Board of Governors

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 Khaninfo-icon 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) 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.

Mohamed M. Keshavjee is a South African born-lawyer called to the Bar at Gray’s Inn in 1969. He completed his LLM at London University and his PhD at SOAS with a focus on Islamic Law and Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR). He has practised law in Kenya, Canada and the United Kingdom. His first book, Islam, Shariainfo-icon and Alternative Dispute Resolution deals with how Muslims engage with sharia, customary practices and the laws of the United Kingdom. He has spoken on ADR at conferences in Europe, North America and Asia, and has trained family mediators in the EU countries and imams and pastors in mosque and church conflicts in the UK and the USA, respectively. In 2016, he was awarded the Gandhi, King, Ikeda Peace Award by the Martin Luther King Jr. International Chapel at Morehouse College, Atlanta, Georgia, for his work on peace and human rights education.

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 Investment Committee of Wellcome Trust and 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 and the Princes Trust Development Board.

Mr Kheraj spends a substantial proportion of his time as a Senior Advisor to the Aga Khaninfo-icon 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 Khaninfo-icon 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 an entrepreneur with diverse interests. 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 Tariqahinfo-icon and Religious Education Board for the United Kingdom, and as member on the Board of Counsel and Care for the Elderly.

In his capacity as Head of the Department of Jamati Institutions at the Secretariat of His Highness the Aga Khaninfo-icon 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 Imamatinfo-icon 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.