawji (OBE), Uganda's new AKDN Resident Representative and previously President of His Highness the Aga Khan’s Council for the UK (Image Credit: Kingston Guardian)
Amin Mawji (OBE), Uganda’s new AKDN Resident Representative and previously President of His Highness the Aga Khan’s Council for the UK (Image Credit: Kingston Guardian)

“I am particularly excited to be here in Uganda to see once again its wonderful natural beauty and to meet the people of Uganda who make this such a special place in Africa. The AKDN has had a long engagement in Uganda, spanning over half a century.”

 

– Amin Mawji, Resident Representative of the Aga Khan Development Network

“We remain committed to play our part in strengthening civil society and supporting Uganda’s development with continuing programmes in the areas of early childhood development, education, tourism, energy, industrial development, media, financial services and healthcare,” the statement reads.

Sources:


Ismaili Imamat’s AKDN Resident Representatives

The Ismaili Imamat’s AKDN Resident Representative is a position similar to an Ambassador. While Aga Khan Development Network (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 Aga Khan, 49th hereditary Imam of the Shia Ismaili Muslims, has emphasised the view of Islam as a thinking, spiritual faith: one that teaches compassion and tolerance and that upholds the dignity of man, Allah’s noblest creation.

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.

Privileged members of the United Nations’ envoy are also appointed with the designation of Resident Representative when seconded as the chief envoy to a given country.


Personal Representatives of the Imam

1. Bangladesh

2. Canada


Senior Officials of the global Seat of Ismaili Imamat (Portugal)

  • Nazim Ahmad, Head of the Department of Portugal and other Lusophone Countries
  • Ambassador Arif Lalani, Head of the Department of Diplomatic Affairs
  • Dr Shafik Sachedina, Head of Community Affairs
  • Jane Piacentini- Moore, Head of the Department for International Financial Affairs
  • Maitre Laurent Chambaz, Head of the Department for International Legal Affairs

Research, Insight & Perspective by A. Maherali

3 thoughts

  1. Excellent work of IM – indeed. Very fruitful information on positions held by our leaders , including Global Seat.
    Proud to learn about Amin Mowji.

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  2. Congratulations to Mr Amin Mawji OBE on his appointment. The best news for us Uganda-based Ismailis is he will be stationed here full-time. Looks like his wife too would be here. That should make for easier all-round communications. He’s a 3G Uganda Asian, grandson of pioneer late Jalal Mawji, with his shop and residence on Allidina Visram Street.

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