Prince Rahim Aga Khan: 50 Years in Pictures

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A portrait of Prince Rahim Aga Khan taken in 1979 when he was 8 years old. Photo: Bahadur Hirji/Ilm, December 1979, Vol 5. Nos. 2 & 3, published by UK Ismailia Association (now ITREB)

Introduced and Compiled by MALIK MERCHANT
(Publisher-Editor, BarakahSimerg and Simergphotos)

NOTE: This pictorial post that traces the life of Prince Rahim Aga Khan over the past 50 years, will also include all the latest news about the Prince that appears in the media after October 12, 2021 (the date of his 50th birthday). New items will be appended to the end of the post to maintain the chronological sequence of events.

Many fond memories come to mind as we think of Prince Rahim, eldest son of Mawlana Hazar Imam and Begum Salimah, brother of Princess Zahra (b. September 18, 1970), Prince Hussain (b. April 10, 1974) and Prince Aly Muhammad (b. March 7, 2000). The first memory is of his birth on October 12, 1971, which was joyously celebrated by the Ismaili community around the world. He was named Rahim, meaning Merciful, Compassionate or Kind. The word Rahim is part of the Basmala, the Islamic phrase Bismillah Hir Rahman Nir Rahim (in the name of God, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful).

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Prince Rahim Aga Khan, centre, with Princess Zahra and Prince Hussain at a jamati mulaqat in 1981 in Kenya. Photo: Canadian Ismaili, Vol. 1/No. 6, Imamat Day Issue, July 11, 1981.

The next recollection many of us have is of Prince Rahim’s presence at the mulaqat in Kenya in 1981, and seeing photos of him and his family departing for a safari trip. Two years later, in July 1983, many of us who were in London, saw Prince Rahim at the Olympia Hall, during the Silver Jubilee of Mawlana Hazar Imam. Then, of course, we all remember his engagement and marriage to Princess Salwa and the beautiful photos of the auspicious occasion.

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Prince Rahim Aga Khan, Princess Salwa, and young Princes Irfan and Sinan tour the Rays of Light exhibition in Lisbon during the Diamond Jubilee of Mawlana Hazar Imam, His Highness the Ada Khan, in July 2018. Photo: The Ismaili/Vazir Karsan.

Their children Prince Irfan and Prince Sinan were born on April 11, 2015 and January 2, 2017, respectively. We have vivid memories of the family’s gracious presence in Lisbon, during the Diamond Jubilee celebrations in July 2018.  We also have a loving memory of Prince Rahim at the 80th birthday celebration of Mawlana Hazar Imam.

Prince Rahim is currently based in Geneva, Switzerland, and he is Chair of the Executive Committee of the Aga Khan Agency for Microfinance (AKAM) and a member of the Board of Trustees of the University of Central Asia (UCA). Prince Rahim also sits on the Board of the Fondation de Chantilly in France. He graduated from Brown University (Rhode Island, USA) with a Bachelor’s Degree in Comparative Literature. Prince Rahim received his secondary education at Phillips Academy in Andover, Massachusetts. His graduate studies were followed by experience in the construction sector.

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Prince Rahim Aga Khan (b. October 12, 1971). Institute of Ismaili Studies Photo.
Prince Rahim Aga Khan (b. October 12, 1971). IIS Photo, 2007.

In 2006 Prince Rahim completed an executive development program in management and administration, at the University of Navarra IESE Business School in Barcelona, Spain before joining the Aga Khan Development Network (AKDN). Prince Rahim travels regularly to Asia and Africa to oversee economic development program and other projects of the AKDN.  The Jamat in these countries recall Prince Rahim’s visits with great happiness.

On a personal note, I was present at Brown University’s “Green” when Mawlana Hazar Imam delivered the Baccalaureate Address to the University’s class of 1996 on Sunday, May 26 in the Meeting House of the First Baptist Church. Both Prince Rahim and Princess Zahra attended the event, and I saw them at the Green on the following day when Mawlana Hazar Imam was honoured with an Honorary degree by the University. In introducing Mawlana Hazar Imam in the Meeting House, Brown’s president Vartan Gregorian (d. April 26, 2021) thanked him for “entrusting the education of Prince Rahim to Brown University”. He added, “We are grateful for your trust, we salute Prince Rahim, your beloved daughter Princess Zahra and your son Prince Hussain.”

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May 26, 1996: Mawlana Hazar Imam, His Highness the Aga Khan, receives a standing ovation at the conclusion of the Baccalaureate Address to Brown University’s Class of 1996 in the Meeting House of the First Baptist Church in Providence, Rhode Island. Next to him is the Late Vartan Gregorian who was then President of the University. In his introductory remarks, President Gregorian thanked Mawlana Hazar Imam for entrusting the education of Prince Rahim to Brown University. He said, “One more private, personal thank you — for entrusting the education of Prince Rahim to Brown University. We are grateful for your trust, we salute Prince Rahim, your beloved daughter Princess Zahra and your son Prince Hussain”.

On behalf of my family and readers of this website, I wish Prince Rahim a very happy birthday, good health, happiness, long life, success in all his endeavours, and barakah. 

Barakah is honoured to put together this tribute to Prince Rahim on his 50th birthday. Barakah recently celebrated birthdays of Prince Hussain (b. April 10, 1974), Prince Amyn (b. September 12, 1937) and Princess Zahra (b. September 18, 1970). In the coming months, we hope to cover everyone in Mawlana Hazar Imam’s family and then keep readers informed through post updates on their activities.

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1971 – 1981: Prince Rahim Aga Khan as a Child and a Young Boy

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Mawlana Hazar Imam, His Highness the Aga Khan, holding his second child, Prince Rahim, who was born on October 12, 1971. Undated photo. Photo: © Sadru Jetha/Ilm magazine, July 1977, Vol, 3, No. 1, 20th Imamat Day Anniversary Issue.
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A watercolour painting of Prince Rahim Aga Khan by Ismaili artist Azeez Khanbhai of Vancouver. The painting is based on the portrait photo of Prince Rahim taken by Bahadur Hirji and shown at the top of this post.
Mawlana Hazar Imam, His Highness the Aga Khan, and Princess Salimah’s children Princess Zahra (b. September 18, 1970), Prince Hussain (b. April 10, 1974) and Prince Rahim (b. October 12, 1971). Photo: Bahadur Hirji/Ilm Magazine. barakah.com tribute to prince rahim aga khan
Mawlana Hazar Imam, His Highness the Aga Khan, and Princess Salimah’s children Princess Zahra (b. September 18, 1970, Geneva), Prince Hussain, (centre, b. April 10, 1974, Geneva) and Prince Rahim (b. October 12, 1971, Geneva). Photo: © Bahadur Hirji/Ilm Magazine.
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Begum Salimah with her three children, Princess Zahra, Prince Hussain (centre) and Prince Rahim Aga Khan pictured during their visit to Kenya in 1981. Photo: Canadian Ismaili, Imamat Day Issue, July 11, 1981, Vol. 1/No.6
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Mawlana Hazar Imam, His Highness the Aga Khan, and his eldest son, Prince Rahim, share a brief moment before Prince Rahim departs for the Masai Mara with his mother, Begum Salimah (left), his aunt Princess Yasmin (centre), his older sister Princess Zahra, and his younger brother Prince Hussain (both not fully visible). Photo: Canadian Ismaili, Vol. 1/No. 6, Imamat Day Issue, July 11, 1981.
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Mawlana Hazar Imam, His Highness the Aga Khan, holds Prince Rahim’s hands as he gives a mulaqat to the Nairobi/Mombasa Jamat during his visit to Kenya in 1981. Photo: Canadian Ismaili, Imamat Day Issue, July 11, 1981, Vol. 1/No.6.

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1995: Prince Rahim Aga Khan, CLASS OF 1995, in Brown University’s Leadership Positions and Volunteer Leaders List

One more private, personal thank you — for entrusting the education of Prince Rahim to Brown University. We are grateful for your trust, we salute Prince Rahim, your beloved daughter Princess Zahra and your son Prince Hussain — Excerpt from (Late) Vartan Gregorian’s introduction of Mawlana Hazar Imam, Brown University, May 26, 1996

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A partial listing of Class Leadership Positions and Volunteer Leaders List of Brown University’s Class of 1995. Image via 1995 Class Leader List for Nominations (brown.edu). Please see page 2 of document from which this image was taken.

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2007: Prince Rahim Aga Khan Speaks to Graduating students of the Institute of Ismaili Studies

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Prince Rahim Aga Khan delivering his commencement address at the Graduation Ceremony of the Institute of Ismaili Studies held in September 2007 at the Ismaili Centre in London. Photo: The Institute of Ismaili Studies (Newsletter) Update, May 2008.

EXCERPTS FROM PRINCE RAHIM’S SPEECH MADE ON SEPTEMBER 10, 2007

(1)

“Education, international studies and diplomacy, non-profit leadership, media, development, law, and regional studies will all be among the most relevant fields of expertise in the decades ahead. This will be particularly true in the developing world. In deciding to attend the IIS, you therefore also chose to analyse and understand the problems of the developing world, and to address some of the most intractable issues of our time.”

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Absolutist, exclusivist, and rejectionist claims to the truth, especially to religious truth, are increasingly heard from all quarters. Rather than seeing religion as a humble process of growth in faith, some people presume to claim that they have arrived at the end of that journey and can therefore speak with near-divine authority.”

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Prince Rahim awarding a certificate to Hussein Hirji, a graduate of the Institute’s programme in Islamic Studies and Humanities; and Prince Rahim meeting with the graduating students and their families during the IIS graduation ceremony held on September 10, 2007. Photos: The Institute of Ismaili Studies (Newsletter) Update, May 2008.

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“Our Ismaili tradition, however, has always accepted the spirit of pluralism among schools of interpretation of the faith, and seen this not as a negative value, but as a true reflection of divine plenitude. Indeed, pluralism is seen as essential to the very survival of humanity. Through your studies you have known the many Qur’anic verses and hadiths of our beloved Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) that acknowledge and extol the value of diversity within human societies. You all know, I am sure, the hadith to the effect that differences of interpretation between Muslim traditions should be seen as a sign of the mercy of Allah.”

