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Association of Iranian American Professionals, is a San Diego based 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, aspiring well-being of community through professional networking events, cultural events, seminars, workshops, monthly hikes, charities and several other services.


Upcoming events

    • 24-Apr-2024
    • 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    • Sufi Restaurant

    Date: Apr. 24th, 2024

    Event Time: 6:00 - 9:00 pm

    Presenter: Dr. Nezhat Farnoody, Ph.D.

    Topic: Psychological Foundation of a Dictator

    We will have  live music with great performer: Sina Gharavi

    Main Presentation: Character of a Dictator & why they can be popular among people who follow them. 

    Location: Sufi Mediterranean Restaurant - 5915 Balboa Ave, SD, CA 92111

    About the speakers:

     Dr. Nehzat Farnoody, Ph.D. is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist with a Specialty in Cross-Cultural Psychology. Dr. Farnoody received her undergraduate degree, Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Iran. In 1969 she was accepted to the Masters program in Clinical Psychology at Kansas University and immigrated to the United States with her family.

    Dr. Farnoody has provided over 20 years of community service here in Los Angeles, in an effort to raise awareness on Mental Health, and has hosted several Media Literacy programs in helping families cope with cross-cultural conflicts. From 1989 to 1992 Dr. Farnoody hosted the first Iranian-American Radio and TV program on psychological topics related to the needs of the Iranian-American community. From 1995 to 2001 she hosted several Radio and TV psychology media literacy programs and since 2002, has been the host of a popular satellite TV Talk Show called, “Inner Sight (Negahi be Daroon)” on American Farsi Network ( where she has an opportunity to reach out, educate, and raise awareness on Mental Health and psychological principles of parenting and healthy families for the Iranian-Americans, as well as the Iranians living in the global community.

    Dr. Farnoody has presented at over 200 seminars, conferences, and lectures on psychological and sociocultural topics such as: Successful Relationships, Parenting, Healthy Families, Healthy Societies, The Psychology of Democracy, Psychology of Love, Emotional Intelligence, and several other topics (see seminars). Since 1986 Dr. Farnoody has been a guest lecturer to prestigious Universities such Brown University, UCLA, UC Berkeley, UCSD, John Hopkins University, and several others

    Language: Farsi

    • 10-May-2024
    • 6:00 PM - 10:00 PM
    • 4653 Carmel Mountain Rd. San Diego, CA 92130


    May 2024 Social Gathering

    Location: Crust Pizzeria

    Date: Friday, May 10th, 2024

    Time: 6:00- 10:00 p.m.

    Address: 4653 Carmel Mountain Rd. San Diego, CA 92130

    Please email us at: admin@aiap.orgfor more information.

    • 19-May-2024
    • 7:45 AM
    • 2256 La Honda Dr. Escondido, CA 92027

    The AIAP's May hike will be at Daley Ranch and Stanley Peak in Escondido. 

    When: Sunday, May 19th, 2024 

    Time to Meet: We will meet at 7:45am at the park entrance parking lot, 2256 La Honda drive, Escondido, 92027 and start promptly at 8:00.  

    Coordinates 33.16684, -117.05166

    Daley Ranch - City of Escondido

    The hike is approximately 6 miles with some mild incline. We will be hiking up to Stanley peak, with a round trip distance of approximately 6 miles and will take about 4 hours. There are several picnic areas in the park with picnic tables for us to use for breakfast.

    Daley Ranch is a 3,201-acre conservation area acquired in 1996 by the City of Escondido and is managed in perpetuity for the preservation of a biologically unique and diverse habitat area of regional importance. Visitors can enjoy a variety of recreational and educational opportunities and experiences in a historically significant setting. The property contains a number of natural vegetation communities including lush oak woodlands, coastal sage scrub and chaparral, grasslands, and riparian areas.

    Address: 2256 La Honda Dr. Escondido, CA 92027.  

    Please bring water, snacks, sharable breakfast and wear comfortable hiking shoes. 

    Note: "AIAP does not assume any responsibility for the safety and security of hikers, and shall not be held liable for any accident, injury, loss of property or damages as a result of joining the hiking event set up by AIAP. All hikers join the hiking events at their free will and assume all the accidental dangers of a hiking event, and shall not hold AIAP liable for any bodily, financial, or property damages."

    • 29-May-2024
    • 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    • Sufi Restaurant

    Date: May 29th, 2024

    Event Time: 6:00 - 9:00 pm

    Presenter: Dr. Zohreh Ghahremani

    Topic: The gift of an immigrant author to the younger generation

    Main Presentation: Zohreh writes stories that involve both her cultures.  She believes that writing is one of the best venues to pass her ancient heritage to the younger generation.  All her books fall under the category of fact-based literary fiction. 

    Location: Sufi Mediterranean Restaurant - 5915 Balboa Ave, SD, CA 92111

    About the speaker: Zohreh Ghahremani is an Iranian American writer, speaker, and a painter whose work is influenced by her background as a poet.  She gave up a successful profession both as a pediatric dentist and a university professor in order to pursue her passion in writing. She has authored four books, contributed to multiple anthologies and is currently working on two other novels.  An award-winning author, Zohreh teaches at San Diego Writers Ink and runs a private writing workshop. She is a board member of Friends of San Diego Central library and is the founder and coordinator of Author of the Month program.  (For more info, please check out

    Language: Farsi/English

AIAP is a non-profit, non-governmental organization. Membership fees, sponsorships and your generous donations are the only supporting fund AIAP receives. Please support your own organization, for a small annual fee, by renewing your membership or becoming a new member. New memberships and renewals are valid through December 31, 2024.


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