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Firuzeh Mahmoudi
Director, United for Iran
Special Guest Talk
Healing Deeper In Order To Serve And Love Better


Firuzeh Mahmoudi is a serial social entrepreneur currently working on her fourth start-up. She is founder and CEO of United for Iran. United for Iran was launched in 2009 in response to the disputed election, and ensuing violence and repression, of the regime of President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. The organization held events in 110 cities in partnership with 7 Nobel Laureates and the band U2. Today, United for Iran hosts and organizes an online network of more than 55,000 activists around the world who advocate for Iranian human rights. U4I also developed and maintains the Iran Prison Atlas, the most comprehensive database of Iranian political prisoners, the judges that incarcerated them, and the prisons they languish in. The Atlas is now the leading source of information for journalists, activists, diplomats, UN bodies, and policy advocates around the world. U4I also develops civic technologies and runs an app-development incubator focused on Iranian civil society. United for Iran's latest and largest project, IranCubator, is building the platform, the processes, and technology stack to bring secure mobile applications to mobile phones in Iran. These applications protect women from harassment and domestic abuse, promote electoral transparency, and protect the rights of ethnic minorities. Irancubator is the only civic technology project focused on Iran. FIruzeh Mahmoudi helped launch and direct a $13 million UN project to promote environmentally benign health practices around the world. She was a founding member and the Chair of the Board of Golestan —an Iranian cultural and language immersion school that won the Ashoka award in 2015.