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“The untrue and unfair, but increasingly widespread equating of the words “Islam” and “Muslim” with “intolerance”, sometimes even with the word “terrorism”, could lead some Muslims to feel despair, indignation, or even shame. To me, however, the current global focus on the Muslim world, and on Islam itself, presents a golden opportunity for us to educate and enlighten, while actively exemplifying the counterpoint I mentioned before. To my eyes, it creates an opportunity, and an even-greater obligation for us to make a positive and visible impact on the world – on culture and art, science and philosophy, politics and ecology, among others.”

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2008: Prince Rahim Aga Khan — Golden Jubilee Moments

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Prince Rahim Aga Khan and Princess Zahra being introduced to leaders of the Jamat upon their arrival at Abu Dhabi airport in March 2008 for the Golden Jubilee of Mawlana Hazar Imam, His Highness the Aga Khan. Photo: Gary Otte/The Ismaili
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Mawlana Hazar Imam, His Highness the Aga Khan, Princess Zahra and Prince Rahim are warmly received by His Highness Sheikh Hamdan bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy Prime Minister of the United Arab Emirates during Mawlana Hazar Imam’s Golden Jubilee visit to the Emirates in March 2008. Photo: Gary Otte
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Mawlana Hazar Imam, His Highness the Aga Khan, together with his son Prince Rahim and daughter Princess Zahra overlooking the entrance hall of the Ismaili Centre Dubai from the balcony above at the opening ceremony on March 26, 2008 held during Mawlana Hazar Imam’s Golden Jubilee Year. Photo: Gary Otte/The Ismaili.
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Mawlana Hazar Imam, His Highness the Aga Khan, and Prince Rahim touring the Sosuco sugar factory in Banfora, Burkina Faso during his Golden Jubilee visit from April 26-28, 2008. Photo: AKDN/Gary Otte.

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2011: Prince Rahim Aga Khan attends inauguration of new head office of the Kyrgyz Investment and Credit Bank

Today is truly a special day…. it comes at a special time of the year. The festival of Navroz is a time when we think about renewal and rejuvenation — when we welcome a new spring season in a spirit of hope and optimism. And that spirit is very prevalent as we gather here today to mark the opening of a new head office for KICB — and as we celebrate the spirit of forward-looking progress in the Kyrgyz Republic — Prince Rahim Aga Khan, March 23, 2011

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PPresident Roza Otunbaeva and Prince Rahim Aga Khan unveil a commemorative plaque at the official opening of the new Head Office of the Kyrgyz Investment and Credit Bank, 23 March 2011. Photo: AKDN / Sultan Dosaliev.

Her Excellency President Otunbaeva on March 23, 2011 officially inaugurated the new Head Office of the Kyrgyz Investment and Credit Bank (KICB) in Bishek, Kyrgyzstan, in the presence of Prince Rahim Aga Khan. KICB was set up in 2001 to issue short, medium and long-term loans to stimulate the development of small and medium-sized businesses throughout the Kyrgyz Republic, and serves tens of thousands of clients through several branches in five oblasts in the Kyrgyz Republic. The Aga Khan Development Network (AKDN) was one of the organisations that helped establish the bank.

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Prince Rahim Aga Khan speaking at the opening ceremony of the Kyrgyz Investment and Credit Bank new Head Office on March 23, 2011. Photo: AKDN /Sultan Dosaliev.
EXCERPT FROM PRINCE RAHIM’S SPEECH MADE ON MARCH 23, 2011

“Today, in both its internal operations and its external actions, KICB represents the spirit of pluralism, and the conviction that diversity is a source of strength and vitality. We salute today KICB’s resolve to serve the entire spectrum of the country’s population by offering a variety of financial products and solutions. The aim is to ensure economic empowerment ranging from the small and medium enterprises to large scale corporate organizations. The Bank’s policies recognize that the strength of any society — as a whole — will ultimately depend on the progress of each of that society’s parts. The Bank’s approach also reflects another principle of our Network, the need for multiple development inputs. What this means is that forward steps in one area — such as education or health — will work best when they are combined — and coordinated — with other initiatives — for example in transportation, or energy supply, or agricultural production. Business investments must go hand in hand with social investments. The Aga Khan Development Network is deeply committed to these principles.”

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2011: Prince Rahim Aga Khan at Opening of the Dushanbe Serena Hotel

His Excellency Emomali Rahmon, President of the Republic of Tajikistan, and Mawlana Hazar Imam, His Highness the Aga Khan, inaugurated the Dushanbe Serena Hotel on November 1, 2011.. The ceremony, which was held in the hotel’s Millat banquet room, was attended by Prince Amyn Aga Khan, Executive Director of AKFED, Prince Rahim Aga Khan, eldest son of His Highness the Aga Khan and dignitaries from the government, development and tourism sectors.

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Mawlana Hazar Imam, His Highness the Aga Khan, and President Emomali Rahmon cut the ribbon to officially open the Dushanbe Serena Hotel on November 1, 2011, as Prince Rahim Aga Khan, AKDN Resident Representative Munir Merali and Prince Amyn Aga Khan watch. Photo: AKDN /Mikhail Romanyuk

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2012: Prince Rahim AGA KHAN AND PRINCESS ZAHRA join Mawlana Hazar Imam at the 25th anniversary celebration of Synergos

Synergos Founder and Chairperson Peggy Dulany presenting the David Rockefeller Bridging Leadership Award to Mawlana Hazar Imam, His Highness the Aga Khan, in London on October 22, 2012. Photo: AKDN/JMB Photographic Ltd

As part of the Synergos Institute’s University for a Night series, Mawlana Hazar Imam, His Highness the Aga Khan, was awarded the David Rockefeller Bridging Leadership Award at a ceremony on October 22, 2012, in London, England. He was joined by Prince Rahim and Princess Zahra at the event, and Robert Dunn, President of the Synergos Institute, conducted an interview with Mawlana Hazar Imam. Synergos works to establish a world that is just and fair and free of poverty. It collaborates with philanthropists and foundations, community leaders and corporations, governments and global entities, and with them jointly tackles issues such as education, food security, health, nutrition, chronic isolation, social entrepreneurship and community economic development. David Rockefeller, in a letter addressed to Mawlana Hazar Imam which was read to the audience, described the reasons for awarding this honour: “Through the Aga Khan Development Network, you have leveraged the social conscience of Islam in ways that benefit people of all faiths, promoting tolerance, pluralism and broad-based development.”

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Princess Zahra Aga Khan and her brother Prince Rahim seen in separate conversations at Synergos’ University for a Night series, when Mawlana Hazar Imam, His Highness the Aga Khan, was awarded the David Rockefeller Bridging Leadership Award at a ceremony in London on October 22, 2012. Princess Zahra is with Kim Samuel-Johnson, President of The Samuel Family Foundation of Canada. Photo: AKDN/JMB Photographic Ltd.

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2013: Prince Rahim Aga Khan Gets Engaged to ms. kendra spears

Mawlana Hazar Imam, His Highness the Aga Khan, on April 26, 2013, announced the engagement of his eldest son, Prince Rahim Aga Khan, to Ms Kendra Spears of Seattle, Washington, the United States. Ms Spears holds a BA in sociology from the University of Washington in her native Seattle. She has a strong interest in arts and architecture. Ms Spears has had a highly successful career as a model, working with many of the most prestigious fashion houses.

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An outdoor photo of Prince Rahim Aga Khan and Princess Salwa (Ms. Kendra Spears) taken during their engagement on April 26, 2013. Photo: Gary Otte/via The Ismaili

The following poem, Mubarak…Khushamadeed, was penned by Navyn Naran and published in Simerg as well as Simergphotos when the news of Prince Rahim’s engagement was communicated by Mawlana Hazar Imam to the world-wide Ismaili community.

Mubarak…Khushamadeed

By NAVYN NARAN

there is an expectant joy in the air
as we welcome the news our Mawla has shared
and He is happy for a love of two
a new beginning for all, here paired.
this joy paralleled e’en by the spring
the breeze gently caressing the face of each
we share in their love and welcome the new
an understanding and acknowledgement in this niche.

our Prince has met a partner in life
and Benevolent the Grace enveloping this match
how happy we feel for that special bond and trust
and pray this development manifest strong in latch.
the sacred Truth as once was shared,
and Knowledge beckoned Adam and Hawa in this life
so meeting in mind, heart and soul in twain
is Blessed by the Creator as man takes wife

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An indoor photo of Prince Rahim Aga Khan and Princess Salwa (Ms. Kendra Spears) taken during their engagement on April 26, 2013. Photo: Gary Otte/via The Ismaili

there is joy in our community for the Noorani family
sherbet and cake to enjoy for all
and cherry blossom beckon another fresh day
as brother and sister welcome this Call.
for the arduous tasks You take under Your wing
shall flourish and strengthen as this Bond to be
 and mighty as Zulfiqar, the sword,
in Trust and Respect always between.

Khushamadeed Ms. Spears, Mubarak O Prince,
Mubarak! our hearts smile, Mubarak! and since
a Unity weaving as Iman does hope
we welcome you Kendra to this lineage’s rope.

our Mawla, Mubarak! devotedly we serve
Your happiness is ours also, let us not bend nor swerve
a nikkah is called, a love unending for two
Khushamadeed Kendra, a most respectful welcome to you.

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2013: Prince Rahim Aga Khan Gets Married to Miss Kendra Salwa Spears

Prince Rahim Aga Khan and Ms Kendra Salwa Spears were married in Geneva, Switzerland, on August 31, 2013. The event was held on the shores of Lake Geneva, on the grounds of the Château de Bellerive — the residence of Mawlana Hazar Imam’s uncle, the late Prince Sadruddin (d. May 12, 2003) and his wife Princess Aliya. The proceedings commenced with the recitation of a traditional qasida in the Farsi language, in praise of Hazrat Ali. This was followed by the nikah recited by His Eminence Sayyed Muhammad Musawi, a prominent Shia faith leader.

