Narimon Safavi is an entrepreneur specializing in socially responsible diamond mining in West Africa. Mr. Safavi holds a B.S. in Chemistry and Philosophy from Illinois State University and has an extensive history of civic engagement and philanthropy. Mr. Safavi has served on the Board of Directors of numerous NGOs such as Citizens for Global Solutions, a lead NGO for the formation of the International Criminal Court, at the Hague, Netherlands. He also has served on the Advisory boards of the Chicago Public Radio, an NPR affiliate, as well as the University of Chicago’s Harris School of Public Policy and the Latino Cultural Center of Chicago. He currently serves on the boards of the Gene Siskel Film Center (an affiliate of the Art Institute of Chicago), the James P. Gorter Institute of World Islamic Studies in Lake Forest, Illinois, and the National Iranian-American Council (NIAC) in Washington, DC.
He spends a significant portion of the year traveling in Africa and Europe, and the Middle East for projects concerning business and activism.
He was born in Tehran, Iran and has lived in the Chicago-land area since 1976. He is fluent in Persian and Spanish and has familiarity with Turkish.