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Passing the Torch of Success, Berkeley

October 10, 2010



In a remarkable gathering, some of the most accomplished Iranian Americans shared their experiences with the next generation of leaders. Former CNN anchor Rudi Bakhtiar and the popular actor/comedian Maz Jobrani co-hosted the forum at UC Berkeley's Wheeler Auditorium on Sunday, October, 10, 2010 from 2:00 - 5:30 pm. Speakers included:

  • Anousheh Ansari - First female private space explorer
  • Davar Ardalan - Producer, NPR / CPB
  • Hamid Biglari – Vice Chairman, Citicorp | Citigroup
  • Dr. Vishtasb Broumand - Humanitarian Reconstructive Surgeon
  • Hooman Khalili - Morning Radio Personality - ALICE 97.3 FM
  • Hamid Moghadam - Leading Global Developer & Philanthropist
  • Dr. Vali Nasr - Senior Advisor to the Obama Administration

The event also featured a musical Performance by Sam Golzari of the Elevaters

The event was co-hosted by the Public Affairs Alliance of Iranian Americans (PAAIA) and the Iranian Student Alliance of America (ISAA).


Click here for the press release.

Listen to Hooman Khalili's Radio Promo of Passing the Torch 


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Wheeler Auditorium, UC Berkeley. Photos: Hossein Salmanzadeh

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A Message from House Speaker Nancy Pelosi
Passing the Torch of Success, Berkeley, October 10, 2010


Co-Hosts Maz Jobrani and Rudi Bakhtiar start off the event


What I Wish I Knew When I Was 20 | Hamid R. Moghadam


Navigating Through the Media Maze | Davar Ardalan & Hooman Khalili


Life Lessons | Dr. Vali Nasr


San Francisco City Supervisor Ross Mirkarimi's Remarks about the Iranian-American Community and the Event


Sam Golzari and Elevaters




Doctor Offering a Different Kind of Miracle | Dr. Vishtasb Broumand


Nurturing a Dream to Reality | Anousheh Ansari


Closing Remarks | Nahal Iravani-Sani