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Prince Rahim Aga Khan and Princess Salwa were married on August 31, 2013 on the shores of Lake Geneva in Switzerland. Photo: The Ismaili/Gary Otte
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Mawlana Hazar Imam, Prince Rahim, Princess Salwa and members of the Imam’s family pose for a photograph with the members of the Ismaili Leaders’ International Forum after the nikah ceremony on August 31, 2013. Photo: The Ismaili/Gary Otte.

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2014: Prince Rahim Aga Khan opens new Diamond Trust Bank headquarters in kenya, visits AGA KHAN ACADEMY

Prince Rahim attended the opening of the new corporate head office of Diamond Trust Bank (DTB), one of the oldest financial entities of the Aga Khan Fund for Economic Development. The premises were inaugurated by the governor of Kenya’s central bank, Professor Njuguna S. Ndung’u on Thursday, January 16, 2014. On the following day, in Kenya’s coastal city of Mombasa, Prince Rahim inaugurated the newly restored Jubilee Arcade. The building, which first housed the Jubilee Insurance company over 60 years ago, now includes a vibrant, modern arcade shopping and office complex situated in the heart of the city’s busy Moi Avenue. While in Mombasa, Prince Rahim and Princess Salwa also visited the Aga Khan Academy — the first in a global network of 18 schools that will, eventually span 14 countries on three continents.

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Prince Rahim Aga Khan speaks with staff of the Diamond Trust Bank in Nairobi, at the opening on January 16, 2014 of DTB Centre along Mombasa Road. Photo: AKDN/Zahur Ramji.
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Prince Rahim Aga Khan and Princess Salwa pose with students from Tajikistan during their visit to The Aga Khan Academy in Mombasa in January 2014. The Academy features a multicultural student body who receive education of an internationally recognised standard of excellence that prepares them to become intellectually curious, global-minded citizens of the world. Photo: Ejazali Karmali/The Ismaili.
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The Aga Khan Academy in Mombasa was honoured by a visit from Prince Rahim Aga Khan and Princess Salwa on Friday January 17, 2014. In this photo, Prince Rahim is seen greeting a student at the Academy, as Princess Salwa and the acting Principal of the Senior School, Mr. Naheed Bardai, look on. The Prince and Princess also met with other students and spoke with them about their experience at the Aga Khan Academy. Photo: Ejazali Karmali /The Ismaili.

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2014: Prince Rahim aga khan At Brown University for Mawlana Hazar Imam’s 88th Stephen A. Ogden Jr ’60 Memorial Lecture

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Prince Rahim and Princess Salwa Aga Khan enjoy a light moment as Mawlana Hazar Imam, His Highness the Aga Khan, and Brown President Christina Paxson engage in an on-stage chat following his delivery of the 88th Stephen A. Ogden Jr ’60 Memorial Lecture on International Affairs on March 10, 2014 as part of the celebration of Brown’s 250th anniversary. Photo: The Ismaili/Farhez Rayani

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2015: Prince Rahim Aga Khan and Princess Salwa HAVE FIRST CHILD, A SON NAMED Prince Irfan

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Prince Rahim holds his baby son, Prince Irfan born on April 11, 2015, together with Princess Salwa. Photo: Gary Otte/via The Ismaili

Prince Rahim and Princess Salwa announced the arrival of their first child, a son named Prince Irfan, born in Geneva, Switzerland on April 11, 2015. Mawlana Hazar Imam’s special message to the global Jamat on this occasion expressed the great happiness of the Aga Khan and Spears families. Jamats around the world received the news of Prince Irfan’s birth with immense joy and traditional celebrations. (Read article Portrait of Prince Rahim’s Family with Meanings of Irfan and Sinan).

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2015: Prince Rahim AGA KHAN at inauguration OF Côte d’Ivoire’s first operational combined cycle gas turbine (CCGT) power plant

Azito Energie SA (“Azito”) on June 30, 2015, celebrated the commercial start-up of Phase 3 of its 430 MW combined-cycle gas turbine (“CCGT”) power plant in Abidjan with an onsite inauguration ceremony held in the presence of His Excellency Alassane Ouattara, President of the Republic of Côte d’Ivoire, Prince Rahim Aga Khan, and Globeleq executives led by Mikael Karlsson, CEO of Globeleq. The inauguration made Azito one of the most modern, efficient power plants in West Africa, providing 25 percent of Côte d’Ivoire’s electricity capacity.

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2016: Prince Rahim Aga Khan attends Opening of World Nomad Games in Kyrgyzstan

“I am delighted to be back in Kyrgyzstan to enjoy its stunning landscapes, traditions of hospitality and to meet old and new friends. It was a pleasure to witness the spectacular opening of the Second World Nomad Games and in particular to experience the enthusiasm of the Kyrgyz peoples for their nomadic traditions” — Prince Rahim Aga Khan 

Representing Mawlana Hazar Imam, His Highness the Aga Khan, Prince Rahim Aga Khan attended the official opening of the Second World Nomad Games, 2016, in Kyrgyzstan at the invitation of H.E. President Almazbek Atambayev. With more than 1,000 performers and an exhilarating sound and light show, the opening ceremony, presented themes common to nomadic traditions in diverse geographical and cultural contexts, while highlighting those specific to Kyrgyzstan. Some 2,000 athletes from 40 countries participated in over 20 sports competitions. These include wrestling, horse racing, archery, horseback wrestling, kok-boru, Central Asia’s most renowned horseback competition and toguz korgool (a nomadic intellectual game).

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Visit by Prince Rahim to Naryn Pavilion during Tour of Nomad’s Universe Folklore Festival in Village “Kirchin”. Photo: AKDN

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2016: PRINCESS RAHIM AGA KHAN AND PRINCESS ZAHRA INAUGURATE HEALTH CENTRE IN GILGIT

Princess Zahra Aga Khan and Prince Rahim Aga Khan on May 24, 2016 inaugurated the Aga Khan Medical Centre, Gilgit (AKMC,G). The Centre is now a 50-bed Comprehensive Health Care Center and acts as a “hub” and provides high quality diagnostics and secondary health care as well as some tertiary health care. “Spokes” that radiate out from the Centre will connect the Gilgit hub through a digital health network to clinics in Singal, Chatorkhand, Aliabad, Soust, Booni and Garamchasma. This hub and spoke model will provide quality affordable health care. AKMC,G is also connected to the state-of-the art medical resources in other parts of Pakistan and in other countries, including the Aga Khan University Hospital in Karachi.

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Princess Zahra Aga Khan and Prince Rahim Aga Khan inaugurate the Aga Khan Medical Centre in Gilgit, Pakistan, on May 24, 2016. Photo: Pamir Times via AKDN.

Princess Zahra and Prince Rahim also visited the Rahimabad Model High School which is one of 106 Aga Khan Schools in Gilgit-Baltistan that serve more than 23,000 children in the region. Princess Zahra and Prince Rahim also paid a visit to the Aga Khan University’s Professional Development Centre, North (PDCN). PDCN works with over 146 private and public schools serving over 76,000 students in the region to improve the quality of instruction, management and administration. Over 15,000 teachers, head teachers, education managers and district supervisory staff have benefitted, of which more than half are women.

As their working visit to Pakistan drew to a close, Princess Zahra and Prince Rahim expressed optimism and a sense of opportunity about the tasks that lay ahead of AKDN in improving quality of life for the people of the country.

“For me and Princess Zahra, the main takeaway is that we’ve heard the word ‘optimism’ several times today, and I think that’s what I’m feeling now,” said Prince Rahim, speaking at a dinner hosted by the Ismaili Council for Pakistan on Wednesday evening. Noting that while there are challenges ahead, he said that these “are not insurmountable — we have to look at them as opportunities and a chance to help people who are in need.”

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Accomplished Ismaili mountaineer-siblings Samina Baig and Mirza Ali Baig present Princess Zahra and Prince Rahim Aga Khan a photographic memento of the summits that they scaled together — the highest peaks on seven continents — at an institutional dinner hosted by the Ismaili Council for Pakistan in Islamabad on May 27, 2016. Photo: The Ismaili/Rahil Imtiaz.

Prince Rahim concluded his dinner remarks by expressing appreciation for the work that went into organising their visit: “President, Vice-President, the volunteers, the entire Jamaat — it’s been a huge amount of work, I know that… so thank you. I feel optimistic, I know my sister feels optimistic, sad to leave and very very grateful for the amount of work and effort that went into this trip.”

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2016: Prince Rahim Aga Khan at Ismaili Games in Dubai

I would like to congratulate everyone who is participating in and helping out in these games, as well as those who participated in and helped to organise the events leading up to them for their collective effort to promote fitness and camaraderie through sports. In the current times, I can think of no better way than this and of no better place than Dubai to promote the notion of bringing young minds from diverse backgrounds and different environments together in the spirit of friendship and peace. I know the efforts that all you young and able athletes made to come here. I salute your resolve and I pray that you may carry that spirit of friendship and peace with you when you return to your homes. — Excerpt from speech made by Prince Rahim Aga Khan at the Opening Ceremony of the 2016 Jubilee Games in Dubai, United Arab Emirates on July 23, 2016.

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Prince Rahim Aga Khan greets Tajik athletes during the 2016 Jubilee Games. Photo: JG/Aly Ramji/via The Ismaili.

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2017: Prince Rahim Aga Khan and Princess Salwa Have Second Son, prince Sinan

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Prince Rahim Aga Khan and Princess Salwa with Prince Irfan and Prince Sinan, who was born on January 2, 2017. Photo: The Ismaili.

Born in London, United Kingdom on January 22, 2017, Prince Sinan is the second child of Prince Rahim and Princess Salwa, and a little brother to Prince Irfan, who was born on April 11 2015. “Prince Sinan’s birth has brought immense joy to our family,” wrote Mawlana Hazar Imam in a message to the global Jamat. “We are most touched by your kind thoughts and prayers over the period leading to Sinan’s birth.” Ismailis around the world gathered at Jamatkhanas to celebrate Prince Sinan’s birth. (Read article Portrait of Prince Rahim’s Family with Meanings of Sinan and Irfan)

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2017: Inauguration of the Diamond Jubilee of Mawlana Hazar Imam

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Mawlana Hazar Imam, His Highness the Aga Khan, and next to him at right his brother Prince Amyn, and at left Prince Rahim holding Prince Sinan, with members of the Imam’s family at the inauguration ceremony of the Diamond Jubilee in Aiglemont, France, on July 11, 2017. Photo: AKDN/Zahur Ramji.

