Ismailimail is excited to share the news of Canada’s appointment of an ambassadorial level senior diplomatic representative to the Ismaili Imamat. While this is epic event in the history of our community, it reinforces Canada’s confidence and seriousness of purpose in establishing permanent contact at the highest levels of Ismaili institutional leadership.
This follows Mawlana Hazar Imam’s historic address to the joint session of the Canadian Parliament at the invitation of the Prime Minister of Canada, the Right Honourable Stephen Harper and signing of the Protocol of Understanding, which provides the framework and strategic direction for the Ismaili Imamat and Canada.
Canada’s Representative to the Ismaili Imamat is Mr. Gordon Campbell and Ismaili Imamat’s AKDN Resident Representative to Canada is Aitmadi Dr. Mahmoud Eboo.
“Canada’s High Commissioner to the United Kingdom, Gordon Campbell, has recently taken on the additional role as Canada’s Representative to the Ismaili Imamat.
He will work to further strengthen Canada’s ties with the Aga Khan and engage on multiple issues, including the promotion of development, trade, foreign policy and human rights.”
– Joint Statement by Ministers Kenney and Baird extending birthday wishes to His Highness Prince Karim Aga Khan
About Mr. Gordon Campbell, Canada’s Representative to the Ismaili Imamat
Gordon Campbell is a Canadian diplomat and politician who was the 35th Mayor of Vancouver from 1986 to 1993 and then the 34th Premier of British Columbia for three terms from 2001 to 2011 during which time he was ranked the best fiscal manager among Canadian premiers by the Fraser Institute.
Since 2011, he has been the Canadian High Commissioner to the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland.
About Aitmadi Dr. Mahmoud Eboo, Ismaili Imamat’s AKDN Resident Representative to Canada
Aitmadi Dr. Mahmoud Eboo is the Chairman of the Ismaili Leaders’ International Forum (LIF) since 2012 and past President of Ismaili Council for the USA (2005-2012). Following the steps of his grandfather, Sir Eboo Pirbhai, Aitmadi Mahmoud Eboo also has had a long and distinguished record of leadership within the Jamati Institutions over the past three decades.
Dr. Mahmoud Eboo holds a PhD in Applied Laser Engineering and was the Co-Founder and President of Quantum Laser, which was subsequently sold to Honeywell.
Ismaili Imamat’s AKDN Resident Representatives
- Afghanistan: Nurjehan Mawani, Order of Canada
- Bangladesh: Munir M. Merali
- Canada: Mahmoud Eboo
- Kenya: Aziz Bhaloo
- Portugal, Mozambique and the Lusophone countries: Nazim Ahmad, Comendador da Ordem do Mérito (Commander of the Order of Merit)
- Syria: Mohamed Saifo
- Tajikistan: Ali Akbar Pesnani
- Tanzania: Amin Kurji, Légion d’Honneur (France’s Legion of Honour)
- Uganda: Mahmood Ahmed
AKDN Resident Representative is a position similar to an Ambassador. While AKDN is a non-denominational entity, it is supranational in the context of its reach and operations. AKDN is a contemporary endeavor of the Ismaili Imamat to realize the social conscious of Islam through institutional action and it is inspired by the ethics of Islam as interpreted by the Shia-Alid tradition. The diplomatic reciprocity AKDN enjoys in the global diplomacy arena speaks of the importance of the contribution, impact and relevance the Ismaili Imamat has in the community of nations in modern times.
According to Wikipedia, an ambassador is an official envoy, especially a highest ranking diplomat who represents a state and is usually accredited to another sovereign state, or to an international organization as the resident representative of their own government or sovereign or appointed for a special and often temporary diplomatic assignment. The “ambassadors” to the Commonwealth of Nations are known as High Commissioners and “ambassadors” of the Holy See are known as Papal or Apostolic Nuncios.
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