Speakers

Dr. Farhang Holakouee: Sociologist

Dr. Holakouee has a doctorate in sociology and three master’s degrees in psychology, economics, and family counseling. He taught as a professor at the University of Tehran. He is an Iranian sociologist and radio personality.                          His radio program—hosted in the past by 670 KIRN and currently by Radio Hamrah—offers relationship advice to callers in persian.

Alireza Meybodi: Broadcaster

Mr. Meybodi is an Iranian radio and television broadcaster. Meybodi has worked for the privately funded NITV (National Iranian Television) founded by Zia Ataby, and has also broadcasted with the PARS TV network, KRSI Radio Sedaye Iran, and Radio Yaran.

Dr. Nayereh Tohidi: Professor

Dr. Tohidi has Ph.D. in Educational Psychology (Socio-Cultural Perspectives) from University of Illinois,                Urbana-Champaign. She is a Professor and former Chair at the Department of Gender & Women Studies,          California State University, Northridge. Her teaching and research areas include sociology of gender, religion (Islam), ethnicity and democracy in the Middle East and post-Soviet Central Eurasia, especially Iran and Azerbaijan Republic. Post-doctoral fellowships at Harvard University; the Hoover Institute of Stanford University; Her publications are The Politics of Women’s Rights in Catholic and Muslim Contexts; Women in Muslim Societies: Diversity within Unity; and Feminism, Democracy and Islamism in Iran.

Dr. Nicole Jafari: Author, Researcher, and Professor

Dr. Nicole Jafari has a doctorate degree in Education and currently is a faculty at two California State Universities in the departments of Human Development and Child & Adolescent Studies. She has published and co-authored many research articles in various scientific and academic journals in the areas of child & adolescent and human development topics. In addition, Dr. Jafari is an author of several academic college textbook with a global, cultural, and multi-disciplinary view on human development and growth. She is currently collaborating with several non-profit and like-minded organization, who promote social consciousness, public awareness, and education.

Dr. Foojan Zeine: Clinical Psychologist

Dr. Foojan Zeine is a Radio host, International Speaker, Psychotherapist, Life Coach, and the Author of                        Life Reset – The Awareness Path to Create the Life You Want. She has her Doctorate in Clinical Psychology and is a Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist. She is the originator and the author for “Awareness Integration” educational and psychological model, a multi-modality approach  and intervention toward minimizing Depression, Anxiety while improving Self Esteem and Self Confidence. Multiple research on this method has been published in international journals and has been presented at Harvard University.

Ardavan Mofid: Actor & Entertainer

Ardavan Mofid, brother of Bijan and Bahman Mofid was born in a family of actors, directors, playwrights and singers. In 1967, Ardavan started his professional appearances in Shahre Ghesse. Then he was the head of the theatre center of the Institute for children and young adults. In 1980-81, he wrote, directed and act in the first Person play in Los Angeles (Mohallel). Since then he started TV and theatrical shows, plus writing many articles about Persian Heritage and Shahnameh in local magazines. He has also performed epic narration (Naghaleh) around the world. Among several other productions, (Lalezar) is his version of musical Theatre which will be presented on May 25 th .


Michael: Vocalist & Comedian

Garen Artuni known as “Michael” was born on December 1, 1965 to an Armenian family in the capital city of Tehran, Iran. The youngest of three children, Michael found himself spending much time and energy on entertaining his family at the young age of 7, with his wit and talents. The most prominent of his many artistic and creative talents, was his uncanny ability to impersonate sounds, voices and characters using his favorite childhood cartoons as material. Three short years later, he expanded his talents to include playing piano and other musical instruments which led to his interest and passion for the vocal arts. It was at this early stage in Michael’s life where he recognized his passion for the performing arts and worked feverishly to improve upon his skill. Up against must resistance and opposition from his family, Michael continued his impersonations and singing and, in an effort, to appease his family, he pursued athletics by joining the Persepolis youth soccer team during the 1979.

Farzam Fattahi: Musician & Singer

Farzam has created his unique and exciting way of playing Violin. He moved to California in 2005 to pursue his aspiration to become a professional musician and singer. He played his music for friends and family, while building a network of peers and potential clients. Farzam now performs with many well-known musicians and singers and continues to produce harmonious and catching tunes. He has recently created several new songs, as well as few music videos.

Sahba Motallebi: Musician

Sahba Motalebi is an Iranian musician and songwriter, a Tar and Setar player and author. A virtuoso of Tar and Setar, Sahba Motalebi is an internationally renowned musician. A member of Iranian National Orchestra, Sahba has been awarded the best Tar player by the Iranian Music Festival for four consecutive years. She has travelled around the globe presenting Persian music to enthusiasts in numerous countries. To date, Sahba has released several CDs and has composed numerous theatrical pieces. A graduated of Cal Arts in world performance music, she has been an ambassador of classical Persian Music in the United States and has captivated audiences in prestigious venues such as Carnegie Hall and Hollywood bowl.

Farzam Salami: Musician & Singer

Farzam Salami is an internationally known composer/musician whose talents range from Movie Scores to Live Performances as well as Professional Audio Engineering and Video Editing. Farzam's first album, Aknoon (“Now”), topped the charts as Iran's best-selling instrumental album, and can be downloaded around the world through iTunes. His score for The Paintings of Mother, a short-animated film, was nominated for Best Animated Score.                                    He is a multi-instrumentalist, who has mastered 35 instruments.

Sina Bayat: Musician & Singer

Sina Bayat is a distinguished composer and musician who founded the Najva Ensemble in 2006. Najva has donated many of its concert proceeds to non-profit and humanitarian causes. Sina Bayat is the studio director at the radio station 670AM. He has also founded Persians Helping Hands Foundation for general charity activities. His Foundation helps with basic needs such as food, rent, money, counseling, medical care or referrals for needy families.