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2017: Prince Rahim Aga Khan at 40th anniversary of the Institute of Ismaili Studies

“We have seen in these last decades the globalisation of the Jamat and its patterns of migration, which have made it even more important to be able to provide the Jamat with authentic and well prepared materials which enable an understanding of its history and of its heritage and of matters of the faith and its practice” — Prince Rahim Aga Khan, November 24, 2017, IIS 40th anniversary, London

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Prince Rahim Aga Khan addresses staff and students at the 40th anniversary celebration of the Institute of Ismaili Studies in London on November 24, 2017. Photo: The Ismaili/Anya Campbell.

On November 25 1977, Mawlana Hazar Imam officially inaugurated The Institute of Ismaili Studies (IIS). To mark the 40th anniversary, the Board of Governors hosted a celebration for staff, visiting faculty and students on Friday November 24 2017, with Prince Rahim Aga Khan in attendance. The event celebrated the role of the people who have contributed to developing an academic centre for Ismaili studies, that has had a significant impact on the field of Shi‘i and Ismaili studies in the last 40 years.

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Prince Rahim Aga Khan meets with graduate students of the Institute of Ismaili Studies during its 40th anniversary celebration in London on November 24, 2017. Photo: The Ismaili/Anya Campbell.

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2018: Her Majesty the Queen hosts a dinner to mark His Highness the Aga Khan’s Diamond Jubilee

On March 8, 2018, Her Majesty the Queen hosted a dinner at Windsor Castle to mark the Diamond Jubilee of Mawlana Hazar Imam, His Highness the Aga Khan, at which The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall, The Duke of York, The Princess Royal and Vice Admiral Sir Tim Laurence were present. Mawlana Hazar Imam was accompanied by members of his family, his brother Prince Amyn Aga Khan, his daughter Princess Zahra Aga Khan, his eldest son Prince Rahim Aga Khan, Prince Rahim’s wife Princess Salwa, and Mawlana Hazar Imam’s younger sons, Prince Hussain and Prince Aly Muhammad. The event acknowledged historic linkages between the Ismaili Imamat and the British Monarchy and longstanding connections between the Ismaili Community, the institutions of the Aga Khan Development Network and the United Kingdom. Mawlana Hazar Imam was bestowed the title “His Highness” by Her Majesty the Queen in 1957 the year of his accession as hereditary leader of the Shi’a Ismaili Muslims, and was appointed Knight Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire in 2004.

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Mawlana Hazar Imam, His Highness the Aga Khan, introduces Her Majesty the Queen to his eldest son Prince Rahim Aga Khan at a dinner hosted by the Queen at Windsor Castle on March 8, 2018 to mark Mawlana Hazar Imam’s Diamond Jubilee. Photo: AKDN/Gary Otte.

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2018: Prince Rahim Aga Khan — lisbon Diamond Jubilee Moments

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Prince Rahim Aga Khan shows Prince Irfan a photograph taken by Prince Hussain at the Nature Photographic Exhibition in Lisbon during the Diamond Jubilee celebrations in Lisbon in July 2018. Photo: Shireen Nazim/The Ismaili.
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Prince Rahim Aga Khan and Princess Salwa acknowledge the crowd as they depart from the Altice Arena after attending the Sufi Voyage concert during the Diamond Jubilee celebration in Lisbon in July 2018. Photo: The Ismaili/Akbar Hakim.
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Mawlana Hazar Imam, His Highness the Aga Khan, walks through the Jamat at the Diamond Jubilee Darbar in Lisbon, followed by the Mukhi and Kamadia Sahebs of the Lisbon Darkhana Jamatkhana, Prince Amyn, Princess Zahra, Prince Rahim and Princess Salwa, Prince Hussain, Prince Aly Muhammad, Miss Sara Boyden, and Master Iliyan Boyden. Photo: The Ismaili/Asif Balesha.

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2018: Prince Rahim AGA KHAN at Ceremony for award to Mawlana Hazar Imam of the Grand Cross of the Legion of Honour

French President Emmanuel Macron on September 20, 2018 awarded Mawlana Hazar Imam, the Grand Cross of the Legion of Honour (Grand-croix de la Légion d’honneur), in recognition of his contribution to humanity and achievements in improving the quality of life of the most vulnerable populations around the world. The country’s highest national medal of honour was bestowed upon Mawlana Hazar Imam at a ceremony at le Quai d’Orsay by France’s Minister for Europe and Foreign Affairs, Jean-Yves Le Drian in commemoration of the Mawlana Hazar Imam’s Diamond Jubilee, commemorating his 60 years of Imamat.

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From L to R: Prince Rahim Aga Khan, son of His Highness the Aga Khan, Prince Amyn Aga Khan, brother of His Highness the Aga Khan, Xavier Darcos, Chancelier of the Institut de France and Former Government Minister, Hubert Védrine, Former Minister of Foreign Affairs, His Highness the Aga Khan, Jean-Yves Le Drian, Minister for Europe and Foreign Affairs, Princess Zahra Aga Khan, daughter of His Highness the Aga Khan, Laure Darcos, Senator from Essonne and Maria Vadillo, Spouse of the Minister for Europe and Foreign Affairs.

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2018: Prince Rahim Aga khan and Princess Salwa visit Pakistan

Prince Rahim and Princess Salwa Aga Khan travelled to Pakistan for a six-day working visit in late October 2018, which included stops in several districts of Gilgit-Baltistan as well as in Chitral district of Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa, along with the capital city of Islamabad and the southern city of Karachi. During their visit, Prince Rahim and Princess Salwa examined approaches to poverty alleviation and development, and visited a number of AKDN institutions and projects aimed at improving quality of life. Prince Rahim and Princess Salwa also surveyed disaster-mitigation work in areas vulnerable to natural hazards. 

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Prince Rahim and Princess Salwa Aga Khan with students and teachers at the Diamond Jubilee School in the village of Darkut, Silgan Valley, Ghizer District, in Gilgit-Baltistan, during their visit to Pakistan in October 2018. The school is operated by the Aga Khan Education Services (AKES).
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Prince Rahim Aga Khan and Princess Salwa receive a briefing from community leaders and management of the Aga Khan Agency for Habitat (AKAH) on community-based mitigation work undertaken at a disaster-affected site in the village of Darkut, Silgan Valley, Ghizer District, in Gilgit-Baltistan, during their visit to Pakistan in October 2018. The village of Darkut is vulnerable to natural hazards including flash floods and rock falls which can destroy houses, farmland and other infrastructure. Photo: AKDN/Adam Tait

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2019: pRINCE rahim Aga Khan at signing agreement between two renowned institutions and Aga Khan University

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From left to right: Prince Rahim Aga Khan and Princess Salwa Aga Khan, UW President Ana Mari Cauce, the then Aga Khan University President Firoz Rasul, UW Provost Mark Richards and AKU Provost Carl Amrhein. Photo: Mark Stone/University of Washington.

The University of Washington on March 4, 2019 signed a memorandum of understanding with the Aga Khan University to codify partnership activities already underway and to leverage complementary strengths to further expand research, service and education in low- and middle-income countries. The agreement was signed by UW President Ana Mari Cauce and Aga Khan University President Firoz Rasul. Representing the Aga Khan Development Network were Prince Rahim Aga Khan and Princess Salwa Aga Khan, nee Kendra Spears, UW Class of ‘12, and AKU Provost Carl Amrhein. Princess Salwa played a key role in encouraging the nascent partnership.

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Princess Rahim and Princess Salwa Aga Khan discuss research at the laboratory of Dr. Stanley Riddell during their tour of Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, March 4, 2019, in Seattle, Washington. Photo: Robert Hood/Fred Hutch News Service.

The vision we share [with Aga Khan University] is to see how we can improve outcomes for cancer globally. We must work together to enable this vision, as the global impact of cancer continues to increase. That is the extraordinary value of our collaboration with Aga Khan University. Together we can make an enormous difference in the burgeoning global cancer problem — Dr. Gary Gilliland, president and director of Fred Hutch

The Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, on March 5, 2019, formally announced a goal to collaborate on global health programs with Aga Khan University. The Memorandum of Understanding that was signed outlined the intentions of the two institutions to develop a five-year relationship to advance cancer research and training and help build an improved medical infrastructure for the Aga Khan University, which operates medical schools and hospitals throughout the developing world.

Dr. Gary Gilliland, president and director of Fred Hutch, in welcoming Prince Rahim and Princesss Salwa said, “The vision we share is to see how we can improve outcomes for cancer globally. We must work together to enable this vision, as the global impact of cancer continues to increase. That is the extraordinary value of our collaboration with Aga Khan University. Together we can make an enormous difference in the burgeoning global cancer problem.”

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Dr. Gary Gilliland exchanges gifts with Prince Rahim Aga Khan during a campus visit and MOU signing ceremony at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, March 4, 2019, in Seattle, Washington, as Princess Salwa and the then Aga Khan University President Firoz Rasul look on. Photo: Robert Hood/Fred Hutch News Service via AKDN

“Hope,” said Gilliland, “is something that motivates us every day at the Hutch. We must assure that patients have hope, and that they have access.” He praised Aga Khan University for its “deep, extensive experience” in ensuring access to care in the countries where it provides health services.

Prior to the signing ceremony, Prince Rahim and Princess Salwa took a tour of the Hutch laboratory of Dr. Stanley Riddell, scientific director of the Hutch’s Immunotherapy Integrated Research Center. No stranger to the Pacific Northwest, Princess Salwa is a Seattle native and a graduate of the University of Washington.

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Prince Rahim and Princess Salwa in lab with Dr. Hootie Warren. Photo: Robert Hood/Fred Hutch News Service.

