Bio: Omid Memarian
Omid Memarian, Deputy Director
Omid Memarian, born and raised in Tehran, is a journalist, analyst and Deputy Director at the Center for Human Rights in Iran. He has worked with civil society and media organizations in Iran for the past 18 years. Prior to emigrating to the US in 2005, he was the editor in chief of the Volunteer Across Quarterly, a pioneering Iranian magazine dedicated to civil society issues.
A World Peace Fellow at the UC Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism (2007-2009), he is the recipient of the 2005 Human Rights Defender Award, the highest honor given by Human Rights Watch. His writings have appeared in the New York Times, Los Angeles Times, Wall Street Journal and Time.com. He lives in Brooklyn, New York.