My name is Karim Ajania and I am the founder and executive director of The Educationalist.
Over many years, I have had the great privilege of working alongside some of the most gifted, passionate and dedicated educators, journalists, humanitarians and social entrepreneurs around the world. I am indebted to them for enriching my understanding of the world. I have learned so much from these remarkable individuals. In truth, they have been my educationalists.
It is now my turn to return their kindness by offering them a platform to have their voices heard and their causes understood by a wider audience. That is the purpose of The Educationalist.
The Educationalist is an international speaker series which will serve as a central hub in order to book venues, secure fees for speaking engagements for these compelling presenters, and to raise awareness and money for the worthy causes these individuals champion around the globe.
I have thus far avoided the word “agency” – the unavoidable word in our modern vernacular.
Yes, The Educationalist is an agency.
Just as there are international agencies for actors, musicians and authors, The Educationalist is an international agency. An international agency for extraordinary people dedicated to improving our understanding of the world. The Educationalist is an international agency that is committed to noble causes that will facilitate a better world for us all and a better future for our children.
It is an honor and a privilege for me to serve this magnanimous selection of individuals.
Karim is a former teacher and school principal of a Massachusetts state charter middle school.
He also taught at Boston and New York inner-city schools in Roxbury, Harlem and the South Bronx and taught at schools in Zimbabwe, England, Lithuania, India and several other countries.
Karim is Executive Director of The Educationalist which is an international speaker series.
He is also the Founder and Editor of The Brick Project, a multicultural forum for teachers and students, which was the subject of his doctoral thesis at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. He is also the Founder and Director of a middle school program in the San Francisco Bay Area which builds community with children in Africa called Pencils for Africa.
He is also the Co-Founder, together with Noble Peace Prize Recipient Desmond Tutu, and the Editor-in-Chief of the African Peace Journal which is headquartered in Geneva, Switzerland. African Peace Journal is currently working on a series on the plight of African land and boat refugees with the United Nations High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR) in Geneva.
Together with Founder and Director, Prince Jayasinhji Jhala, Karim is Director of The Halvad Revitalization Initiative, which works to reinvigorate a 15th Century citadel in Gujarat, India.
Karim is a rather reluctant founder and member of The Bored of The British Toast Rack Society.
In the great British tradition Karim is also a keen and avid colonizer. Karim oversees a colony of authors and scholars as Editor of the Café Philosophie, a colony of artists and artisans as Editor of Salon de Refusé, and a colony of inventors and engineers as Editor of Frugalis Creativus (‘frugality and creativity’ from Latin) which includes patented education technology applications.
He was born in Nairobi, Kenya and was sent off to school at age 7 to London, England where he attended Chiswick and Bedford Park Preparatory School. After moving back to Africa for several years he returned to London at age 14 to attended Drayton Manor Grammar School in Hanwell.
He is fluent or conversant in 7 languages.
Karim holds advanced graduate degrees from MIT and from Harvard University.