Invitation and Webcast: The Ismaili Centre Toronto presents Creating Opportunity on the Roof of the World, 22 November 2016

Date: 16 November 2016

Shamsh Kassim-Lakha
The Ismaili Centre Toronto, Canada and the University of Central Asia are pleased to invite you to a talk by Shamsh Kassim-Lakha, Chairman, Board of Trustees, University of Central Asia and, Diplomatic Representative, Aga Khan Development Network, the Kyrgyz Republic.

Tuesday 22 November 2016
The Ismaili Centre, 49 Wynford Drive
Toronto, ON
M3C 1K1
7.00 – 8.30pm: Lecture followed by moderated discussion

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The University of Central Asia (UCA) was founded in 2000 as a private, not for profit, secular university under an International Treaty signed by the Presidents of Tajikistan, the Kyrgyz Republic, Kazakhstan, and His Highness the Aga Khan; ratified by the respective parliaments, and registered with the United Nations. His Highness is the Chancellor and the Presidents are Patrons of the University.

UCA’s mission is to promote the social and economic development of Central Asia, particularly its mountain societies. UCA is comprised of the School of Professional and Continuing Education, which began operations in 2006 and has already trained 90,000 learners; the School of Arts and Sciences (undergraduate), whose first of three residential campuses was launched in Naryn, Kyrgyz Republic in September 2016; and the Graduate School of Development with three research institutes including the Mountain Societies Research Institute, the Institute of Public Policy and Administration and the Cultural Heritage and Humanities Unit.

Kassim-Lakha has led the planning, building and operation of UCA. Recently, His Highness, as Chancellor of UCA announced his appointment as Chairman of the University’s Board of Trustees. For almost three decades, Kassim-Lakha led the building and operation of the Aga Khan University, based at first in Pakistan and later extending into three continents. He was also Minister of Education, as well as of Science and Technology in Pakistan.

Kassim-Lakha will present how this visionary higher education institution is responding to some of the region’s pressing social and economic challenges through this innovative investment in developing Central Asia’s future leaders. 

The lecture will be followed by an open discussion and Q&A session led by Don Cayo, journalist formerly with Vancouver Sun with a continued interested in international development. 

Shamsh Kassim-Lakha
Chairman, Board of Trustees
University of Central Asia

Shamsh Kassim-Lakha is the Chairman of UCA's Board of Trustees and the Aga Khan Development Network’s Diplomatic Representative to the Kyrgyz Republic. He was the Founding President of the Aga Khan University, the first private university chartered in South Asia. He served in senior positions in the Pakistan government, including as Minister of Education as well as Science and Technology.

He is a Senior Distinguished Fellow at the Munk School of Global Affairs, University of Toronto. Kassim-Lakha is the Founding Chair of the Pakistan Centre for Philanthropy board which he has led for 15 years. In recognition of his academic and social work, Kassim-Lakha has received honorary degrees from McMaster University, Canada and Aga Khan University. His awards for distinguished service include the Sitara-e-Imtiaz and Hilal-e-Imtiaz from the President of Pakistan and Officer of the National Order of Merit from the President of France.
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