Guest of Honor

Guest of Honor

The Society of Iranian-American Women for Education has had the privilege of hosting or co-hosting the following guests:


Gisue Hariri, renowned architect.


Hooman Khalatbari, world-renowned conductor and pianist.

David Leebron, President, Rice University.

Shaun Toub, Iranian-American film and television actor and a recipient of the Sephard Award at the Los Angeles Sephardic Film Festival.

Pari Zangeneh, acclaimed Iranian soprano and folk vocalist.


Dr. Firouz Naderi, the associate director of NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory responsible for project formulation and strategy.

Mrs. Andrea White, Houston’s First Lady and author. Winner of Golden Spur award for her first book, Surviving Antarctica.


Dr. Azita Madjidi, a Houston Plastic surgeon and author of numerous peer review articles and book chapters in French, British and American professional literature.

Dr. Farzin Rezaeian, an award-winning documentary and educational film producer and director.
Iran: Seven Faces of Civilization and Persepolis Recreated are two of his worldwide known productions.


Ms. Anousheh Ansari, First astronaut of Iranian descent and the first female private space explorer
Michael C. Hillmann, Ph. D., Professor, Middle Eastern Studies, The University of Texas at Austin
Mr. Hamed Nikpay, Vocalist and multi instrumentalist musician
Ms. Shohreh Aghdashloo, Oscar nominated actress


Suzanne Bruce, M.D., Diplomate American Board of Dermatology
Dr. Shirin Ebadi, 2003 Nobel Peace Prize Winner
M. R. Ghanoonparvar, Ph.D., Professor, Middle Eastern Studies, The University of Texas at Austin
Ms. Monika Jalili, Vocalist, founder of NoorSaz
Ms. Niki Karimi, Prize-winning actress and movie director
Dr. Jennifer Scarce, Author, (1963-1998) Curator of Middle Eastern Cultures at the Royal Museum of Scotland, Edinburgh


Kelly Hunt, M.D., Director of the surgical breast research program, Department of Surgical Oncology, The University of Texas M. D. Anderson Cancer Center
Eugenie S. Kleinerman, M.D., Division Head, Department of Pediatrics, The University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center
Bruce Leslie, Ph.D., Chancellor , Alamo Community College District
Sattar, Vocalist


Ms. Shara Fryer, News Anchor, Ch.13 ABC
Ms. Banafsheh Sayad, Artistic director, dancer, choreographer and founder of Namah
Mehrsheed Sinaki, M.D. Professor of Physical Medicine & Rehab, Mayo Clinic College of Medicine, Rochester, Minnesota
Honorable Bill White, Mayor of Houston, Texas


Mr. Kayhan Kalhor, Musician, instrumentalist-composer
Mr. Guive Mirfenderski, Author, International Law attorney
Ms. Asieh Namdar, Senior writer and copy editor for CNN Headline News, anchor for CNN International
Mr. Anoushirvan Rohani, Prize-winning composer, pianist
Ms. Homa Taraji, Curator, co-founder of The American Foundation for Contemporary Iranian Art


Ms. Najmieh Batmanglij, Chef, author
Ms. Masumeh Farhad, Associate Curator of Islamic Art, Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, Smithsonian Institution
Mr. Daniel Walker, Curator & Head of the Department of Islamic Art, Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York