The list of nominees for the annual Nobel Peace Prize has always been a closely-guarded secret over the last 50 years with just a few names leaked to the public. One such nominee whose name slipped the net is Shoaib Sultan Khan. Born in India in 1931, he is president of the Aga Khan’s Rural Support Program in Pakistan, which aims to mobilize all the country’s economic players to help relieve famine and guarantee food supplies.
A pioneer of rural support programs, he also happens to be the grandfather of two students currently studying at the ISN. On a recent visit here to promote his book, “The Aga Khan Rural Support Programme: A Journey Through Grassroots Development”, he took the opportunity to talk to ISN high school students about globally important issues: the fight against poverty and efforts to bring about world peace.