Azim Khamisa

Board Vice Chair, Founded of the Tariq Khamisa Foundation

Azim Khamisa serves as the Vice Chair of the IONS Board of Directors. Hailed by dignitaries such as the Dalai Llama, Bill Clinton and Al Gore, Azim delivers his inspirational message to a world in desperate need of forgiveness, peace and hope. Following the murder of his only son Tariq in 1995 through a senseless, gang-related incident, Azim chose the path of forgiveness and compassion rather than revenge, and this amazing choice led to the establishment of the Tariq Khamisa Foundation (TKF) and the subsequent forgiveness movement which has reached millions. A renowned international speaker, Azim has spoken to audiences of adults, juveniles and children, ranging from small schools, to large corporations, to audiences into the thousands. A recipient of 60 prestigious regional, national and international awards, Azim’s focus remains on his vision of a peaceful, non-violent world where adults and children alike make empowering choices.  Azim has authored three books including the award-winning From Murder to Forgiveness, and the Random House book The Secrets of the Bulletproof Spirit, coauthored with Jillian Quinn.

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