Alidad Mafinezam, Ph.D., President

Alidad Mafinezam is an author and convener focused on the intersection of social science and comparative public policy. Mafinezam is co-founder of the Mosaic Institute in Toronto, and co-founder and former board member of the Iranian Canadian Congress, for whom he has moderated numerous candidates debates at the federal, state (provincial), and municipal levels. He was a Principal Investigator at the Centre of Excellence for Research on Immigration and Settlement. He has acted as an advisor to UN University for Peace, Centre for Applied Studies in International Negotiations in Geneva, and the Center for Urban Policy Research in New Brunswick, NJ...
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Stacey Conti, Director of Urban and Regional Initiatives

Stacey Conti is Director of Urban and Regional Initiatives at the West Asia Council. In this capacity, she focuses on highlighting the multicultural and diverse heritage of the U.S.and expanding the access of “newer” communities to heritage and legacy projects across the U.S. She is an expert on community banking and impact investing, and has been involved in ...
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Nadereh Chamlou, Board Member

Nadereh Chamlou is a former Senior Advisor to the Chief Economist at the World Bank's Middle East and North Africa Region. In her 33-year career with the World Bank, she held managerial, advisory, technical, and coordination positions across the World Bank and International Finance Corporation in economic management, private sector development, financial markets, knowledge economy, infrastructure, environmental sustainability, corporate governance, and gender and development. In addition to the Middle East and North Africa, her experience extends to Latin America, East Asia...
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Jahandad Memarian, Research Associate

Jahandad Memarian is a research associate at the West Asia Council. He is also a senior research fellow at Nonviolence International and a contributor to Al-Monitor and the Huffington Post. He holds an M.A. in Western Philosophy from the University of Tehran. Jahandad won a full scholarship from the Iranian Ministry of Science, Research and Technology to pursue his PhD in epistemology at the University of Munich, Maximilian...
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Farzaneh Roudi, Board Member

Farzaneh Roudi who has been with the Population Reference Bureau since 1987 is a senior policy analyst, serving as Program Director for the Middle East and North Africa (MENA). She initiated the Program in 2001, with the goal of responding to the region's need for timely and objective information and analysis on population, socioeconomic, and reproductive health issues. The program explores the linkages among these issues and provides evidence-based policy and program recommendations for decisionmakers in the region. Ms. Roudi...
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Farzin Arsanjani, Founding Board Member

As the Co-Founder and President of HyperOffice, Farzin Arsanjani is focused on developing and executing the company's business plan.

Farzin is also a co-founder of programming.com and application.com

Prior to founding HyperOffice, Mr. Arsanjani founded and grew HTR to a nationwide operation delivering software training, consulting and publishing services. HTR delivered its services worldwide in multiple languages through key alliances with software vendors to Fortune 2000 organizations in the commercial and public sectors...
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