Board of Governors
His Highness the Aga Khan
Professor Afzal Ahmed
Dr Aziz Esmail
Dr Shafik Sachedina
He has acted as a consultant for radio and television programmes, represented the UK government on the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development committtees and other organisations and is frequently invited to advise Local Education Authorities as well as industrial organisations on issues concerned with raising mathematics achievement at school and higher education level and in its application in social and industrial contexts. He has been active in developing ways of communicating mathematics through art forms such as dance, music and visual arts. He has worked on a voluntary basis with Aga Khan Education Services (AKES) and the Institute of Educational Development (IED) and taken a lead on lifelong learning initiatives within the Ismaili communities in Europe.
Aziz Esmail is the former Dean of The Institute of Ismaili Studies, London (1988-98) and, since 1998, has served as one of its Governors. Originally trained in philosophy, literature and religion, Dr Esmail has held lecturing and research positions at various American universities as well as the University of Nairobi, Kenya. He has been associated with The Committee on Social Thought at the University of Chicago as well as Harvard University’s Center for the Study of World Religions and Graduate School of Education. Dr Esmail has been a consultant to, among other institutions, the Humanities division of the Rockefeller Foundation. In addition to articles in journals, his writings include The Poetics of Religious Experience (I. B. Tauris in association with The Institute of Ismaili Studies, 1996) and a A Scent of Sandalwood (I. B. Tauris in association with The Institute of Ismaili Studies, 2002).
In addition to his responsibilities as a Governor, Dr Esmail contributes to the Institute in an executive capacity, chiefly in the formulation of the intellectual strategies which inform, in turn, the work of its various departments.
Mohamed Keshavjee is a lawyer by profession having trained in England, Kenya and Canada where he practised at the Bar. In Canada, he worked with a group of concerned Canadians to raise consciousness about the work of the United Nations and was Programme Chairman of the United Nations Association of Ontario.
In 1980 Mr Keshavjee joined the Secretariat of His Highness the Aga Khan at Aiglemont, France as Information Officer and served the needs of the Aga Khan Development Network, with a special focus on the activities of the Aga Khan Award for Architecture. In that capacity he has travelled to and worked in many Muslim countries such as Yemen, Morocco, Turkey, Jordan and Egypt in addition to the former Soviet Union and China. In 1986 he was appointed Co-ordinator for Tariqah and Religious Education Boards at Aiglemont and was elected to the Steering Committee of the World Mediation Forum at its 4th International Meeting in Buenos Aires.
Mr Keshavjee recently completed his LLM at the University of London with a focus on Islamic Law, International Protection of Human Rights, Alternative Dispute Resolution and Arab Comparative Commercial Law. He is currently pursuing a Doctorate in Law within the field of Alternative Dispute Resolution in Islam.
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Zauhar A. Meghji was born in Tanzania where he attended the Aga Khan Boys Primary and Secondary Schools. He came to the United Kingdom in 1968 where he continued his education, reading Chemical Engineering at the University of Cambridge. He subsequently went on to obtain a Master's degree in Computer Science from Imperial College of Science and Technology in London. Mr Meghji is an entrepreneur with diverse interests. He has served in an honorary capacity in numerous institutions over the years. These include roles as President of the Ismaili Council for the United Kingdom, Vice-Chairman of the Aga Khan Foundation (UK), Member of Education on the Ismaili Council for the United Kingdom, Honorary Secretary of the Ismaili Tariqah and Religious Education Board for the United Kingdom, and as member on the Board of Counsel and Care for the Elderly.
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In his capacity as Head of the Department of Jamati Institutions at the Secretariat of His Highness the Aga Khan at Aiglemont in France, Shafik Sachedina is responsible for coordinating the activities and programmes of the Ismaili community's institutions in the 16 principal areas where such institutions exist. Dr Sachedina is also responsible for interfacing with the Aga Khan Development Network programmes and institutions of the Ismaili communities in Central Asia.
Born in Dar-es-Salaam, Tanzania in 1950, Dr Sachedina qualified as a dental surgeon in 1975 from Guy's Hospital Medical and Dental School, University of London, and has practised in England for many years. He has also developed substantial entrepreneurial interests in the health-care sector. His work with the Aga Khan and Jamati Institutions is undertaken in a voluntary capacity, in keeping with the community's long-standing tradition of voluntary service.
In addition to being a member of the Institute's Board of Governors, Dr Sachedina holds several other positions in the work he undertakes for the Ismaili Imamat and community, including Member of the Aga Khan Development Network (AKDN) Committee, Aiglemont; Chairman of FOCUS Humanitarian Assistance International Co-ordinating Committee; and Member of the Ismaili Leaders' International Forum. Previously, Dr Sachedina has served in many other voluntary capacities, including two consecutive terms as President of the Ismaili Council for the United Kingdom.