“… a man who is perhaps the only person in the world to whom everyone listens.”
– the Right Honourable Adrienne Clarkson,
Canada’s 26th Governor General
Doctor of Sacred Letters, honoris causa citation
Trinity College, University of Toronto,
Canada – November 25, 2013
“I am honoured to call him a dear friend and a mentor.”
In a video message congratulating His Highness the Aga Khan during the Adrienne Clarkson Prize for Global Citizenship ceremony
Canada – September 21, 2016
My friend, the Aga Khan, I am deeply appreciative of our friendship and to your efforts for peace around the world.”
– John Kerry, US Secretary of State,
during the acceptance remarks at the French Grand Legion of Honor ceremony
France – December 10th, 2016
“Throughout its long history, the Ismaili Imamat has emphasised the importance of activities that reflect the social conscience of Islam, that contribute to the well being of Allah’s greatest creation – mankind, and the responsibility which Islam places on the fortunate and the strong to assist those less fortunate.
… This led me to establish what is now the Aga Khan Development Network (the AKDN), a group of eight agencies with individual mandates, to engage in critical dimensions of development from distinct yet complementary perspectives and the competencies they require.”
delivering the Jacques de Larosiere Lecture at the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development Annual Meeting’s 2003 Business Forum
Uzbekistan – May 5, 2003
Matrix of the Constellation of Honours
The “Constellation of Honours” represents the various awards, honorary degrees, honours and tributes His Highness Prince Karim Aga Khan has been awarded for his tireless service to humanity over the course of nearly 60 years Imamat.
“We are honouring an exceptional man. We are honouring a great friend of humanity, a courageous visionary, a builder of bridges between religions and society.”
– His Excellency Dr. Frank Walter Steinmeier,
German Foreign Minister,
on presenting the 2006 Tolerance Award of the Evangelical Academy of Tutzing,
Germany – May 20, 2006
“I want to thank His Highness The Aga Khan for joining us today.
He is a powerful voice for culture and development around the world, and for respecting the unique culture and history of different societies.”
– First Lady Hillary Rodham Clinton,
introducing His Highness to ~200 prominent US & foreign diplomats, artists, cultural figures, and corporate and foundation heads at the first White House Conference on Culture and Diplomacy
USA – November 28th, 2000
“… the impetus for a lot of what we’re doing, had a lot to do with the role the Aga Khan has played internationally on this.”
– Secretary of State Madeleine Albright,
Organizer, first White House Conference on Culture and Diplomacy
USA – November 28th, 2000
A Portrait of World Power
The title of Aga Khan(“great chief”) is held by the spiritural leader, or Imam, of the Shia Ismaili Muslims.
A direct descendant of the Prophet Muhammad, as Imam the Aga Khan is responsible for both the spirtual and material well-being of a diaspora of 15 million Shia Ismaili Muslims in 25 countries.
He is a horse breeder, newspaper proprietor, yachtsman, developer, financier, and philanthropist of almost unparalleled scope.
His Imamate is regarded as perhaps the most successful ever.
– Photographed by Helmut Newton
France – August 9, 1997
– Vanity Fair, November 1997 Issue
Research, Insight & Perspective by A. Maherali