Navid Mohebbi is NUFDI’s Advocacy Director and a long-time democracy advocate and a
former political prisoner in Iran. He has written extensively on Iran’s political and social affairs
both in Persian and English and worked with many civil society organizations in Iran on a range
of political, human rights, and women’s rights issues.
Navid is responsible for designing and implementing strategies to advance NUFDI’s mission and
policy goals, and is tasked with building relationships with key policymakers and grassroots
organizations. He also leads NUFDI’s strategic growth initiatives while contributing to overall
Navid was born and raised in Iran. He holds a BA in international relations and Middle Eastern
studies from George Washington University, and MA in Security Studies from University of
Navid regularly advises the U.S. government on Iran policy and is a regular contributor to Persian
and English language media outlets. His articles have appeared in Wall Street Journal,
Washington Times, Radio Free Europe, etc. Before joining NUFDI, Navid worked as a media
analyst for the U.S. State Department . He also completed a DOD-funded program where he
researched the impact of climate change on political stability in Iran for the Federal Division of
Library of Congress.