Abdorrahman Boroumand Center

for Human Rights in Iran



New Additions to the ABC Board of Directors
Some members of the board of directors of the Abdorrahman Boroumand Center from left to right: Azar Nafisi, Anne Applebaum, Ladan and Roya Boroumand, Elizabeth T. Gray, Nazanin Boniadi, and Shéhérazade Semsar de Boisséson
Abdorrahman Boroumand Center for Human Rights in Iran (the Center) welcomes renowned British-Iranian human rights activist, celebrated actor and 2023 Sydney Peace Prize laureate Nazanin Boniadi, and prominent Franco-Iranian executive, CEO of McCourt Global and Founding CEO of Politico Europe Shéhérazade Semsar de Boisséson to its board of directors. Ms. Semsar de Boisseson succeeds as Chair of the Board, Bill Shipsey, a long time supporter and mentor who was Chair for over a decade and guided the Center with his skills as a lawyer, non-profit director and organizer, and human rights advocate.
Ms. Boniadi and Ms. Semsar de Boisséson join the Center's prestigious board members including award winning and best selling authors such as journalist and historian Anne Applebaum, political scientist Francis Fukuyama, and writer Azar Nafisi, as well as Bill Shipsey, human rights lawyer and founder of Art for Human Rights, Elizabeth T. Gray, Jr., poet and translator of classical and modern Persian poetry and corporate advisor, as well as historians and co-founders Ladan Boroumand and Roya Boroumand (Executive Director).
Today, more than a year after the murder in custody of Mahsa Jina Amini, arrested for “inappropriate hijab,” and the start of the ‘Woman Life Freedom’ protests across Iran, the systematic persecution of protesters continues in a context of impunity and the number of executions increases consistently. Abdorrahman Boroumand Center is thrilled to welcome Shéhérazade Semsar de Boisséson and Nazanin Boniadi who bring the skills and energy that the Center needs to remain effective in meeting the considerable challenges it faces as it works to restore the dignity of Iran's countless victims of human rights violations, promote the rule of law, and raise public awareness on the plight of the Iranian people in an increasingly complex national and international context.
Founded in April 2001, Abdorrahman Boroumand Center for Human Rights in Iran is a non-governmental, non-profit organization dedicated to the promotion of human rights and democracy in Iran.