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Recitation of the East African anthem at the conclusion of the AKU 2015 Convocation in Nairobi, Kenya. AKDN / Zahur Ramji

Nairobi, 2 March 2015 — Addressing the Aga Khan University’s graduating class in Nairobi today, Mawlana Hazar Imam said that the university can play a central role in supporting civil society in Africa. Together with convocations in Tanzania, Uganda, the Kenyan ceremony marked 15 years of AKU’s presence in East Africa.

The Aga Khan University.

East Africa, 24 February – 2 March 2015 — In commemoration of the 15th anniversary of the Aga Khan University’s presence in East Africa, Mawlana Hazar Imam will preside over this year’s convocation ceremonies in the region, in his capacity as Chancellor of the university.

Mawlana Hazar Imam and President Kenyatta meet at State House in Nairobi. AKDN / Aziz Islamshah

Nairobi, 2 March 2015 — Mawlana Hazar Imam met with Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta at the State House today. The meeting followed the convocation ceremony of the Aga Khan University, where Hazar Imam presided in his capacity as Chancellor of AKU.

Mawlana Hazar Imam and President Museveni meet at the State House in Entebbe, Uganda. AKDN / Zahur Ramji

Entebbe, Uganda, 25 February 2015 — Mawlana Hazar Imam called on President Yoweri Museveni at the State House in Entebbe today.

Mawlana Hazar Imam and AKU President Firoz Rasul lead the procession out of the convocation hall, followed by AKU Trustees Princess Zahra and Yusuf Keshavjee. AKDN / Zahur Ramji

Kampala, 26 February 2015 — In a world that is more connected and complex than ever before, the Aga Khan University is educating leaders who will be able to face the challenges of tomorrow, said Firoz Rasul. The AKU President was addressing the university’s 2015 convocation in Kampala, which was held in the presence of Mawlana Hazar Imam.

An AKU graduand in Dar es Salaam receives her degree from Mawlana Hazar Imam, the Chancellor of the Aga Khan University. AKDN / Aly Ramji

Dar es Salaam, 24 February 2015 — The Aga Khan University is marking “a historic milestone,” said Mawlana Hazar Imam at the university’s 2015 convocation. Having already had a significant impact over the past 15 years training African doctors, nurses and teachers, the next 15 will see AKU make the largest private investment in higher education in East Africa’s history.

At Entebbe, Mawlana Hazar Imam is received by Uganda's acting Minister of Foreign Affairs, Hon Oryem Okello. MOFA / Fahad Mugga

Kampala, 24 February 2015 — Mawlana Hazar Imam arrived in Uganda today. Thursday, he will preside over the Aga Khan University’s 2015 convocation in Kampala.

Mawlana Hazar Imam receives the Aga Khan University Charter from President Jakaya Kikwete at the State House on 23 February 2015. AKDN / Zahur Ramji

Dar es Salaam, 23 February 2015 — Tanzanian President Jakaya Kikwete presented Mawlana Hazar Imam with the newly granted charter of the Aga Khan University, at a ceremony held at the State House today. The occasion marks the first time that a foreign-based institution of higher learning has been recognised under Tanzanian law in this manner.

Mawlana Hazar Imam is welcomed by Tanzanian Ministers, Dr Shukur Jumanne Kawambwa and Bernard Kamilius Membe, upon his arrival in Dar es Salaam. AKDN / Zahur Ramji

Dar es Salaam, 20 February 2015 — Mawlana Hazar Imam is commencing a ten-day visit to East Africa today, marking the 15th anniversary of the Aga Khan University’s presence in the region. In his capacity as Chancellor of AKU, Hazar Imam will preside over convocation ceremonies in Dar es Salaam, Kampala and Nairobi.

Sherali Hussein recites the Surah al-Fatiha at the opening of  new session of parliament at the Legislative Assembly of British Columbia. Government of British Columbia

Victoria, Canada, 11 February 2015 — Representing the Ismaili Muslim community of British Columbia, Sherali Hussein opened a new session of parliament at the province’s Legislative Assembly with the recitation of Surah al-Fatiha on Tuesday.