The couple also visited the lab of Dr. Hootie Warren, head of the Hutch’s Global Oncology Program. There, Dr. Manoj Menon described several research initiatives underway in Uganda, including a clinical study for breast cancer. “From our footprint in Kampala, and hopefully along with Aga Khan University, we will generate advances that can change lives and cure cancers for millions of people,” Warren said.

Dr. Warren’s research in Uganda also aims to develop new methods for the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of cancers such as HIV-associated non-Hodgkin lymphoma and the childhood cancer Burkitt lymphoma.

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2019: Prince Rahim aga khan inaugurates Dreams and Dystopias exhibition at the Ismaili Centre, London

On October 10 2019, Prince Rahim visited the Ismaili Centre London to inaugurate the exhibition: Dreams and Dystopias, East Africa at the Crossroads, featuring photographic work by Guillaume Bonn. The visual exhibit navigated the East African coastline through the lens of international artist Guillaume Bonn to reveal a region perennially poised at a crossroads between two worlds. The photographs captured old Africa in its unrelentingly vibrant native culture, in the midst of modern skyscrapers, new highways, and purported technical improvements, and offered an insight into its diverse geography and colonial legacy.

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Prince Rahim Aga Khan arrives at the Ismail Centre, London for the inauguration of the Dreams and Dystopias exhibition, accompanied by President Naushad Jivraj of the Ismaili Council for the UK, and Vice-President Mansoor Esmail. Photo: The Ismaili.

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2020: Prince Rahim aga khan visits East Africa to evaluate AKDN’s response to environmental sustainability and climate change

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Prince Rahim Aga Khan and Princess Salwa listen as Dr Azim Lakhani, Diplomatic Representative of the AKDN in Kenya presents an exhibition ‘AKDN in Africa’, depicting 100 years of AKDN’s contribution to Africa’s development. The exhibition was launched at the Nation Media Group’s 60th Anniversary initiative, the Kusi Ideas Festival in December 2019 in Kigali, Rwanda. It is currently installed at the historic Town Jamatkhana in Nairobi, Kenya for viewing by local audiences. Photo: AKDN/Rahim Kara
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Prince Rahim Aga Khan and Princess Salwa Aga Khan, accompanied by the Head of the Aga Khan Academy Mombasa, Ms. Alison Hampshire, wave goodbye to students and parents after their visit to the Academy on March 4, 2020 where they heard about the school’s initiatives to integrate knowledge on the environment and climate into the curriculum as well as about student projects focusing on finding solutions to the challenge of environmental degradation and climate change. Photo: AKDN / Rahim Kara.

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2020: Prince Rahim Aga Khan on AKDN as a Founding Partner for The Earthshot Prize

“It is our collective responsibility to be good stewards of the planet. At this critical moment, we must all nurture and invest in solutions that can repair our planet before it is too late.”  Prince Rahim Aga Khan

The Aga Khan Development Network partnered with Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, to launch the Earthshot Prize, which aims to incentivise environmental change while helping repair the planet over the next 10 years. The five Earthshots unv­ei­led on October 9, 2020 were: protect and restore nature; clean our air; revive our oceans; build a waste-free world; and fix our climate.

Prince Rahim, chair of AKDN’s Environment and Climate Committee, said: “The Aga Khan Deve­lopment Net­work is proud to be a Founding Partner of the Earthshot Prize. It is our collective responsibility to be good stewards of the planet. At this critical moment, we must all nurture and invest in solutions that can repair our planet before it is too late.

“The AKDN has been working for over a century in Asia and Africa to improve quality of life — through education and healthcare, livelihoods and infrastructure, and long-term institutions of civil society. The decades of progress now hang in the balance: environmental degradation and climate change will wipe out these gains entirely unless we act now with urgency and conviction.

“To do its part, AKDN has a net-zero carbon target for its own operations and will mobilise its agencies to mitigate the effects of climate change and help vulnerable communities to adapt. We are excited to partner with the Earthshot Prize which, over the next decade, will identify fifty solutions with the potential to keep our planet habitable. Working together, we can and must help ensure a future for life on Earth.”

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Prince Rahim Aga Khan on Green House Emissions

After His Highness the Aga Khan and Prince Rahim Aga Khan provided guidance to all AKDN agencies to reduce their carbon footprint, we redoubled our efforts in trying to reduce it.  It is surprising how much carbon is produced by the healthcare delivery systems and how much can be reduced. — Gijs Walraven, AKDN Director for Health, in interview with AKDN 

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AKAH’s technical experts conduct hazard vulnerability and risk assessments using satellite data and geographic information system technologies together with participatory on-site assessments to help communities understand, map and plan for the risks they face. Photo: AKAH.

In Gilgit, a mountain town situated in a valley of the Karakorum Range in Northern Pakistan, the Aga Khan Agency for Habitat (AKAH) is working with the First Microfinance Bank Pakistan (FMFB-P) to build a green building to house the bank’s new Regional Headquarters. The building will benefit from a range of passive design measures, which take advantage of local climate conditions to reduce the amount of energy required to maintain a comfortable environment indoors. 

Reflecting on AKDN’s aspiration to become a leader in GHG management and reduction in the development sector, Prince Rahim Aga Khan stressed that “Environment and climate is a core strategic priority for AKDN. While each of the AKDN agencies and institutions have their own mandates, they all have a crucial role to play in helping to protect the environment and mitigate climate change. It is critical that every AKDN agency and institution measure and report its GHG emissions, as this is the necessary first step in lowering those emissions.”

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2020: PRINCE RAHIM AGA KHAN RESPONDS TO Award GIVEN TO Aga Khan Agency for Habitat’s work in Pakistan

AKAH’s technical experts conduct hazard vulnerability and risk assessments using satellite data and geographic information system technologies together with participatory on-site assessments to help communities understand, map and plan for the risks they face. Photo: AKAH.

The Aga Khan Agency for Habitat (AKAH) won the World Habitat Awards 2020 Gold Award on December 3, 2020, for its “Integrating Indigenous Knowledge and Technology for Safer Habitat” project.  

In the winning project, AKAH pioneered the use of Hazard Vulnerability and Risk Assessments (HVRAs), which integrate science, technology and local knowledge for disaster risk management and sustainable habitat planning and development.

Reflecting the importance of this work, Prince Rahim Aga Khan, Chair of AKDN’s Environment and Climate Committee, said: “For decades the AKDN has been working with vulnerable communities to improve quality of life and reduce disaster risk. Today in the face of the climate crisis, understanding and mitigating these risks is even more urgent. Only by helping these communities adapt and thrive in harmony with their often-precarious habitat can we hope to mitigate the effects of climate change.”

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2021: Prince Rahim Aga Khan at Virtual Events

MAY 22, 2021: GLOBAL CONVOCATION OF AGA KHAN UNIVERSITY

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Mawlana Hazar Imam, His Highness the Aga Khan, and members of his family pose for a group photograph on the occasion of the Aga Khan University’s first ever global convocation, hosted on May 22, 2021. Standing from left to right: Princess Zahra, Prince Ali Muhammad, Prince Hussain, Prince Rahim and Prince Amyn Mohamed. Photo: IPL/CÉCILE GENEST.

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JUNE 19, 2021: FIRST CONVOCATION OF THE UNIVERSITY OF CENTRAL ASIA

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Mawlana Hazar Imam, His Highness the Aga Khan, with members of his family — Princess Zahra, Prince Hussain, Prince Amyn Mohamed and Prince Rahim — in a group photograph on the occasion of the University of Central Asia’s inaugural convocation, hosted on June 19, 2021. Photo: AKDN/Thomas Wibaux

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July 13, 2021: Mawlana Hazar Imam and Prince Rahim Meet French Prime Minister Jean Castex – Tweet and photos

Translation (via Twitter): Happy to welcome His Highness the Aga Khan to Matignon for an exchange on major international issues, the situation of Islam in France but also to bring our common projects to fruition.

Note(s): Jean Castex has been the Prime Minister of France since July 2020. He welcomed Mawlana Hazar Imam and Prince Rahim at his official residence, the Hôtel de Matignon, which is located in the 7th district of Paris.

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The following photographs are reproduced from The.Ismaili, the official website of the Ismaili community.

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Mawlana Hazar Imam, His Highness the Aga khan, and his son Prince Rahim, arrive at the Hotel de Matignon, the official residence of the Prime Minister of France on July 13, 2021. Photo: AKDN/Cécile Genest
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Mawlana Hazar Imam, His Highness the Aga Khan, meets with French Prime Minister Jean Castex on July 13 2021. Photo: AKDN/Cécile Genest
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Prime Minister Jean Castex bids farewell to Prince Rahim Aga Khan after their meeting in Paris on July 13 2021. Photo: AKDN/Cécile Genest

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october 12, 2021: HAPPY 50TH BIRTHDAY TO PRINCE RAHIM AGA KHAN

Tree #50 at Aga Khan Park Toronto in full bloom with magnolias on April 7, 2021. Photo: Malik Merchant/Simergphotos.
Tree #50 at Aga Khan Park, Toronto, in full bloom with magnolias on April 7, 2021. Photo: Malik Merchant/Simergphotos.
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Aga Khan Park, Toronto – Magnolia Tree #50 (April 7, 2021), Beautiful red bush with Ismaili Headquarters Jamatkhana Dome in view (October 11, 2021), and looking at Jamatkhana dome through Tree #50 (0ctober 11, 2021). Photo: Malik Merchant/Simergphotos/Barakah.

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The following are news events related to Prince Rahim Aga Khan after his 50th birthday.

October 14, 2021: Prince Rahim Aga Khan attends Tajikistan Cultural Event at UNESCO in Paris

As part of his official three-day visit to France, the President of Tajikistan, Emomali Rahmon, and his French counterpart Emmanuel Macron attended the official opening ceremony of an exhibition called Tajikistan – the Land of Golden Rivers, at the Guimet Museum in Paris on October 13, 2021. The museum is well known for having one of the largest collections abroad of Asian art. The exhibition includes a display of 300 objects from the antiquity of the Tajik people to the present day.

