International Short Film Festival 2007, Independent Films on Iran

Ziba Foundation - Dr. Zia Ghavami

image of Zia GhavamiDr. Zia Ghavami is recognized for his life long practice in the art of medicine and humanitarianism. Dr. Ghavami is a board-certified pediatrician with a sub-specialty in endocrinology, practicing in the states of New York and New Jersey. He has long been on the working staff of many reputable hospitals as well as participating on the teaching staff at Montefiore Hospital Medical Center (MHMC) since 1984. His devotion to medicine is respectively comparable to his personal dedication and social contributions towards celebrating Persian culture, art, and global humanitarianism. Zia has simultaneously continued to advance as a progressive thinker, passionate poet, and dynamic writer.

Commencing in 1984, Zia inaugurated the first Persian classes for Iranian American youths and US native spouses, in the Northern New Jersey region. He served as the chair of publications for the Persian Cultural and Humanitarian Association (PCHA) from 1986-98, for which he later served as President in 2005. Then in 1995 he joined the Publication Committee of the Iranian American Medical Association (IAMA), where he earned two Special Recognition awards for his seven years of stellar service. The following year Zia co-founded the Persian Cultural Foundation (PCF) with the intent of creating a home for cultural activists in New Jersey and other neighboring states.

In 2002, Zia embarked on his most personal of all endeavors when he co-founded the Ziba Foundation, a non-profit organization that aims to provide a new platform for the appreciation of Iranian artistry. Zia is a board member of the International Short Film Festival: Independent Films On Iran, which will be holding an unprecedented annual program in New York City at the Asia Society of New York. In collaboration with the Ziba Foundation, the festival will serve to facilitate the greater exchange of ideas among independent Iranian and non-Iranian filmmakers whose work addresses Iranian culture. In 2004, Zia was bestowed with a Special Recognition Award for the years of service he provided to the Encyclopedia Iranica, the premier series published at Columbia University since the early’70s. Also in 2004, Zia co-founded the Persian Parade, a first of its kind annual carnival extravaganza held in the heart of Manhattan.

Zia has published three books of his poetry and writing, with several additional ones underway. He is also the editor and chief of the quarterly Ziba E-magazine. Zia’s other avocations include playing traditional musical instruments such as the hammer dulcimer (Santour) and running, for which he is a two-time participant in the New York City Marathon.

Zia is married to Nina Ghavami. They have two children, Dana, founder and CEO of CheckM8 Inc., and Maryam, a medical doctor and published poet and writer.

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