Khosrow Semnani, Founder


Khosrow Semnani, a Utah resident and naturalized citizen, was born July 24, 1947 in Mashaad, Iran.   A successful businessman and industrialist, Mr. Semnani has always viewed philanthropy as an integral part of his life. Guided by his grandmother Maliheh’s example and teachings, he and his wife Ghazaleh established the Semnani Family Foundation in 1993. The mission of the foundation is to help solve some of the most difficult global health and poverty issues impacting women and children around the world.


Khosrow Semnani earned a dual Bachelor of Science Degrees in Chemistry and Physics from Salt Lake City’s Westminster College in 1972. He later earned a Masters of Engineering Administration Degree from the University of Utah in 1977. Mr. Semnani was awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Science degree from Southern Utah University in May 2005 for his outstanding work in the field of nuclear waste management. He also served for eight years as Vice Chairman and for three years as Chairman of the Board of Trustees for Encyclopedia Iranica at Columbia University.