On Thursday October 14, the President attended an event dedicated to the Cultural Day of Tajikistan at the UNESCO Headquarters to mark Tajikistan’s 30th anniversary of independence. Prince Rahim Aga Khan was present at the cultural celebration along with UNESCO’s Director-General Ms Audrey Azoulay.

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Prince Rahim Aga Khan and President Emomali Rahmon at the celebration to mark the 30th anniversary of Tajikistan’s independence at UNESCO’s headquarters in Paris.
Prince Rahim Aga Khan and President Emomali Rahmon at the celebration to mark the 30th anniversary of Tajikistan’s independence at UNESCO’s headquarters in Paris on October 14, 2021. Photo: AKDN/Cecile Genest.

Prince Rahim conveyed Mawlana Hazar Imam His Highness the Aga Khan’s warmest greetings and congratulations, and affirmed the Aga Khan Development Network’s commitment to Tajikistan’s peace and prosperity. AKDN’s investments in Tajikistan span the economic, humanitarian, social, and cultural sectors, helping to improve the quality of life of all Tajik peoples.

Prince Rahim Aga Khan at a cultural celebration to mark the 30th anniversary of Tajikistan’s independence at UNESCO’s headquarters in Paris.
Prince Rahim Aga Khan at a cultural celebration to mark the 30th anniversary of Tajikistan’s independence at UNESCO’s headquarters in Paris on October 14, 2021. Photo: AKDN/Cecile Genest

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December 25, 2021: Prince Rahim Aga Khan Meets With President Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa of Portugal

Prince Rahim in conversation with President Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa in Lisbon. PHOTO: AKDN / RUI OCHOA
Prince Rahim Aga Khan in conversation with President Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa at the Presidential Palace in Lisbon on December 25, 2021. Photo: AKDN/Rui Ochoa

The Ismaili, the official website of the Ismaili community recently reported that Prince Rahim Aga Khan, older son of Mawlana Hazar Imam, His Highness the Aga Khan, met with His Excellency Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa, President of Portugal, on December 25, 2021 at the Presidential Palace. At the meeting, Prince Rahim conveyed to the President and the people of Portugal Season’s Greetings and best wishes for the new year.

2021: The Personal Standard of Mawlana Hazar Imam, His Highness the Aga Khan, bearing the crest of the Imam, flies on top of the Diwan of the Ismaili Imamat in Lisbon, Portugal. Photo: © Simerg.
On July 11, 2018, Mawlana Hazar Imam, His Highness the Aga Khan, ordained the instrument to designate the Henrique de Mendonça Palace, pictured above, as the Seat of the Ismaili Imamat to be known as the Diwan of the Ismaili Imamat. The Personal Standard of Mawlana Hazar Imam, His Highness the Aga Khan, bearing the crest of the Imam, flies on top of the Diwan. The presence of the Seat of the Ismaili Imamat or the Diwan in Portugal acknowledges the strong relationship between the Ismaili Imamat and Portugal. Photo: © Simerg.

The President and Prince Rahim acknowledged the strong relationship between the Ismaili Imamat and Portugal, and spoke about the presence and activities of the Aga Khan Development Network (AKDN) in Portugal, Portuguese-speaking countries, and globally. 

Prince Rahim Aga Khan, President Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa, and Nazim Ahmad, Diplomatic Representative of the Ismaili Imamat to Portugal. Photo: AKDN/Rui Ochoa
Prince Rahim Aga Khan, President Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa, and Nazim Ahmad, Diplomatic Representative of the Ismaili Imamat to Portugal pictured at the Presidential Palace in Lisbon on December 25, 2021. Photo: AKDN/Rui Ochoa

They also took the opportunity to discuss other matters of mutual interest, such as those related to international affairs and regions where the Ismaili Imamat and AKDN have a strong presence, including Central and South Asia, East Africa, and the Middle East.

At the conclusion of the meeting, President Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa thanked Prince Rahim for the courtesy visit, and requested that he convey to Mawlana Hazar Imam his warmest greetings and best wishes.

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February 09, 2022: Prince Rahim Aga Khan Meets with UN Secretary General Mr António Guterres

Prince Rahim and United Nations Secretary General Mr António Guterres in New York on 9 February 2022. PHOTO: ESKINDER DEBEBE
Prince Rahim Aga Khan and United Nations Secretary General (UNSG) Mr António Guterres in New York on February 9, 2022. The Prince conveyed special greetings from Mawlana Hazar Imam, His Highness the Aga Khan, which the Secretary General warmly reciprocated. During the meeting, Mr Guterres and Prince Rahim spoke about the longstanding partnership between the Aga Khan Development Network (AKDN) and the United Nations, and discussed ways in which to enhance collaboration between the agencies of the two institutions to improve the quality of life of marginalised communities in particular, in Asia and Africa. Recognising also the historical relationship between the UN and the Ismaili Imamat, the Secretary General and Prince Rahim agreed on the importance of regular consultation to strengthen collaboration and achieve mutual objectives. The Secretary-General expressed his appreciation for the work of the AKDN which he said was a symbol of tolerance and solidarity. Photo: UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe via The Ismaili.

Note: The meeting between the United Nations Secretary General and Prince Rahim had been officially announced in the Secretary General’s daily schedule for February 9, 2022. The following statement was issued on the website of the UNSG following the meeting:

“Earlier today [February 9, 2022], the Secretary-General received Prince Rahim Aga Khan. The Secretary-General expressed his appreciation for the work of the Aga Khan Development Network which he said was a symbol of tolerance and solidarity. The two discussed a number of situations around the world as well as how to increase the cooperation between the UN and Aga Khan Development Network.” (Read UNSG statement at source).  

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March 14-16, 2022: Prince Rahim Aga Khan in Dubai

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Prince RahimAga Khan visited the newly opened Museum of the Future in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, on March 16, 2022. Photo: The Ismaili/IPL.

From March 14-16, 2022, Prince Rahim visited the United Arab Emirates (UAE) on the invitation of His Excellency Sheikh Nahayan Mabarak Al Nahayan, Member of the Cabinet and the Minister of Tolerance for the United Arab Emirates. During his visit , Prince Rahim toured the newly opened Museum of the Future and met with His Excellency Sheikh Nahayan Mabarak Al Nahayan at Expo 2020, Dubai. Prince Rahim’s meeting with Sheikh Nahayan enabled discussion of the importance of advancing appreciation of pluralism.. His Excellency, hosted a lunch in his honour, following which Prince Rahim toured several pavilions at Expo 2020 Dubai, including Vision and Alif Pavilions. The AKDN, working with Ministries of the United Arab Emirates and local and international civil society organisations, has coordinated numerous engagements at Expo 2020 Dubai, particularly in the areas of climate change and biodiversity, tolerance and inclusivity, culture, education, knowledge and learning.

Prince Rahim conveyed Mawlana Hazar Imam His Highness the Aga Khan’s warmest greetings, and congratulated the UAE on the success of Expo 2020. Prince Rahim also met with Her Excellency Reem al Hashimy, UAE Minister of State for International Cooperation and Director General, Expo 2020 Dubai; and Her Excellency Noura bint Mohammed Al Kaabi, Minister of Culture and Youth at the UAE Pavilion Majlis. During their meeting they spoke about the successful collaboration between Expo 2020 and Aga Khan Development Network agencies and discussed potential opportunities for partnership beyond Expo 2020, primarily in the fields of education and culture.

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Prince Rahim Aga Khan in conversation with His Highness Sheikh Maktoum bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum. Barakah, dedicated to the Aga Khan
Prince Rahim Aga Khan in conversation with His Highness Sheikh Maktoum bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Deputy Ruler of Dubai, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Finance, at the Leadership Pavilion. Photo: AKDN/Rafiq Hakim.
Prince Rahim Aga Khan at Dubai Expo 2020
(From left to right) Sultan Ali Allana, Director of Economic Development, Prince Rahim Aga Khan, Her Excellency Noura bint Mohammed Al Kaabi, UAE Minister of Culture and Her Excellency Reem Al Hashimy, Minister of State for International Cooperation and Director-General of the Expo 2020 Dubai Bureau, in discussions at the UAE Pavilion. Photo: AKDN/Rafiq Hakim

During the visit, Prince Rahim also had discussions with His Highness Sheikh Maktoum bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Deputy Ruler of Dubai, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Finance, about areas where the Aga Khan Development Network (AKDN) and the UAE can work together to improve the quality of life of the world’s most vulnerable populations. Prince Rahim conveyed to His Highness the greetings and appreciation of Mawlana Hazar Imam for their personal friendship and the strong support extended to the AKDN and the Ismaili Muslim community, which has a long-established settlement in the UAE.

These sentiments were warmly reciprocated by His Highness Sheikh Maktoum bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, who expressed his gratitude for the work of the AKDN and the Ismaili Muslim community. He acknowledged contributions to Dubai’s cultural life and intellectual pursuits enabled by the Ismaili Centre in Dubai.  He also conveyed his regard for the AKDN’s initiatives in numerous fields of international development, including the heritage of Muslim societies, regeneration projects in historic settings in the Islamic world, education, community development and the environment.

Prince Rahim commended the UAE’s humanitarian efforts and the Government’s successes in addressing the COVID-19 pandemic. He also congratulated Dubai’s leadership for its dedication and commitment to welcoming an exchange of ideas and knowledge from around the world.

The AKDN, working with Ministries of the United Arab Emirates and local and international civil society organisations, has coordinated numerous engagements at Expo 2020 Dubai, particularly in the areas of climate change and biodiversity, tolerance and inclusivity, culture, education, knowledge and learning.

Prince Rahim also toured the recently opened Museum of the Future, where he met with Abdulaziz AlJaziri, Deputy CEO and Chief Operations Officer of the Dubai Future Foundation and Majed Al Mansoori, Deputy Executive Director of the Museum. He praised the Museum’s work to bring together innovators, scientists and prominent figures from leading fields to share their vision of crafting a sustainable, inclusive future.

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Prince Rahim Aga Khan meets with leaders and volunteers of the Jamat during his visit to the Ismaili Centre in Dubai. Photo: The Ismaili/IPL

Prior to his departure, Prince Rahim met with volunteers from the Ismaili Muslim community at the Ismaili Centre Dubai.

