Begum Aga Khan

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Business is globalizing so fast that it has led to the often quoted ‘clash of civilizations’. People simply have not had time to get to know and understand people of other cultures sufficiently to live and work in harmony.

The Begum Aga Khan, or Her Highness Princess Gabriele Inaara Begum Aga Khan, LL.D (born 1 April 1963) is the wife of Aga Khan IV, the 49th hereditary Imam (spiritual leader) of the Ismaili Muslims. Graduated from University of Munich and Cologne with a Doctorate in International Law, she is the founder and president of the Princess Inaara Foundation.

Quotes[edit]

People of different ethnic and religious backgrounds were able to do business together despite language and other barriers. They recognized that to get what they wanted; they had to give something in return.
  • Charity begins in your own family. "Charitable spirits” mustn’t forget to keep their own slates clean, to address problems and inequities within their own four walls with decency and fairness before trying to make the world a better place. People who aren’t willing to do that are not sincere in their claim to benevolence.
  • We must not forget that mankind depends largely on animals, therefore we have a responsibilty for their welfare. If we destroy them — we destroy ourselves.
    • Speech at the Opening of Gaißach Children Hospital on the subject of "Animal assisted Therapy for Children"

International Business and Leadership Symposium address[edit]

Address to the European Parliament at International Business and Leadership Symposium]", Brussels, Belgium (10 November 2006)
  • "Tolerance" is not only the acceptance that people, as diverse they may be, have the right to be as they are and to live in peace together. Tolerance — in the context of business — is also the recognition that to get what you want, you have to give something in return.
  • People of different ethnic and religious backgrounds were able to do business together despite language and other barriers. They recognized that to get what they wanted; they had to give something in return. There was a form of partnership based on mutual benefit. That partnership was underpinned by "tolerance".
  • Business is globalizing so fast that it has led to the often quoted ‘clash of civilizations’. People simply have not had time to get to know and understand people of other cultures sufficiently to live and work in harmony.
  • This "Clash of Civilizations" has led to a "Clash of Religions", leading in turn to war, terror and extreme poverty.
  • If Western firms pay developing countries' suppliers' starvation wages in order to feed the West's ever increasing consumer demand, can we call that ‘partnership’?
  • The development of a country has to start at the foundation of the society, the "family".
  • The most powerful tool to lift families out of extreme poverty is to grant micro-loans to women.
  • Micro-finance is a wonderful opportunity for businesses. By investing a small portion of their income in micro-finance projects, they not only take an active part in business ethics, but they also gain future business partners and consumers.

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