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Memory and Identity: 2017 FIRES Keynote Address

FIRES organized a spectacular exhibition as part of the 30th FEZANA Annual General Meeting in Houston. To kick off the exhibition, FIRES invited Aban Marker-Kabraji as the Keynote speaker.

Below is a video recording of the talk


Aban Marker Kabraji

Aban Marker Kabraji, is a biologist and scientist and is the co-Chairperson of Return to Roots. Her early years were spent in Quetta, Pakistan and is currently residing in Bangkok, Thailand.  As Asia Regional Director of IUCN, the International Union for Conservation of Nature, Ms. Kabraji provides strategic leadership for IUCN’s work in the 23 countries of the Asia region. With over 30 years of experience in conservation, Ms Kabraji has dedicated at least 20 years of her professional career to IUCN.

Ms. Kabraji has been honored with several distinguished awards. She received the Order of the Golden Ark by the Grand Master of the Order, His Royal Highness Prince Bernhard of the Netherlands, and is also a Yale University McCluskey Fellow. She has authored and co-authored a number of publications on conservation strategies, the environment and security and conflict prevention. She maintains a special interest in gender, social equity and security.  She is married, has three children and loves dogs.

The Multimedia Yasna Project

Professor Almut Hintze FBA, Zartoshty Brothers Professor of Zoroastrianism at SOAS University of London, has been awarded a European Research Council (ERC) Advanced Investigator Grant of just under €2.5 million (ca. £2 million) to investigate the Yasna, the core ritual of the Zoroastrian religion. The five-year project project ‘The Multimedia Yasna’ (MUYA), led by Almut… Continue Reading

In Search of My Master

The book, ”In Search of My Master”, is written by the famous author Marjorie Husain and displays the 40-year artistic journey of legendary Pakistani artist Jimmy Engineer. The book’s full-page color reproductions of scenes from the independence movement of Pakistan, glorious architecture, landscapes, still life, and poverty series of paintings leave the reader gasping in… Continue Reading