Nadia Verjee, Chief of Staff to the CEO and Minister of State for International Cooperation was responsible for curating and developing the Expo 2020 Dubai's thematic programme with over 200 nations, organizations, and partners from around the world. Nadia’s story will resonate with you and empower you to follow your passion and pursue your goals fearlessly.
This week, on our sixth episode of Trailblazers, we are joined by Dr. Eboo Patel, the Founder and President of Interfaith Youth Core (IFYC), a nonprofit organization based in Chicago that prepares youth to become interfaith leaders in a changing environment. Eboo was also a member of President Barack Obama’s inaugural advisory council on Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships. A Rhodes scholar with a doctorate in sociology from Oxford University, Eboo has authored four books, with a fifth one on the way.
Danish Dhamani is the Co-founder of Orai, a public speech coaching app. Cited as the most common phobia amongst humans, Danish struggled with public speaking. His journey as the co-founder of Orai was motivated by his own personal experiences and his drive to improve the quality of life of people across the globe. Danish joins Trailblazers host, Tahira Nizari at the Serena Hotel in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania to discuss his journey as an entrepreneur.
On our fourth episode of Trailblazers, we are joined by Rahim Daya, the head of Barclays Private Bank, Middle East. Based in Dubai, Rahim is responsible for the management and strategy of Barclays, Middle East. Rahim is also a drummer for the band, Khayal, having performed all across the globe, including Diamond Jubilee celebrations in Lisbon, in 2018. “I will do my absolute best, I will work hard, and I will create opportunities and maximize them as they arose,” says Rahim, speaking about his plan when starting his career. Actioning on this course of action, Rahim worked tirelessly, and assiduously, creating space to lead him to his current position. In sharing his strategy for dealing with pressure, Rahim spends his time focusing on what he can control and does not worry about the things he knows he has no influence over. “Focus on what you control, do everything you possibly can to get to the desired outcome.
We are joined by Latif Nasser, the host and executive producer of the Netflix documentary series ‘Connected: The Hidden Science of Everything’, host at ‘RadioLab’ and host of ‘The Other Latif’ mini-podcast series. Receiving a Ph.D. in the history of science from Harvard University, Latif is the recipient of the 2021 Dupont Columbia Award for his series ‘The Other Latif’. In this episode, he is interviewed by his sister, Farah Nasser, a news anchor for Global News. The siblings explore their childhood, share stories about their upbringing and how their parents enabled them to develop a constantly curious attitude towards the world. “This idea, ask questions until their head hurt. That was a thing that our dad would say, there are always more questions, there are always more things you can learn from everybody and not just fancy scientists, everybody.
Trailblazers is a new original series, exclusively on Ismaili TV, showcasing Ismailis around the globe who have demonstrated excellence in their fields. In this episode, we are joined by Farah Williamson, co-founder of Project Shelter Wakadogo, and Director of Gulf and Strategic Partnerships at Plan International Canada. Working closely with the local community in Gulu, Uganda, Farah shares with us what motivated her to co-found Project Shelter Wakadogo whose guiding principle is putting children at the heart of everything.
Trailblazers Premiere! A new original series, exclusively on Ismaili TV showcasing Ismailis around the globe who have demonstrated excellence in their fields. In our very first episode, we are joined by The Honourable Salma Lakhani, the 19th Lieutenant Governor of Alberta. Born in Kampala, Uganda, and expelled in 1972, her Honour gives us insight into her installation ceremony and what it felt like to swear the oath on the Qu’ran. She discusses how the promise of hope for a better future for everyone motivates her to serve her community. Join us as Her Honour kicks off our series in hopes of inspiring other Trailblazers.