Rahim Moloo

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Rahim Moloo, LLB’05

Outstanding Young Alumnus Award

An extraordinary reputation usually results from many years of dedication and hard work. But Rahim Moloo, not yet 30, is a notable exception to that norm. With a list of achievements longer than that of most people twice his age and a CV that could shame top executives, Rahim epitomizes the enormous potential that UBC graduates possess.

As a UBC law student, he won several debating championships for UBC including the Canadian National Debating Championships and the World Public Speaking Championships. He also volunteered as chairperson of the Faculty Council Student Caucus. For these accomplishments and more, in his final year at UBC Rahim was recognized by The Globe and Mail as a “face of BC’s future.”

Soon after completing his degree, Rahim went on to pursue a master’s in international law at New York University – the leading program in the field – and graduated as all-university valedictorian. His research focused on the settlement of international disputes involving nation states, and NGO involvement in the United Nations’ decision-making processes. Soon, his talent was noticed by White & Case LLP, a leading international law firm, where Rahim advised governments and multinationals in international disputes. While working for the firm, Rahim published several articles and gave lectures on hot-button issues including post-conflict development, foreign investment, international arbitration and corruption. He currently holds fellowships at the University of Cambridge and Columbia University through which he continues his research on issues of international law..

Recently, Rahim moved to Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan, to join the University of Central Asia, part of the Aga Khan Development Network, as general counsel and board secretary. His involvement will help develop the region through research and education around issues facing rural and mountain communities, and by bringing jobs and capital to the three towns  where the campuses are based. Though many might feel compelled by such a cause, few would make the sacrifice of moving across the world in an attempt to make a difference.

Outside of his professional achievements, Rahim has taken on a community leadership role. For instance, he used his platform as a finalist on the CBC TV show, Canada’s Next Great Prime Minister, to promote access to post-secondary education; he was a founding member the interfaith Jewish-Muslim group, OliveBranch; and he has assisted underrepresented groups obtain increased health care services in the United States.  On top of everything else he does, Rahim is a proud and dedicated husband and father.


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