Knowledge Diplomacy | Act now – Executive Masterclass – Harvard Business School case study, “Roshan: Light At The End Of The Tunnel In Afghanistan”

The Executive Masterclass will use the 2010 Harvard Business School case study, Roshan: Light at the end of the tunnel in Afghanistan to enable participants to actively explore the successes, challenges and operating environment that Roshan had to navigate.

The masterclass, will be facilitated by Shawn A. Cole from Harvard Business School and Karim Khoja, CEO of Roshan, who will provide additional insights, perspectives on evolving challenges and opportunities in not only in Afghanistan, but in other developing and emerging economies.

Executive Masterclass – Roshan- Light At The End Of The Tunnel In Afghanistan

Event details:
Friday, November 6, 2015
9:00 am to 11:45 am
The Delegation of the Ismaili
199 Sussex Drive, Ottawa, ON, K1N 1K6

Participation in the Executive Masterclass is by application only, and space is limited.

If you are interested in attending, please submit a letter of interest and a short bio to by Wednesday, October 28, 2015.

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About Karim Khoja:

Karim Khoja 217x300Karim Khoja, Chief Executive Officer of Roshan, has over 25 years of experience in the telecommunications industry, including starting and managing extremely successful GSM companies in Pakistan, Poland, Croatia, Tajikistan and Afghanistan.

Under his leadership, Roshan has grown to be Afghanistan’s market leader, with more than six and a half million customers. Mr. Khoja started his GSM career as CEO for Mobilink in Pakistan, and then launched Era GSM in Poland. He then went on to spin out the mobile company, T Mobile, from the incumbent Croatia Telecom.

Over the course of the last eleven years, Mr. Khoja has dedicated his time to the Aga Khan Fund for Economic Development (AKFED) to bring competition and best practices to the telecommunication industry in Afghanistan and Tajikistan. He has focused not only on financial results, but also on how technology can be used to change lives.

Mr. Khoja serves on the Board of several international companies. Recently AKFED has also expanded its operations in Africa where Mr. Khoja serves on the Board of SMART Telecom. He is the Chairman of the Afghan Investment Climate facility (Harakat), a £30m fund to encourage private enterprise, an advisor to the GSMA Development Fund and until a year ago a Associate Board Member of the Legatum Center at MIT.

About Shawn A. Cole, John G. McLean Professor of Business Administration, Harvard Business School:

Shawn Cole is a professor in the Finance Unit at Harvard Business School, where he teaches and conducts research on financial services and social enterprise. Much of his research examines corporate and household finance in emerging markets, with a focus on insurance, credit, and savings. He has also done extensive work on financial education in the US and emerging markets. His recent research focuses on designing and delivering advice and education over mobile phones, with an emphasis on agricultural and financial management.

He has worked in China, India, Indonesia, South Africa, and Vietnam. He is an affiliate of the National Bureau of Economic Research, and the Bureau for Research and Economic Analysis of Development. He is on the board of the Jameel Poverty Action Lab, as the co-chair for research. Before joining the Harvard Business School, Professor Cole worked at the Federal Reserve Bank of New York in the economic research department. He has served on the Boston Federal Reserve’s Community Development Research Advisory Council, serves as an external advisor to the Gates Foundation, and was the chair of the endowment management committee of the Telluride Association, a non-profit educational organization.

He received a Ph.D. in economics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 2005, where he was an NSF and Javits Fellow, and an A.B. in Economics and German Literature from Cornell University. His work on insurance earned the 2015 “Shin Research Excellence Award;” in 2015 he was also named given a “Faculty Pioneer Award” from the Aspen Institute.

About Aga Khan Foundation Canada:

Aga Khan Foundation Canada (AKFC) is a non‐profit international development agency, working in Asia and Africa to find sustainable solutions to the complex problems causing global poverty. AKFC concentrates on a small number of specific development challenges in health, education, rural development and civil society.

In Canada, AKFC raises funds, builds partnerships with Canadian institutions, and promotes discussion and learning on international development issues. Established in 1980, AKFC is a registered Canadian charity and an agency of the worldwide Aga Khan Development Network.

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