Iran and the Future Generation of Activism

Cameron Khansarinia

Policy Director, National Union for Democracy

Marjan Keypour Greenblatt

Founder & Director, ARAM

Arash Sobhani

Musician, TV host, activist

Lisa Daftari (moderator)

Investigative journalist

November 18, 2020 11:00 AM    Webinar

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Join us on Wednesday, November 18 for an in-depth discussion on the future of generation of activism in Iran. Our expert panel features diverse perspectives of Iranian activists representing the variety of mediums: policy research, nonprofit coalition building, music and investigative journalism.

Iran underwent an historic uprising at this time last year. Protesters took to the streets in at least 191 cities calling for regime change. One year later, what is the current state of Iranian activism, particularly when looking at the future generation of leaders?  Join for a unique inside look at the state of organizing and activism on the ground in Iran.

Marjan Keypour Greenblatt is the Founder and Director of the Alliance for Rights of all Minorities (ARAM), a network of activists which promotes human rights in Iran. As a former refugee who escaped discrimination in the Middle East and Europe, her career has focused on promoting human rights and advancement democratic ideals. She has advocated for Iran's minorities at the White House, US Congress, the State Department, and the European Union. Marjan also serves on ADL's Task Force for Middle East Minorities. Her writings have appeared in numerous outlets including Newsweek, Women's Media Center, IranWire, Radio Farda, and Huffington Post.

Cameron Khansarinia is Policy Director for the National Union for Democracy in Iran (NUFDI), a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization of Iranian-Americans raising awareness about the freedom movement in Iran. In his role he heads research and writing, advocacy efforts in the policy and policymaking communities, media relations, legislative efforts, and special projects. He maintains contact with the Iranian-American community and Iranian democracy activists across the political spectrum. Prior to joining NUFDI he lived in New York City and worked at BlackRock. He studied government and political theory at Harvard where he served as the President of the Iranian Association and as the Vice President of the Student Body. 

Arash Sobhani is an Iranian musician, television host and activist. He is the lead singer and guitarist of underground rock band Kiosk and the host of OnTen, a satirical news program that airs on VOA Persian. Sobhani was born and raised in Tehran, and attended Isfahan University of Art from where he earned a MA in Architecture. He moved to the United States in 2005 to release Kiosk's first album, Ordinary Man. Since then, they have released 9 albums.

Lisa Daftari (moderator) is an award-winning investigative journalist focusing on foreign affairs with expertise in the Middle East and counterterrorism. She regularly appears on television and radio with commentary and analysis, providing exclusive reporting on vital developments in the region. She frequently appears on Fox News as an on-air political analyst and has previously been featured on CBS, NBC, PBS, NPR, ABC, Voice of America, SiriusXM, The Washington Post, AOL News, Yahoo News, Jerusalem Post and others. Lisa has been interviewed in Spanish, English and Persian (Farsi).