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Scholarship Programme News (2010-2011)

Alumni Portraits - A New Feature
The Aga Khan Foundation is pleased to introduce a new feature of the scholarship website.  Each month we propose to present portraits of scholarship graduates in which they describe their lives and careers, achievements and aspirations. AKF is proud of its alumni and wishes to share their stories. A number of you have already answered our call for portraits, and we invite others who wish to participate to send their autobiographical sketches and photos to the AKF Scholarship Office so we can include you in the project. Alumni portraits can be found under the Spotlight section.

Scholarships links
In case you are looking for information about scholarships for your further studies, this list of scholarship links may be helpful.

The University of Central Asia (UCA) and the Cambridge Overseas Trust signed an agreement in June 2009 to provide two annual scholarships to enable graduate students from Central Asia to study at Cambridge University. The main aims of the agreement are to bring some of the best students from Central Asia to study at Cambridge and to assist in the development of the future faculty of the University of Central Asia.
For further information about UCA scholarship programmes, you can write to



ISP Alumni in Geneva

Zamila KarimiZamila Karimi (ISP 1980-82) is an architect and designer from Atlanta, Georgia. She and her husband, while on vacation in Europe in July, visited Geneva and had breakfast with Catherine Hieronymi, AKF Scholarship Consultant.  Zamila has a Bachelor’s degree in Architecture from the Southern California Institute of Architecture in Los Angeles and a Master in Fine Arts from the University of Georgia. She is currently a Visiting Professor of Architecture at Southern Polytechnic State University in Atlanta and one of the founders of the Connexion Gallery and Design Studio which holds exhibitions ranging from site specific installation art, paintings, photography, furniture design, sculpture and mixed media. One of Zamila’s own art pieces is “Memorial: paying homage to our heroes”, a site-specific mixed-media installation that uses the four elements of earth, water, fire and air in its different forms, and features a large scale video projection about the horrors of war to elicit an awareness of the fragility of life often ignored as we go about our daily lives.

Yaseen LadakYaseen Ladak (2007-2011), on a visit to research centres in Switzerland, stopped at the AKF office in Geneva to meet with Dr. John Tomaro, the Director of AKF’s Health Programmes, and Catherine Hieronymi, with whom he has been corresponding since starting his DPhil in Systems Biology at Oxford in 2007. Yaseen has an engineering degree from the University of Mumbai and several years of experience working in bio-informatics in Singapore and Malaysia. Coming to the end of his doctorate, he was keen to discuss job prospects with AKDN. Although he will obtain his degree from the University of Oxford, he is actually doing a joint degree with the University of Cambridge, where he is conducting research in the Department of Genetics and getting to live in the beautiful city of Cambridge.

Zevar SabzalievaZevar Sabzalieva (2004-05) is originally from Tajikistan and has a Master’s degree in International Education from the University of Sussex. After her MA graduation, she worked as a Senior English Instructor at the University of Central Asia in Khorog, got married in 2008 and moved to Canada with her husband the following year. She is a newly arrived resident of Geneva, since her husband has recently started working for the Aga Khan Foundation as a Programme Associate in the Rural Development. Zevar is slowly getting to know Geneva and improving her French, which she has not used since she finished university studies in Khorog. Welcome to Switzerland, Zevar!

Shazia RafiShazia Rafi (ISP 82-83)Shazia Rafi (ISP 82-83), the Secretary General of Parliamentarians for Global Action (PGA), which is based in New York, was visiting Geneva in November. Shazia has a BA degree from Bryn Mawr and pursued her Masters in Law and Diplomacy at the Fletcher School, Tufts University, on an AKF scholarship. Originally from Lahore, Pakistan, Shazia's personal and professional interests make her a font of knowledge about current events and conditions in south-western Asia. Among her many interests, she speaks with conviction about the need to improve the rights of women in her home country and the region. Shazia has been in her present post since 1996. She lives in New York and travels the world for her work. Parliamentarians for Global Action is a non-profit and non-partisan international network of over 1,300 elected legislators from 131 countries. Its aims are to promote peace, democracy, the rule of law, human rights, sustainable development and population issues, and it informs, convenes and mobilises parliamentarians to realize these goals.

One of the important recurring events of the PGA International Law and Human Rights Programme is the Consultative Assembly of Parliamentarians for the International Criminal Court, which was held in Tokyo in 2006, in Santo Domingo in 2008 and in Kampala in 2010. This was the largest global parliamentary gathering entirely devoted to international criminal justice and the fight against impunity. More about the work of PGA can be found on their website at AKF is proud of the work Shazia is doing and the position she has achieved.

AKF Welcomes the New 2010-11 ISP Scholars
The Aga Khan Foundation is pleased to announce the new recipients of its International Scholarship Programme for 2010-11. Thirty new scholars, who were selected for the award this year, will be studying at various top-quality universities in Canada, France, Russia, Switzerland, the UK and the USA.

