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Dr. Ben Jawdat, Founder and CEO at Revterra, presenting on the topic “Clean Energy’s Dirty Secret,” at TEDxSugarLand.

On 26 October 2019, the Ismaili Jamatkhana and Center in Houston hosted TEDxSugarLand for the fourth consecutive year. In keeping with the general theme of celebrations across the greater Houston area this year, marking the 50th anniversary of the lunar landing, the theme of TEDxSugarLand 2019 was One Small Idea, One Giant Leap for Mankind.

Ismaili Council Leadership meeting with the Keynote Speaker Mayor Sylvester Turner. From left to right: President Al-Karim Alidina, Aga Khan Council for USA; Mayor Sylvester Turner, City of Houston; Vice President Celina Shariff, Aga Khan Council for USA; President Murad Ajani, Aga Khan Council SW USA.

An Eid Luncheon held at the Ismaili Jamatkhana and Center in Sugar Land, Texas began with a video highlighting the work of landscape architect Nelson Byrd Woltz at the Aga Khan Garden in Alberta, Canada. This firm has also been commissioned to design the landscape at the new Ismaili Center Houston.

Aga Khan Master Musicians, Homayoun Sakhi, Abbos Kosimov, and special guest, Nitin Mitta, performing at the concert.

A concert titled, The Art of the Afghan Rubab, took place in partnership with the Asia Society Texas Center, the Aga Khan Music Initiative and the Ismaili Council for the United States. The concert was held on October 11, and featured the Aga Khan Master Musicians, who create music inspired by their own deep roots in the cultures of the Middle East and Mediterranean Basin, South Asia, Central Asia, and China.

Mona Dossani, RN, teaching at AKHS, Dar es Salaam.

“ I have long felt the enhancement of the nursing profession to be absolutely critical to the improvement of healthcare in the developing world, and the Islamic world. The way forward was to professionalize, to institutionalize, and to dignify this great profession.” -Mawlana Hazar Imam, Archon Award Ceremony of Sigma Theta Tau International, Copenhagen, Denmark,  June 7, 2001

President of the Aga Khan Council for Southwestern United States Murad Ajani, engages with guests viewing the AKDN Ethics in Action exhibit.

The Houston branch is the third largest Consular Corps in the United States after Washington, DC and New York City. On Friday, June 7, 2019, the Ismaili Jamatkhana and Center hosted the inaugural Houston Consular Corps luncheon in Sugar Land, Texas. Over 90 countries were represented to engage in discussions on economic development by fostering foreign relations. Amongst the attendees were guest speakers Fort Bend County Judge KP George, Ambassador Juan B. Sosa, Consul General of Panama and Dean of the Consular Corps of Houston, and Jeffrey C. Wiley, President & CEO of the Fort Bend Economic Development Council.

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