The delegation accompanying Prince Rahim during the visit to Dubai comprised of Sultan Ali Allana, Director of Economic Development; Jane Piacentini-Moore, Senior Official, International Financial Affairs; Nazim Ahmad, Senior Official and Diplomatic Representative; and Aziz Merchant, President of the Ismaili Community in the UAE.

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March 17-19, 2022: Prince Rahim Aga Khan in Mozambique

Day 3: March 19, 2022

Prince Rahim Aga Khan in Mozambique, inaugration of Aga Khan Academy by Presidents of Portugal and Mozambique
Mozambique’s President Filipe Nyusi and Portugal’s President Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa unveil the inaugural plaque of the Aga Khan Academy Maputo, as Prince Rahim looks on. Photo: Akbar Hakim/IPL

At a special event held in Maputo on Saturday March 19, 2022, the Aga Khan Academy Maputo was inaugurated by Filipe Nyusi, President of Mozambique, and Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa, President of Portugal, in the presence of Prince Rahim Aga Khan. Hosted at the school’s newly opened Commons building, the inauguration was attended by students and staff of the school; government and state officials; representatives of faith communities, businesses, and civil society; and leaders of the Jamat and the Aga Khan Development Network (AKDN).

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Prince Rahim Aga Khan in Mozambique for the inauguration of the Aga Khan Academy by the Presidents of Portgal and Mozambique
Mozambique’s President Filipe Nyusi signs the guestbook at the Aga Khan Academy, as Prince Rahim and Portugal’s President Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa look on. Photo: Akbar Hakim/IPL

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The Portuguese newspaper Obsevador in its report noted that the Presidents of both Mozambique and Portugal applauded the partnership that the two countries maintain with the Ismaili Muslim community. According to the paper, the Portuguese President, Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa, praised “the vision of His Highness Aga Khan”, and his message of humanism and fraternity. The President said that “there are millions of children and young people around the world who cannot attend an academy like this. [And that] they have to be the best to respond to this opportunity that others don’t have. And then, the best to build Mozambique, a Mozambique open to all religions, to those who have no religion, to all opinions, to all dreams, to all projects for the future. That is your duty”, he told the students of the Academy.

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Aga Khan Academy Maputo inaugurated in the presence of Prince Rahim Aga Khan by the Presidents of Mozambique and Portugal, Barakah
In 2000, His Highness the Aga Khan initiated the establishment of the Aga Khan Academies. Maputo is the third campus, after Mombasa, Kenya (2003) and Hyderabad, India (2011), with the Academy in Dhaka, Bangladesh opening later in 2022. Maputo’s Academy comprises 336 students, who represent 23 nationalities from across Africa, Europe, the Middle East, and North and South America. Photo: AKDN.
Aga Khan Academy Maputo inaugurated in the presence of Prince Rahim Aga Khan by the Presidents of Mozambique and Portugal, Barakah
The Academy’s 22-hectare site was kindly donated by the Mozambican government and was designed by leading architects. The Academy offers students an inspirational learning environment, and residential and sports facilities for students aged 3 to 18. All students are encouraged to become intellectually curious, globally-minded citizens of the world with strong ethical values to complement their academic ability. The school’s buildings and grounds are purpose-built to provide world-class facilities for students and staff­. These include classrooms with state-of-the-art technology, well-equipped libraries, extensive sports facilities, and spaces for arts, music, and performance .Photo: AKDN/Tammy Goldswain

President Filipe Nyusi commended the presence of an Aga Khan Academy in Maputo, along with other ongoing AKDN initiatives in the country. “We have been following the positive impact of various socio-economic projects undertaken by the Aga Khan Development Network, which greatly contribute to the progress of Mozambique, in line with our country’s own development programme,” he said.

According to Obsevador, President Nyusi suggested that AKDN should invest in a hospital, in order to fill the gaps in health in the country. “Even if it’s only a third of this school”, said the head of state in his remarks.

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Prince Rahim Aga Khan visits Mozambique for the inauguration of the Aga Khan Academy. He is welcoming Former President of Mozambique Joaquim Chissano
Former President of Mozambique Joaquim Chissano is welcomed to the inauguration ceremony of the Aga Khan Academy by Prince Rahim Aga Khan. Photo: Akbar/ Hakim/IPL
Prince Rahim Aga Khan visits Mozambique for inauguration of the Aga Khan Academy
Prince Rahim Aga Khan addresses guests gathered for the inauguration of the Aga Khan Academy Maputo on March 19, 2022. Photo: Akbar Hakim/IPL

In his remarks, Prince Rahim spoke of the vision of the Academy and the Aga Khan Curricular Strands which make the school unique.

“As a centre of excellence,” he said, “this Academy will equip its students with the tools needed to be competitive and to thrive, as they go on to their universities and then enter the arena of adult life. And it will teach them to push themselves to be the best they can possibly be.”

The Aga Khan Academies aim to develop future leaders with the skills and knowledge to support positive development in their societies. To achieve this, they recruit exceptional young people from all backgrounds regardless of socio-economic means, and provide them with the highest international standard of education. 

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Prince Rahim Aga Khan addresses guests gathered for the inauguration of the Aga Khan Academy Maputo on March 19, 2022, with the flags of Portugal, Mozambique (centre) and the Ismaili Imamat behind him. Photo: Akbar Hakim/IPL
Prince Rahim Aga Khan in Mozambique for inauguration of Aga Khan Academy
Prince Rahim, Portugal’s President Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa, and Mozambique’s President Filipe Nyusi join students, staff and other guests for photographs at the inauguration of the Aga Khan Academy Maputo. Photo: Akbar Hakim/IPL

“The wide geographic spread of the Academies is by design,” said Prince Rahim, “to allow students and staff to seamlessly travel to Academies in other countries, see different cultures, and build an appreciation and a love for them.”

Prince Rahim joined President Nyusi and President Rebelo de Sousa as they unveiled the inaugural plaque before taking a tour of the Academy campus.

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Special Photo Album of the Inauguration of the Aga Khan Academy from the Presidency of Portugal

Inauguration of the Aga Khan Academy in Maputo, March 19, 2022. Photo: © Miguel Figuerido Lopes/Presidency of Portugal
Inauguration of the Aga Khan Academy in Maputo, March 19, 2022. Photo: © Miguel Figuerido Lopes/Presidency of Portugal
Inauguration of the Aga Khan Academy in Maputo, March 19, 2022. Photo: © Miguel Figuerido Lopes/Presidency of Portugal
Inauguration of the Aga Khan Academy in Maputo, March 19, 2022. Photo: © Miguel Figuerido Lopes/Presidency of Portugal
Inauguration of the Aga Khan Academy in Maputo, March 19, 2022. Photo: © Miguel Figuerido Lopes/Presidency of Portugal
Inauguration of the Aga Khan Academy in Maputo, March 19, 2022. Photo: © Miguel Figuerido Lopes/Presidency of Portugal
Inauguration of the Aga Khan Academy in Maputo, March 19, 2022. Photo: © Miguel Figuerido Lopes/Presidency of Portugal
Inauguration of the Aga Khan Academy in Maputo, March 19, 2022. Photo: © Miguel Figuerido Lopes/Presidency of Portugal

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Day 2: March 18, 2022

This section covers via text and/or photos brief summaries of Prince Rahim’s visit to (1) the Maputo Jamatkhana and (2) the Aga Khan Academy ahead of its inauguration on Saturday, March 19, 2022.

Prince Rahim is greeted by Bait-ul Ilm students upon arrival to Maputo Jamatkhana on 18 March 2022, Barakah Aga Khan
Prince Rahim Aga Khan is greeted by Bait-ul Ilm students upon arrival to Maputo Jamatkhana on March 18, 2022. Photo: Akbar Hakim/IPL
Prince Rahim Aga Khan surveys an art piece prepared by Bait-ul Ilm students during a tour of the religious education centre at Maputo Jamatkhana, Barakah Textual and Visual expressions, Malik Merchant
Prince Rahim Aga Khan surveys an art piece prepared by Bait-ul Ilm students during a tour of the religious education centre at Maputo Jamatkhana. Photo: Akbar Hakim/IPL

(1) Situated in the heart of Mozambique’s capital, along the Indian Ocean coast, Maputo Jamatkhana stands as a monument to the long history of the Ismaili community in southern Africa. Prince Rahim Aga Khan toured the building and grounds on March 18, 2022, the second day of his 3-day visit to Mozambique.

Prince Rahim was welcomed by Amin Rawjee, President of the Ismaili Council for Mozambique, as the Imamat flag stood raised atop the Jamatkhana. Prince Rahim met with leaders of the Ismaili community and toured the historic Jamatkhana’s spaces, gardens, and religious education classrooms.

Ismaili Jamatkhana in 1945 during Aga Khan III visit to Maputo (then Lourenço Marques) Mozambique, Barakah
The original Maputo Jamatkhana that was completed in 1941, and described by Mawlana Sultan Mahomed Shah, His Highness the Aga Khan (d. 1957) as one of the finest Jamatkhanas in Africa at the time of his visit to Mozambique in 1945. Maputo was then known as Lourenço Marques. Photo: Via (Late) Jehangir Merchant Family Collection.
Maputo Jamatkhana as it stands now. Prince Rahim Aga Khan visits the historic Jamatkhana.
The extension to the original Maputo Jamatkhana was inaugurated in 1968. The Jamatkhana has served as a central hub for the Jamat in Mozambique’s capital since opening in 1941. Photo: Akbar Hakim/IPL.

The Jamatkhana built in 1941 underwent significant extensions in the mid 1960’s. The extension was inaugurated in 1968 by the then Governor General, Dr Baltazar Rebelo de Sousa, father of the current President of Portugal, Professor Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa whose visit to Mozambique coincides with that of Prince Rahim.

