The Aftab Committee is a Washington, D.C.-based 501 (c)(3) nonprofit organization that supports Iranian-American artists and their works. By raising awareness, advocating education, and facilitating various events and exhibits, we aim to increase public consciousness and appreciation of Iranian-American artists and art.
When Shahrooz Shekaraubi founded the Aftab Committee in May of 2014, he saw endless possibilities for supprting Iranian-American artists and promoting their works. He wanted to create an organization that could serve, support, and inspire Iranian-American artists by bridging the gap between these artists and the general public. By disseminating the works of contemporary Iranian-American artists to diverse audiences, Aftab believes that they can help artists to grow and thrive. Since Aftab's founding, the organization has been successful in its goal of enhancing public awareness of Iranian-American artists and art through exhibitions, film screenings, and other events in Washington, D.C. and New York City.
The Aftab Committee’s vision is to create a platform that will support and celebrate all artists through a polycultural lens. What fuels our success and challenges us? Passion. It’s our engine for growth. It’s what our staff, volunteers, donors, and the universe expects of us. It’s what we expect of ourselves. It enables new heights in serving, promoting and inspiring artists.
Shahrooz Shekaraubi is the founder of the Aftab Committee and owner of White Lily Arts. Born in Tehran, Iran, Shahrooz was raised in the metropolitan Washington DC area. His academic and leadership experiences in the United States, Europe and Iran have led him toward pursuing his doctoral degree in Iranian studies. He has authored several articles in English and Persian on the Iranian-American community and is a poet. He holds a B.A. in Persian Studies from the University of Maryland and a M.A. in Middle Eastern Studies from Lund University, Sweden.
Rebecca Fulp-Eickstaedt is the communications and outreach specialist at the Aftab Committee. During her time as a student at the College of William & Mary, Rebecca worked abroad in both India and Spain, doing non-profit work and research related to Hispanic and Islamic studies. After earning her degree in Cultural Anthropology, Rebecca spent a year in Malaysia teaching English as a Fulbright scholar.
Iman is an Iranian-American artist focusing on music and fashion. He was one of the founders of the Sibil Collective in Iran and is spearheading Sibilization Ltd., an arts consulting firm. Iman has been active in the art scenes of Paris, Berlin, New York, and Tehran. He received his B.A. in Persian Studies from University of Maryland and later attended Ecole hoteliere de Lausanne for his Executive MBA in Hospitality Management. Iman is currently assisting and managing a network of artists inside and outside of Iran.
Sophia is a junior at the University of Pennsylvania who has been a contributing writer for Aftab since January 2017. Sophia is working on a series centered around the theme of polyculturalism in art. As a Brazilian-American and Hispanic Studies major, she is eager to reach across cultural lines to generate dialogue and form connections.
Howard Liebers brings to the Aftab Committee experience in board development, non-profit administration, policy and advocacy development, program development, grant writing expertise, and more. Throughout his career, Howard has worked on health care reform policy issues, enhancing access to primary care services, and health information technology initiatives. Based in Washington, D.C., Howard currently works for the D.C. Department of Insurance, Securities and Banking (DISB) as an advisor to the Insurance Commissioner on Affordable Care Act (“Obamacare”) implementation and health care policy. Prior to this, Howard worked for the DC Department of Health Care Finance (DHCF) as Special Projects Officer in the Office of the State Medicaid Director. Howard also served as Founder and CEO of a small D.C.-based non-profit from 2009-2014. He earned his Master of Public Health degree in 2007 from New York Medical College and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Medical Anthropology from Ithaca College in 2003.
Morad Eghbal’s professional body of work represents an unusual combination of both professional, business, and academic endeavours over nearly four decades. Eghbal has consulted for governments, commercial businesses, non-governmental organisations, and private individuals on natural resources and water development, transfer pricing and foreign currency exchange and payments and private, public partnerships. Eghbal has had more than two decades of experience in teaching at university, both in the United States and abroad, having taught international law (international business transactions, international finance law, comparative law, and comparative constitutional law), legal, ethical and historical studies, and international management. Eghbal clerked for the late Honourable William B. Bryant, United States District Court for the District of Columbia, and served as foreign associate at a law firm in Switzerland and as an associate at a firm in California.
Darya Razavi joined the Aftab Committee in the summer of 2014. Having been an active member, both personally and professionally, in Iranian-American organizations across the Northeastern United States, Darya considers herself a passionate and vocal advocate for the community, particularly on issues related to immigration, education, and racism and discrimination. Darya brings to the Committee experience in community organizing as well as government advocacy and policy research. Based in Washington D.C., Darya currently works at the American Council on Education, a trade association and policy center for institutions of higher education. Darya Razavi received her B.A. in Political Science and Middle East Studies from McGill University in Montreal, Canada.
Reza H. Akbari is a Senior Program Officer at the Institute for War and Peace Reporting. Reza conducts research on Iranian domestic politics, U.S. foreign policy toward Iran, Shia politics, political transition, and democracy. He has previously served as a Research Associate for the Iran Program at the Middle East Institute and a Research Assistant at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars. Reza has written for a number of international publications such as Foreign Policy, CNN’s Global Public Square, PBS – Tehran Bureau, Jadaliyya, Gulf News, and Al Monitor. Reza holds an M.A. in Middle East Studies from The George Washington University’s Elliott School of International Affairs and a B.A. in Political Science and International Studies from the State University of New York at Fredonia.
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