Since 1985, the World Affairs Council has honored an individual who has contributed significantly to San Antonio’s growth as an international city. On 15 March 2023, the Council will honor and recognize Waheeda Thawerbhoy Kara.
Kara and her family fled their native Bangladesh when she was very young and lost everything, including their father who died of a heart attack along the way as he tried to find refuge for his family as his country fell from genocide and war.
Kara’s hardships as a young refugee lit a fire in her that grew as an adult. She is a friend and advisor to many city leaders and has served on several management committees for COSA. Most recently, she was appointed by the Mayor of San Antonio to serve on the Mayor’s Council on Police Community Relations.
She currently serves as President of the National Inter-organizational Collaborative, Vice President at Intellica Financial Services, Interfaith Committee Member at the San Antonio Food Bank, and Advisory Board Member at the UTHSC Mays Cancer Center.
“Waheeda Thawerbhoy Kara is the epitome of international citizenship,” said Mayor Ron Nirenberg. “Her story is one of tireless work on behalf of our community and our world through a variety of nonprofit organizations, from serving as a national board member of FOCUS Humanitarian Assistance to her involvement with the San Antonio Food Bank.”
The World Affairs Council of San Antonio, founded in 1982, is to advance public understanding of world affairs and US foreign policy and to strengthen the ability of society and future leaders to participate as global citizens. A not-for-profit and non-partisan organization, it is a member of the World Affairs Councils of America. Visit www.wacofsa.org for more information.
Waheeda Thawerbhoy KaraThe World Affairs Council of San Antonio 2023 International Citizen of the Year.
Amen Babajanianexecutive director of the World Affairs Council in San Antonio
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