Shiraz Kabani joined The Institute of Ismaili Studies in September 1999. After serving as Executive Officer (1999-2000), Head of Resource Development and Communications (2000-2005), and Head of Operations, Finance & Development (2005-2011), and Secretary to the Board of Governors (1999-2013), he now heads the Department of Community Relations.
This department includes the portfolios of Community Education Programmes, International Training Programmes, STEP Deployment in the Field, Alumni Relations, Country Strategies to Enhance ITREBs, and HRD Programme for Central Asia. He also serves as acting head of the Department of Communications and Development, overseeing resource development, communications, and the IIS website.
In addition to a BSc in Electrical Engineering & Computer Science and an MBA, Mr Kabani is currently pursuing a doctoral degree in Management, focussing on ethics and organisational leadership. His professional experience includes eleven years as Executive Officer of the Ismaili Tariqah and Religious Education Board for the USA and as the Managing Director of an IT consulting firm in Houston.
Over the past 25 years, Mr Kabani has served as a public speaker and faculty member for human resource development programmes of the IIS and Ismaili community institutions in North America and Europe. He has also participated in the conceptualisation of various international projects for the Ismaili community and has served as the Vice President of the Ismaili Council for the United Kingdom (2009-2015).