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His Excellency David Johnston, Governor General of Canada delivers the opening keynote at the Smart Global Development conference held at the Delegation of the Ismaili Imamat in Ottawa. AKFC / Patrick Doyle

Canada’s Governor General opened a two-day conference at the Delegation of the Ismaili Imamat in Ottawa that aims to raise the profile of higher education on the global development agenda. Attendees from more than 20 countries and a dozen universities gathered to discuss how tertiary education can improve quality of life.

The 2016 ANZ Ismaili Sports Tournament drew to a close on 27 March. It was the largest Ismaili sports event ever held in the region.

Sydney, 28 March 2016 — After four days of sports competition and Jamati gatherings, the 2016 ANZ Ismaili Sports Tournament concluded on Sunday evening with a lively stage show and closing ceremony.

Father and son Bashir and Riaz Sumar of Sydney took gold and silver medals respectively in the 50 metre freestyle swimming event.

Sydney, 27 March 2016 — A father and son duo with a 40-year age difference raced for first in the 50m freestyle race on Sunday.

Winning athletes glowing following the medal ceremony at the Castle Hill Sports Centre.

Sydney, 26 March 2016 — Day three at the ANZ Ismaili Sports Tournament offered exciting sports action among younger athletes as well as senior members of the Jamat.

A pipe band leads the parade of athletes at the opening ceremony of the 2016 ANZ Ismaili Sports Tournament in Sydney. ANZ-IST2016

Sydney, 25 March 2016 — The 2016 ANZ Ismaili Sports Tournament was officially opened today in a ceremony that was both motivational and moving. The lighting of a cauldron with a torch, symbolised the start of the IST.

In Sydney, the next generation of Ismaili athletes are being prepared to represent the ANZ Jamat. Ismaili Council for ANZ

Sydney, 24 March 2016 — More than 1 000 athletes, spectators and volunteers from across Australia, New Zealand and Papua New Guinea are gathering for the 2016 ANZ Ismaili Sports Tournament (IST), which starts today and continues through Sunday.

The 2016 ANZ Ismaili Sports Tournament is taking place between 24 - 27 March in Sydney, Australia. ANZ-IST2016

Ismaili Muslims from Australia, New Zealand and Papua New Guinea are gathering in Sydney for the 2016 ANZ Ismaili Sports Tournament III (IST). Taking place between between 24 – 27 March, the sports event serves as a qualifier for the 2016 Jubilee Games in Dubai.

Mawlana Hazar Imam, together with leaders from the Nation Media Group, reviews the quality of the newspaper product produced by the new press. Aly Z. Ramji

Nairobi, 17 March 2016 — Mawlana Hazar Imam commissioned a state-of-the-art printing press for the Nation Media Group today, marking an important new milestone for the East African media house that he founded more than half a century ago. He also reaffirmed its critical role in what he described as a “post-fact society.”

Prince Amyn and Museum Director António Filipe Pimentel discuss Sequeira’s “Adoration of the Magi”. The Aga Khan Foundation is supporting the Museum's campaign to acquire the national treasure. José Caria

Lisbon, 17 March 2016 — Prince Amyn was at the National Museum of Ancient Art yesterday, to formalise a donation by the Aga Khan Foundation towards the museum’s acquisition of a national Portuguese cultural treasure. The contribution supports a campaign to acquire a painting by Domingos Sequeira, who is considered one of the best Portuguese artists of his time.

Mawlana Hazar Imam is escorted by Hon Ndung’u Gethenji upon his arrival in Nairobi, together with  AKDN Resident Representative Aziz Bhaloo, Ismaili Council President Nawaaz Gulam and Vice-President Shamira Dostmohamed. Aziz Islamshah

Nairobi, 16 March 2016 — Mawlana Hazar Imam arrived in Kenya yesterday evening for a visit during which he will inaugurate the Nation Media Group’s new state-of-the-art printing press.

Founded by Mawlana Hazar Imam in 1959, the Nation Media Group is the largest independent media house in East and Central Africa. Arthur Buliva

11 March 2016 — Mawlana Hazar Imam is due to visit Kenya next week for the opening of a new press for the Nation Media Group.

Mawlana Hazar Imam at the plenary session of the Africa 2016 Forum, with Egyptian Prime Minister Sherif Ismail seated to his left. AKDN / Zahur Ramji

Sharm el Sheikh, Egypt, 21 February 2016 — A new spirit of African confidence is drawing the continent together, allowing it to move forward with impressive progress, said Mawlana Hazar Imam today. He was speaking at the Africa 2016 Forum, which brought together African heads of state, government and business leaders to advance opportunities in regional investment and trade.

Horse breeding is a 250 year old tradition in Mawlana Hazar Imam's family; many of the horses "are old friends," says Princess Zahra. Ritsuko Naito

“Success breeds success” declares the well-known motto of Aga Khan Studs. Speaking in Mumbai at the end of January, Princess Zahra looked back on her family’s history with horses, and considered the future.

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon with AKDN Representative Dr Mahmoud Eboo, Global Centre for Pluralism Secretary-General John McNee, and Canadian Foreign Affairs Minister Stéphane Dion, at the Delegation of the Ismaili Imamat in Ottawa. AKDN / Safiq Devji

Ottawa, 11 February 2016 — United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon was the guest of honour at a private luncheon at the Delegation of the Ismaili Imamat today. The event underscored the importance of accommodating and valuing diversity around the world.

Mawlana Hazar Imam pledged to increase AKDN's Syria commitment to $200 million over the next four years.

London, 4 February 2016 — Deploring the devastation in war-ravaged Syria, Mawlana Hazar Imam called for the establishment of “islands of stability” to provide areas of relative safety in the midst of conflict. Hazar Imam pledged $200 million towards achieving peace, stability, and reconstruction in the country.

Top Ismaili athletes will compete between 22 - 29 July at the 2016 Jubilee Games in Dubai. GJG

10 January 2016 — National Ismaili Councils worldwide announced today that the 2016 Jubilee Games will be held between 22 – 29 July in Dubai.

The 2015 Gulf Games included competition in badminton, basketball, cricket, football, squash, swimming, table tennis, tennis, throwball, as well as international and traditional volleyball. Ismaili Council for the UAE

As the year drew to a close, Ismaili Muslim athletes from across the Gulf region came together in Dubai to take part in the 2015 Gulf Games. The event was a qualifier for the Jubilee Games — also set to take place in Dubai later this year.

Ismaili Council President Nawaaz Gulam and National Team Kenya Games Coordinator Reshma Khan light the torch symbolising the start of the Ismaili Games Kenya 2015. Ejaz Karmali

Nairobi, 18 December 2015 — A jubilant excitement was palpable as athletes, officials, volunteers, members and leaders of the Jamat convened at the Aga Khan Sports Club, Nairobi on a sunny Friday morning to officially open the Ismaili Games Kenya 2015.

Karishma Kassam performing during the Soko Moto dance competitition at Ismaili Games Kenya. Hussein Jiva

As music filled the air, Jamati members congregated around bonfires for warmth at Soko Moto — a mela-like concept that involved stalls such as bingo, darts, raffles as well as a senior's antakshri program, along with other activities such as bubble soccer and bouncing castles.

The 2015 Kenya Ismaili Games are taking place in Nairobi between 17 – 20 December. Ismaili Council for Keyna

The 2015 Kenya Ismaili Games are taking place in Nairobi between 17 – 20 December. Some 290 athletes and 2 000 spectators are expected to attend the Games with representation from Burundi, Rwanda, South Africa, and Kenya.