The Padma Vibhushan is expected to be conferred upon Mawlana Hazar Imam by the President of India, Shri Pranab Mukherjee. AKDN / Gary Otte

New Delhi, 25 January 2015 — Mawlana Hazar Imam has been named a recipient of the Padma Vibhushan, one of India’s highest civilian decorations.

The Rizwan-Muazzam Qawwali Group performs at the Ismaili Centre, Toronto in celebration of Eid al-Adha. Vazir Karsan

Toronto, 5 October 2014 — The lyrical sounds of qawwali music filled the social hall of the Ismaili Centre, Toronto on the occasion of Eid al-Adha. Over 200 guests attended the celebration, which was also the inaugural public event of the Ismaili Centre, Toronto.

RAYS OF LIGHT will open in Sydney later this week before traveling to other cities in Australia and New Zealand. Ismaili Council for ANZ

Beginning this week, Australia plays host to RAYS OF LIGHT: Glimpses into the Ismaili Imamat. Opening first in Sydney, the photographic exhibition will travel to centres across the country in November and December, and on to New Zealand in the new year.

Shamsh Kassim-Lakha, Head of the AKDN Representation in the Kyrgyz Republic, and Executive Chairman of the UCA Board Executive Committee bids farewell to Mawlana Hazar Imam as he departs Bishkek. AKDN / Gary Otte

Bishkek, 5 November 2014 — On the final day of his Kyrgyz visit, Mawlana Hazar Imam attended a reception hosted by the head of the Aga Khan Development Network Representation for the Kyrgyz Republic.

Mawlana Hazar Imam and Kyrgyz President Almazbek Atambayev enter the Ala Archa Official State Residence. Sultan Dosaliev (Presidential photographer)

Bishkek, 4 November 2014 — In a series of high-level meetings in Bishkek, Mawlana Hazar Imam met with the Kyrgyz President, Speaker of the Parliament and Prime Minister to discuss cooperation between the Government of the Kyrgyz Republic and the Aga Khan Development Network.

Mawlana Hazar Imam and Kyrgyz President Almazbek Atambayev enter the Ala Archa Official State Residence. Sultan Dosaliev (Presidential photographer)

Mawlana Hazar Imam arrived in the Kyrgyz Republic on 2 November for a four day visit to review Aga Khan Development Network activities in the country. During the visit, Hazar Imam visited the University of Central Asia’s main campus in Naryn, and held meetings with the Kyrgyz President, Almazbek Atambayev and Prime Minister Djoomart Otorbaev in Bishkek.

Mawlana Hazar Imam arrives at the UCA School of Professional and Continuing Education in Naryn. AKDN / Mikhail Romanyuk

Naryn, 3 November 2014 — As Chancellor of the University of Central Asia (UCA), Mawlana Hazar Imam visited the university's Naryn campus, the first of three new undergraduate campuses spread across the Kyrgyz Republic, Tajikistan and Kazakhstan.

Mawlana Hazar Imam is received by Minister Kanat Sadykov and AKDN Representative Shamsh Kassim-Lakha upon his arrival in Bishkek. AKDN / Gary Otte

Bishkek, 2 November 2014 — Mawlana Hazar Imam arrived in the capital of the Kyrgyz Republic this evening for a four day visit to review Aga Khan Development Network activities in the country.

Mawlana Hazar Imam is received by Minister Kanat Sadykov and AKDN Representative Shamsh Kassim-Lakha upon his arrival in Bishkek. AKDN / Gary Otte

Bishkek, 2 November 2014 — Mawlana Hazar Imam arrived in the capital of the Kyrgyz Republic this evening for a four day visit to review Aga Khan Development Network activities in the country.

Pictured here on their wedding day, Prince Rahim and Princess Salwa are expecting their first child. TheIsmaili / Gary Otte

Aiglemont, 24 October 2014 — Mawlana Hazar Imam informed the Jamat today that Prince Rahim and Princess Salwa are expecting their first child. Around the world, Ismailis are gathering in Jamatkhanas to celebrate the happy news.

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