Prince Rahim at Maputo Aga Khan Academy, Barakah.com, Malik Merchant
Prince Rahim Aga Khan spent time with students and staff at the Aga Khan Academy Maputo campus on March 18, 2022 ahead of the Academy’s inauguration on Saturday, March 19. Photo: Akbar Hakim/IPL

(2) Prince Rahim later visited the Aga Khan Academy Maputo ahead of its official inauguration on Saturday, March 19. He spent time with teachers and staff of the school and toured the Academy campus and facilities, including the state-of-the-art science building, sports hall, and newly completed commons building.

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Students at the Aga Khan Academy Maputo present an environmental project to Prince Rahim Aga Khan during his visit to the campus on March 18, 2022 ahead of its inauguration on Saturday, March 19. Photo: Akbar Hakim/ IPL

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Day 1: March 17, 2022

This section covers via text and/or photos brief summaries of Prince Rahim’s meetings with (1) the Ministry of Gender, Children and Social Welfare, (2) the President of Mozambique, and (3) President of the Assembly of the Republic of Mozambique as well as (4) being the chief guest at the state banquet honouring the visit by the President of Portugal.

Prince Rahim Aga Khan is welcomed to the Mozambique Ministry of Gender, Children, and Social Welfare by Minister Nyeleti Brooke Mondlane.
Prince Rahim Aga Khan is welcomed to the Mozambique Ministry of Gender, Children, and Social Welfare by Minister Nyeleti Brooke Mondlane. Photo: Akbar Hakim/ IPL

(1) Prince Rahim Aga Khan, eldest son of Mawlana Hazar Imam, His Highness the Aga Khan, arrived in Maputo on March 17, 2022 for a three-day visit to Mozambique. He had earlier visited Dubai from March 14-16, 2022 (see Dubai story below). Prince Rahim’s visit began at the Ministry of Gender, Children, and Social Welfare for a meeting with Minister Nyeleti Brooke Mondlane (see photo, above), who congratulated Prince Rahim on the inauguration of the Aga Khan Academy Maputo. She fondly recalled her childhood, when she and her siblings attended Aga Khan schools in neighbouring Tanzania.

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Prince Rahim Aga Khan is welcomed to the Presidential Palace in Maputo, by Filipe Nyusi, President of Mozambique. Photo: Akbar Hakim/IPL., Barakah, latest news on the Aga Khan
Prince Rahim Aga Khan is welcomed to the Presidential Palace in Maputo, by Filipe Nyusi, President of Mozambique. Photo: Akbar Hakim/IPL.

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Watch News Report of Prince Rahim’s Meeting with President Nyusi aired on Televisão de Moçambique (TVM)

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(2) Prince Rahim also visited the Presidential Palace in Maputo, where he met with President Filipe Nyusi (see photo and video, above). Prince Rahim conveyed Mawlana Hazar Imam’s greetings and warm wishes to President Nyusi, and acknowledged the long-standing relationship between the Ismaili Imamat and Mozambique.

Milestone Aga Khan Development Network (AKDN) projects in Mozambique over the past two decades include the rehabilitation of the historic Polana Serena Hotel, one of Africa’s grandest hotels; a Coastal Rural Support Programme that supports entrepreneurship and skills development in the country’s poorest northern districts; and the Moztex garment factory, which employs and trains over 700 staff, more than 90 per cent of whom are women. AKDN’s projects in Mozambique have directly reached over half a million beneficiaries since 2001.

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Prince Rahim Aga Khan in conversation with Esperança Laurinda, President of the Assembly of the Republic of Mozambique, Barakah
Prince Rahim Aga Khan in conversation with Esperança Laurinda, President of the Assembly of the Republic of Mozambique on March 17, 2022. He was accompanied by Sultan Ali Allana (left), Director of Economic Development and Nazim Ahmad (2nd from left), Senior Official and Diplomatic Representative. Photo: Akbar Hakim/IPL
Prince Rahim Aga Khan signs a guest book at the Parliament building in Maputo, Mozambique. Barakah visual and textual expressions
Prince Rahim Aga Khan signs a guest book at the Parliament building in Maputo, Mozambique. Photo: Akbar Hakim/IPL

(3) Prince Rahim then travelled to the Parliament building to meet with Esperança Laurinda Bias, President of the Assembly of the Republic (see photos, above). The President thanked Prince Rahim for his visit to Mozambique and praised the work of AKDN in the country, especially in the Cabo Delgado province.

Mozambique's President Filipe Nyusi and his wife rise for the Mozambique national anthem, flanked by Prince Rahim Aga Khan and President Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa of Portugal at a state banquet honouring the visit by the Portuguese president, Barakah, Aga Khan textual and visual expressions
Mozambique’s President Filipe Nyusi and his wife rise for the Mozambique national anthem, flanked by Prince Rahim Aga Khan and President Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa of Portugal at a state banquet honouring the visit by the Portuguese president. Photo: Akbar Hakim/IPL
Prince Rahim Aga Khan at dinner in honour of the President of the Republic of Portugal offered by the President of the Republic of Mozambique, Filipe Nyusi, at the Ponta Vermelha Paalce in Maputo, March 17, 2022.
Prince Rahim Aga Khan at dinner in honour of the President of the Republic of Portugal, Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa, offered by the President of the Republic of Mozambique, Filipe Nyusi, at the Ponta Vermelha Palace in Maputo, March 17, 2022. Photo: © Miguel Figueiredo/Presidency of the Republic of Portugal.

(4) Prince Rahim was the Guest of Honour at a state banquet hosted by President Filipe Nyusi at the Presidential Palace Ponta Vermelha in honour of Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa, the President of Portugal, who is also visiting Mozambique (see photo, above). In their remarks at the banquet, both President Nyusi and President de Sousa paid tribute to Mawlana Hazar Imam and the efforts of the Aga Khan Development Network to improve quality of life in Mozambique and around the world.

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Date posted: October 11, 2021.
Last updated: March 23, 2022.

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  1. Dear Malik:

    Mashallah, an excellent article and very professionally posted! Wow, Just amazing! Thank you and may Mawlana Hazar Imam bless you in abundance for your skill and seva to him and the Jamat world wide.

    Mansoor Charania

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  2. What a beautiful present for Prince Rahim on his birthday. Excellent presentation.

    Thank you very much Malik for this. I salute you for your commitment and hard work.

    Dr Mohamed F Manji

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  3. Wish Prince Rahim a very happy 50th birthday. Prayers for your continuous everlasting support to the work of our beloved Hazar Imam’s institutions to serve Allah’s creation. May you have a happy, healthy, joyous long life. Aameen

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  4. A selection of greetings from the social media:

    Mohd Akbar Karamy: اللهم صلی علی محمد و آل محمد
    یاعلی یاعلی یاعلی یاعلی یاعلی یاعلی یاعلی یاعلی یاعلی یاعلی یاعلی یاعلی یاعلی مدد
    Happy birthday. Translation (from Urdu) – May Allah bless Muhammad and his family
    O Ali, O Ali, O Ali, O Ali, O Ali, O Ali, O Ali, O Ali, O Ali, O Ali, Help;
    Happy birthday
    Asmah Belamod: 🙏🙏🙏❤️
    Mohammad Lalani: Happy birthday 🎂
    Amin Jadavji: Happy Birthday Prince Rahim
    Anwar Boolani: Happy birthday to our beloved Prince Rahim Aga khan.
    Taj Kothari: Happy Birthday 🎁🎊🎉 Our Beloved Prince Rahim Aga Khan. Happiness and Sunshine in your Life !! Ameen.
    Neelam Rajabali: Happy Birthday 🎁🎈🎂
    Habiba Zulfi: Happy Birthday. Prince Rahim
    Karima Devshi: Happy Birthday Prince Rahim Aga Khan ❤️🎉🎈🎊🎁🎂
    Zahir Poonja: Happy Birthday PRINCE RAHIM
    Rukhsana Noorani: Happy birthday
    Amjad Rahim: Happy birthday Prince Rahim
    Razia Hussain: Happy Birthday 🎂🎁🎈🎋🎍🎊🎉🌷🍁🍀🌹🌸🌻🌼
    Begum Janmohamed: Happy birthday to Prince Rahim Aga Khan for his 50th 🎂🎂🎂🎂
    Shanaz Moloo: Happy Birthday Prince Rahim 🌹
    Shoukat Ali Rattani: Happy birthday to our Prince.
    Zinat Janmohamed: Happy 😃 Birthday 🎂 Prince Rahim
    Sul Assar: Happy birthday Prince Rahim.

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    • I met Prince Amyn in the Aga khan Hospital in Karachi. I was a volunteer in the medical library, in 1992.

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  5. Happy 50th birthday to our beloved Prince Rahim Aga Khan. Lakkho lakkho mumbarak.

    Thank you Prince Rahim for all you are doing for the upliftment of the global jamat and to the society at large. Thank you Prince Rahim for all your dedicated service. We all are proud of you and salute you for all your contributions.

    Thank you for your time in also assisting our beloved Hazar Imam. May you live a long healthy life. Ameen

    Also thanks to Malik for his contributions as always. Shukar.

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  6. What a wonderful tribute to mark Prince Rahim’s birthday!

    Once again Malik your dedication and commitment to enrich your readers is par excellence. There is so much detailed information in your narrative that I am sure an average Jamati member would not be aware of various sources used in your write up.

    You have given your readers a unique profile of our beloved Prince without having to go around and seek information on his contribution to development and improve the QOL of various communities in different parts of the world.

    Wishing Prince Rahim a very happy birthday and a long life filled with success and good health.

    Amin Merani
    Montréal

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  7. Many congratulation to Prince Rahim on his 50th birthday.

    This is an incredible photo tribute in which you have captured a historical account of important moments in Prince Rahim’s life and journey … inshallah this treasure will serve many into the future as will all your dedicated and honourable work.

    Great Work Malik!

    Shafin Valla

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  8. Magnificent presentation Malik. Mubarak. If it was not for your Seva we Jamat would have not been able to see all those beautiful photos and the tremendous work Prince Rahim is putting in the Jamat with such tremendous support and dedication of Princess Salwa. Shukhar. Please keep up your Seva. We are all fortunate to have you follow in your Dad and Mum’s footsteps. Mubarak.

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