Speaker Biography

Weekly Guest Speakers

Mr. Hillary Chapman

Hillary Chapman is a writer, guitarist, and songwriter who currently lives in Washington DC. He is the creator of the following books, short stories, and songs:
Books:* Foreigner: The life story told in vignettes of an Iranian immigration to the Untied States (George Ronald, Oxford, UK, 2019)* Awakening: The story of religious turmoil and development in […] Read More

Mr. Masud Olufani

Masud Ashley Olufani is an Atlanta-based actor and mixed media artist whose studio practice is rooted in the discipline of sculpture. Masud learned of the Baha’i Faith in 1992 as a student at Morehouse College in Atlanta.He was introduced to the Faith from a then-girlfriend who was not a Baha’i but an admirer. According to […] Read More

Christopher Buck PhD Esq

Christopher Buck publishes broadly as an independent scholar in a wide range of fields, including American studies, Native American studies, African American studies, religious studies, Islamic studies, and Baha’i studies.Author of books God & Apple Pie (2015), which is the revised edition of Religious Myths and Visions of America (2009), along with Alain Locke: Faith […] Read More

Mr. Michael Hampton

Mr. Hampton is currently an entertainment consultant, music producer, and executive producer, He is also a team member of the Third Coast Recording Company in Grand Haven, MI., and became a voting member of the GRAMMYs in 2010.In addition to his career in the entertainment industry, he successfully built an investment practice as a Vice […] Read More

Ms. Violetta Zein

Violetta’s family has pioneered in Africa for two generations, first her grandparents to Spanish Morocco during the Ten-Year Crusade, and her parents following suit by pioneering in Central Africa since 1981. After her undergraduate degree in International Relations, Violetta served and then traveled throughout Africa before serving at the Bahá’í World Centre for two and […] Read More

Mr. Adib Masumian

Adib received his Bachelor’s degree in Communication Studies from the University of Texas at Austin in 2012, and his Master’s in Learning Technologies from that same institution in 2015, During his last year of graduate school, he spent a summer abroad in Jordan to study the fundamentals of Classical Arabic, with the goal of being […] Read More

Nabil Khodadad

Nabil L. Khodadad is a lawyer based in London and is a partner in an international law firm.  Read More

Shahla Mehrgani, PhD

PhD from the University of Sheffield.Lecturer and researcher in sociology, particularly the sociology of religion with a specific interest in the Baha’i Faith. Read More

Ms. Bahiyyih Nakhjavani

Bahiyyih Nakhjavani is a reader, writer, and lover of the English language.  She is presenting a summary this week of her contributions to a three-year course held in Acuto, Italy between 2005 – 8, under the auspices of the Counsellors and National Spiritual Assemblies of Europe.   Read More

Mr. Chad Jones

Chad Jones is a typical Alaskan fisherman — which is to say he eventually tired of the mud, rain and fresh air of Alaska and decided to explore the rest of the world. Twenty years later, he had witnessed the last days of the Romanian revolution, the home of Gengis Khan in Mongolia and the […] Read More