Dr. Mirza Jahani is the CEO of the Aga Khan Foundation USA (AKF USA). Since joining AKF USA in November 2009, Jahani has focused on widening and deepening partnerships with US-based organizations, strengthening support to the Aga Khan Development Network’s (AKDN) civil society development portfolio and promoting impact investments for AKDN projects in Africa and Asia as a way to boost development resources and foster public-private partnerships. Before that he served for 15 years as CEO of the Aga Khan Foundation in the United Kingdom, East Africa and Tajikistan, helping to conceptualize, implement and secure funding for programs in rural development, health, education and civil society, often in post-conflict environments.
Jahani began his career in the early 1980s as an economist with the United Kingdom’s Department for International Development (DFID). He served with DFID again from 2004 to 2009 as the senior governance advisor in the Middle East, Central Asia, and the Democratic Republic of Congo. He has also been an economic adviser to an African government.
Jahani was born in Uganda and educated at the universities of London, Harvard and Cambridge, where he earned his doctorate in 2009. He and his wife Nazira have two children, Rabia and Rumi.