Advisory Committee

Modjtahedi Fund Advisory Committee

Kaveh Farrokh is an expert in the field of Iranian history and linguistics. He obtained his undergraduate arts degree and his Ph.D. from the University of British Columbia, where he specialized on the cognitive and linguistic processes of Persian speakers. He is currently a learning and career specialist in Langara College in Vancouver, British Columbia. Kaveh at Langara College is also a Learning Psychologist and has a specialty in Learning Disabilities.

He has lectured at the University of British Columbia's Persian Legacy series and has provided seminars at Stanford University's World Association of International Studies (WAIS) conference. The History Channel has interviewed and filmed Dr. Farrokh on the topic of technology in ancient Persia for the series Engineering an Empire (2006).

He is a member of Stanford University’s WAIS, advisor of Iranian Studies for The Society of Hellenic-Iranian Studies, director of the Archaeological Department of the Pasargard Preservation Foundation, member of the Iranian-Canadian Congress, member of Iran Linguistics Society, member of Persian Gulf Preservation Society, and historical advisor to a film project titled

In Search of Cyrus the Great.

He is the author of "Elite 110: Sassanian Elite Cavalry AD 224-642". He recent publication is Shadows in the Desert: Ancient Persia at War (2007) and he is  writing a new book entitled "Iran at War: 1500-Present".

Modjtahedi Fund Advisory Committee

Maryam Shokrai is an attorney and veteran complex business litigator who in December 2008 commenced her own private practice under the name of Shokrai Law.  Ms. Shokrai’s practice includes advising clients on a wide range of employment law issues, performing investigations of discrimination, harassment and retaliation complaints, reviewing business contracts, and advising clients on legal aspects of business matters.  Ms. Shokrai practiced with the law firm of Call, Jensen & Ferrell (formerly Call, Clayton & Jensen) in Newport Beach, California, from 1990 to 2008.  As a partner at Call, Jensen & Ferrell for many years, Ms. Shokrai handled all facets of a complex business, employment and real estate litigation practice in state and federal courts.

The scope of Ms. Shokrai’s practice has been diverse, and has ranged from representing franchisors and developers, to multi-million dollar corporations, to state universities. Ms. Shokrai received her Juris Doctorate degree from the University of California, Los Angeles, School of Law, in 1990.  She is admitted to practice in all California State Courts, the United States District Courts for the Central and Northern Districts of California, and the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. She is a member of the Orange County Bar Association (including its Labor and Employment Section), and the Association of Business Trial Lawyers. She has a Certificate in Mediation from Pepperdine University School of Law's Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution and is the recipient of the highest available "AV Rating,"® based upon a confidential survey of attorneys and judges, from the Martindale-Hubbell Directory of Attorneys.  Ms. Shokrai is fluent in Farsi and French and is conversant in Spanish.

Modjtahedi Fund Advisory Committee

Afshin Zand is CTO of Micro RFID Systems, a high technology wireless startup company in silicon valley. Prior to that he was Director of Systems Architecture at Centillium Communications. He possesses over twenty years of experience in technology development. Earlier in his career he was Chief Engineer of the F15 Eagle computer test system, under contract from IBM Federal Systems Division. He has researched material culture and social values that underline the development of material culture and technology historically, as foundations of socio-economic systems in the evolutionary development of various cultures. He holds the BSEE from MIT and carried out post-graduate work at Harvard University and MIT.

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