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Seeds of Peace is proud to present the 2010 Young Peacemaker Award to Mr. Ozi Amanat and Mrs. Asema Ali Ahmed for their outstanding philanthropic work helping to empower young people with the leadership skills necessary for peace-building.  Ozi and Asema share a special passion for the youth of South Asia where hundreds of ‘Seeds’ today act as champions of coexistence despite enormous odds.  We further commend their dedication to giving girls from impoverished regions of India access to quality education. We are proud to honor them with the 2010 Young Peacemaker Award.

Ozi Amanat is Senior Vice President at Oppenheimer & Co., Inc., a leading asset managment and financial advisory service firm. Amanat has applied his knowledge of investing to improving and enriching communities throughout the world. Amanat is a board member of Mount Sinai Hospital Department of Medicine, a supporter and friend to the Rubin Museum of Art. He is a board member and treasurer of the Non-Profit Abraham’s Vision, a conflict transformation organization and recipient of the 2009 $100,000 commitment from the Clinton Global Initiative, and a member of Synergos Global Philanthropist Circle, a Non-Profit organization that addresses global poverty and social injustice.

Amanat’s family built Tradescape, a brokerage, technology and trading firm that was named one of the “Top 100 Companies in the United States” by the Red Herring magazine.  The company was acquired by E*Trade for a consideration of $280 million in 2002. Amanat resides on the Upper East Side with wife Asema Ali Ahmed.

Ozi is a graduate of Harvard University and a student of the Psychology of Financial Markets.

Asema Ali Ahmed is President of Magnolias Linens, a high-end custom event décor company produces specialty fabrics, props, linens and other custom items for weddings, charities, premier parties and celebrity events. Asema is involved with many charity organizations and is on the board of Developments in Literacy, which aims to improve the dismal state of education in Pakistan’s underdeveloped areas, particularly among girls.  DIL operates 150 schools with an enrollment of nearly 15,000 students and emphasizes gender equality and community participation in its programs.

Asema is a graduate of Georgetown University where she completed a Masters in Communication, Culture and Technology.  She also graduated from New York University where she received a Bachelor of Arts in Religious Studies and Pre-medicine. Asema is married to Mr. Ozi Amanat and is the daughter of Drs. Anjum & Pervez Ahmed.  She is the granddaughter of Fakhruddin Ali Ahmed, the fifth President of India.

Asema is a member of the NYU Young Alumni Leadership Committee and involved with promoting women and entrepreneurship with current NYU students.

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One Comment

  1. Congratulations, Asema and Ozi! It’s so wonderful to see the work you are both doing, and the impact you are having in many lives. Hope to see both of you soon.. I’ll be in NYC March 1-3.
    Cheers!!!


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