We have invested the best, let Ugandans take charge… and it’s worked — Interview with Outgoing diplomatic representative (AKDN) Mahmood Hussein Ahmed on East African Kenya

Outgoing diplomatic representative Aga Khan Development Network (AKDN) Mahmood Hussein Ahmed.

Outgoing diplomatic representative Aga Khan Development Network (AKDN) Mahmood Hussein Ahmed. PHOTO | MORGAN MBABAZI 




  • Mahmood Hussein Ahmed was born in 1955 in Kampala, then moved to England in 1963.
  • He attended Kent College, Canterbury, and went on to study law at Oxford University from 1973-1976, where he was president of the college’s law society in 1975.
  • He received his MBA degree from the European Institute of Business Administration in France in 1978.
  • He has worked for international law firm Clifford Chance, (previously known as Clifford Turner) in London and Paris, and Evans Dodd in London, where he continues to be a partner.
  • His Highness the Aga Khan appointed him as vice president of the Ismaili Council for the UK, serving between 1993 and 1996, then as president from 1996-2002.
  • He was appointed AKDN diplomatic representative in Uganda in 2006.
  • Mahmood Ahmed is married to Shamin, and the couple has two grown up daughters, Safiya and Zabeen.

Why does AKDN have diplomatic status in East Africa?

AKDN agencies engage in development projects and as such signs treaties with governments some of which have provisions for diplomatic representation as is the case in Uganda. The reasons for engaging in these projects are multiple, one of which, as His Highness the Aga Khan has explained, is that he sees it as part of his ancestral institutional responsibility to uplift the conditions of humanity.

Currently, the AKDN is working in 30 countries in Africa, the Middle East, South Asia and Central Asia to fulfil that mandate.

Read full interview on:East African Co Kenya

Earlier Related Post on PBSJ Blog


Foreign Affairs minister Sam Kutesa (Left) with Resident Representative of the Aga Khan Development Network Amin Mawji (Centre) with his wife Gulnar Mawji in Kampala yesterday. Photo BY STEPHEN WANDERA



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