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Omid Akhavan

Bio: 
I am an Industrial Engineer by education, a Lean Six Sigma Consultant by career and a Photographer by passion. I was born and raised in Tehran, Iran and then moved to USA to pursue a Master’s degree in Industrial Engineering and later on launched my US career at IBM. I currently live in Los Angeles, California. I became serious in photography in mid-2010. I am a self-taught photographer whose photos challenge the audience both visually and intellectually. I take snapshots of ordinary life’s beauties which remain unnoticed, and often include a twist to make the audience contemplate on them. I have my own style of photography which often reflects a strong composition and a unique vision. To learn more, please visit my web-site.
Course of Life
Area(s) of Expertise: 
photography
art photography
outdoor / travel
people / portraiture
Area(s) of Interest: 
People
Fine Art
Street/Urban
travel
Abstract
Education: 
MS in Industrial Engineering
Location
City or Town: 
Los Angeles
State or Province: 
CA
Country: 
United States

Aryana Farshad

Course of Life
Area(s) of Expertise: 
cinematic arts
directing
producing
Area(s) of Interest: 
Documentary Photography
Persian Ancient History
travel
Sufi Dance
Playing Tennis
Education: 
French literature at Sorbonne
Film Stdies at L'I.D.H.E.C Paris
USC Film Department
Mentors and Inspiration: 
French and Italian filmmakers.
Location
City or Town: 
Los Angeles
State or Province: 
CA
Country: 
United States

Alexander Billet

Bio: 
Alexander Billet, a music journalist, writer and activist living in Chicago, runs Rebel Frequencies. A columnist for SleptOn.com and the Society of Cinema and Arts, his articles have also appeared in Z Magazine, New Politics, CounterPunch, Socialist Worker, PopMatters.com, Dissident Voice, the International Socialist Review, the Washington Peace Letter, MR Zine and Razorcake.org among others. His article “Is Russell Simmons Playing Politics with Hip-Hop?” appears in the academic collection At Issue: Should Music Lyrics Be Censored For Violence and Exploitation? released in 2008 by Greenhaven Press. Billet has also been interviewed on Radio Free Adelaide in Australia and W.E.A.L.L.B.E. radio show. His All-Time Top Five artists are the Clash, Public Enemy, Nina Simone, Massive Attack and Rage Against the Machine (with a close sixth being a tie between Lauryn Hill and Manic Street Preachers). Contact him at rebelfrequencies@gmail.com
Course of Life
Area(s) of Expertise: 
music
journalism
Area(s) of Interest: 
music
literature
journalism
Film
travel
Social Change
Education: 
Syracuse University
class of 2006
Location
City or Town: 
Chicago
State or Province: 
Illinois
Country: 
United States

Roshanak Tehrani

Course of Life
Area(s) of Expertise: 
digital media
Area(s) of Interest: 
travel
Education: 
B.A in Graphic Design
Location
City or Town: 
Gotheborg
State or Province: 
Gotheborg
Country: 
Sweden

Helen Kamali

Course of Life
Area(s) of Expertise: 
visual arts
Area(s) of Interest: 
photography
Cinematography
painting
Writing
travel
Education: 
BA Political Science/Int'l Relations
Location
City or Town: 
Encino
State or Province: 
CA
Country: 
United States

Sylvia Beato

Course of Life
Area(s) of Expertise: 
writing
Area(s) of Interest: 
languages
travel
food
psychology
spirituality
literature
art
Education: 
Emerson College (Writing
Literature and Publishing)
New College of Florida (Literature/ Spanish Language and Culture
Mentors and Inspiration: 
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Location
City or Town: 
New York
State or Province: 
NY
Country: 
United States

Gobi M. Rahimi

Course of Life
Area(s) of Expertise: 
directing
Area(s) of Interest: 
Fimmaking
music
travel
food
Education: 
BA Int'l Marketing
Mentors and Inspiration: 
Akira Kurosawa
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