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I am the founder and former editor of REORIENT, the Canadian Desk Editor of ArtAsiaPacific, and a reader at the Harvard Review. I have also contributed to a host of other high-profile publications, such as Columbia University’s Columbia Journal (whose Online Guest Editor I served as in 2016), Forbes, The New York Times, The Guardian, the BBC, The Financial Times, The Economist, The Washington Post, CNN, GQ, i-D, Frieze, Apollo, The White Review, Christie’s, Encyclopaedia Iranica, and Harper’s Bazaar Art, been interviewed by ones like Newsweek (which referred to me as a ‘leading figure in the art world’ in 2016), PRI, Monocle, The Art Newspaper, and the CBC, and seen my articles republished in a wide variety of languages.
 
As well, throughout my adventures in journalism, I’ve interviewed Ronnie Wood, Paul Smith, Christian Lacroix, Johnny Marr, Salma Hayek, John Varvatos, Anna Sui, Katharine Hamnett, Barbara Hulanicki, Chris Stein (Blondie), Glen Matlock (Sex Pistols), Shirin Neshat, and Marjane Satrapi, amongst many other luminaries.
 
In 2015, I was granted an International Award for Art Criticism (IAAC) by London’s Royal College of Art. Other prestigious cultural institutions, such as the V&A Museum, the Aga Khan Museum, the Courtauld Institute, LACMA, and Art Dubai have also recognised and made mention of me, as have fashion brands like Pull & Bear and technology firms including Apple and Microsoft.
 
I am also the author of a translation of Omar Khayyam’s Robaiyat, a novella (Coming Down Again), a novel (Guguli), three volumes of poetry (Down the Twilit Hill, Elsewhere, and Lovers of Light), and a collection of stories and essays (With My Head in the Clouds and Stars in My Eyes). In addition, my writing can be found in such books as Mahdi Ehsaei’s Afro-Iran, Sarah Maple’s Not My Cup of Tea, UNCOMMON DUBAI +, and Ali Mobasser’s Stamps of a Revolution.

Education

MSc in Management
Cass Business School, City University London (2010)
 
BBA
Schulich School of Business, York University (2009)

Awards

International Award for Art Criticism (IAAC)
Royal College of Art, London (2015)

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