Sadruddin Aga Khan

UN High Commissioner for Refugees (1933-2003)

Prince Sadruddin Aga Khan, KBE, KCSS (Urdu: صدرالّدين آغا خان, Ṣadr ad-Dīn Āghā Khān, 17 January 1933 – 12 May 2003) was an Iranian prince and diplomat. He was the son of Aga Khan III.

Prince Sadruddin Aga Khan
4th United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees
In office
December 1965 – 31 December 1977
Preceded byFélix Schnyder
Succeeded byPoul Hartling
Personal details
Born(1933-01-17)17 January 1933
Paris, France
Died12 May 2003(2003-05-12) (aged 70)
Boston, Massachusetts, U.S.
Spouse(s)Nina Dyer (m.1957–1962)
Catherine Aleya Sursock (m.1972–2003)
ParentsAga Khan III (father)
Andrée Joséphine Carron (mother)
Alma materHarvard College

Khan was known as the 4th United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees from 1966 to 1977. He helped shift the focus beyond Europe and prepared it for fix and aide hard refugee issues. He was a strong supporter that the United Nations should work alone.

Khan died of cancer on 12 May 2003 in Boston, Massachusetts at the age of 70.[1]


  1. "Prince Sadruddin Aga Khan's Funeral Ceremonies in Geneva" (Press release). Secrétariat de Son Altesse l'Aga Khan, Aiglemont. 14 May 2003. Retrieved 13 October 2010.