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Technopreneur Zaynah Bhanji, aged 15, spoke of the future potential of Artificial Intelligence (AI) to help improve quality of life in parts of the developing world.

The annual Ignite Summit, organised by the Aga Khan Economic Planning Board in Canada, was held in Calgary earlier this year. Each instalment of the conference is hosted for entrepreneurs to meet, discuss themes of relevance, and exchange ideas. Farkhunda Niazi — an attendee and conference participant — wrote the following article, recounting her experiences at Ignite.

Lion’s Head, Historic Syria, 9th–8th centuries BCE, Ivory, carved. With permission of the Royal Ontario Museum © ROM.

The large contemporary photographs that greet visitors at the entrance to Syria: A Living History, contrast sharply with the devastation wreaked by the country’s six-year civil war. Instead, the exhibition at the Aga Khan Museum in Toronto, which spans 5 000 years, celebrates the land and people of Syria — and offers hope.

Nick Boles, MP speaking at the Ismaili Centre, London on the United Kingdom's new National Living Wage initiative. Ismaili Council for the UK / Farhan Suchak and Sarfaraj Khorasi

London, 13 January, 2016 — Nick Boles MP, Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills, was at the Ismaili Centre in London to discuss the new National Living Wage and why it is good for business and the economy. The discussion addressed a number of aspects, including the policy's likely impact on businesses at large, and also certain sectors relevant to members of the UK Jamat.

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

Mawlana Hazar Imam speaks at the Supporting Syria and the Region Conference in London on 4 February 2016.

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.

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