In Conversation: An Interview Series

In Conversation with Sultan Allana
In Conversation with Sultan Allana
16 May 2024

In an exclusive interview with The Ismaili TV, Sultan Allana, Director of the Aga Khan Fund for Economic Development (AKFED), shares the depth of AKFED's strategic vision and its practical implications for the lives of people in the developing world.

In Conversation with Professor Zayn Kassam
In Conversation with Professor Zayn Kassam
13 May 2024

In case you missed it last month, Professor Zayn Kassam, Director of The Institute of Ismaili Studies (IIS), joined us for an exclusive interview with The Ismaili TV. She talked about her journey in academia and offered her insights on the multifaceted role and mandate of the IIS.

The Living Sea - Natural Beauty was on display at the Ismaili Centre Toronto from 24 May to 4 June.
The Living Sea - Natural Beauty was on display at the Ismaili Centre Toronto from 24 May to 4 June.
In conversation with Prince Hussain for World Oceans Day
In conversation with Prince Hussain for World Oceans Day
7 June 2023

In celebration of World Oceans Day on 8 June, join us on The Ismaili TV for an exclusive interview with Prince Hussain, as he walks through his marine wildlife photography exhibition at the Ismaili Centre Toronto. Prince Hussain shares his profound love for the oceans, emphasising the urgent need for conservation and protection, and shares exclusive insights into the making of the exhibition. Watch the interview now on The Ismaili TV.

In an interview with The Ismaili TV, Gijs Walraven explains the evolution of the Aga Khan Health Services, beginning in South Asia and East Africa in the 1920s.
In an interview with The Ismaili TV, Gijs Walraven explains the evolution of the Aga Khan Health Services, beginning in South Asia and East Africa in the 1920s.
In Conversation with Dr Gijs Walraven, Director for Health at AKDN
In Conversation with Dr Gijs Walraven, Director for Health at AKDN
5 April 2023

In an exclusive interview with The Ismaili TV, Dr Gijs Walraven, AKDN’s Director for Health, recounts the history of the Aga Khan Health Services (AKHS) and explains how its principles are put into practice.

Stories of the homeland: Revitalising musical traditions
Stories of the homeland: Revitalising musical traditions
2 February 2023

Find out how the Aga Khan Music Programme and the Aga Khan Music Awards originated, in a new interview with Fairouz Nishanova, the latest in our In Conversation series. The interview was recorded for The Ismaili TV during the Aga Khan Music Awards held in Muscat, Oman, late last year. In this wide-ranging conversation, Fairouz recalls the inception and impact of AKDN's work to revitalise musical traditions in Central Asia and beyond. 

In an interview with The Ismaili TV, Onno Ruhl explains that the Aga Khan Agency for Habitat works on adaptation to climate change, right at the frontlines.
In an interview with The Ismaili TV, Onno Ruhl explains that the Aga Khan Agency for Habitat works on adaptation to climate change, right at the frontlines.
Enabling better lives at the frontlines of climate change
Enabling better lives at the frontlines of climate change
12 November 2022

To coincide with COP27, The Ismaili is pleased to present an exclusive interview with Onno Ruhl, General Manager of the Aga Khan Agency for Habitat. In the conversation, recorded especially for The Ismaili TV, Mr Ruhl describes the organisation’s work to protect vulnerable communities from the effects of climate change.

In an interview with The Ismaili TV, Luis Monreal explains that AKTC is a unique organisation, with its span of disciplines taking in architecture, music, education, heritage and more.
In an interview with The Ismaili TV, Luis Monreal explains that AKTC is a unique organisation, with its span of disciplines taking in architecture, music, education, heritage and more.
In Conversation with Luis Monreal, General Manager of the Aga Khan Trust for Culture
In Conversation with Luis Monreal, General Manager of the Aga Khan Trust for Culture
14 October 2022

In an exclusive interview for The Ismaili TV, Luis Monreal, General Manager of the Aga Khan Trust for Culture (AKTC), shares his perspective on culture’s potential to transform lives. This is the first in an exciting new series, entitled “In Conversation,” a collection of hosted interviews produced especially for The Ismaili TV. 

Resilience in spite of challenges: An interview with Amir Baig, President of the Ismaili Council for Afghanistan
Resilience in spite of challenges: An interview with Amir Baig, President of the Ismaili Council for Afghanistan
24 March 2022

Following recent political and economic instability in Afghanistan, The Ismaili conducted a special interview with Amir Baig, President of the Ismaili Council for Afghanistan, who explained the conditions facing the Jamat, and how Jamati and AKDN institutions are responding.

A close-up of Olga Prinku’s dried-flower wall in the exhibition.
A close-up of Olga Prinku’s dried-flower wall in the exhibition.
Interview with Esen Salma Kaya, curator at Aga Khan Centre Gallery
Interview with Esen Salma Kaya, curator at Aga Khan Centre Gallery
24 June 2021

Making Paradise: Exploring the Concept of Eden through Art and Islamic Garden Design is the latest exhibition at the Aga Khan Centre Gallery in London, UK. In this interview, its curator Esen Salma Kaya gives an insight into the multi-sensory show, the diverse artists involved, and planning it “from the heart.”

Innovation has often influenced the values of society while raising new questions around the ethics of technology.
Innovation has often influenced the values of society while raising new questions around the ethics of technology.
Interview with Rahim Hirji, technology consultant and country manager at Quizlet
Interview with Rahim Hirji, technology consultant and country manager at Quizlet
25 May 2021

In this insightful conversation with The Ismaili, Rahim Hirji details the ways in which technology is having a growing influence on our everyday lives, covering topics from artificial intelligence and robotics, to social media and education. Detailing some of the opportunities and risks this presents, Rahim suggests how we might prepare for an increasingly digital future.

A healthy varied diet can promote steady blood glucose levels, improve mood, help support immune function, and keep you energised.
A healthy varied diet can promote steady blood glucose levels, improve mood, help support immune function, and keep you energised.
Interview with Azmina Govindji, registered dietitian and consultant nutritionist
Interview with Azmina Govindji, registered dietitian and consultant nutritionist
27 April 2021

In this interview with The Ismaili, Azmina Govindji discusses nutrition and healthy eating for better physical and mental health, and shares advice on how to adjust lifestyle choices to enjoy a better quality of life.

Cancer is a critical health and human issue. By raising public understanding around cancer, we can reduce fear, dispel myths and misconceptions, and change behaviours and attitudes.
Cancer is a critical health and human issue. By raising public understanding around cancer, we can reduce fear, dispel myths and misconceptions, and change behaviours and attitudes.
Interview with Dr Shama Virani, Scientist at the World Health Organization
Interview with Dr Shama Virani, Scientist at the World Health Organization
3 February 2021

World Cancer Day takes place on 4 February every year, with an aim to save countless preventable deaths by raising awareness and sharing resources relating to cancer. On this day, we bring you an interview with Dr Shama Virani, a scientist with the World Health Organization, who discusses progress, prevention, and how we might take action against the negative effects of cancer.

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