Karim Ladak

Karim Ladak

Karim Ladak is a Canadian citizen who reflects a true global footprint. He has lived in ten countries: Tanzania, Kenya, Israel, France, UK, India, Japan, Russia, Romania, and Canada. Inspired by his parents who instilled the value of generosity, Karim has been a committed volunteer, advocate, and activist for over forty years — and an active supporter of the HIV Legal Network over the past number of years. (He has been profiled in a recent successful annual giving campaign for the Legal Network.) Co-founder of several groups in the LGBTQ+ and South Asian communities, Karim has held a variety of leadership positions, including being the first openly gay man in the Ismaili Muslim community appointed as Chair of the Aga Khan Social Welfare Board of Canada. After a rewarding and successful executive career with Proctor & Gamble, Karim is now retired and dedicates his time to many causes close to his heart. He has also recently served as the Co-Chair for Dignity Network, an organization decided to advancing LGBTI rights globally — of which the Legal Network is a founding member and former Secretariat. For his humanitarian work, Karim was recognized as one of the top 150 philanthropists in Canada. Ever curious about other cultures and world politics, Karim is also a passionate traveller who has visited 180 countries (and counting!) His book “The Cosmopolitan Nomad” documents his travels through vivid images and thoughtful musings, and was released to international success. Recently named the 2021 Inspire Awards LGBTQ+ Person of the Year, Karim’s new podcast “Being Single and Happy with Karim Ladak” is his latest project. (www.karimladak.com)

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