Omid Memarian

Communications Director

Omid Memarian is the Director of Communications at DAWN. He is a journalist and human rights professional who has extensively covered human rights issues in his writings and throughout his career.

He has worked with Human Rights Watch and, most recently, the Center for Human Rights in Iran. Previously, Memarian was a Rotary World Peace Fellow at the University of California, Berkeley, Graduate School of Journalism. In 2005, he received a Human Rights Defender Award, the highest honor given by Human Rights Watch.

As an analyst, he has appeared on MSNBC, NBC, BBC, and Al-Jazeera. He has written for Inter Press Service (IPS), the Daily Beast, the New York Times, the Los Angeles TimesForeign Affairsthe Wall Street JournalTime, the San Francisco ChroniclePolitico, and OpenDemocracy. In 2009, Memarian received his dual master's degree in Journalism and Peace and Conflict Studies from the University of California, Berkeley.

"Democracy remains the most effective way to tackle terror, stop bloodshed and political violence in Arab countries."

- JAMAL KHASHOGGI, Al-Arabiya, June 12, 2016

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