Passing the Torch of Success to the Next Generation


Passing the Torch of Success to the Next Generation

A remarkable gathering, some of the most accomplished Iranian Americans share their experiences with the next generation of leaders. Held at the UCLA Royce Hall on May 10, former CNN anchor Rudi Bakhtiar and the popular actor/comedian Maz Jobrani will co-host a forum that will feature:

•    Omid Kordestani - Vice President of Google and a force behind making this iconic company a worldwide phenomena,
•    Dr. Pardis Sabeti – An MIT, Harvard and Oxford educated evolutionary geneticist who CNN calls one of the geniuses of our time.  She is also the lead singer and bass player of the Rock band Thousand Day,
•    Dr. Firouz Naderi – Associate Director of NASA’s JPL and the former Mars Exploration Program Manager who headed the Program during the spectacular landing of the rovers on Mars

•    Dr. Hamid Biglari - Princeton University nuclear physicist turned Wall Street executive who today manages a global business in 140 countries with over a trillion dollar of assets at Citigroup,
•    Parisa Khosravi – Senior vice president of CNN who joined the giant cable network as a student intern and is now in charge of the international newsgathering for CNN worldwide
•    Sam Nazarian – A Hollywood young mogul who in his early thirties presides over an empire of hotels, restaurants and nightclubs frequented by the young, famous and successful.

This event --presented by the UCLA student organization Iranian Future Leaders (IFL) in association with Public Affair Alliance of Iranian Americans (PAAIA) – is a part of a student-run annual conference that serves as a cornerstone of the leadership experience and training for hundreds of Iranian-American students from UCLA and other universities.

Sunday May 10
UCLA Royce Hall
4:00 – 7:30 pm (pre-event program starts at 3:00)
Tickets can be purchased through Ticketmaster:
$20 students; $40 general public


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