Board of Directors
Professor Hooshang Amirahmadi
Prof. Amirahmadi is director of the Center for Middle Eastern Studies and a professor at the Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy. Amirahmadi is the founder and president of the American-Iranian Council, a research and policy think tank devoted to improving understanding between the peoples of Iran and the United States.
He is the author of Revolution and Economic Transition: The Iranian Experience and editor of 10 other books. His latest book is The Political Economy of Iran. National and international print and broadcast media outlets frequently interview him, including CNN and the New York Times. Amirahmadi has served as consultant to the United Nations, the Aga Khan Foundation, the World Bank and several governments, as well as private companies. He has presented at conferences around the world.
Emad Kiyaei is the executive director of the American Iranian Council (AIC), a nonprofit and nonpartisan educational organization seeking to help policy makers and citizens overcome key misunderstandings and misperceptions between the United States and Iran. Emad is also a researcher at Princeton University’s Woodrow Wilson School of Public & International Affairs. His research focuses on the Middle East region, with emphasis on finding avenues for resolving the crisis over Iran’s nuclear program through diplomacy, improving US-Iran relations and increasing the prospects for a Middle East Weapons of Mass Destruction Free Zone. Previously, Emad was an associate at the Center for International Conflict Resolution (CICR) at Columbia University, focusing on Middle East and Iranian affairs.
In addition, Emad is engaged in providing consulting services in the field of conflict prevention, mediation and advocacy. His client roster includes the United Nations Regional Commission (UNRC) and various Middle Eastern non-governmental and humanitarian organizations.
Emad holds a Master of International Affairs from Columbia University School of International and Public Affairs, with a concentration in Economic and Political Development and Conflict Resolution.
Professor Marvin Zonis
Prof. Zonis is an American global political economist and expert on Middle Eastern politics and professor emeritus at the University of Chicago. Professor Zonis has written extensively on globalization, digital technologies and emerging markets.
Ambassador Charles W. Freeman Jr.
Senator John Bennett Johnston Jr.
Mr. Richard H. Matzke, Co Chairman AIC
Ambassador William G. Miller
Mr. Mohsen Movaghar
CEO of West Point Capital
Mr. Movaghar is President and CEO of West Point Capital headquartered in Los Angels, California. He holds a BA in economics and an MA in management and operations research from Northrop University. Mr. Movaghar has written numerous articles on economic matters and has participated in a number of research projects with Tehran and Melli University in Iran. He has been a supporter of many major Persian arts exhibitions and is a founding member of the Friends of Persia organization.
Ambassador Richard B. Murphy
Amb. Murphy has served as US ambassador to Mauritania, Syria, the Philippines and Saudi Arabia. Later he served as US Assistant Secretary of State for Middle East and South Asia.
Mr. Giandomenico Picco
Mr. Picco, an Under Secretary General of the United Nations, is the personal representative of the Secretary General for the United Nations Year of Dialogue among Civilizations. He is also the CEO of GDP Associates, Inc. in New York City, and President of the non-governmental Peace Strategies Project in Geneva, Switzerland.