“Prince Hussain's engagement to Elizabeth has brought great joy to my family and to me,” Hazar Imam said in an announcement made to the global Jamat. “I am sure that my Jamat will share with me in this most happy news, as I rejoice myself.”
Prince Hussain was born on 10 April 1974, in Geneva, Switzerland. He received his secondary education at Deerfield Academy, Massachusetts, USA, and graduated from Williams College, Massachusetts, with a Bachelor of Arts degree. In 2004, he received a Master of International Affairs degree from Columbia’s School of International and Public Affairs. At Columbia, Prince Hussain’s main area of study was Economic and Political Development with a regional focus on the Middle East and North Africa.
Prince Hussain has since worked with the Aga Khan Development Network (AKDN), concentrating on cultural and environmental issues as well as Disaster Risk Reduction and Emergency Management by The Aga Khan Agency for Habitat. He is also founder of Focused On Nature, an organisation dedicated to the conservation and protection of threatened and endangered species, as well as habitat conservation efforts.
Elizabeth Hoag, who has adopted the name Fareen upon embracing Islam, holds a Master's degree in Mental Health Counselling, and has worked in private practice, specialising in issues of Obsessive Compulsive Disorder and Social Anxiety.
The couple are expected to marry in the spring of 2019 in a Muslim ceremony.