Dr. Akbar Ghahary, an industrialist and executive in the manufacturing sector, is the CEO and Chairman of the Board of Safas Corporation. He is a member of the American Chemical Society and Society of Plastic Engineers, a member of the advisory board of Iranian American Chemists Association. Dr. Ghahary received his Masters in Mechanical Design and Engineering from Aria Mehr University, where he designed and built a filament winding machine for Iran’s CAS pipeline in partnership with Sharif University (Aria Mehr) in 1974. He obtained his Ph.D. in 1983 in Thermoset Plastics Composition and Design in affiliation with Lowell University of Massachusetts. For the last four decades, Dr. Ghahary has been a philanthropist and an active member of the Iranian American community. His commitment to serving cultural and humanitarian projects has involved him in extensive charitable work with various cultural and community based organizations worldwide. Dr. Ghahary is a former President of the Persian Cultural and Humanitarian Association and a former Treasurer of the Board of Trustees of the Encyclopedia Iranica Foundation, where he currently serves as Chairman. He is also the co-founder and President of the Persian Cultural Foundation (PCF).