|Pari Esfandiari, PhD
Pari Esfandiari is a social entrepreneur and internet pioneer. She founded
IranDokht in 2002 as the first online media platform designed to connect
the global community to Iranian women. It is a powerful and insuppressible
medium that reflects the diverse lifestyles, complex perspectives, experiences
and accomplishments of women of Iran.
Pari's commentaries and articles have won her international acclaim as
a leading authority on Iranian popular culture, Internet and Iranian women.
Her current focus is on the role of the media and women in preventing
war. Her articles and interviews have appeared in Arte Europe, Aljazireh,
Playboy, BlogHer, Voice of America, KPFK, KALW and numerous other media
outlets and have been translated to many languages. Her work has been
showcased by UNESCO and recognized by the New America Media. She is a
frequent speaker at universities, research and women's organizations,
and other forums.
Pari left Iran after finishing her degree in architecture. She has a
doctorate from Oxford Brookes University in sustainable business, and
is an avid environmentalist.