Mehdi Khalaji

A senior fellow at The Washington Institute focusing on the politics of Iran and Shiite groups in the Middle East. A Shiite theologian by training, Mr. Khalaji has also served on the editorial boards of two prominent Iranian periodicals and produced for the BBC as well as the U.S. government's Persian news service. …Read More

Ramin Jahanbegloo

A well-known Iranian-Canadian philosopher. He received his B.A. and M.A. in Philosophy, History and Political Science and later his Ph.D. in Philosophy from the Sorbonne University. In 1993 he taught at the Academy of Philosophy in Tehran. He has been a researcher at the French Institute for Iranian Studies and a fellow at the Center for Middle Eastern Studies at Harvard University.  Ramin Jahanbegloo served as the head of the Department of Contemporary Studies of the Cultural Research Centre in Tehran and, in 2006-07,  he was the Rajni Kothari Professor in Democracy at the Centre for the Study of Developing Societies in New Delhi, India. …Read More

Omid Memarian
is well known for his news analysis, regular columns and blogs in English and Persian. Memarian works as a freelance writer for the IPS News Agency (Inter Press Service) Rooz Online and regularly blogs for the Huffington Post. He has had op-ed pieces published in The New York Times San Francisco Chronicle, Los Angeles Times, Opendemocracy.org and Contra Costa Times. He received Human Rights Watch’s highest honor in 2005 the Human Rights Defender Award for his courageous work as a human rights activist. …Read More

Homa Sarshar
is a published author and an award-winning journalist, writer, and media personality. She is the author of two books and the editor of twelve other volumes, including five volumes of the Iranian Women’s Studies Foundation Journal and four volumes of The History of Contemporary Iranian Jews. Her latest book Shaban Jafari was the number one best seller Persian book in Iran and abroad in the year 2003. …Read More