Speaker Biography

Weekly Guest Speakers

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

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

Dr. Sheila Dean, DSc, RDN, LDN, IFMCP

Dr. Sheila Dean, DSc, RDN, LDN, IFMCP is a registered and licensed dietitian nutritionist, board-certified integrative and functional medicine certified practitioner, clinical nutritionist, and exercise physiologist. She was a Certified Diabetes Educator with the NCDBE for 15 years. She received her undergraduate training through Rutgers University, completed her internship and graduate training with the University […] Read More

Mr. Kambiz Hakim

Mr. Kambiz Hakim was born in Tehran Iran, at the age of fourteen, He went to England for his education. In 1968 He moved to New York and studied Engineering at the New York University School of Engineering, which He graduated from in 1972. He lived and worked in New York until 2009, during that […] Read More

Mrs. Kathryn Jewett-Hogenson

Kathryn Jewett-Hogenson is the author of Lighting the Western Sky: The Hearst Pilgrimage and the Establishment of the Baha’i Faith in the West. Picking up where she left off with that first book, she is now writing a biography of Hand of the Cause of God Horace Holley, who was in Paris in 1913. Hogenson […] Read More

Mr. Sameer Sharma

Sameer Sharma is an IT Professional and he has managed to compile a comprehensive list of skills and resources as an IT professional – Microsoft, Oracle, Cisco certified IT Professional, Consultant, Start-up mentor, Journalist, a digital marketer, an image-maker, a journalist, an environmental activist, a green(environmentally friendly businessman), and above all a “moral enabler!“He has […] Read More

Dr. Hussein Ahdieh

He was born and raised in Nayriz, Iran, He is a sixth-generation Bahá’í, his ancestors figuring among the first in Nayriz to accept the Bábi and later Bahá’í Faith. Hussein immigrated to the United States as a young man of 17. Like many immigrants seeking a better life in America, he worked and attended college […] Read More

Mr. Steve Zaloudek

Steve Zaloudek is a practicing trial attorney in Tampa, Florida. He was involved in a variety of race unity building activities as a Baha’i youth in Atlanta sponsored by the King Center for Nonviolent Social Change and spent a Summer during law school interning at the MLK, Jr. Federal Holiday Commission. As a lawyer, about […] Read More

Dr. Nader Saiedi

Nader Saiedi teaches Baha’i studies at UCLA. He was born in Tehran, Iran. He holds a master’s degree in economics from Pahlavi University in Shiraz and a Ph.D. in sociology from the University of Wisconsin. For over 25 years he was a professor of sociology at Carleton College in Northfield, Minnesota. In 2013, he became […] Read More

Anthony A. Lee, Ph.D.

He is a retired professor of African and African American history, who taught most recently at UCLA and West Los Angeles College. He has published a number of books and papers on the history of the Baha’i Faith in Africa and in Iran. He is co-owner of Kalimat Press www.kalimat.com, a small, independent Baha’i publishing […] Read More