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Princess Zahra Aga Khan arrives in Kenya

President William Ruto during and Princess Zahra Aga Khan at the State House, Nairobi on February 16, 2024. Image: PCS

President William Ruto on Friday hosted Princess Zahra Aga Khan at the State House, Nairobi.

Ruto said Kenya looks forward to more collaboration in other sectors to enhance public-private partnerships in the development agenda.

The President added that Kenya appreciates the Aga Khan Development Network's significant contribution to health, education, financial services and energy.

The AKDN agencies and Kenya have closely collaborated in the fields of industry, tourism, financial services, clean energy, media, health, education, community development, and infrastructure.

Global Pluralism Award 2023 2023-11-15

GCP 2023 Finalists

Princess Zahra, Board Member for the Global Centre for Pluralism, attended the Global Pluralism Award ceremony held in Ottawa on November 14.

The Global Pluralism Award recognizes pluralism in action and celebrates the inspiring and brave work that is helping to build more inclusive societies where diversity is valued and protected.

Winners were selected by a jury of international experts from a range of disciplines and backgrounds, including foreign affairs, philanthropy and human rights.

U-Michigan welcomes Princess Zahra Aga Khan and Aga Khan University delegation 2023-10-31

U-M President Santa Ono (center) welcomed the delegation from Aga Khan University to the Ann Arbor, Michigan campus

The University of Michigan welcomed Princess Zahra Aga Khan and representatives from Aga Khan University‘s campuses in Pakistan and Kenya on Oct. 30.

Senior leadership from both universities formally signed a memorandum of understanding, powered by a $900,000 gift from AKU to U-M to expand ongoing collaborative efforts.

Pope Francis has special audience with Prince Rahim as part of series of interreligious encounters in Lisbon

Prince Rahim Aga Khan and His Holiness Pope Francis meet in Portugal

As Pope Francis returned to the Apostolic Nunciature ahead of lunch on Friday, he held a series of brief meetings with three separate delegations, according to the Holy See Press Office.

The Pope met first with a delegation from the International Dialogue Centre (KAICIID), accompanied by Cardinal Miguel Ángel Ayuso Guixot, prefect of the Dicastery for Interreligious Dialogue.

Pope Francis then held a private audience with Rahim Aga Khan, son of the leader of the Ismaili community, which has its center in Lisbon.

Centro Ismaili: 25 years of a Lisbon landmark 2023-07-12

Prince Aly Muhammad, Prince Amyn, Portuguese President, Prince Rahim and Nazim Ahmed the Diplomatic Representative

The Ismaili Centre Lisbon hosted a special celebration this evening to mark a quarter-century since its inauguration. Members of Mawlana Hazar Imam’s family and President Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa were present to mark this milestone moment for the Jamat in Portugal.

Prince Amyn, Prince Rahim, and Prince Aly Muhammad joined guests to celebrate a momentous occasion — 25 years of the Centro Ismaili, Lisboa. Since opening in 1998, the building has stood tall, embodying the principles of pluralism, knowledge sharing, and dialogue.

Speech by Princess Zahra Aga Khan, UCA Trustee at the 2023 UCA Convocation 2023-06-16

Princess Zahra Aga Khan, UCA Trustee, at the 2023 UCA Convocation AKDN / Iskender Ermekov


Your Excellencies Imanaliev Kanybek Kapashovich, Minister of Education and Science of the Kyrgyz Republic

Saibzoda Rahim Hamro, Minister of Education and Science of the Republic of Tajikistan;
Altynbek Ergeshov, Governor of Naryn Oblast;
and Mirzonabot Alisher Khudoberdi, Governor of Gorno-Badakhshan Autonomous Oblast;
Chairman of the Board of Trustees, Dr Shamsh Kassim-Lakha, and Members of the Board;
Maxim Khomyakov, Dean of the School of Arts and Sciences;
Dr Sulaiman Shahabuddin, President of the Aga Khan University;
UCA faculty and staff;

Institut de France and the Town of Chantilly honour Mawlana Hazar Imam’s work in Chantilly 2023-06-03

L’Aga Khan sera mis à l’honneur ce samedi à Chantilly. Voici le communiqué de presse : “Samedi 3 juin à 11h, Xavier Darcos, Chan

The Institut de France and the Town of Chantilly hosted the event to honour Hazar Imam's commitment to the town of Chantilly, an area with which Mawlana Hazar Imam and his family have strong historic ties. Prince Amyn represented Hazar Imam at the unveiling of a plaque at the Great Stables and the “His Highness the Aga Khan Road” sign. Also present were Princess Zahra, Prince Hussain, Prince Aly Muhammad, and Hazar Imam’s grandson, Iliyan. Prince Amyn delivered a speech including a message of gratitude from Mawlana Hazar Imam.

