H.H. The Aga khan gets Lifetime Achievement - Asia Game changer Awards 1st November 2017 at United Nations, New York 7pm
The Aga Khan
LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD: For using philanthropy to lift millions of Asia’s most vulnerable
Using philanthropy to lift millions of Asia’s most vulnerable
LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD
THE AGA KHAN
Spiritual Leader and Philanthropist
His Highness the Aga Khan, spiritual leader to the world’s 15 million Ismaili Muslims, believes one of his hereditary responsibilities is to improve the lives of the world’s most disadvantaged people. For more than half a century, he has done exactly that — on a breathtaking scale.
More than a half century ago, he founded the Aga Khan Development Network and then the Aga Khan Foundation, creating a global web of agencies in 30 countries employing some 80,000 people to develop the poorest regions of Africa and South Asia while working to preserve and celebrate Islamic culture.
The network’s unique merger of commercial business and philanthropy has allowed it to reach more people by reinvesting profits into development work. “[The Aga Khan] has a very fine mind for investing — and he does a bloody good job balancing the task of increasing his capital with that of advancing the needs of his followers,” said former World Bank president James Wolfensohn. “At the end of the day, he is looking for human profits.”
For five decades, the foundation has focused on those “human profits” — via work in rural development, health, education, civil society, and environmental initiatives to assist vulnerable populations, regardless of their ethnic or religious backgrounds. It has done everything from helping Pakistani communities recover from devastating floods to spearheading initiatives to improve education for Afghan girls, and from promoting civil society to battling hunger. The goal has never changed: to spark progress and development in poorer regions while presenting a less threatening face of Islam to the world.
“There are those ... who enter the world in such poverty that they are deprived of both the means and the motivation to improve their lot,” the Aga Khan has said. “Unless these unfortunates can be touched with the spark which ignites the spirit of individual enterprise and determination, they will only sink back into renewed apathy, degradation and despair. It is for us, who are more fortunate, to provide that spark.”
November 1, 2017 • United Nations, New York City
On August 8, 2017, Asia Society announced this year's recipients of the Asia Game Changer Awards, which recognize those making a transformative and positive difference for the future of Asia and the world. Asia Society is proud to partner with Citi to honor these extraordinary individuals and organizations, continuing a tradition begun with the inauguration of the Asia Game Changer Awards four years ago.
This year’s nine honorees include a young woman using rap music to fight a trauma in Afghanistan, a trailblazing CEO changing urban life in China, a Hollywood star building bridges between India and the world, and an environmentalist placing his life on the line to stop deforestation in his native country. His Highness the Aga Khan, spiritual leader to the world’s 15 million Ismaili Muslims, will receive the Asia Game Changer Lifetime Achievement Award.
Honorees are nominated and selected by members of Asia Society’s global network.
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A Special Event and Celebration
Wednesday, November 1, 2017
6 pm Reception | 7 pm Dinner | Cocktail Attire or National Dress
This fall marks the fourth year of a truly impactful Asia Society event — the Asia Game Changer Awards and Gala Dinner at the United Nations.
Asia Society will honor the dreamers and leaders of our world making a positive impact on the future of Asia. The Asia Game Changer Awards are designed to fill a vital gap, identifying and honoring true leaders making a positive contribution to the future of Asia. Each year, we honor individuals, organizations, or movements that have inspired, enlightened, and shown true leadership in areas that reflect Asia Society's core pillars of policy and business, arts and culture, and education.
These inspiring men and women represent the spectrum of achievement – those who have led from positions of power, as well as those who have done so from ground-level laboratories of innovation.
This year, we honor HIS HIGHNESS THE AGA KHAN — the philanthropist and spiritual leader to the world's 15 million Ismaili Muslims — with our 2017 Lifetime Achievement Award.
2017 ASIA GAME CHANGERS
SONITA ALIZADEH • JEAN LIU • AISHOLPAN NURGAIV • LENG OUCH • DEV PATEL • SESAME WORKSHOP • WU TONG • TADASHI YANAI
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