Ambassador Saidullah Khan Dehlavi
Ambassador Saidullah Khan Dehlavi, Chairman, AKU Board of Trustees, passed away on 4 February 2014 in Karachi at the age of 72. He is survived by his wife, Talat, and his children, Ali Muhammad Khan and Maliha.
Ambassador Dehlavi was appointed member of the Aga Khan University Board of Trustees in 2000 and became its Chairman in July 2001. A career diplomat, he was a senior member of the Pakistan Foreign Service when he retired in 2001 as Ambassador to the European Union. He served as Pakistan's Ambassador to France as well as Permanent Delegate to UNESCO in Paris. He was also Ambassador to Switzerland, the Vatican, Yugoslavia, Albania and Ireland. Earlier he served in Ankara and New Delhi, and as Director of the Foreign Minister's Office and then as Director General for South Asia in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Ambassador Dehlavi received several international decorations, including the Légion d'Honneur from France.
Chairman Dehlavi demonstrated an unequivocal commitment to the vision and mission of AKU. He was an important liaison of the University to the federal and provincial governments in Pakistan and contributed to critical discussions to move forward AKU’s initiatives, particularly the Faculty of Arts and Sciences, Karachi. Chairman Dehlavi used his wide network to help raise awareness of AKU and build bridges with diverse communities.
In remembering Ambassador Dehlavi, we celebrate the immense contribution he made through his passion and commitment for the development of AKU, Pakistan and humanity at large. We find strength in his message of deep respect for pluralism and tolerance.