: Steering Committee
His Highness the Aga Khan, the founder and chairman of the Aga Khan Development Network, is the 49th hereditary Imam (Spiritual Leader) of the Shia Ismaili Muslims. In Islam’s ethical tradition, religious leaders not only interpret the faith but also have a responsibility to help improve the quality of life in their community and in the societies amongst which they live. For His Highness the Aga Khan, this has meant a deep engagement with development for over 50 years through the agencies of the AKDN.
Akram Ab Hamdan is a Jordanian architect, trained at the Architectural Association School of Architecture in London. Mr. Abu Hamdan directed an architectural research unit at Jordan’s Royal Scientific Society from 1979 to 1982, and was a lecturer and design tutor at the School of Architecture at the University of Jordan for eight years. In private practice in Amman, Mr. Abu Hamdan's works focused on architectural themes that support vibrant urban spaces.
Charles Correa is an Indian architect, planner, activist, and theoretician who studied architecture at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and the University of Michigan. He has taught and lectured at many universities, both in India and abroad, including MIT, Harvard University, the University of London, and Cambridge University, where he was Nehru Professor. Mr. Correa is known for the wide range of his architectural work in India and on urbanisation and low-cost shelter in the Third World, which he articulated in his 1985 publication, The New Landscape.
Abdou Filali-Ansary is a Moroccan social scientist, and Director of the Institute for the Study of Muslim Civilisations, Aga Khan University, London. Previously, he was Director of the King Abdul-Aziz Al Saud Foundation for Islamic Studies and Human Sciences in Casablanca. Mr. Filali-Ansary obtained a doctorate in philosophy from the University of Dijon, on the topic of “The Notion of Intuition in the Philosophy of Spinoza and Bergson”. He taught philosophy at the University of Rabat, and was then secretary general of the University of Mohamed V in Rabat.
Jacques Herzog is a Swiss architect and partner in "Herzog & de Meuron", the firm which received the 2001 Pritzker Architecture Prize. Trained in architecture at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH) in Zürich, Mr. Herzog opened his private practice with Pierre de Meuron in Basel during 1978.
Glenn Lowry is an art historian from the United States and Director of The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) in New York City. Among the major exhibitions that have taken place during Mr. Lowry's tenure at MoMA are Richard Serra Sculpture: Forty Years (2007), Manet and the Execution of Maximilian (2007), Edvard Munch: The Modern Life of the Soul (2006), Pioneering Modern Painting: Cézanne and Pissarro 1865-1885 (2005), Matisse Picasso (2003), Mies in Berlin (2001), and Jackson Pollock (1998-1999).
An architect and educator, Mohsen Mostafavi is Dean of the Harvard University Graduate School of Design and the Alexander and Victoria Wiley Professor of Design. He was formerly the Gale and Ira Drukier Dean of the College of Architecture, Art and Planning at Cornell University, prior to which he served as the Chairman of the Architectural Association School of Architecture in London.
Babar Khan Mumtaz is a Reader in Housing Studies at the University of London, and at the Development Planning Unit at the Bartlett School of the Built Environment, London. Originally from Pakistan, Mr. Mumtaz is a specialist in urban planning, housing, and development, and is committed to the improvement of living conditions in underprivileged societies. He has undertaken projects and led research throughout the world, including the Indian subcontinent, Central Asia, the Arab States, West Africa, and the Pacific rim.
Peter G. Rowe is the Raymond Garbe Professor of Architecture and Urban Design at Harvard University, where he also serves as Dean of the Graduate School of Design, a position he has held since 1992. Prior to joining the Harvard faculty in 1985, Rowe was Director of the School of Architecture at Rice University and a senior member of several research organisations, including the Rice Center and the Southwest Center for Urban Research.