Honorary Committee

Azita Shirazi

Azita Shiraz

Azita Shiraz is an established and respected public figure within the Persian community. She was a well-known radio personality for many years on the very popular Morning Radio Show on 670 AM Radio, and has had several of her own television shows. She also has an extensive background in the insurance business. Presently she is President of Image Inter Media Marketing Company. She lives with her husband and children in the San Fernando Valley.

Zara Spohn

Zara Spohn

Zara Spohn was born in Tehran, Iran and immigrated to the United States in 1977. Zara received her Bachelor Degrees in Business & Finance from Michigan State University. Zara is a Marketing Director at RS Bonding Company; she has been in Marketing and Financial Industry for over 20 years. Zara encumbers 10 years of solid experience in management, marketing, promoting and coordinating events, and building Social Media platform.

Zara devoted her time and her talent by volunteering at Jewel of Persia (A Persian Cultural Center), Los Angeles Persian Parade, and many other charitable Organizations.

Dr. Zaven Khachatourian

Dr. Zaven Khachaturian

Zaven Khachaturian was born in 1946 in Tabriz, Iran. He graduated from Dental Schools in Berne, Switzerland and University of California, Los Angeles.

He co-founded the Arpa Foundation for Film, Music and Art in 1995 and served in the board of several cultural organizations such as Glendale Symphony Orchestra Association and Friends of UCLA Armenian Language and Culture Studies. He also founded the Armin T. Wegner Society of USA, which teamworks with its sister organization in Germany. He helped create the Armin T. Wegner Humanitarian Award within the capacity of Arpa International Film Festival in 2003. The award is presented each year to a filmmaker, whose film deals with subjugated peoples, ethnic cleansing, genocides and forced deportations. He was credited in a few film projects as associate producer, producer and researcher.

Dr. Zaven Khatchaturian works and resides with his family in Glendale, California.

Mariam Atash, Esq.

Mariam Atash, Esq.

Mariam Atash is an attorney with experience in the legal, business, government relations, media and nonprofit sectors. She is Managing Partner of Prime Counsel, PLLC in the United States and is licensed to practice law in Virginia, California and Washington, D.C.

Mariam serves on U.S. Department of State committees related to rule of law and women’s rights. She has also been an Adjunct Professor of Law at The University of La Verne School of Law. In addition to working as a Senior Advisor to a trade association and Counsel at an embassy, Mariam began her legal career working at a top 50 law firm and was selected to serve on a United Nations Committee related to constitutional reform.

Mariam is a cum laude graduate of the Georgetown University Law Center, a summa cum laude graduate of the Honor’s Program at George Mason University in International Studies and served as a White House intern.

Roxana Saedian

Roxana Saedian

Roxana Saedian, highly respected within the national Persian community, and formerly a host to several popular Persian TV programs in the United States. She worked with life-saving, charitable organizations, including CardioStart International, raising funds for those in need of costly heart surgeries throughout Iran and other Middle East countries. She has 2 children, Leila and Neema, and currently resides in Los Angeles, California.

Al Khosravi

Al Khosravi

Al Khosravi, Realtor, Engineer BS, MA, BRE # 01968694, Digitalcolor Beverly Hills Inc., South State Real Estate Management Inc. Real Estate : Buy, Sale, Rent, Commercial/ Residential

Nicole Kian Sadighi

Nicole Kian Sadighi

Nicole Kian Sadighi, is an award-winning actress and director. She is the daughter of two prominent Iranian-American journalists, Nader Sadighi and Shahla Arasteh. She grew up in London, England in the little town of Richmond- upon-Thames.

Once she graduated from high school, she went on to obtain her A-levels in Business Studies, English Literature & Language and Art and also continued on to obtain her B.A. in Political Science.

Hungry to satisfy her creative desire to act, she applied for performing arts school at Brooklands College, the only place she was able to obtain a scholarship to attend. At the end of her 3-year performing arts academy, she graduated with distinctions and merits.

Soon she began her career in film production for many reputable projects and after a few years she set her sights to the west and moved to the United States, where she soon began to see the fruits of her dedication and labor. Nicole Kian Sadighi has not only starred in independently made movies and a television pilots, but more recently she has made the successful transition into directing, winning 11 awards and 21 nominations, including at the 65th Cannes International Film Festival for her directorial debut of ‘I Am Neda’.

Beyond her work in entertainment, she is actively involved in philanthropy and has been a passionate advocate of many causes. Nicole is keenly committed to exposing human rights violations across the globe and is a proponent of non-violent movements. She was also a former fellow researcher at the Center for the Promotion of Human Rights and Democracy for Iran.