Azim Khamisa is an acclaimed inspirational keynote speaker, workshop leader, consultant, and board member. He has been recognized by esteemed figures including the Dalai Lama, former President Bill Clinton, and Al Gore.
In 1995, after the loss of his son Tariq to a gang-related incident, Azim chose the path of compassion and forgiveness. He founded the Tariq Khamisa Foundation (TKF). The foundation creates safer schools and communities through educating and inspiring children in the restorative principles of accountability and compassion.
Since then, Azim has touched millions with his message of forgiveness, peace, and leadership.
Born in Kenya with Eastern roots, Azim has a multifaceted background in mathematics, economics, and finance. He has enjoyed a successful career in international investment banking for over 45 years.
Azim has dedicated his life to ending youth violence. He and Ples Felix (the grandfather of the boy who killed Tariq) have shared their story to millions, advocating for nonviolence and forgiveness.
After conducting over 1,600 workshops and keynote speeches worldwide, Azim is an adept presenter. Azim also serves on numerous boards, including as vice-chair for the Institute of Noetic Sciences, which studies consciousness.
Today, Azim graces the boards of numerous organizations.
Azim has received over 80 regional, national, and international awards, including the National Crime Victims Special Community Service Award and the Search for Common Ground award.
He is also inducted in the Martin Luther King Jr. Board of Sponsors at Morehouse College.
Azim is an award-winning author, with inspirational books such as Azim’s Bardo – From Murder To Forgiveness and The Secrets of the Bulletproof Spirit. His story is currently being developed into a documentary and a feature film.