Prince Hussain Aga Khan, son of His Highness the Aga Khan and Princess Salimah Aga Khan, and brother to Princess Zahra, Prince Rahim and Prince Aly Muhammad, was born on April 10 1974, in Geneva, Switzerland. He became an avid tropical fish hobbyist at the age of five, and an amphibian enthusiast when he was a teenager aged 14. At that time, he started scuba diving and developed a keen interest in conservation.
He started travelling to the tropics frequently at secondary school, and began taking photographs of fauna and flora on a trip to the Brazilian Amazon in 1996. His subsequent trips took him to several countries around the world, and he started taking photographs of land and sea animals which appeared in two books, Animal Voyage (2004 and 2007) and Diving Into Wildlife (2015). His photographs were also exhibited in Portugal, Kenya, USA and Switzerland, and appeared on numerous National Geographic blogs.
In 2014, he created his own organziation, Focused on Nature (FON), that has over the years supported the conservation of sharks, cetaceans and African elephants. Smaller or infrequent grants have also gone to the preservation of manta rays, rhinoceroses, orangutang, and endangered amphibians in Central America. It is his sincere hope, along with that of his secretary general, Nazir Sunderji, that FON will continue growing so that the organization can address rainforests, more great apes, more amphibians, and coral reefs.
Barakah’s sister website, Simerg, has been delighted over the years to support the work of Prince Hussain by making signed and unsigned copies of his books Animal Voyage and Diving Into Wildlife available for sale. We have recently received beautiful scarves from FON that will be available shortly through our new initiative The Ismaili Collection.
Prince Hussain was recently a speaker at the EAT organization’s annual flagship food forum held on June 12-13, in Stochholm, Sweden. EAT is the world’s leading platform for global food transformation and it is a carefully curated event which gathers top global thought leaders from science, politics, business, civil society and beyond.
The Prince’s short 11 minute inspiring presentation is a call to each one of us to do everything we can to support the preservation of environment and conservation of biodiversity. Through a series of stunning images, the Prince depicts the beauty, fragility and diversity of marine life and brings to our attention the necessity and urgency to protect, conserve and manage our oceanic heritage and resources. It is a video that everyone, especially the youth around the world, must watch. Please click below to watch Prince Husain’s presentation.
Date posted: July 26, 2019.
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