Reza Pahlavi - Honorary Chair
Reza Pahlavi was born in Tehran, Iran on October 31, 1960 to the late Shah of Iran and Empress Farah Pahlavi. As Crown Prince of Iran and the oldest of four siblings, he left Iran at the age of 17 for air force training, during which time the establishment of the clerical regime in Iran prevented his return to his homeland. Despite being forced to live in exile, Reza Pahlavi’s commitment and patriotic duty to Iran endures.
After leaving Iran, Reza Pahlavi completed his higher education with a degree in political science from the University of Southern California. An accomplished jet fighter pilot, Reza Pahlavi completed the United States Air Force Training Program at the former Reese Air Force Base in Lubbock, Texas. During the Iran-Iraq War, Reza Pahlavi volunteered to serve his country’s military as a fighter pilot, but was declined by the clerical regime.
Over the past thirty years, Reza Pahlavi has been a leading advocate of the principles of freedom, democracy and human rights for his countrymen. He has maintained constant contact with his compatriots both inside and outside the country. Pahlavi has traveled the world meeting with many heads of state, legislators, policy-makers, interest groups and student groups speaking about the plight of Iranians under the Islamic regime in Iran. He has consistently spoken out against the widespread abuse and oppression of the Iranian people and called for the establishment of a secular democracy in Iran.
Reza Pahlavi has written three books on the state of Iran: Gozashteh va Ayandeh (Kayham Publishing, 2000); Winds of Change: The Future of Democracy in Iran (Regnery, 2002); and IRAN: L’Heure du Choix [IRAN: The Deciding Hour] (Denoël, 2009).
Reza Pahlavi has lived in Egypt, Morocco, and, since 1984, the United States. He married Yasmine Etemad Amini on June 12, 1986 and currently lives in exile in the United States, with their three daughters: Noor Pahlavi (born April 3, 1992), Iman Pahlavi (born September 12, 1993), and Farah Pahlavi (born January 17, 2004).
Yasmine is a graduate of The George Washington University School of Law and worked for ten years as a lawyer for the Children’s Law Center as a legal advocate for at-risk youth. Yasmine also founded the Foundation for the Children of Iran in 1991, a non-profit foundation that provides health care services to Iranian children or children of Iranian origin.
Reza Pahlavi's siblings include his sister Farahnaz Pahlavi (March 12, 1963), brother Ali-Reza Pahlavi (April 28, 1966), and sister Leila Pahlavi (March 27, 1970 – June 10, 2001), as well as half-sister, Shahnaz Pahlavi (October 27, 1940).
For more than thirty years, Reza Pahlavi has been a leader and advocate of the principles of freedom, democracy and human rights for his countrymen. He has maintained constant contact with his compatriots both inside and outside the Iran. Reza Pahlavi has traveled the world meeting with heads of state, legislators, policy-makers, interest groups and student groups speaking about the plight of Iranians under the Islamic regime in Iran. He consistent speaks out against the widespread abuse and oppression of the Iranian people and calls for the establishment of a secular democracy in his homeland, Iran. To that he was instrumental in organizing Iran Democratic Union and serves as it's Honorary Chair and inspirational leader.