Friday, November 20, 2009

AKDN in the News - Afghan Enclave Seen as Model for Development - New York Times

Five years ago, The Aga Khan Development Network spent more than a year trying to persuade a mullah to allow a girls' school. Today, the village of Fargamanch has a girls' high school.
Photo: Holly Pickett for The New York Times

JURM, Afghanistan — Small grants given directly to villagers have brought about modest but important changes in this corner of Afghanistan, offering a model in a country where official corruption and a Taliban insurgency have frustrated many large-scale development efforts.

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Kings of the World and their Royal Residences

Aga Khan Palace

Zee's Notes: While this one caught my eye as it had MHI listed (though the story does say the Aga Khan Palace in Pune, India was donated by the Aga Khan to the Indian Government) what struck me was some of the opulent palaces of Royalty.

Forbes Magazine back in June 2009 also ran a list of the Worlds Richest Royals if you want to see:

Interesting article - Travel Blackboard

Zee's Notes: Sometimes when surfing the net one comes across interesting articles or stories which we can relate to and this is one of them - and it goes back 50 plus years  - if you find it interesting let me know and if you don't find it interesting let me know.

Ismailis in the News - Amin Virani - Success Coach

Zee's Notes: Amir Virani is a Success Coach - his message is to follow what you love and the money will follow - I like that message  - he was recently in Toronto - see the who what and why of Amir at the link below and watch the video.

With Masters Degree from London University in Education and Human Resource Optimization, Amin Virani has traveled across the world for his workshops, seminars and speaking engagements. More than 10000 people have benefited from his programs and written testimonials are received from hundreds of individuals and multinational companies. He has also volunteered extensively for Aga Khan Development Network, reaching out to the people from all walks of life.

Ismailis in the News - USA's Rahim Fazal -iMedia 25: Internet Marketing Leaders and Innovators

iMedia 25: Rahim Fazal

Rahim Fazal 's Profile

Rahim Fazal

  • CEO and Co-Founder
  • Involver
Rahim Fazal is the CEO and co-founder of Involver, an award-winning marketing and analytics platform for social networks. Involver powers branded communities for more than 2,000 organizations, including Us Weekly, Newsweek, Ford Models, and other leading brands and media companies.

Rahim is a top-notch entrepreneur with an unrivaled understanding of the digital marketing scene. His listening skills are particularly striking -- I know few people who are as good at listening, clarifying, and then offering a helpful response or solution."
  • Ben Casnocha
  • Author of "My Start-Up Life"
During high school, Fazal co-founded a web hosting company and negotiated its sale for $1.5 million --while taking his senior year final exams. He then started a web services platform business and eventually took it public, becoming one of the youngest directors ever of a publicly-traded company in the U.S.
Fazal completed his MBA at the Richard Ivey School of Business, the top-ranked business school in Canada. In recognition of his prior achievements, he was the youngest student in the school's 80-year history to be accepted without a prerequisite undergraduate degree.
He is a frequent and popular speaker to high school and college students across the U.S. and Canada. He is also an advisor to the Extreme Entrepreneurship Education Corporation in New York City.
In September 2008, Fazal was named one of America's "Top 30 Entrepreneurs Under 30" by Inc. Magazine.

You can follow him on Twitter at @rahimthedream.

Aga Khan Museum - Toronto 2013

Zee's Notes: View the podcast on this remarkable collection of Islamic Art collected by MHI and his family over the last 2 decades. Go to the AKDN link  and click on:


 Aga Khan Trust for Culture


The Aga Khan Museum, which will open in Toronto, Canada in 2013, will house collections of approximately 1000 items of Islamic art collected by His Highness the Aga Khan and members of his family over the last two decades.

Meet the new Chief Executive Officer of AKF USA - Nov. 2009

The leaves are changing and so are the faces around the office at Aga Khan Foundation U.S.A. This month, we welcome our new Chief Executive Officer, Dr. Mirza Jahani (pictured above on right), who brings with him fresh ideas and energy to strengthen the growing U.S. branch led by Iqbal Noor Ali (pictured above on left) for the past 25 years.  Dr. Tom Kessinger, General Manager of Aga Khan Foundation, based in Geneva, is pictured above in center.

Read his complete Bio

Ismailis in the News - MG Vassanji awarded Governor General Award for non-fiction

Zee's Notes: Moyez Vassanji continues to rack up the awards and his 15 minutes of fame is getting to be 'hours' - but kidding aside MG Vassanji deserves all the accolades - if you read his books you know what I mean. Hey I actually read his books from cover to cover and here is my take on what I thought about his latest award winning masterpiece.


M.G.Vassanji, from Toronto, accepts the Governor General's Literary Award for Non-Fiction for his book "A Place Within:Rediscovering India," at a ceremony Tuesday, November 17, 2009 in Montreal. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Ryan Remiorz The Canadian Press

Acclaimed fiction writer MG Vassanji wins GG for non-fiction debut

The Canadian Press - ‎Nov 17, 2009‎
MONTREAL — MG Vassanji's fiction has been heaped with critical acclaim, but it was his non-fiction debut that grabbed the spotlight Tuesday as the Toronto ...
MG Vassanji wins 

Ismailis in the News - UBC's Dr. Nazira Chatur

A Catalyst for Change

Photo from Chatur article

Dr Nazira Chatur has been credited with raising the reputation of UBC's Department of Gastroenterology amongst residents and medical students.

Read how she did it here.

Ismailis in the News - Alberta's Raeesa Merali lands Broadcasting Scholarship

Raeesa Merali receives her scholarship cheque from Paul Mason, GM of the Jim
Pattison Broadcast Group’s Red Deer operations

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Ismailis in the News - Naguib Kheraj closes GPB 2b JP Morgan buyout

Zee's Notes: Morning Chai first caught Naguib Kheraj when the Queens Banker, as he was called, took the top job at JP Morgan Cazenove in October 2008. This week it was announced that Wall St. bank JP Morgan was buying out the balance of the European Investment bank which Naguib is the CEO for GBP 2b giving many of the executives a windfall on their shares and speculation has Naguib being handed a key role at JP Morgan.

Cazenove eyes Europe after £2bn buy-out deal

Naguib Kheraj has successfully landed the £2bn JP Morgan Cazenove deal. Five years in the making, the agreement concludes the US bank's buy-out of the Queen's stockbroker and recasts Cazenove's blue-blooded bankers as multi-millionaires. 

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