A Senior Advisor with the Aga Khan Development Network, Mr. Ladhani currently serves as the Project Director for three graduate professional schools under development in East Africa by the Aga Khan University (AKU): the Graduate School of Media and Communications, Graduate School of Management, and Graduate School of Leisure and Tourism.
A proven leader and strategic manager in multinational academic, philanthropic and corporate settings, Mr. Ladhani brings to his current position a record of longstanding global engagement and experience. Specific areas of interest and expertise include: international higher education; international development and poverty alleviation; pluralism and democracy; and international relations.
Prior to his appointment with AKU, Mr. Ladhani served as the Director General of the University of Central Asia, a unique, internationally chartered higher education institution in the process of establishing programmes and purpose-built campuses in Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan. He was also the founding Chief Executive Officer of Aga Khan Foundation Canada, which he led from a start-up to to a ‘premier private international development agency’ in Canada, with a strong organizational culture; a dedicated, multi-skilled team of professional staff, consultants and resource bases; a solid financial base; and a reputation for quality, excellence and probity. While at AKFC, Mr. Ladhani led efforts to establish the Global Centre for Pluralism in Canada.
Born in Tanzania, Mr. Ladhani participated in the senior executive program of the Stanford Graduate School of Business and holds an MBA (with distinction) from INSEAD. He is a Fellow of Chartered Certified Accountants in the United Kingdom; a Certified Management Accountant (Canada) and Chartered Management Accountant (United Kingdom). He currently resides in Nairobi, Kenya.