Farhad Hakimzadeh

Farhad Hakimzadeh is a founder of the Iran Heritage Foundation, a non-political, nonprofit organization in the United Kingdom that disseminates knowledge about the languages, cultures, and history of Persia and modern-day Iran. He was inspired to establish the Foundation to counter many of the negative stereotypes of Iran perpetuated in the political world. The Foundation supports scholarly research, publications, lectures, exhibits, and other activities that reflect its mission. Farhad Hakimzadeh was the Chief Executive Officer of the Iran Heritage Foundation from its inception in 1995 until mid-2007. Farhad Hakimzadeh was born in Iran in 1948 and schooled in Germany from the age of nine until graduation from high school. He left for the United States to study industrial management and electrical engineering at MIT. There, he participated on the MIT team that worked on the “Limits to Growth” project funded by the global think tank Club of Rome, which forecasted future outcomes for our planet, which is growing rapidly in population with finite resources. The project’s book, also called Limits to Growth, generated worldwide interest. After completing his BS degree at MIT, Farhad Hakimzadeh attended Harvard Business School, earning his MBA degree. Farhad Hakimzadeh returned to Iran, where the government recruited him to conduct long-range planning for mass communications in Iran. After completing this project, he joined the family’s manufacturing business, filling the position of Chairman of the Board following his father’s retirement. While he was experiencing personal transitions, Iran also underwent massive changes following the Islamic Revolution in 1979. The policies of the new government caused many uncertainties about the future of the family business. The pressures became so severe that he fled Iran and became a citizen of the United States, thriving in real estate and venture capital businesses. Wanting to oversee the care of his aging parents, he moved to England in 1995, where he shifted his personal focus to philanthropy, developing and managing the Iran Heritage Foundation.