Khaliya Aga Khan
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Princess Khaliya Aga Khan is the former title of Kristin White, a philanthropist, venture capitalist, tech aficionado, public health specialist and active advocate for social change. Both her professional and philanthropic work focus on the intersection of design, technology and social entrepreneurship. She sits on the board of Venture for America and Nexus Youth Summit and is a patron of the TED conference. An avid art collector, she is on the Young Acquisitions Council for the Guggenheim, the Whitney Contemporaries and the Metropolitan Museum's Apollo Circle.
She received her Masters degree in Public Health from Columbia University, her Bachelors degree in European Studies and International Affairs from New York University, and served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Bulgaria from 1999 to 2001. She also studied Computer Science at New York University and Film at the New York Film Academy.
White was briefly married to Prince Hussain Aga Khan, son of Prince Karim Aga Khan (Aga Khan IV) who is the spiritual leader to approximately 15 million Ismaili Muslims. Prince Hussain (second son of His Highness the Aga Khan and Princess Salimah Aga Khan) and White were married at the Chateau de Chantilly on 16 September 2006. White adopted the name Khaliya upon embracing Islam, the day of her marriage, on Saturday 16 September.
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