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2020-2022 Cycle : Steering Committee

His Highness the Aga Khan

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.read more

H.E. Sheikha Mai Bint Mohammed Al Khalifa

H.E. Sheikha Mai Bint Mohammed Al Khalifa is President of the Bahrain Authority for Culture and Antiquities.read more

Emre Arolat

Emre Arolat is the design partner of EAA-Emre Arolat Architecture, founded with Gonca Paşolar in 2004 as the continuation of an architectural practice that began when he started as an associate designer at his parents’ studio, Arolat Architects, in 1987read more

Meisa Batayneh

Meisa Batayneh is the Founder and Principal architect of maisam architects & engineers, which was established in 1986 with offices in Amman and Abu Dhabi.  Ms. Batayneh got her degree in architecture from the University of Texas at Arlington.read more

Sir David Chipperfield

Sir David Chipperfield is a practicing architect and founder of David Chipperfield Architects.  He studied architecture at the Kingston School of Art and the Architectural Association in London. He established David Chipperfield Architects in 1985 after working for Douglas Stephen, Richard Rogers and Norman Foster. He later set up offices in Berlin, Shanghai and Milanread more

Souleymane Bachir Diagne

Souleymane Bachir Diagne is a professor of Philosophy and Francophone Studies at Columbia University and the Director of the Institute of African Studies.  An alumnus of the Ecole Normale Supérieure, Professor Diagne holds a PhD in Philosophy from Sorbonne University.read more

Nasser Rabbat

Nasser Rabbat is the Aga Khan Professor and Director of the Aga Khan Program for Islamic Architecture at MIT.  His interests include Islamic architecture, urban history, heritage studies, Arab history, contemporary Islamic art, and post-colonial criticism.  He has published numerous articles and several books on topics ranging from Mamluk architecture to Antique Syria, 19th century Cairo, Orientalism, and urbicide.  read more

Marina Tabassum

Marina Tabassum is the principal of Marina Tabassum Architects (MTA), founded in 2005 and based in Dhaka, Bangladesh. She graduated in 1995 from the Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology and co-founded URBANA the same year. Notable projects from the partnership include the Independence Monument of Bangladesh and Liberation War Museum, which was completed in 2013.read more

Sarah M. Whiting

Sarah M. Whiting has been the Dean and Josep Lluís Sert Professor of Architecture at the Harvard University Graduate School of Design since 2019.read more