Prince Sadruddin Aga Khan

Prince Sadruddin Aga Khan

Son of Sir Sultan Mahomed Shah Aga Khan and Former Un High Commissioner For Refugees
Born Jan 17, 1933

Prince Sadruddin Aga Khan, KBE, KCSS served as United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees from 1966 to 1978, during which he reoriented the agency's focus beyond Europe and prepared it for an explosion of complex refugee issues. He was also a proponent of greater collaboration between non-governmental organizations and UN agencies.… Read More

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1933 Birth Born on January 17, 1933.
1938 5 Years Old He married Catherine Aleya Beriketti Sursock who was born in Alexandria, Egypt in 1938. … Read More


1954 21 Years Old Born in Neuilly-sur-Seine, France, he was the only child of Sir Sultan Mahomed Shah Aga Khan III and his French-born second wife, the former Andrée Joséphine Carron. He received his early education in Lausanne, Switzerland, before graduating Phi Beta Kappa in 1954 from Harvard College. … Read More
1957 24 Years Old On 27 August 1957, in Bellerive, Switzerland, Prince Sadruddin married Nina Dyer (1930–1965). An Anglo-Indian fashion model, she was the former wife of Baron Hans Heinrich Thyssen-Bornemisza. She converted to Islam, taking the name "Shirin" (lit. "sweetness"). They had no children and divorced in 1962.
1958 25 Years Old Prince Sadruddin joined the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) in 1958, and became the Executive Secretary to its International Action Committee for the Preservation of Nubia in 1961. … Read More
1959 26 Years Old Prince Sadruddin began as a Special Envoy to the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) in 1959 with a focus on World Refugee Year (1959–1960). … Read More


1966 33 Years Old In January 1966, Prince Sadruddin was appointed United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees after serving for three years as Deputy High Commissioner. … Read More
1971 38 Years Old For the next twelve years he directed the UN refugee agency through one of its most difficult periods, coordinating the international response to the 1971 Bangladesh crisis that uprooted people, the 1972 exodus of hundreds of thousands of Hutus from Burundi to Tanzania, and the Vietnamese boat people tragedy of the mid-1970s.
1972 39 Years Old 1 More Event
In 1972, Prince Sadruddin played a key role in finding new homes for tens of thousands of South Asians expelled from Uganda by Idi Amin. … Read More


1977 44 Years Old By the end of 1977 when he chose to step down from the position, he had become the longest-serving UN High Commissioner for Refugees. … Read More
1981 48 Years Old Prince Sadruddin was nominated and passed over twice for the post of UN Secretary-General. Although he won the 1981 vote, the Soviet Union considered him too Western and vetoed his election. … Read More


1990 57 Years Old 1 More Event
His appointment in September 1990 as Personal Representative of the UN Secretary-General for Humanitarian Assistance Relating to the Crisis between Iraq and Kuwait required diplomatic finesse. … Read More
1991 58 Years Old Prince Sadruddin received several honorary doctorates and national decorations from states as diverse as Pakistan, Poland and the Vatican, as well as the United Nations Human Rights Award. He was elected a Foreign Honorary Member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 1991. … Read More


2003 70 Years Old 1 More Event
The United Nations community celebrated Prince Sadruddin's life at a memorial ceremony held in his honour at its headquarters in New York on 2003. … Read More
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