Rostam Zafari

Rostam is the Chief Investment Officer for Sage Hill Investors, a single family office. At Sage Hill Investors, he is responsible for overseeing investments across public and private equities, real estate, and venture capital. Rostam has led over 150 investments across purpose-driven companies and fund managers across the United States, Canada, Europe, India, and Africa.

Pardis Sabeti, M.D., D.Phil.

Dr. Pardis Sabeti is a Professor at the Center for Systems Biology and Department of Organismic and Evolutionary Biology at Harvard University and the Department of Immunology and Infectious Disease at the Harvard School of Public Health. She is an Institute Member of the Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard, and a Howard Hughes Investigator.

Nazenin Ansari

Nazenin Ansari is the Publisher and Managing Editor of two independent media outlets and its presence on the international scene, Kayhan London and Kayhan Life. Kayhan-London was launched as a weekly in London in the early 1980s; although its history goes back to the early 1940s in Iran. It is considered the oldest intellectual home

Babak Amini

Babak Amini is a highly talented and accomplished Iranian, Canadian musician composer, guitarist, and a member of American Guitar Society. Born in Iran in April of 1970, Babak was educated in the United States and has since lived between the States and Canada. His first experience of music at the age of ten was with

Nina Khoshkish

Nina was born in Washington, D.C. At age 10, her family moved to Doha, Qatar where she attended the American School of Doha, an international school that sparked her interest in global affairs at a young age. After a few years, her family returned to the D.C. area where she finished high school and began

Navid Mohebbi

Navid Mohebbi is NUFDI’s Advocacy Director and a long-time democracy advocate and aformer political prisoner in Iran. He has written extensively on Iran’s political and social affairsboth in Persian and English and worked with many civil society organizations in Iran on a rangeof political, human rights, and women’s rights issues. Navid is responsible for designing

Cameron Khansarinia

Cameron Khansarinia is NUFDI’s Policy Director. In this capacity, he heads research and writing, legislative efforts, media relations and special projects. He also maintains NUFDI’s relationships with leading Washington policy institutions and on Capitol Hill. Prior to joining NUFDI he lived in New York City and worked at BlackRock Investments. Cameron studied government and political

Saeed Ganji, Ph.D., Sc.D.

Saeed Ganji was born in Tehran, Iran. He came to the United States to study in 1973 advancing his education by receiving a B.S. degree in Electrical Engineering (1978), M.S. degree (1981), and Doctoral of Science degree (Sc.D.) in Power Systems, Transmission and Distribution (1988) from George Washington University. He has also completed his Ph.D.

Shahpour Shiralian

Mr. Shahpour Shiralian was born in Tehran, Iran. He graduated from Tehran Technology Institute in 1977. After graduation he served in the Imperial Army for 22 months until the Islamic Revolution took place and many professional soldiers were purged. After a short time, he could no longer bear the atrocities of the Islamic Republic and

Mohammad R. Jahan-Parvar, Ph.D.

Mohammad R. Jahan-Parvar is a Washington, D.C.-based economist with extensive academic and government experience. He received his BA in economics from Beheshti (National) University (Tehran, Iran), MS in economics from Illinois State University, MS in statistics and PhD in economics from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He has published extensively in peer-reviewed finance and