AN ASIAN businessman has been appointed the president of His Highness Prince Aga Khan Shia Imami Ismaili Council for the UK.
Naushad Jivraj took over the role on July 11 and will serve a three-year term.
Jivraj is the CEO of Queensway Group, a family business founded in the 1970s with interests in the real estate and franchise sectors.
The company are franchisees of the Starbucks brand in the UK with 14 stores and the KFC brand in Austria and Slovakia where they operate 10 stores.
They also own and operate seven Point A Hotels in London, two in Scotland (Edinburgh and Glasgow) and one under development in Dublin.
Recently, Queensway Group acquired The Sloane Club, a private members’ club, in London Chelsea in partnership with Clearbell Capital.
In his new role, which is a voluntary position, Jivraj’s remit includes the UK as well as Austria, Sweden, Denmark, Germany, Italy, Spain, Ireland, and the Netherlands.
He will be responsible for the welfare of 18,000 Ismaili Muslims and the council whose teams focus on education, economic planning, legal matters and health, among others.