Maryam Faghihimani

Maryam Faghihimani

Maryam Faghihimani was born and raised in Iran as a daughter of one of the most prominent ayatollahs, a close friend of Ayatollah Khomeini. After being repeatedly denied education and work because of her gender and secular-liberal thoughts, in 2003 she left Iran. In spite of her father's demands, Faghihimani has pursued an academic career in Europe focused on human rights, cultural diplomacy, sustainable development, and in particular women's rights. Maryam Faghihimani is the founder and president of the Centre for Cultural Diplomacy and Development. After leaving her home country Faghihimani has lived, studied and worked in number of countries such as Malaysia, Portugal, Finland, Germany and Norway. Her educational field and research interests focus on sustainable development, cultural diplomacy and capacity building. Previously, she worked as sustainability adviser and head of the Green UiO at the University of Oslo. Additionally she has been core group member, adviser and board member for number of research projects, organizations and networks including, the European Science Foundation, Network of Universities in the Capitals of Europe, Nordic Sustainable Campus Network, the Erasmus Mundus Middle East Chapter, the World Education Foundation and Professional Women Network (PWN Norway).
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