Ignite 2020 will lay out a program that will enable us to understand how we can reposition ourselves, look forward, and set a strategy for re‑invention.

About the Conference

Since 2012, this conference has brought the Ismaili professional community together to forge connections, build partnerships, grow networks and share knowledge and experience. Through this course of this year’s event, we will be challenged and inspired to think bigger, act bolder and harness our intellectual capital to shape the future of generations to come. As we embrace our new normal, we are pleased to announce this year’s conference will be Digital.

Through a cutting-edge platform we will be engaging in thought-provoking dialogue and conversations while exploring the theme of Re:Invention. Ignite Digital Re:Invention will provide you with the opportunity to network with people from across the globe, leaving you inspired.

Join us from September 11 – 14, 2020 as we bring you an elevated and curated digital experience on a dedicated platform!

  • In order to understand how we move towards a mindset of thriving and what “normal” will look like, we need to understand how the economic, social and political landscape has shifted.

  • How can we predict and plan for the Future of Work, Future of Industry and Emerging Technological Trends?

  • What are the tools and behaviours we need to build a thriving mindset that will help us rise and reinvent in all aspects of our lives?

  • These conversations and workshops will be more tangible in nature, providing us with the tools and mindset to move forward.

  • How do we as an Ismaili community, and the communities we live in, continue this momentum of collaboration, coordination and cohesion so we can all rise together, thrive and reinvent?

Why Ignite?

With this year’s first-ever virtual format, we are pleased to be offering an expansive programme covering topics that range from Future of Work, to Impact Investing, to Overcoming Impostor Syndrome. We have top tier speakers joining us from around the world, presented live to you on our platform. In addition to all that, we also have many other perks for our participants.

This is not another Zoom call!

Build Your Own Agenda

Watch the sessions that you choose, when you choose, with the power of our digital platform. There is no need to be online all day, take time off, or interrupt family time – through the Ignite platform, you can join sessions Live, watch Replays, and catch-up On Demand.

You’re truly the master of your own schedule!

Wellness & Entertainment

Take a break from hearing thought-leaders for a little wellness break with a guided meditation session by Farzana Jaffer Jeraj, stretch break, yoga class, and maybe even a cooking demo. Our Wellness lounge will offer programming to complement the conference and help you find balance. You’re also welcome to join us for some musical interludes with featured performances from the Aga Khan Museum.

And don’t forget our Virtual Black Tie Gala on Saturday night – you won’t want to miss it!

Enhanced Networking

The Ignite Digital platform offers a variety of ways to build strong connections. Through Braindate, you will be able to find conversations that match your interests and participate in live video conversations with other participants. You are free to create as many discussion topics as you wish, and you never know just who might join. Some of our key speakers are also looking forward to meeting you in the Braindate lounge!

Keynote Speakers
  • Anousheh Ansari

    XPRIZE Foundation

    Entrepreneurship in the Next Normal

  • The Right Honourable Adrienne Clarkson

    The 26th Governor General of Canada

    The New Global Citizen

  • Shemin Hirji-Nurmohamed

    COO and Vice President
    Pitney Bowes

    Building a Resilient Mindset

  • Khalil Z. Shariff

    Aga Khan Foundation Canada

    The New Global Citizen

  • Bashir Jiwani

    Ethicist and Executive Director
    Fraser Health Ethics Services

  • Mandy Gilbert

    Founder & CEO
    Creative Niche

    Leadership as an Anchor

  • Faheem Noor Ali

    Climate Finance Trade Commissioner
    Global Affairs Canada

    Exploring Climate Finance

  • Nabyl Charania

    Chairman and CEO

    Entrepreneurship in the Next Normal

  • Salim Ismail


    How to Build Resilient Organizations

  • Anu Bhardwaj

    Women Investing in Women Digital

    AI for a Better Tomorrow
    The Movers, Shakers, and C-Suite Groundbreakers

We look forward to seeing you online