Prince Hussain Aga Khan starts Canadian Living Seas Exhibition in Calgary 2023-05-18

University of Calgary Chancellor Jon Cornish engages in an on-stage conversation with Prince Hussain about his work and life-lon

Prince Hussain and Princess Fareen arrived in Calgary earlier this week for the Canadian debut of The Living Sea – Fragile Beauty — an exhibition featuring photography by Prince Hussain, celebrating the beauty and vulnerability of the oceans.

On 18 May, Prince Hussain and Princess Fareen attended an event hosted by the University of Calgary. In front of an audience comprising faculty and staff, as well as community and Jamati representatives, Prince Hussain delivered a keynote address.

Princess Zahra at the opening of the Aga Khan Polyclinic in Zanzibar 2023-04-25

Princess Zahra Aga Khan, speaking at the opening of the Outreach Health Centre in Zanzibar AKDN / Akbar Hakim


Your Excellency Mariam Mwinyi, First Lady of Zanzibar;
Honourable Simai Mohammed Said, Minister of Tourism and Heritage;
Your Excellency Nabil Hajlaoui, Ambassador of France to Tanzania;
Honourable Hassan Khamis Hafidh, Deputy Minister of Health;
Madame Robert, Director for Tanzania of the Agence Française de Développement;
Distinguished Guests, Ladies, Gentlemen and Friends,

This project is quite wonderful. It’s wonderful to see a building with the history of this building have a new life, going back to its original purpose.

Aga Khan University Graduates 777 Students, Celebrates Founder's Day and 40th Anniversary 2023-03-18

Princess Zahra - the longest service Trustee - seen with other AKU officials at the 40th Anniversary of the AKU founding

The Aga Khan University on Saturday celebrated the graduation of the Class of 2022, its first-ever Founder's Day and the University's 40th anniversary. Simultaneous ceremonies were held in Pakistan, Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda and broadcast online to an international audience of AKU's friends and supporters. Princess Zahra Aga Khan attended the ceremony in Karachi and shared a message from His Highness the Aga Khan, Founder and Chancellor of the University. Chief Minister of Sindh Syed Murad Ali Shah was the Chief Guest.

Prince Rahim (Vice President Designate) attended the Commonwealth Day Service of Celebration 2023-03-13

The Commonwealth Day - Service of Celebration  2023-03-13

Earlier today, Prince Rahim attended the Commonwealth Day Service of Celebration, in the presence of His Majesty The King, Head of the Commonwealth, at Westminster Abbey in London, England.

Prince Rahim, representing Mawlana Hazar Imam, led the procession of Loyal Societies in his capacity as Vice President-designate of the Royal Commonwealth Society.

Following the event, Prince Rahim met with His Majesty The King, as well as senior members of the royal family and delegates including representatives from other faith communities.


Prince Rahim and the President of Portugal visit the Royal Treasure Museum 2023-02-24

Prince Rahim and the President of Portugal visit the Royal Treasure Museum

Prince Rahim, together with his younger son, Prince Sinan, and the President of Portugal, Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa, yesterday visited the Royal Treasure Museum at the Ajuda National Palace in Lisbon, at the invitation of the Minister of Culture, Pedro Adão e Silva.

They were accompanied by the Secretary of State for Culture, Isabel Cordeiro; the Museum Director, José Alberto Ribeiro; the Diplomatic Representative of the Ismaili Imamat to Portugal, Nazim Ahmad; and the President of the Ismaili Council for Portugal, Rahim Firozali.

Prince Rahim calls for sustainable approach to city design at the World Government Summit 2023 2023-02-13

Prince Rahim delivers a speech to delegates gathered at the World Government Summit in Dubai on 13 February 2023.

DUBAI, 13th February, 2023 (WAM) – Prince Rahim Aga Khan, Chair of the Aga Khan Development Network’s Environment and Climate Committee, delivered, today, an address touching upon urbanisation set against the backdrop of global warming, at the World Government Summit 2023 taking place in Dubai.

Speaking to an audience of distinguished guests representing government, business, academia and civil society, Prince Rahim highlighted the need for urgent action to advance progress and tackle climate change, specifically through the sustainable design of cities.

