Professor Patrick Pietroni and John Ballatt will talk about the need for compassionate action for the maintenance and improvement of physical and mental health at the Ismaili Centre, London. Courtesy of the Ismaili Council for the UK

Professor Patrick Pietroni, director of the Darwin International Institute for the Study of Compassion and his colleague John Ballatt discuss The role of compassion in improving physical and mental health at the Ismaili Centre, London on 7 July 2016.

Professor Patrick Pietroni speaking at the Ismaili Centre, London.

Professor Patrick Pietroni, director of the Darwin International Institute for the Study of Compassion and his colleague John Ballatt discuss The role of compassion in improving physical and mental health at the Ismaili Centre, London on 7 July 2016.

The Ismaili Community Ensemble perform during a MUSIC@ONE event held at the Ismaili Centre, London. Ismaili Council for the UK

Over the next several days, ordinary Londoners can step out of their busy work days and slip into the serenity of the Ismaili Centre, to be whisked away by the sounds of MUSIC @ONE — inspired by the Silk Road.

The Ismaili Community Ensemble perform during a MUSIC@ONE event held at the Ismaili Centre, London. Ismaili Council for the UK

Over the next several days, ordinary Londoners can step out of their busy work days and slip into the serenity of the Ismaili Centre, to be whisked away by the sounds of MUSIC@ONE — inspired by the Silk Road.

Shamsh Kassim-Lakha delivers a talk on how the University of Central Asia is creating opportunity in the region at the Ismaili Centre, London. Ismaili Council for the UK / Riaz Kassam

Shamsh Kassim-Lakha delivered a talk at the Ismaili Centre, London in which he emphasised the strategic importance of the Central Asian region in a globalised world. Titled Creating Opportunity on the Roof of the World, his talk on 20 May 2016 was part of AKF UK’s Breaking the Cycle of Poverty lecture series.

Women of diverse backgrounds exchange stories and ideas at the International Women’s Day event held at the Ismaili Centre, London.

International Women’s Day was marked at the Ismaili Centre, London with a discussion on Women and the future of Afghanistan that took place on Thursday, 3 March 2016.

 
Nurjehan Mawani and Meena Baktash in conversation at the International Women’s Day talk held at the Ismaili Centre, London. Ismaili Council for the UK / Jahanara Mirzai

International Women’s Day was marked at the Ismaili Centre, London with a discussion on Women and the future of Afghanistan that took place on Thursday, 3 March 2016. The event featured Nurjehan Mawani, AKDN Representative for Afghanistan; Shireen Rahmani, Director of HR at Roshan Telecom and Meena Baktash, Head of the BBC Afghan Service.

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.

Sheila Manji, Michael Kocher and Naguib Kheraj take questions from the audience at the Ismaili Centre, London. Ismaili Council for the UK / Inaara Somani

Michael Kocher, General Manager of the Aga Khan Foundation, and Sheila Manji, AKF Early Childhood Development specialist, spoke at the Ismaili Centre, London on 26 November 2015 about the Foundation’s role within the Aga Khan Development Network and its unique approach to poverty alleviation. The Foundation’s early childhood development work across the world was discussed, with particular focus on Tajikistan.

 
His Royal Highness Prince El Hassan bin Talal of Jordan.

His Royal Highness Prince El Hassan bin Talal of Jordan delivered an Ismaili Centre International Lecture on 2 November 2015 at the Ismaili Centre, London. An on-stage discussion with journalist Yasmin Alibhai-Brown followed the lecture, together with questions from the audience.

The late Baroness Margaret Thatcher, then Prime Minister, in discussion with Mawlana Hazar Imam during the opening of the Ismaili Centre. Ismaili Council for the UK

Thirty years ago, in the presence of Mawlana Hazar Imam and his family, Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher opened an Ismaili Centre in the heart of London. The first such high-profile centre to be conceived, it has over the past three decades facilitated new relationships and an improved understanding within British society of both the Shia Ismaili Muslim community and the wider Muslim ummah.

Mawlana Hazar Imam addresses the audience at the Opening Ceremony of the Ismaili Centre, London, as Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher and Ismaili Council President Anil Ishani look on.

The Ismaili Centre, London was opened on 24 April 1985 by Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher in the presence of Mawlana Hazar Imam. They were joined by government ministers, members of Parliament, diplomats and leaders of the Ismaili community from around the world.

Alasdair MacLeod, Head of Enterprise and Resources at the Royal Geographical Society, delivers a lecture on the history and significance of the Silk Road. Riaz Kassam

As part of the Nour Festival of Arts, Alasdair MacLeod, Head of Collections at the Royal Geographical Society, speaks on People and Places along the Silk Road: a geographical perspective at the Ismaili Centre, London in November 2014.

The London Uyghur Ensemble in performance at the Ismaili Centre, London as part of the 2014 Nour Festival. Sadrudin Verjee

Shining a light on contemporary Middle Eastern and North African arts and culture, the fifth annual Nour Festival of Arts took place at venues across the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea in October – November 2014. As a partner of the festival, the Ismaili Centre, London hosted a series of events that celebrated the cultural diversity of the Silk Road.

Share a Smile is an initiative of the Ismaili Muslim community in the United Kingdom to help those in need during the month of Ramadan.

London, 7 July 2014 – Over 5 000 parcels of food and provisions were packed at UK Jamatkhanas this Saturday to help some of the most vulnerable populations in London, Birmingham and Leicester. Local charities will distribute the packages under Share a Smile, an Ismaili community initiative to help those in need during the month of Ramadan.

On 27 March 2014, the Ismaili Centre, London hosted a panel discussion on the future of shale gas in the UK. Andrew Austin, the Rt Hon Edward Davey, MP and Professor Alan Riley formed the panel, which was moderated by Galib Virani.

London, 27 March 2014 – The Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, the CEO of an oil and gas exploration and production company and a Professor of Law at a London university took part in a panel discussion on the future of shale gas in the United Kingdom at the Ismaili Centre, London. The event was the latest in the Ismaili Centre Lecture series, which explores the “the big issues of our time.”

Disability Awareness Day at the Ismaili Centre, London attracted a large cross-section of the Jamat, who took part in workshops and activities to discuss disability and mental health sensitivities.

More than one billion people around the world live with disabilities – approximately 15 per cent of humanity – but they are excluded from full participation in mainstream society by physical, social, economic and attitudinal barriers. Disability Days and other initiatives organised by the UK Jamat, show that these barriers can be overcome.

In "The Harmony Project", musicians perform a medley of spiritual music combining the instruments as diverse as the sitar and the electro-acoustic guitar.

The Harmony Project premiered before audiences at the Ismaili Centre, London on 13 and 14 April 2013. Written, directed and performed by members of the United Kingdom Jamat, the theatrical production follows the story of a group of fictional characters from completely different backgrounds, brought together to create a show.

Professor Charles Correa addresses the audience at a gathering held at the Ismaili Centre, London in his honour.

At a special event held at the Ismaili Centre, Prince Amyn spoke in honour of the illustrious career of Professor Charles Correa, and acknowledged his long-standing partnership with the AKDN.

Professor Charles Correa addresses the audience at a gathering held at the Ismaili Centre, London in his honour.

London, 16 May 2013 – At a special event held at the Ismaili Centre, Prince Amyn spoke in honour of the illustrious career of Professor Charles Correa, and acknowledged his long-standing partnership with the AKDN. Professor Correa is widely recognised in the field of urban planning not only for creating significant designs, but also for addressing social challenges through the medium of architecture.