Board of Governors
The Board of Governors is a sub-committee of the Board of Trustees with delegated responsibility for the operational oversight of the organisation as defined in and regulated by the IIS’s Articles of Association. Members include:
Afzal Ahmed is Emeritus Professor of Mathematics Education, formerly The Director of the Mathematics Centre at the University of Chichester. He is a Fellow of the Institute of Mathematics and its Applications and an elected member of the International Commission for the Improvement of Mathematics Education. He has directed numerous research and development projects for government and non-governmental organisations in the UK and internationally and is the editor of the OUP International Journal of Teaching Mathematics and its Application.
He has acted as a consultant for radio and television programmes, represented the UK government on the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) committees and other governmental organisations and is frequently invited to advise Local Education Authorities as well as industrial organisations on issues concerned with raising mathematics achievement at school and higher education level and in its application in social and industrial contexts. He has been active in developing ways of communicating mathematics through art forms such as dance, music and visual arts.
He has worked on a voluntary basis with Aga Khan Education Services (AKES) as well as the Institute of Educational Development (IED) as an external evaluator for their Masters Programme. He has taken a lead on lifelong learning initiatives within the Ismaili communities in Europe. He was centrally involved in developing the conceptual framework of STEP and its early implementation. He also acted as an Educational Advisor to the Academies Unit during the early stage of its development.Afzal Ahmed is Professor of Mathematics Education and Director of the Mathematics Centre at the University College Chichester. He is a Fellow of the Institute of Mathematics and its Applications and an elected member of the International Commission for the Improvement of Mathematics Education. He has directed numerous research and development projects for government and non-governmental organisations in the UK and elsewhere, and is the editor of the International Journal of Teaching Mathematics and its Application.
Afzal Ahmed has acted as a consultant for radio and television programmes, represented the UK government on the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development committtees and other organisations and is frequently invited to advise Local Education Authorities as well as industrial organisations on issues concerned with raising mathematics achievement at school and higher education level and in its application in social and industrial contexts. He has been active in developing ways of communicating mathematics through art forms such as dance, music and visual arts. He has worked on a voluntary basis with Aga Khan Education Services (AKES) and the Institute of Educational Development (IED)(link is external) and taken a lead on lifelong learning initiatives within the Ismaili communities in Europe.
Aziz Esmail’s academic qualifications range across the humanities. He originally graduated in literature, followed by studies in philosophy and religion in which he was a lecturer, in the first phase of his academic career, at the University of Nairobi. While there, he helped to establish a curriculum in Islamic Studies in a world-civilisational framework, an area in which he has lectured as well as written. He later lived in the United States where he was associated with the Committee on Social Thought at the University of Chicago followed by a fellowship at the Center for the Study of World Religions at Harvard. During this period he pursued research in psychoanalysis and in the philosophy of medicine, a subject in which he subsequently obtained a diploma in London, where he remains an Associate Member of the Royal Society of Medicine. He is a former Dean of the IIS, and has been a Member of its Board of Governors since 1998.
Dr Mohamed M. Keshavjee is a graduate of Queen’s University Canada and the School of Oriental and African Studies, London University. A lawyer by profession, he was called to the Bar at Gray’s Inn London and Osgoode Hall in Canada. He is a member of the Law Society of Upper Canada. He is also an Advocate of the High Court of Kenya, where he practised law for some years.
In 1980 he joined the Secretariat of His Highness the Aga Khan at Aiglemont, France as an Information Officer serving the needs of the Institutions which today constitute the Aga Khan Development Network with a special focus on the Aga Khan Award for Architecture. In that capacity, he has travelled to many Muslim countries including Yemen, Morocco, Turkey, Jordan, Indonesia, Pakistan and Egypt. He has also visited the People’s Republic of China and the ex Soviet Union.
In 2000, he did his LLM at London University in Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR), Islamic Law, International Protection of Human Rights and Arab Comparative Commercial Law. In the same year he attended The Hague Academy of International Law in Holland for a summer programme in Public International Law.
In 2009, he attained his doctorate in Law in Alternative Dispute Resolution at the School of Oriental and African Studies, London University. His thesis is on “ADR in a diasporic Muslim community in the UK”.
He was a former member of the Steering Committee of the World Mediation Forum. He lectures on ADR and Islamic Law at The Institute of Ismaili Studies, London, where he is presently a member of the Board of Governors. He was on the Advisory Board of the Festival of Muslim Cultures in Britain.
