Director-General designates Professor Nasser D. Khalili as a UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador
The Director-General of UNESCO, Irina Bokova, has named the British entrepreneur and philanthropist, Nasser David Khalili as a UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador.
Professor Khalili, a scholar and renowned art collector, has been appointed UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador for the promotion of peace among nations through culture and education.
Professor Khalili is the founder of the Nasser D. Khalili Chair of Islamic Art at the University of London’s School of Oriental and African Studies, of which he is a graduate and Honorary Fellow. He has also endowed the Khalili Research Centre for the Arts and Material Culture of the Middle East at the University of Oxford, and is the co-founder and chairman of the Maimonides Foundation, which promotes peace and understanding between Judaism, Christianity and Islam.
Since 1970, Professor Khalili has assembled five outstanding art collections: The Arts of the Islamic World (700-1900), Japanese Art of the Meiji Period (1868-1912), Swedish Textiles (1700-1900), Spanish Damascened Metalwork (1850-1900) and Enamels of the World (1700-2000). Together, the five collections comprise some 25,000 works.
As a UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador, Professor Khalili will join the ranks of outstanding celebrity advocates who spread the ideals of UNESCO through their name and fame. They extend and amplify UNESCO's work and mission and generously use their talent and status to help focus the world's attention on UNESCO’s work.