Nasser David Khalili

Professor Nasser D. Khalili is a world-renowned scholar, collector and philanthropist. His mission is to use the power of art and education to foster peace and unity worldwide.

1951

January

Child in Iran

1974

February

Graduation day at Queens College, NY

1983

February

House of Peace

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1994

October

Treasures of Imperial Japan exhibtion, National Museum of Wales, Cardiff

The Prince of Wales opening the exhibition Treasures of Imperial Japan, Ceramics from the Khalili Collection at the National Museum of Wales. 25 October 1994 - 29 January 1995

1996

February

King Hussein Of Jordan

His Majesty, the late King Hussein of Jordan, visiting the Oxford University Middle East Society.

2003

February

An audience with the late Pope John Paul II

2003

February

Boston University Honorary Degree

Receiving the honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters.

2003

February

Knight Commander of the Royal Order of Francis I (KCFO)

Receiving the honour, Knight Commander of the Royal Order of Francis I (KCFO) along with Baroness Thatcher.

2004

February

Heaven on Earth exhibition, Somerset House, London

Private tour of the exhibition Heaven on Earth: Art From Islamic Land with President Clinton and family.

2005

February

Honorary Doctorate from the University of the Arts

Receiving Honorary Doctorate from the University of the Arts, London.

2005

February

Launch of The Timeline History of Islamic art and Architecture

Reception at Banqueting House to celebrate the launch of The Timeline History of Islamic art and Architecture, attended by Lord Adonis, former Parliamentary Under-Secretary to the Department for Education and Skills.

2005

February

Chancellor's Court of Benefactors ceremony, Oxford University

With Chancellor Lord Patten at the Court of Benefactors ceremony, University of Oxford.

2008

February

Arts of Islam exhibition, Emirates Palace Hotel, Abu Dhabi

At the opening of the exhibition Arts Of Islam: Treasures from the Nasser D Khalili Collection at the Emirates Palace hotel and in the presence of His Highness Sheikh Mohammad Bin Zayed Al Nahyan Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces. Abu Dhabi 22 January - 22 May 2008

2008

February

Enamels of the World book launch

At the launch of Enamels of the World: 1700 - 2000 at the Wallace Collection.

2009

December

Enamels Of The World exhibition, Hermitage, St. Petersburg

With Professor Mikhail Piotrovsky, director of the State Hermitage Museum, at the opening of the exhibition Enamels of The World: 1700 - 2000. 8 December 2009 - 18 April 2010

2011

January

Passion for Perfection exhibition, De Nieuwe Kerk, Amsterdam

With Ernst Veen, director of Hermitage Amsterdam and De Nieuwe Kerk at the opening of the exhibition Passion for Perfection: Islamic Art from the Khalili Collections. De Nieuwe Kerk, Amsterdam, Netherland 11 December 2010 - 17 April 2011

2011

December

Metal Magic exhibition, National Museum of Archaeology, Malta

With former Prime Minister of Malta, Mr. Lawrence Gonzi at the opening of the exhibition Metal Magic: Spanish Treasures from the Khalili Collection at the National Museum of Archaeology in Valletta, Malta. 8 November 2011 - 29 April 2012

2012

January

Hajj: Journey to the heart of Islam dinner, British Museum, London

While hosting a dinner to celebrate the opening of the exhibition Hajj: Journey to the heart of Islam at The British Museum, attended by HRH Prince Andrew, Duke of York and Neil MacGregor, Director of the British Museum.

2012

May

Unesco Goodwill Ambassador

Director General Irina Bokova designating Professor Nasser D Khalili as a UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador.

2012

December

25th anniversary of the Sackler gallery, Washington

Guest speaker at the 25th anniversary gala dinner of the Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, Washington D.C. Standing: Julian Raby and Dame Jillian Sackler, directors of the Arthur M. Sackler Gallery and the Freer Gallery of Art at the Smithsonian Institution.

2012

December

Panel on Peace, UNESCO, Paris

At the High Panel on Peace and Dialogue among Cultures, UNESCO, Paris, with Nassir Abdulaziz Al-Nasser, President of the 66th session of the United Nations General Assembly, Irina Bokova, Director-General of UNESCO, and HRH Prince Turki Al Faisal Al Saud, Chairman, Board of Directors, King Faisal Centre for Research and Islamic Studies.

2013

May

Queens College commencement address

Giving the commencement address as alumnus to the graduation class of 2013 at Queens College, New York.

2013

December

An audience with His Holiness Pope Francis

Meeting His Hollines Pope Francis at the Vatican, to relate the activities of the Khalili Foundation

2013

December

Global Knowledge Society Forum, UNESCO, Dhahran

Addressing the UNESCO Global Knowledge Society Forum as Goodwill Ambassador in Dhahran, Saudi Arabia.

2014

April

Hajj, The Pilgrimage to Mecca exhibition opening, Paris

With the President of France François Hollande at the opening of Hajj, The Pilgrimage to Mecca at the Institut du Monde Arabe.

2015

May

Honorary Doctorate from Franklin University

Receiving the honorary Doctorate of Humanities from Professor P. Gregory Warden, president of the Franklin University in Lugano, Switzerland.

2016

April

Rank of officier in the Ordre national de la Légion d’Honneur

Awarded the rank of officier in the Ordre national de la Légion d’Honneur by the French President

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2016

December

SOAS University, London. “The Art of collecting”

Professor David Khalili lectures at SOAS on the preservation of history through art collecting.

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2018

July

SOAS Graduation Ceremony

Professor Khalili presides over the SOAS Graduation Ceremony, giving the opening address to the class of 2018

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Looking to the future

Professor Khalili is a leading voice in the global movement to advance mutual respect and understanding amongst nations in the world today. Building bridges has been a consistent theme throughout his life’s work and he has been recognised globally for his contributions in this field.

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