Azadeh Pourzand is currently the Deputy Director of Programs at Small Media in London (UK). Prior to joining Small Media, she was the director of a civil society strengthening program at International Research and Exchanges Board (IREX) in Washington DC. In 2015, she was selected as a Penn Kemble Youth Forum Fellow at the National Endowment for Democracy (NED). She has a Master of Public Policy (MPP) from Harvard Kennedy School of Government, and a Master of Business Administration (MBA) focused on entrepreneurship from Nyenrode Universiteit in the Netherlands. She received her Bachelor of Arts in Comparative Literature from Oberlin College. While at Harvard University, she served as a graduate intern at Asian University for Women (AUW) in Bangladesh, leading a series of community field assessments, in partnership with the Grameen Bank, on bringing higher education for young women in villages where Salafist ideology and schooling were on the rise. Having served as the editor-in-chief of Harvard Kennedy School’s Women’s Policy Journal, her recent publications have mostly focused on rule of law and the geopolitics of the Middle East North Africa region.
She co-authored a policy paper in 2013 about the implications of the Arab uprisings for India published by Indian Council on Global Relations. She also co-authored a book chapter about rule of law and conflict in the reform era as a part of a book called Power and Change in Iran published by Indiana University Press in 2016. Azadeh is also the Co-founder and Executive Director of a US-based non-for-profit organization, Siamak Pourzand Foundation, focused on freedom of expression in the context of contemporary arts and culture in Iran.