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Steering Committee

2018-2019 Cycle : Steering Committee

His Highness the Aga Khan

His Highness the Aga Khan is the 49th hereditary Imam (spiritual leader) of the Shia Ismaili more

Prince Amyn Aga Khan

Prince Amyn Aga Khan is His Highness the Aga Khan’s younger brother and grandson of the late Sir Sultan Mohamed Shah Aga Khan. Prince Amyn spent his early childhood in East Africa and Cairo during the Second World War and then attended Le Rosey School in Switzerland at war’s end. He received his BA magna cum laude from Harvard University in 1960, and an MA in comparative literature, also from Harvard, in more

Ara Guzelimian

Ara Guzelimian is Provost and Dean of the Juilliard School in New York City. Prior to the Juilliard appointment, Mr. Guzelimian served as Senior Director and Artistic Advisor of Carnegie Hall (1998 to 2006), Artistic Administrator of the Aspen Music Festival and School (1993 to 1998), and Artistic Director of the Ojai Festival (1992 to 1997).read more

Jonathan Mills

Sir Jonathan Mills is an Australian-born composer and festival director. In the 1990s, he worked in the Architecture Faculty of the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology, leading courses in acoustic design. He is the composer of several award-winning operas and works for chamber ensemble and more

Joseph Melillo

Joseph V. Melillo served as executive producer at Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM) from 1999 to 2018, and is overseeing BAM’s 2019 winter/spring artistic season. During his three decades at BAM, Mread more

Zeyba Rahman

Zeyba Rahman is Senior Program Officer for the Building Bridges Program at the Doris Duke Foundation for Islamic Art, an extension of the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, whose mission is to improve the quality of people’s lives through the study, understanding, and appreciation of Islamic arts and more

Catarina Vaz Pinto

Catarina Vaz Pinto was elected Councillor for Culture, Lisbon Municipality, in 2009. Ms. Vaz Pinto’s previous engagements and experiences include independent consultancies in the fields of cultural policy development as well as culture and artistic education. Ms. Vaz Pinto was Executive Coordinator of the Creativity and Artistic Creation Programme at the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation from more

Luis Monreal

Luis Monreal is the General Manager of the Aga Khan Trust for Culture, Geneva (Switzerland). He is a conservation specialist, art historian and archaeologist. He has held positions in many institutions. He has been the Curator of Barcelona Museums (1965-1974) and Secretary General of the International Council of Museums ICOM (1974–1985). He was Director of the Getty Conservation Institute (Los Angeles, 1985–1990) and Director General, ‘La Caixa’ Foundation (Barcelona, 1990–2001).read more

Risto Nieminen

Risto Nieminen has served since 2009 as Director of the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation Music Service. Previously, Mr. Nieminen served as director of the Finland Radio Symphony Orchestra (1989–1991) and artistic director of IRCAM (Institut de Recherche et Coordination Acoustique/Musique) at Georges Pompidou Centre Paris (1991-1996).read more

Farrokh Derakhshani

Farrokh Derakhshani is Director of the Aga Khan Award for Architecture. In this capacity, he has organised and participated in numerous international seminars and colloquia dealing with contemporary built environments. He has served as a jury member at schools of architecture in Europe, Africa and Asia and has lectured widely on topics ranging from disposable buildings to architecture in the Muslim more

Salim Bhatia

Salim Bhatia joined the Aga Khan Development Network as Director of Academies in 2005. In this position, he is responsible for leading the establishment of the Aga Khan Academies, an integrated network of world-class residential schools across Africa, the Middle East, Central Asia and South Asia. Prior to leading this effort, more

Azim Nanji

Azim Nanji is currently Special Advisor to the Provost of the Aga Khan University, and a member of the Board of Directors of the Global Centre for Pluralism in Ottawa, a joint partnership between His Highness the Aga Khan and the Government of Canada. He has held many prestigious academic and administrative appointments, most recently as Senior Associate Director of the Abbasi Program in Islamic Studies at Stanford University, where he was also lecturer in the Department of Religious more

Shamsh Kassim-Lakha

Shamsh Kassim-Lakha is Chairman of the Board of the University of Central Asia (UCA). As Founding President of the Aga Khan University (AKU), the first private university chartered in South Asia, Dr. Kassim-Lakha led the planning, building and operations of this internationally renowned institution, established by His Highness the Aga Khan in 1983, with campuses in Pakistan, East Africa and the United more