Who We are
Founded in 1997, Persia Educational Foundation benefits from a number of consultants, interns, volunteers, collaborators as well as a diverse and experienced Board of Trustees.
The daily work of Persia is overseen by its Core Team composed of its Executive Director and representatives of its Board of Trustees.
- Executive Director
Nazenin Ansari is the Managing Editor of Kayhan-London and Founder of Persia Educational Foundation.
A Trustee of the Foreign Press Association in London, she serves as on the Board of Directors of Encyclopedia Iranica at Columbia University. Elected to the governing Committee of the Foreign Press Association in London, she served as President, Vice President and organised “Women as Agents of Change” symposium.
Nazenin has worked with and been a member of a number of educational and charitable foundations, including the Friends of Persian Language Society at Cambridge, Benefactors of Kahrizak, the Iran Heritage Foundation, the award-winning Mihan Foundation, the Popli Khalatbari Foundation and Magic of Persia. She is a member of Chatham House, the International Institute for Strategic Studies.
Kamran Hashemi has worked in investment banking in London for over 30 years. He has been a long standing supporter of educational and charitable organisations serving the community at large. Kamran is a member of the Board of Arseh Sevom and previously founding member and member of the Board of Iranian Community Centre established in 1983 to offer legal advisory services to asylum seekers in London, member of the board of trustees of Science and Arts Foundation and a founding member of United4Iran-London.
Dori Dana-Haeri is a seed investor in start-up companies. She founded and is the Managing Director of DDH Consultants, a strategy and marketing consultancy for growth through innovation. She is a former Director and Founder of Acrostic, an investment banking firm specialising in alternative asset classes. She is also a former General Partner, in charge of fundraising, and a member of the investment committee of Eden Ventures, a £130m venture capital fund. Dori maintains an active role in several charities and advisory boards. She holds an MBA from University of Bath.
Dr. Nina Ansary
Dr. Nina Ansary is a bestselling author, historian, and leading authority on women’s rights in Iran. Her book Jewels of Allah: The Untold Story of Women in Iran received international attention and has garnered multiple awards – including the 2016 International Book Award in ”Women’s Issues”. In 2018, Dr. Ansary was appointed 1 one of 6 UN Women Champions for Innovation, supporting the flagship programs of the Global Innovation Coalition for Change (GICC). She is the recipient of The 2018 Trailblazer Award from Barnard College, Columbia University. She has also been recognized as one of “14 Privileged Women to Change the World” by Marie Claire, been featured in Angeleno Magazine’s ”Living Legacies of 2016” and selected as one of ”Five Iranian Visionaries You Need to Know” and ”6 Women Who Build Bridges Not Walls” by The New York Times. Dr. Ansary has appeared on Fox News, Larry King, The BBC and CBS Radio and been featured in a variety of top publications, including CNN.com, The Los Angeles Times, The UK Daily Telegraph, Teen Vogue and the Yale Journal of International Affairs. She regularly contributes to the Daily Beast and to Women in the World in association with The New York Times.
Dr. Ansary is a Visiting Fellow at the London School of Economics Centre for Women, Peace and Security and regularly presents her work at top universities, including Columbia, Oxford, Cambridge, New York and Harvard, as well as the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace in Washington D.C., the UN Social Good Summit, and worldwide conferences in Dublin, Milan and London. She also frequently moderates panels and discussions, most recently at the UN Women’s Innovation, Technology and Entrepreneurship Industry Forum 2017.
Ansary holds an MA in Middle Eastern Studies and a PhD in History from Columbia University. She serves on Columbia University’s Global Leadership Council, the Board of Trustees of Barnard College, the Iranian American Women’s Foundation (IAWF), and Persia Educational Foundation.
Dr. Parviz Mina
Tahirih Danesh is the Executive Director of Persia Educational Foundation. A researcher and educator, she has lived and worked in a host of countries, including conflict and post-conflict zones in Asia, Europe and the Americas. Tahirih has founded and managed emerging and established entities focussed on research, publishing, education, rehabilitation and empowerment of minority communities. A lecturer, consultant and Honorary Research Fellow, she is a Senior Research Associate and Founding Editor of Iran Human Rights Review at the UK Foreign Policy Centre. Tahirih serves on a number of advisory boards and bodies in Europe and North America dedicated to cultivating sustainable and positive social impact.