AKFC – Delegation of Ismaili Imamat: Karim Khoja, Roshan CEO shares Canada’s Legacy in Afghanistan

Spur and Aga Khan Foundation Canada presents Roshan’s CEO and Canadian native, Karim Khoja, to a discussion of the mobile tech sector in Afghanistan.

The live webcast of this event is now on!

Join the live webcast from at 7:00 pm EST. Watch the webcast here. 

Live Webcast AKFC- DII - Roshan - Canadas Legasy in Afghanistan

The event will be moderated by May Jeong, an award-winning freelance writer based in Afghanistan.


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 May Jeong:

MayMay Jeong is an award­ winning freelance writer based in Kabul, Afghanistan. Her work has been published in such publications as The New York Times Magazine, The New York Times, The Guardian, the Financial Times and Marie Claire among others. Her reporting on the cost of war in Afghanistan for the Financial Times won her the 2014 Society of American Business Editors and Writers’ Best in Business Award.

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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