The faces and facets of Iran - a look at Iran's demography and its impact on the country and region

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Pari Namazie, Atieh International

There are many perceptions and misperceptions about Iran, from the days of the Persian empire, pre- and post revolutionary Iran, to an 8 year war with Iraq, the impact of sanctions, its role in Islamic fundamentalism, human rights and nuclear issues, to the place Iranian scientists, engineers and doctors have claimed globally to the stories of unrest and discontent within Iran and the consequent brain drain. This talk addresses some of the realities in Iran today especially in light of the changing demographics of a young educated population. The talk also draws parallels to the larger Middle East and North Africa region, looking at mega trends in the region and what can be learnt from the Iranian case.

Pari Namazie lived and worked in Iran for much of her professional life, having co-founded and managed a number of consulting companies. She currently lives in Austria where she works in Atieh International as an organisational development consultant, working with individuals, teams, executives and companies to help them improve organisational effectiveness globally and specifically in the Middle East region. Pari has a PhD in International Human Resources Management, she writes academically and teaches Intercultural Communication at the Global Politics Center of the Freie University in Berlin. She is a regular speaker on topics relating to Human Resources, intercultural communication and women in the Middle East. Pari has been a member of SIETAR Europa since 2002, a board member since 2012 and since 2015 is currently serving as the President of SIETAR Europa. Pari co-founded and is Chairwoman of a non-profit organisation called The Simorgh, which focuses on Iranian and EU relations.

Photo Credit: (C) David Burnett 44 Days: Iran and the Remaking of the World