Azim N. Khamisa, President and Founder of the Tariq Khamisa Foundation, has over 27 years of successful experience in domestic and international investment banking, both in the corporate and real estate sectors of the world economy. Mr. Khamisa is the CEO of Sovereign Capital Markets, Inc., an investment banking firm that has associates and correspondent relationships in most major capitals of the world. Mr. Khamisa has conducted successful ventures in Europe, Asia, Africa, Canada, and the United States; for his professional work he has been recognized with several awards, including WhoÃƒÆ’Ã‚Â¯Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Â¿Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Â½s Who in Finance and Industry (26th Edition), WhoÃƒÆ’Ã‚Â¯Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Â¿Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Â½s Who in the World (10th Edition), and WhoÃƒÆ’Ã‚Â¯Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Â¿Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Â½s Who in Emerging Leaders of America (3rd Edition).
The Tariq Khamisa Foundation was founded by Mr. Khamisa in memory of his 20-year old son Tariq, who was murdered in January of 1995. In an amazing act of forgiveness, the foundation was started along with the grandfather and guardian of his sonÃƒÆ’Ã‚Â¯Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Â¿Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Â½s killer. The Tariq Khamisa Foundation is dedicated to the stopping the cycle of youth violence in our communities. In addition to his relentless work with the Tariq Khamisa Foundation, Mr. Khamisa has served as a special coordinator for the Aga Khan Foundation. Moreover, Mr. Khamisa serves as an active Board member for several philanthropic organizations: the Take Action ReAct Awards, a national teen recognition program, the Center for Safe Urban School Communities project at the University of Louisville, and the Murder VictimsÃƒÆ’Ã‚Â¯Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Â¿Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Â½ Families for Reconciliation. For his philanthropic work, he has been recognized with awards by countless local, regional, and national agencies. Most notably, Mr. Khamisa received the Highest Victim Service Award presented by Attorney General Janet Reno and President Clinton in April of 1997. Finally, for his service to AmericaÃƒÆ’Ã‚Â¯Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Â¿Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Â½s children, he received the National Award in March of 1997 from Marion Wright Edelman, the Founder of the ChildrenÃƒÆ’Ã‚Â¯Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Â¿Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Â½s Defense Fund.
Mr. Khamisa delivers keynote addresses at a variety of national and international venues. In June of 1996, he spoke at the Stand for Children Rally held at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington D.C., an event that attracted nearly 300,000 delegates. Mr. Khamisa has had the privilege of meeting with honorable leaders at the White House such as President Clinton, Attorney General Janet Reno, Secretary of Education Richard Riley, and Vice President Al Gore to discuss the concern for youth safety and policy development to curb the increasing rise in youth violence. Mr. Khamisa is also the author of the award winning book: AzimÃƒÆ’Ã‚Â¯Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Â¿Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Â½s Bardo: A Fathers Journey From Murder to Forgiveness".
Mr. KhamisaÃƒÆ’Ã‚Â¯Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Â¿Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Â½s work has been highlighted in various local, regional, and national printed media, including the New York Times, Parade Magazine, People Magazine, U.S.A. Today, and the Washington Post. In addition, he has conducted numerous local, regional, and national television and radio interviews, including NBCÃƒÆ’Ã‚Â¯Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Â¿Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Â½s Today Show, C-Span, NBCÃƒÆ’Ã‚Â¯Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Â¿Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Â½s Real Life, and KPBSÃƒÆ’Ã‚Â¯Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Â¿Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Â½s Fresh Air.
Mr. Khamisa was born in Kenya, as well as educated in Kenya and the United Kingdom in mathematics and finance. He is a naturalized, multi-lingual U.S. citizen, and has resided in the United States since 1974. Mr. Khamisa has committed his life to defeating the continuing cycle of violence amongst the youth in our society.