Prince Rahim attended a special event in London on 18 January to honour the contributions of Farhad Daftary to IIS 2023-01-18

Dr Farhad Daftary and Prince Rahim Aga Khan. Image credit: Rehana Virani/IIS.

Prince Rahim attended a special event in London on 18 January to honour the contributions of Dr Farhad Daftary to The Institute of Ismaili Studies, and more broadly to the fields of Ismaili and Islamic studies, as he steps down from his management roles at The Institute.

Prince Rahim announced that Mawlana Hazar Imam has decided to acknowledge Dr Daftary’s contributions to The Institute by attaching his name to forthcoming PhD Scholarships awarded by IIS — they will be known as The Farhad Daftary PhD Scholarships.

HUSSAIN AGA KHAN Founder and Photographer of Focused on Nature 2009-01-01

Prince Hussain Aga Khan founder of Focused on Nature

Hussain Aga Khan was born on 10 April 1974, in Geneva, Switzerland. He received his secondary education at Deerfield Academy, Massachusetts, and graduated from Williams College, Massachusetts, with a dual degree in theatre and French literature. In 2004, he received a Master of International Affairs degree from Columbia’s School of International and Public Affairs. At Columbia, Hussain’s main area of study was Economic and Political Development with a regional focus on the Middle East and North Africa.

Prince Rahim Aga Khan addressed the Kusi Ideas Festival: Climate Change: Exploring African Responses and Solutions 2022-12-08

Prince Rahim Aga Khan speaks at the Kusi Ideas Festival 2022

Nairobi, Kenya, 8-9 December 2022 – ‘’Climate change is the most crucial existential phenomenon that Africa, and indeed the world, is currently facing,” said Prince Rahim Aga Khan. He was delivering an address virtually, to an audience of distinguished guests gathered in Nairobi’s Karura Forest, during the opening of the Nation Media Group’s (NMG) fourth edition of the Kusi Ideas Festival: Climate Change: Exploring African Responses and Solutions.

AKDN at the Paris Peace Forum 2022 2022-11-15

Prince Rahim Aga Khan with Ms Audrey Azoulay UNESCO's Director-General at the Paris Peace Forum 2022  AKDN / Guillaume Bonn

Paris, France, 11-12 November 2022 - How do we ride out the multicrisis that the world is experiencing right now? From worsening climate change, successive Covid-19 waves and deepening inequalities, to new and lasting geopolitical conflicts of global consequences, the stakes could not be higher. How do we prevent a destructive world polarisation that would jeopardise collective efforts on critical challenges for humanity?

The 2022 Paris Peace Forum convened world leaders and civil society to seek answers to these questions in Paris on 11-12 November.

Archbishop Peña Parra welcomes Prince Rahim Aga Khan at the Vatican 2022-11-09

Prince Rahim meets with His Excellency Reverend Dom Edgar Peña Parra at the Vatican

On Wednesday, 9 November, His Excellency Archbishop Edgar Peña Parra, Substitute of the Section for General Affairs of the Secretariat of State, met with Prince Rahim Aga Khan during his courtesy visit to the Vatican. Present also were: Nazim Ahmad, Diplomatic Representative of the Ismaili and Senior Official of Portuguese Affairs and other Lusophone Countries, Michael Kocher, Director General of the Aga Khan Foundation (Social Development), Luis Monreal, Director General of Aga Khan Fund for Culture and Malik Talib, Chairman of the Leaders’ International Forum.

The Living Sea" Exhibition by Prince Hussain Aga Khan and Simone Piccoli at the Bahrain National Museum 2022-11-02

Prince Hussain at the Living Sea exhibition held in Bahrain  2022-11-02

Manama, Nov.2 (BNA): The Bahrain National Museum hosted the opening ceremony of the exhibition "The Living Sea", showcasing fascinating underwater photography by Prince Hussain Aga Khan and documentaries by Simon Piccoli, on Wednesday, November 2, 2022.

After its successful opening in Venice, Italy, the "The Living Sea" makes its second stop in the Kingdom of Bahrain.

For the first time, Aga Khan Award for Architecture and Music to be celebrated in one country 2022-10-22

Royal Opera House Oman

Muscat: Over the course of three days, the Sultanate of Oman will celebrate the winners of the Aga Khan Award for Architecture and Music at a ceremony honouring the winners on October 31, 30 and 29, in the presence of a distinguished elite of participants, winners, senior invitees and artistic cultural figures.

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