By Mary Vahedi
The Secretary General of the International Coalition to End Torture, Dr. Sharam Kohan believes passionately that the key challenge Iranians face is creating a unique identity. Looking ahead, he believes that Iran needs to create positive role models, not just politicians and liberation leaders, but ordinary people who struggle to exist in a hostile environment. Nowadays, it might be difficult to think of positive Iranian role models, but people like Dr. Kohan can change that general perception. He is an advocate, collaborator and catalyst to governments and decision makers in all sectors to favorably shape the social and economic implications of poverty, social injustice and human rights abuses that are in violation of the United Nations’ Convention Against Torture and Degrading Treatment. Dr. Kohan has facilitated global dialogue by partnering with governments, intergovernmental organizations, embassies, non-profits, think tanks, academics and others to identify international best practices that inform United Nations’ policy discussions. He has been engaged in grassroots development work to international consultancies in health care, social and economic development. He is just one of many positive role models Iran has produced.
Dr. Kohan holds a D.Phil. in social policy from the University of Oxford, and a joint Ph.D. in health economics and political sociology from the University of Tehran. He also received a bachelor of laws (LL.B.), a M.Sc. in mathematics, a B.A in philosophy and a B.Sci. in mathematics from the University of Tehran with highest distinction. Dr. Kohan has won two gold medals in mathematical Olympiads.