Empowering Disadvantaged Young Women In Iran

Who We Are

The OMID Foundation is a group of four non-political, and non-religious legal entities (in Canada, Iran, UK, and US) which collaborate in order to strengthen the social, emotional, and economic competencies of disadvantaged young women in Iran, and provide them with a sense of self-worth and with the opportunities to experience a full range of life options through self-empowerment, education and training.

FOUNDER

Marjaneh 2013OMID was founded by Marjaneh Halati, a London-based social psychologist and psychotherapist. The OMID concept is her brainchild, and it is her vision that has created its distinctive holistic approach to helping vulnerable and disadvantaged young women achieve self-awareness, self-determination and self-sufficiency in modern Iranian society. She works with all four OMID charities in order to bringing new solutions to complex problems. She does this with uniqueness, effectiveness and originality.

Born in Iran, Marjaneh moved to England when she was 12 years old. After finishing her undergraduate education in the US, she completed her MS Degree at the London School of Economics in Social Psychology where her work focused on domestic violence. She did her PhD work at the University of Cambridge, where her work focused on the institution of marriage in Iran.

LEGAL STRUCTURE AND MANAGEMENT

The four entities are legally independent of each other and each is governed by its own board of directors or trustees.

The Omid-e-Mehr Foundation (registered in Iran) is the main operating with premises in Tehran where the OMID self-empowerment, education and training programs are implemented. It raises funds for its programs in Iran and collaborates with Iranian institutions for their development.
Directors: Roya Dorafshar, Mehdi Ettehadieh, Marjaneh Halati (Chair), Soudabeh Halati, Firouzeh Mahvi, Vida Sanandaji, Shadi Sharifi-Parand
CEO: Marjaneh Halati
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OMID Foundation Canada (incorporated in Canada) will conduct an educational program in Iran beginning in January 2017, which will be implemented by the Omid-e-Mehr Foundation as OMID Foundation Canada’s agent. OMID Foundation Canada (incorporated in Canada) raises funds in Canada for its programs.
Directors: Yasamin Dadashi, Arash Etedali, Marjaneh Halati, Mehrdad Mohammad-Zadeh
CFO and Secretary: Soudeh Ghasemi

OMID Foundation USA (registered in the US) raises funds in the US for programs implemented by the Omid-e-Mehr Foundation in Iran, and collaborates with US institutions for the development of such programs.
Directors: Gohar Farahani, Marjaneh Halati (Chair), Farzaneh Javid, Shari Rezai, Shifteh Veyssi.
CEO: Marjaneh Halati
CFO and Secretary: Hameed Faridani
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OMID Foundation (registered in the UK) raises funds in the UK and the rest of the world for programs implemented by the Omid-e-Mehr Foundation in Iran, and collaborates with UK and other international institutions for the development of such programs.
Trustees: Ali Bagherzadeh, Daniela Colombo, Dori Dana-Haeri, Alireza Ittihadieh, Marjaneh Halati (Chair), Roya Izadi, Nasrin Jandaghi.
CEO: Marjaneh Halati
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