• Our Team

    Dr. Yasmin Saadat

    Executive Director

    Yasmin Saadat has joined IACC as the Executive Director as of October 1st, 2020. She brings more than three decades of experience in economics and finance, investment expertise in equities and fixed income markets, most of it gained from her years at the World Bank and the IFC (“Group”). She is a member of the Board of SEAF – private equity fund management organization-, a senior fellow at the Hunt Institute at SMU in Texas, and the President of the association of Iranian retirees of the Group. In her last assignment at the IFC, she launched a $1.5 billion new product for the corporation. Along with colleagues, she founded the Potomac River Capital in 2007, a new asset management company. Yasmin holds a BA in Economics from Grenoble-France, an MA and a Ph.D. from the Fletcher School of Law & Diplomacy at Tufts University. She is a CFA charter holder. A firm believer in community development as a pillar to bring us together and preserve our rich heritage, Yasmin says: “Where else than IACC to do this?”

    Ms. Marjan Mobasser

    Center Manager

    Marjan Haghani Mobasser is a graduate of American University and received her Bachelor of Arts in Communications. Prior to Joining IACC, she was a stay-at-home mom for seven years. During that time, she perfected her time management and organizational skills.

    She has also worked for renown company, Tiffany & Co for ten years. She is committed to sharing the rich and deep Iranian culture.

    Mr. Behfar Bahadoran

    Director of Music Institute

    Behfar Bahadoran is a musician from Iran and holds his bachelor degree in Fine Arts from Maryland Institute College of Art. He moved to the United States in 2005 and developed his career as a musician and a music instructor in the greater Washington D.C. Area. He has performed at many prestigious venues including the Palace of Fine Arts in San Francisco, Lincoln Center in New York City, Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C., Freer Shackler Gallery at the Smithsonian Museum, Metropolitan Museum of Art, in New York City and many more. He studied violin with maestro Homayoun Khorram at an early age and Iranian percussions and in particular Daf with Ramin Rahimi and Arsalan Sedigh. Behfar has also performed as a percussionist, composer, and tar player (a traditional lute shaped instrument from Iran) with many well-known musicians. He continues his journey in the field of art and music by performing and composing music and creating artwork in different media.

     

     

    Ms. Sarah Saghar Barzmehri

    Co-Director of Art

    Sarah Saghar Barzmehri is an artist, gallerist, and curator. She studied art at “Ecole Superior des Beaux Arts”, (fine art school) in Paris, France and graphic design at university of Maryland Baltimore County in Baltimore, MD. For the past 20 years, she has promoted artists and specially, Iranian and Iranian-American artists in Washington metropolitan area.

     

     

    Ms. Maleknaz Freidouni

    Co-Director of Art

    For over 15 years, Maleknaz Freidouni's lens has caught that very instance where the spontaneity of life and its journey is captured in a moment of time.

    After graduating from the legendary Corcoran College of Art and Design, her career began in New York City before her love for photography, fashion, people, and travel stretched her career all around the globe giving her a unique perspective that translates her work into compelling creations for her clients.

    Freidouni focuses on portrait and editorial photography and is currently based in Washington D.C. metropolitan area. She is the founder of Contempo Kids, LLC.

     

     

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