Iqbal Noor Ali

Senior Advisor of Aga Khan Development Network (AKDN)


Iqbal Noor Ali joined the Aga Khan Development Network (AKDN) in 1979, and was appointed Senior Advisor in 2010.  He was the Chief Executive Officer of Aga Khan Foundation USA for over 25 years until 2009, following five years with the AKDN’s Industrial Promotion Services in Canada, where his responsibilities included the development of small enterprise for recent immigrants to North America. His current role is focused on facilitating strategic international partnerships for the AKDN, and on representing the AKDN’s interests in various international settings.  

As CEO of Aga Khan Foundation USA, he worked closely with the development community in the United States, serving on the Boards and Committees of various organizations such as InterAction, the Council on Foundations, the Independent Sector, and the Advisory Committee on Voluntary Foreign Assistance that advises the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) Administrator on US foreign assistance.  A US citizen, Iqbal was born in Pakistan, received his formal education in Pakistan, Bangladesh, and Canada, and lives in the Washington, D.C. area.

Founded and guided by His Highness the Aga Khan, the AKDN is a group of development agencies, institutions, and programs with mandates that include the environment, health, education, architecture, culture, microfinance, rural development, disaster reduction, the promotion of private-sector enterprise and the revitalization of historic cities.  The AKDN works in over 30 countries, with a primary focus on South and Central Asia and sub-Saharan Africa. It employs approximately 80,000 people, the majority of whom are based in developing countries. The AKDN’s annual budget for non-profit development activities in 2010 was approximately $625 million (US). The project companies of the Aga Khan Fund for Economic Development generate annual revenues of $2.3 billion (US) (all surpluses are reinvested in further development activities).

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