Issue 284, Friday 28 December 2012 - 14 Safar 1434
Former Microsoft VP and MCB leader awarded doctorates
By Elham Asaad Buaras
The University of East London has awarded honorary doctorates to the Former Corporate Vice-President of Microsoft Mohamed Jawad Khaki (left) and former Secretary General of the MCB Dr Muhammad Abdul Bari
Former Corporate Vice-President of Microsoft, Mohamed Jawad Khaki, and former Secretary General of the Muslim Council of Britain (MCB), Dr Muhammad Abdul Bari, were awarded Honorary Doctorates from the University of East London (UEL) on November 27.
Khaki received his Honorary Doctorate in technology while Dr Abdul Bari received his in education from UEL’s Cass School of Education.
A long supporter of UEL, Khaki has backed the University’s research bids for both staff and students.
A native of Tanzania, Khaki has been an active volunteer since the age of 13, serving various NGOs in Tanzania, Pakistan, the UK and now in the US. Khaki founded Ithna‐asheri Muslim Association of the Northwest (est 1997) and served as its President until 2011.
In 1985, Khaki moved to the US; three year later he joined Microsoft, where he stayed until 2009. At Microsoft, he pioneered network computing and rose to the position of Corporate Vice-President. He and his team were responsible for a generation of operating systems based on Windows NT designed for working with networks and workgroups that surround us today such as Windows 7.
In 2003, he received the Walter Cronkite Faith and Freedom award from the Interfaith Alliance Foundation, in recognition of his commitment to religious freedom, democratic values, tolerance and diversity. The same year, he set up the Khaki Foundation which works globally to tackle poverty.
Speaking at the award ceremony in the O2 Arena in London, Khaki said: “This is quite an honour and I feel very humbled by the whole experience. As a boy who grew up in Tanzania in a completely rural environment, today feels like fairyland. I’m very indebted to the education sector, and I look forward to a great association with the University of East London.”
Khaki set up Uhuru Software last year, which supports the development of a new cloud computing design.
Born and raised in Bangladesh, Dr Abdul Bari moved to the UK after gaining a scholarship to study for a doctorate at Kings College London. He then trained as a science teacher, eventually becoming a special educational needs teacher.
From 2006 to 2010, Dr Abdul Bari was Secretary General of the MCB, the country’s largest Muslim umbrella group. He received an MBE in 2003 and is a fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and an Honorary Fellow of Queen Mary, University of London.
In a statement to The Muslim News Dr Abdul Bari said he felt “deeply honoured and humbled” to be awarded the doctorate.