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.
Mafinezam has published in diverse areas such as U.S. and Canadian Public Policy and Planning, Diasporas and International Development, West Asia’s Politics and Economics, as well as Social Innovation and Communities of Practice.
He holds a Ph.D. in Public Policy from the Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy at Rutgers University in New Brunswick, NJ, where he focused on comparative public policy, as well as urban and regional planning in a North American context. His dissertation, entitled, "For Inquiry and Reform: Think Tanks of the Progressive Era.” (2003, Rutgers University) chronicles the rise of “scholar-statesmanship” in the United States of the early Twentieth Century, and the transformed intersection of social science and public policy in our time. Mafinezam also holds a BA in psychology and philosophy from the University of Western Ontario, and is a graduate of the Thacher School in Ojai, California.
In the late 1990s, Mafinezam was the founding coodinator and fundraiser of the Columbia Caspian Project at Columbia University in New York, which examined the geopolitical transformation of the energy-rich Caspian region. In that decade, he was also the founding coordinator of the Project on US-Iran Relations at the Atlantic Council in Washington, DC.
He is lead author of "Iran and Its Place Among Nations" (2008, Praeger Publishers), which is carried by over 600 libraries internationally, and has been used extensively as a reference on Iranian foreign policy. Mafinezam’s writing has been published in the Toronto Star, The Mark, the Philadelphia Inquirer, PBS’s Tehran Bureau, the Literary Review of Canada, among others. He has been interviewed by the BBC, VOA, I-Channel, CBC, as well as numerous West Asia-based media.
Mafinezam has organized and spoken at dozens of events in the U.S., Canada, Europe, and West Asia, where he has emphasized his favorite motto, “Everything is Connected to Everything Else.”