Lecture Title: “The Kashmir Issue & Why It Matters to the U.S.”
The Kashmir conflict has been on the world’s conscience for over six decades. The conflict, which started out as a political justice issue, devolved into a human rights morass over time, especially in the last 2 decades. At the same time, this issue has been one of the 2 major sources of what has been euphemistically labeled as the Muslim angst. There are national security implications for the US as well, as the road to peace in Afghanistan is widely believed to go through Kashmir.
K. Rizwan Kadir is a senior management consultant to Fortune 100 companies in the areas of strategic planning, governance, and financial management. He started his career with the investment banking firm of The Chicago Corporation, and then worked at emerging growth firms at Director and C-level positions, including Chief Operating, Compliance, and Finance Officer roles.
He has an MBA in Finance and International Business from the University of Chicago, where he also completed PhD-level course work in quantitative finance.
A firm proponent of servant leadership, Rizwan believes in giving back to one’s communities. Over the last 10 years, he has served on several university and professional boards.
As a Director of University of Chicago’s Alumni Board from 2004 to 2007, he led its programming for the alumni, and presently counsels prospective undergraduate, MBA, and PhD students.
As the Regional Director (Chicago) of PRMIA – a financial risk management organization – he cultivated a community of finance professionals in Chicago, rivaling those in the financial centers of London and New York.
Currently, he is Chairman of MCC Full Time School (Morton Grove), and the Treasurer of Islamic Schools League of America (ISLA), an umbrella organization of full-time Islamic schools in the US.
As President of the Pakistan Club at the University of Chicago’s Booth School of Business, he has spearheaded several strategic initiatives, and has been cultivating a positive brand for Pakistan and Muslims in the US.
The University of Chicago Kashmir Society is his latest venture. His family has been in Kashmir for centuries. Like most Kashmiris, Kadir is a strong advocate of racial harmony and achieving peace through education and commerce.
Since 9/11, he has been involved in inter-faith dialogs in the North Shore suburbs, and also worked on a project with the US Treasury’s Counter-Terrorism Unit to develop financial guidelines for the US-based Islamic charities. On the 10th anniversary of 9/11, he was an invited speaker at five local churches.
Kadir speaks on financial, international, and inter-faith topics at professional forums and has been interviewed by the Chicago Tribune, Washington Post, MSNBC, Religion News Service, International Press Club of Chicago, Voice of America, and ISNA, as well as the local media. He has also made presentations about Endowments for Islamic Organizations, The Impact of 9/11 on American Muslims, and Islamic Schools in the US., among others.
Date: Tuesday, July 10th, 2012
Venue: American Islamic College, Room 123
Time: 6:00pm Dinner
*Free parking on 613 West Bittersweet Place