Khaliya Aga Khan

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Khaliya, formerly Princess Khaliya Aga Khan (born as Kristin J. White) is a philanthropist, humanitarian, public health specialist and a world leading advocate and public speaker for mental health. Khaliya has publicly spoken on mental health issues at The White House’s United State of Women Summit,[1] The World Economic Forum, Family Business Summit, TEDxBeaconStreet,[2] The PSI Maverick Collective Meeting at the Palace of Their Royal Highnesses the Crown Prince and the Crown Princess of Norway, The Near Future Summit,[3] The American Public Health Association Annual Meeting,[4] Clinton Global Initiative University, Nexus Global Youth Summit, Women’s Entrepreneurship Day, The Novus Summit at the United Nations General Assembly[5] amongst many others.

From 2006 to 2013, Khaliya was 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. As part of her work as a public health specialist, Khaliya has travelled to over 65 countries throughout Africa and Asia as a diplomatic delegate in addition to her work as a Peace Corps in Bulgaria from 1999-2001, during the country's rocky post-communism period.


Khaliya graduated with Honors from Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health in Public Health, as well as receiving a BA with honors in European Studies and International Affairs from New York University She also studied Computer Science at New York University and Film at the New York Film Academy.

Awards and Recognition[edit]

Khaliya was awarded the Middelthon-Candler Peace Prize alongside Former First Lady Rosalynn Carter, who received the Justice Prize. She was also appointed a member of The World Economic Forum's Expert Advisory Global Futures Council on the Future of Health and Healthcare.[6] She sits on the Entrepreneur Board of Venture for America,[7] the advisory board of Nexus Youth Summit,[8] the advisory committee for NeuroLaunch; the leading accelerator for neuroscience apps,[9] and is a donor to the TED conference.


Along with her partner Thomas Ermacora, Khaliya co-founded not for profit mental health initiative Falkora. Using technological innovations to tackle mental health problems across society, Falkora aims to put mental health at the top of the international and U.S. political agenda. FALKORA is currently focused on finding technology solutions for brain health and mental wellbeing.

An avid art enthusiast, Khaliya was on the Young Acquisitions Council for the Guggenheim,[10] the Whitney Contemporaries[11][12] and the Metropolitan Museum's Apollo Circle. Khaliya was featured in Bill Gates’s blog in 2012.[13]


  1. ^ "United State of Women Summit". 
  2. ^ "TEDxBeaconStreet". 
  3. ^ "The Near Future Summit". 
  4. ^ "The American Public Health Association Annual Meeting". 
  5. ^ "United Nations General Assembly". 
  6. ^ "The World Economic Forum". 
  7. ^ "Venture for America". 
  8. ^ "Advisors | Nexus Global Youth Summit". Retrieved 2016-06-20. 
  9. ^ "NeuroLaunch". 
  10. ^ "Membership". Retrieved 2016-06-20. 
  11. ^ "Join the Whitney Contemporaries | Whitney Museum of American Art". Retrieved 2016-06-20. 
  13. ^ "Gates Notes". Archived from the original on 2015-01-06. 

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