Sadruddin Aga Khan
| Sadruddin Aga Khan |
|Born||17 January 1933|
|Died||12 May 2003 (Age 70)|
|Nationality||French, Iranian, Swiss|
|Alma mater||Harvard College|
|Parents|| • Aga Khan III|
• Andrée Joséphine Carron
|Spouse|| • Nina Dyer|
• Katherine Beriketti
|Member of||Aga Khan family, Club of Rome, The 1001 Club|
Prince Sadruddin Aga Khan was a statesman and activist who was United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees from 1966 to 1977. He was a specialist in running intelligence operations under humanitarian cover.
He was also a proponent of greater collaboration between non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and UN agencies. Sadruddin was one of the major funders of Prince Philip's World Wide Fund for Nature, and his establishment of the Bellerive Foundation in the late 1970s made him a leading environmentalist.
Born in Paris, France, he was the son of Sir Sultan Mahomed Shah Aga Khan and Princess Andrée Aga Khan. He married twice, but had no children of his own. Prince Sadruddin died of cancer at the age of 70, and was buried in Switzerland.
Prince Sadruddin Aga Khan's career began in the 1950s, when he became publisher of the Paris Review, one of the more important CIA fronts of its day. The Aga Khan’s money, filtered through his son Sadruddin — helped to finance the influential magazine during the cultural Cold War.
A career U.N. bureaucrat, and the former coordinator of U.N. Humanitarian and Economic Assistance Programs relating to Afghanistan, Prince Sadruddin was deeply involved in providing safe haven for the Afghan mujahideen, and facilitating their dispersal throughout the world. Because of this role, Prince Sadruddin was the British government's preferred candidate for U.N. secretary general in 1991. Prince Sadruddin's program also reportedly was involved in the military training and covert military supply of the Afghan mujahideen, who often operated out of U.N. refugee camps that he administered on the Pakistan-Afghanistan border
World Wide Fund for Nature
Prince Sadruddin has also been a key figure in Prince Philip's World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF). Since its creation in 1961, he has been one of is primary funders, as has his nephew, the current Aga Khan.