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Bangladesh State Minister M.A. Mannan speaks at a gathering on public-private partnerships at the Ismaili Jamatkhana and Centre, Dhaka. Ismaili Council for Bangladesh

At a recent event held at the Ismaili Jamatkhana and Centre in Dhaka, non-resident Bangladeshis and other entrepreneurs were invited to join in their country’s development by investing in public-private partnerships. The event took place ahead of an international conference to be held at the United Nations Headquarters in New York.

The Jubilee Games encourage and support Ismaili athletes in achieving excellence in competitive sport. GJG2008

21 March 2015 — Ismaili Councils worldwide announced on Navroz day that the second cycle of the Jubilee Games will be held in July 2016 in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. The Games seek to encourage and support Ismaili athletes in achieving excellence in competitive sport, and to enhance the Jamat’s awareness and appreciation for physical fitness and health.

President Azeem Chunara presents a gift to Minister Paul Goldsmith, who was Chief Guest at the opening of the RAYS OF LIGHT exhibition in Auckland. Ismaili Council for ANZ

Auckland, New Zealand, 3 March 2015 — RAYS OF LIGHT: Glimpses into the Ismaili Imamat, concluded its tour of Australia and New Zealand in Auckland at the end of February. In addition to the Jamat, a number of leaders from government, civil society and academia visited the exhibition, and expressed their admiration for the work of Mawlana Hazar Imam and the institutions of the Ismaili Imamat.

Prime Minister Harper and Bill Gates emphasised the progress that has been made in maternal and child health over the last 15 years, and spoke passionately about the potential for future gains. AKFC

Ottawa, 27 February 2015 — Bill Gates recognised Canada’s contributions to improving maternal and child health (MNCH) worldwide at the Delegation of the Ismaili Imamat on Wednesday, and thanked Canadians for their continued support to the cause.

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 Gordon Campbell, Canada's Representative to the Ismaili Imamat meet at Aiglemont. AKDN / Cécile Genest

Gouvieux, France, 4 March 2015 — Mawlana Hazar Imam received His Excellency Gordon Campbell, Canada's Representative to the Ismaili Imamat at Aiglemont today.

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.

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.

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.

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