Up and Coming Influential People from Tehran, Iran

Salar Kamangar

CEO of YouTube/Senior Vice President of Video at Google

Salar Kamangar is CEO of one of the most successful websites of all time – YouTube. He replaced Chad Hurley as the company’s CEO in October 2010, combining his new role with his position at Google, where he works as the Senior Vice President of Video.

 

 

 

 

Sam Nazarian
Entrepreneur

Born in Tehran, Sam Nazarian is the founder and CEO of SBE, a Los Angeles-based luxury hospitality, real estate development and lifestyle company. He lives in LA after studying at New York University and the University of Southern California.

 

 

 

 

Nazanin Afshin-Jam
Model, singer and human rights activist

Nazanin Afshin-Jam was born in Tehran but has spent most of her life living in Canada. In 2003, she was crowned Miss World Canada, and also that year finished as the first runner-up in the Miss World competition. But modelling isn’t her primary focus these days: the 33-year-old is also a singer/songwriter, author, public speaker and human rights activist.

 

 

 

 

Saber Abar
Actor/theatre director

The 28-year-old Saber Abar is an Iranian actor and theatre director, perhaps best knock for his role as “Elly” in the 2009 film ‘About Elly’. He has received two Crystal Simorgh Prize Nominations during his career.

 

 

 

 

Mahdyar Aghajani
Musician, record producer, film composer

He may only be 23, but Mahdyar Aghajani has been on the scene for a little while now. The musician, record producer and film composer uses traditional Persian instruments in his electronic and hip hop songs to stunning effect.

 

 

 

 

Shappi Khorsandi
Comedian

A familiar face in the United Kingdom, female comedian Shappi Khorsandi was born in Tehran. Most of her comedy is based around Iranian culture, while her influences include the British comedian Jo Brand.

 

 

 

 

Taraneh Alidoosti
Actress

Taraneh Alidoosti began her acting career at the age of 17 – and has since gone on to win a Crystal-Simorgh award. In a poll conducted among film critics by Sanate Cinema magazine she was voted the best Iranian actress of the decade – some accolade, indeed.

Camila Batmanghelidjh
Businesswoman, charity leader

Camila Batmanghelidjh is known and respected for her charity work. Her London-based charity ‘Kids Company’ has helped around 17,000 disadvantaged children since its foundation in 1996 and in 2009 the Women in Public Life Awards named her Businesswoman of the Year. She moved to England when she was 11, having spent her early years in Tehran.

Nazanin Boniadi
Actress

Nazanin Boniadi only lived in Tehran for a few years before moving to London with her parents. The British Iranian actress now lives and works in the United States, and has starred in various hit television shows including ‘24’, ‘CSI’ and ‘How I Met Your Mother’.

Ashkan Dejagah
Footballer

Ashkan Dejagah represented Germany at various youth levels before opting to play for his native Iran in 2012. The Wolfsburg winger was born in Tehran in 1986, and is one of the best players to have emerged from the Iranian capital in some time.

Alireza Haghighi
Footballer

The 6ft 5in goalkeeper joined Russian Premier League side Rubin Kazan in 2012 from Iranian outfit Persepolis. The 24-year-old has two international caps to his name – but that number will continue to increase over the forthcoming seasons.

Hichkas
Rapper

Known by his real name Saroush Lashkari to his friends and family, Hichkas is a Iranian rapper based his in home city, Tehran. The 27-year-old is considered one of the pioneers of Persian rap and urban music.

Arefeh Mansouri
Fashion/costume designer

Arefeh Mansouri lived in Tehran for the first 16 years of her life before moving to Canada, where her career as a fashion/costume designer began. It was a bold move, but one which paid off handsomely. Her designs are featured in major Hollywood productions.

Mahnaz Mohammadi
Filmmaker/women’s rights activist

Mahnaz Mohammadi has been a key figure in Iran over recent years, for her work as a filmmaker and as a women’s rights activist. Although she risks arrest each time she campaigns, Mohammadi refuses to accept what she considers unjust.

Gerard Mousasi
Mixed martial artist and kickboxer

Gerard Mousasi is an Armenian mixed martial artist but was, in fact, born in Tehran. With 23 wins from 37 bouts, the 27-year-old is a formidable opponent for any fighter in the world – as his nickname, “The Armenian Assassin”, indicates.

 

 


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