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The President of Rotary International (RI), Ian Riseley, undertook a historic tour of Pakistan recently during which he held a number of high profile meetings including those with the Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi and the Governor of Sindh, Mohammad Zubair.
“I had the amazing opportunity to travel to Pakistan this past week. Pakistan is one of only three countries in the world with ongoing wild poliovirus transmission, alongside Afghanistan and Nigeria. It's critical that we continue our efforts to end polio so that no child is ever inflicted with this terrible disease,” the RI President observed.
He highly appreciated the tremendous progress made by Pakistan Polio Programme by saying that “scientifically driven decision making with robust management and accountability mechanism shows that Pakistan is well on course to polio eradication and Rotary will extend continued support till the end of this mission. Together we will be able to make it across the finish line.”
While he attended numerous meetings and sessions round the clock during what indeed turned out to be a whirlwind tour of Pakistan one piece of history which is likely to live longer in his memory related to the historic Karachi Gymkhana.
The RI President 2017-2018, hailing from Victoria, Australia, was briefed about the history of the Karachi Gymkhana Cricket Ground by Aziz Memon, Chairman, Pakistan Polio Plus Committee, and a former Rotary Governor.
Both the Rotary leaders, sharing the common passion for cricket, were found engaged in a serious conversation about cricket, as the visiting RI President was informed by Aziz Memon about the memorable match staged at the ground, where they were standing, which paved the way for Pakistan becoming a Test playing nation.
Belonging to Rotary Club of Sandringham, the RI President is a chartered accountant and principal of Ian Riseley and Co., a firm he established in 1976. Prior to starting his own firm, Risely had worked in the audit and management consulting divisions of large accounting firms and corporations.
His firm specializes in income tax and management advice for individuals and small businesses. He has a master’s degree in taxation law and graduate diplomas in accounting and income tax.
Riseley’s honours include the AusAID Peacebuilder Award from the Australian government in recognition of his work in East Timor, the Medal of the Order of Australia for services to the Australian community, the Distinguished Service Award and the Regional Service Award for a Polio-Free World from The Rotary Foundation.