In Conversation: An Interview Series

The Global Centre for Pluralism was created to advance positive responses to the challenge of living peacefully and productively together in diverse societies.
The Global Centre for Pluralism was created to advance positive responses to the challenge of living peacefully and productively together in diverse societies.
Interview with Meredith Preston McGhie, Secretary General of the Global Centre for Pluralism
Interview with Meredith Preston McGhie, Secretary General of the Global Centre for Pluralism
6 January 2020

Meredith Preston McGhie was appointed as the Global Centre for Pluralism’s Secretary General in October 2019, and presided over the recent Global Pluralism Awards, alongside Mawlana Hazar Imam. Here she explains the meaning of pluralism, and how the Centre is addressing today’s urgent global challenges.

The Ismaili Centre was opened in 2009 in the presence of Mawlana Hazar Imam, Princess Zahra, and Prince Rahim.
The Ismaili Centre was opened in 2009 in the presence of Mawlana Hazar Imam, Princess Zahra, and Prince Rahim.
Humility in built form: An interview with Ismaili Centre Dubai architects
Humility in built form: An interview with Ismaili Centre Dubai architects
30 December 2019

As part of the 10th anniversary celebrations of the Ismaili Centre, Dubai, architects Rami El Dahan and Soheir Farid visited the Centre earlier this year and looked back on the successes and challenges in designing a welcoming building of timeless elegance.

Experts in the fields of science, theology, law, and ethics are coming together to discuss the various implications of scientific advances.
Experts in the fields of science, theology, law, and ethics are coming together to discuss the various implications of scientific advances.
Interview with Professor El-Nasir Lalani, Director of the Centre for Regenerative Medicine at AKU
Interview with Professor El-Nasir Lalani, Director of the Centre for Regenerative Medicine at AKU
30 August 2019

The.Ismaili is pleased to publish an interview with Dr El-Nasir Lalani, Founding Director and Professor of Stem Cell Biology and Translational Medicine at the Aga Khan University’s Centre for Regenerative Medicine. Professor Lalani discusses the implications of scientific breakthroughs in a rapidly changing world, and the potential of stem cell research to better treat diseases in the future.

"Art is a universal language, which transcends cultural boundaries by telling a story about a particular time and place. It encourages us to search deeper within, and thus learn more about ourselves."
"Art is a universal language, which transcends cultural boundaries by telling a story about a particular time and place. It encourages us to search deeper within, and thus learn more about ourselves."
Interview with Jenny Datoo and Nabila Samji, Jubilee Arts Project Leads
Interview with Jenny Datoo and Nabila Samji, Jubilee Arts Project Leads
9 July 2019

To celebrate the one-year anniversary of the Jubilee Arts International Arts Festival, The.Ismaili is pleased to publish an interview with Jenny Datoo, Project Lead, and Nabila D. Samji, Deputy Project Lead. Jenny and Nabila look back and reflect on the journey of Jubilee Arts, from its conception, through to national events, the International Arts Festival, and the programme's continuing legacy.

"Addressing a global challenge such as climate change certainly needs a multiplicity of perspectives to develop appropriate solutions."
"Addressing a global challenge such as climate change certainly needs a multiplicity of perspectives to develop appropriate solutions."
Interview with Abyd Karmali, leader in climate change and sustainable finance
Interview with Abyd Karmali, leader in climate change and sustainable finance
23 June 2019

The.Ismaili is pleased to publish an interview with Abyd Karmali, OBE, Managing Director and Climate Financing Executive at a multinational financial institution, and Vice Chair of the Aga Khan Foundation (UK) National Committee. Abyd discusses his perspective on the interaction between humankind and nature, and the implications of climate change in today’s rapidly changing world.

"Civil society is where ordinary men and women, acting as individuals and communities, take the initiative to advance what matters most to them."
"Civil society is where ordinary men and women, acting as individuals and communities, take the initiative to advance what matters most to them."
Interview with Dr Amyn Sajoo, Scholar-in-Residence at Simon Fraser University
Interview with Dr Amyn Sajoo, Scholar-in-Residence at Simon Fraser University
23 May 2019

The.Ismaili is pleased to publish an interview with Dr Amyn Sajoo, a specialist in international human rights, civil society, and public ethics. As part of a series of interviews with key figures, Dr Sajoo discusses the notion of civil society, its history, significance, and potential to enrich democratic life around the world. 

Fairouz Nishanova joined AKDN in 2000 and has served as Director of the Aga Khan Music Initiative since 2005. In this capacity, she has overseen the creation of the Aga Khan Music Awards’ structure and the organisation of its inaugural ceremony.
Fairouz Nishanova joined AKDN in 2000 and has served as Director of the Aga Khan Music Initiative since 2005. In this capacity, she has overseen the creation of the Aga Khan Music Awards’ structure and the organisation of its inaugural ceremony.
Interview with Fairouz Nishanova, Director of the Aga Khan Music Initiative
Interview with Fairouz Nishanova, Director of the Aga Khan Music Initiative
28 March 2019

As part of a series of interviews, Fairouz Nishanova discusses the work of the Aga Khan Music Initiative (AKMI), and its positive impact in strengthening community, identity, and access to diverse forms of cultural expression. The.Ismaili is pleased to publish this interview ahead of the inaugural Aga Khan Music Awards to commence later today.

Interview with Dr Sharofat Mamadambarova, President of the Ismaili Council for Tajikistan
Interview with Dr Sharofat Mamadambarova, President of the Ismaili Council for Tajikistan
10 March 2019

As part of a new interview series, Dr Sharofat Mamadambarova discusses the recent opening of the Ismaili Jamatkhana and Centre, Khorog; its construction, design, and the role it will fulfil for the Jamat in Tajikistan in the years ahead. The.Ismaili is pleased to publish this interview on the 3-month anniversary of the Jamatkhana's opening.

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