In 2006, he was the keynote speaker at the Annual Congress of the Dutch Society of Family Law Mediators held in Eindhoven, Holland. In the same year, he was invited to speak at the Mediation Conference held at the French National Assembly in Paris. In both 2006 and 2007, he was invited by the London School of Economics to present a lecture on ADR and Islam to the LLM class. He has also contributed articles on ADR to leading publications on legal pluralism in Europe sponsored by the Institute of Advanced Legal Studies in London. He directs training programmes on family and commercial mediation for the Ismaili Muslim community worldwide. In 2009, he was invited as a keynote speaker by the Council of Europe at its 7th international Family Mediation Conference in Strasbourg, France. He is a member of the Abrahamic Community of the Chautauqua Institution of the USA where he has also lectured on ADR and Islam over the past 10 years.
Naguib Kheraj is a banker by background. He began his career at Salomon Brothers in 1986 and went on to hold a number of senior positions at leading international financial institutions. Over the course of 12 years at Barclays, Naguib served as Group Finance Director and Vice-Chairman and in various business leadership positions. He was Chief Executive Officer of JP Morgan Cazenove, a London-based investment banking business. Naguib is currently Deputy Chairman of Standard Chartered, an international banking group and Chairman of Rothesay Life, a specialist pensions insurer and is a member of the Finance Committee of Oxford University Press.
Mr Kheraj is a former Non-Executive Director of National Health Service England, and has served as a Senior Adviser to Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs Service and to the Financial Services Authority in the UK. He has also served as a member of the Board of the UK-US Fulbright Commission, the Princes Trust Development Board and the Investment Committee of the Wellcome Trust.
Mr Kheraj spends a substantial proportion of his time as a Senior Advisor to the Aga Khan Development Network and serves on the Boards of various entities within the Aga Khan Development Network including the Aga Khan University and the University of Central Asia and is Chairman of the Aga Khan Development Network Endowment Committee.
Naguib was educated at Dulwich College, London and Cambridge University where he graduated with a degree in Economics.
Zauhar A. Meghji was born in Tanzania where he attended the Aga Khan Boys Primary and Secondary Schools. He came to the United Kingdom in 1968 where he continued his education, reading Chemical Engineering at the University of Cambridge. He subsequently went on to obtain a Master's degree in Computer Science from Imperial College of Science and Technology in London. Mr Meghji is a semi-retired businessman with over thirty years’ experience in health care.. He has served in an honorary capacity in numerous institutions over the years. These include roles as President of the Ismaili Council for the United Kingdom, Vice-Chairman of the Aga Khan Foundation (UK), Member of Education on the Ismaili Council for the United Kingdom, Honorary Secretary of the Ismaili Tariqah and Religious Education Board for the United Kingdom, and as member on the Board of Counsel and Care for the Elderly. He has been a member of the Board of Governors of The IIS since 1995.
In his capacity as Head of the Department of Jamati Institutions at the Secretariat of His Highness the Aga Khan at Aiglemont in France, Shafik Sachedina is responsible for coordinating the activities and programmes of the Ismaili community's institutions in the 16 principal areas where such institutions exist. Dr Sachedina is also responsible for interfacing with the Aga Khan Development Network programmes and institutions of the Ismaili communities in Central Asia.
Born in Dar-es-Salaam, Tanzania in 1950, Dr Sachedina qualified as a dental surgeon in 1975 from Guy's Hospital Medical and Dental School, University of London, and has practised in England for many years. He has also developed substantial entrepreneurial interests in the health-care sector. His work with the Aga Khan and Jamati Institutions is undertaken in a voluntary capacity, in keeping with the community's long-standing tradition of voluntary service.
In addition to being a member of the Institute's Board of Governors, Dr Sachedina holds several other positions in the work he undertakes for the Ismaili Imamat and community, including Member of the Aga Khan Development Network (AKDN) Committee, Aiglemont; Chairman of FOCUS Humanitarian Assistance International Co-ordinating Committee; and Member of the Ismaili Leaders' International Forum. Previously, Dr Sachedina has served in many other voluntary capacities, including two consecutive terms as President of the Ismaili Council for the United Kingdom.
Minutes of Meetings
The Board of Governors typically meets ten times a year and meetings are regularly attended by Heads of Departments and subject matter experts. The minutes from these meetings are available to view below:
In accordance with regulatory guidelines, the Board of Trustees has compiled a Register of Member Interests which is updated on an annual basis. The Register extends to member of the Board of Trustees and members of the Board of Governors. Declarations are made annually and are updated as and when circumstances change. This information is held in the Director’s Office and will be available for inspection upon request by contacting the Secretary to the Board of Governors Selina Kassam Ramji at firstname.lastname@example.org