Taj Mitha

Taj Mitha

Taj is a Barrister-at-law from the Honorable Society of Lincoln’s Inn in London, England (July 1967). He has a Bachelor of Laws degree from the University of Western Ontario, and has been a Barrister and Solicitor and a member of the Law Society of British Columbia. Taj has also completed an Executive Development Programme at the Harvard University in Boston, USA and a Diplomatic Training Programme at the University of Birmingham organized by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office of the Government of the United Kingdom.

During his career, Taj has lived and worked extensively in Eastern Africa (Kenya, Mozambique, Tanzania and Uganda) the European Union (France, Portugal and Switzerland), United Kingdom, South Asia (Bangladesh, India and Pakistan), Greater Central Asia (Republics of Afghanistan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan), and the Russian Federation. He has practiced law in Uganda, United Kingdom and British Columbia.

He has a wealth of experience with working in various roles throughout his career, notably; as Director of the Sunnybrook Hospital and Health Science Centre in Toronto, Ontario, Chair of the Governance Committee and a Chairman of the Board of Governors of the British Columbia Institute of Technology (BCIT) between the years 2008-2014, a Public Interest Member, appointed by the Government of British Columbia, on the Council of the Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of British Columbia (APEGBC); and the Chair of the Governance Committee of APEGBC for two (2) years, a Municipal By-law Adjudicator for the City of Vancouver appointed by the BC Ministry of Justice since October 2014, a Member (and an occasional Chair) of the Employment Assistance Appeals Tribunal of the Province of British Columbia since October 2014, a Member of the British Columbia Property Assessment Review Panel (PARP) since January 2018, a Member and President of Strata Council VR 2772, Vice-Chairman and Member of the National Committee of Aga Khan Foundation Canada (Ottawa), Chairman of the Executive Committee and Executive Vice-President of Aga Khan Foundation USA (Washington, DC), Director of Focus Humanitarian Assistance Canada (1994-1998); and Focus Humanitarian Assistance USA (1995-1998), Fundação Focus Assistência Humánitaria Europe - Focus Humanitarian Assistance Europe (1996-1998), the first Secretary of the Aga Khan Development Network (France), Senior Attorney at the Secretariat of His Highness the Aga Khan (France) for over 23 years (1984-2006), Personal Representative of His Highness the Aga Khan to the Republic of Tajikistan (9 years), Diplomatic Head of Mission in the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan for the International Development Law Organization (IDLO) (2007-2008),

Taj has published in the Canadian International Lawyer- Volume 6, No1- June 2004- “Doing Business in Afghanistan under Existing Laws Relating to Public and Private Companies”, and Canadian International Lawyer-Volume 6, No 2- June 2005- “The Law on Private Domestic and Foreign Investments in Afghanistan”.