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As a philanthropist, idealist, humanist, architect and photographer, I have covered most of the globe for National Geographic Magazine. National Geographic Television has produced several films on my work; one was nominated and another won an Emmy, in 2002. I was also the creative director for National Geographic’s most viewed documentary, Inside Mecca.
In 2001 I founded Aina (The Mirror), an international non-profit organization dedicated to the education and empowerment of children and women through the use of media and communication. My goal is for them to develop skills that can contribute to the building of a free and open society by supporting sustainable development, promoting human rights, and strengthening national unity. In 1991 I acted as a consultant to the United Nations in Afghanistan, helping to distribute food to populations in war-torn parts of the country.
I am deeply committed to the education, and I spend much of my time as lecturer, trainer, and visiting professor, giving presentations and running workshops on global issues, humanitarian work, and photojournalism in international institutions and universities.
My photographs have been displayed in major cities throughout the world. A few examples include: “War+Peace” (2009) at Caen Memorial (Peace Muesum) in Normandy, which portrayed thirty years of my photographic journey in search of human stories; “One World, One Tribe” (2006), which was the first National Geographic Museum outdoor exhibition in Washington D.C.; and “Crossing Destinies” (2003) in Paris, which drew a million visitors.
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Aina website: www.ainaworld.org