Aga Khan Foundation scholarship recipients are selected on the basis of outstanding academic achievements and extracurricular activities, leadership ability, community involvement, work experience and financial need. The Foundation is proud to invest in these scholars and welcomes them to its scholars’ community.

Areeba AdeebAreeba Adeeb
MSc in Healthcare Management
University of Manchester, U.K.
Hometown: New Delhi, India

Alameer AhmadAlaa Alameer Ahmad
MSc in Signal and Image Processing
Grande Ecole Telecom-Bretagne, France
Hometown: Salamieh, Syria

Ahmad Fawad AkbariAhmad Fawad Akbari
MPH in International Public Health
University of Liverpool, U.K.
Hometown: Kabul, Afghanistan

Surayo AmidkhonovaSurayo Amidkhonova
Candidate of Medical Science in Pediatric Surgery
St. Petersburg Medical Academy of Postgraduate Studies, Russia
Hometown: Dushanbe, Tajikistan

Bozor DavlatmamadovBozor Davlatmamadov
Master of Business Administration
University of Birmingham, U.K.
Hometown: Khorog, Tajikistan

Colin HagansColin Hagans
MSc in Urban Planning Development
University College London, U.K.
Hometown: Dexter, Michigan, USA

Abdallah HaidarAbdallah Haidar
MSc in Hospital Management
University of Leeds, U.K.
Hometown: Damascus, Syria

Neesha HussainNeesha Hussain
MHS in Mental Health
Johns Hopkins University, USA
Hometown: Markham, Ontario, Canada

Waqas JawaidWaqas Jawaid
M.Arch in Architecture
Harvard University, USA
Hometown: Karachi, Pakistan

Nasreen JessaniNasreen Jessani
DrPh in International Health Systems
Johns Hopkins University, USA
Hometown: Nairobi, Kenya

Rangina JumakhonovaRangina  Jumakhonova
MSc in Poverty Reduction and Development Management
University of Birmingham, U.K.
Hometown: Dushanbe, Tajikistan

Saeed KarbinSaeed Karbin
PhD in Global Change and Soil Ecology
University of Zurich, Switzerland
Hometown: Mashhad, Iran

Shereen KassamShereen Kassam
MBA in Finance & Social Enterprise
University of Pennsylvania, USA
Hometown: Orlando, Florida, USA

Lakshmi KrishnanLakshmi Krishnan
MEM in Environmental Management
Yale University, USA
Hometown: Chennai, India

Farhana LakhaniFarhana Lakhani
MSc in Development Management
London School of Economics, U.K.
Hometown: Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Salima Moez MeheraliSalima Moez Meherali
PhD in Nursing
University of Alberta, Canada
Hometown: Karachi, Pakistan

Sabah MerchantSabah Merchant
MPhil in Social and Development Psychology
University of Cambridge, U.K.
Hometown: Mumbai, India

Manga MusaManga Musa
MSc in Environmental Engineering and Project Management
University of Leeds, U.K.
Hometown: Kampala, Uganda

Azizmo NiyozmamadovaAzizmo Niyozmamadova
Candidate of Medical Science in Family Medicine
Sechenov Medical Academy, Moscow, Russia
Hometown: Moscow, Russia

Anushka PaulAnushka Paul
Ed.M in Technology, Innovation and Education
Harvard University, USA
Hometown: Mumbai, India

Tareq RazzoukTareq  Razzouk
MSc in Building and Urban Design in Development
University College London, U.K.
Hometown: Salamieh, Syria

Sarboz SechoievSarboz Sechoiev
Speciality Training in Cardiology
Bakulev Scientific Center, Moscow, Russia
Hometown: Khorog, Tajikistan

Alyshah Abdul SultanAlyshah Abdul Sultan
PhD in Epidemiology and Public Health
University of Nottingham, U.K.
Hometown: Karachi, Pakistan

Khakika SurievaKhakika Surieva
MA in Early Years Education
Moscow Pedagogical State University, Russia
Hometown: Moscow, Russia

Falak Naz TajFalak Naz Taj
MSc in Development Management
London School of Economics, U.K.
Hometown: Chitral, Pakistan

Romin TamannaRomin Tamanna
Master of Laws (LL.M.)
University of Chicago, USA
Hometown: Dhaka, Bangladesh

Karim VadiwalaKarim Vadiwala
MSc in Prenatal Genetics and Fetal Medicine
University College London, U.K.
Hometown: Mumbai, India

Karim VadsariyaKarim Vadsariya
MS in Electrical Engineering
University of Southern California, USA
Hometown: Mumbai, India

Salma WadhwaniaSalma Wadhwania
MPH in International Public Health
University of Leeds, U.K.
Hometown: Mumbai, India

Soumar ZeinoSoumar Zeino
MSc in Engineering Business Management
University of Warwick, U.K.
Hometown: Aleppo, Syria

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