Iran HeritageIHF

IHF depends on the generosity of individuals and corporations for its funding. We are a non-political charity and do not accept donations from any government. Please see the About section of the website for further details on our charity and the types of projects we support.

Any contribution, no matter how small, would be greatly appreciated. You can donate to IHF in a number of ways either in the form of a one-off donation or a regular giving scheme. U.S. donors can donate to IHF and enjoy U.S. tax benefits to the extent permissible by law; further information can be found here.

Its international reach has included programmes in Armenia, Austria, Canada, Estonia, France, Georgia, Germany, Russia, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, the United States, Britain, and more through multi-disciplinary events that presented wide aspects of Persian culture, both ancient and modern. In the modern arena, IHF has promoted cinema, theatre, dance and contemporary art; historic Iran has also been most successfully represented, most recently at its landmark five-city touring exhibition of the States of the Cyrus Cylinder.

In the context of declining government funding in the UK, IHF fills a significant void by providing vital sustenance and funding to the teaching, research and dissemination of our cultural heritage, which would otherwise have been relegated to a minor role or eliminated at most institutions.

The Foundation’s main source of funding is the annual contribution pledged by our Trustees and Patrons, supplemented by fund-raising events, such as our Norouz Gala in London. Business and individual sponsorships are also encouraged to assist with various projects. No financial support is accepted from any government organisations or lobbying groups.


Chief Executive Officer
Dr John Curtis, OBE, FBA

Board Of Trustees
Mr Vahid Alaghband (Chair)
Mr Saman Ahsani
Mr Hashem Arouzi
Mrs Roshanak Dwyer
Mr Rouzbeh Pirouz
Mr Ali Rashidian
Mr Alireza Rastegar 
Mrs Leila Garadaghi
Mrs Ina Rokhsana Sandmann

Academic Council
Prof Ali Ansari
Dr Oliver Bast
Dr Vesta Sarkhosh Curtis
Ms Narguess Farzad
Prof Robert Hillenbrand
Dr Homa Katouzian
Prof Charles Melville
Dr Christine van Ruymbeke
Dr Nacim Pak-Shiraz
Dr Sarah Stewart
Prof Alan Williams

CAF Bank Ltd

Sturgess Hutchinson
21 New Walk
Leicester LE1 6TE

Legal Advisors
Berwin Leighton Paisner LLP
London Bridge
London EC4R 9HA

UK Registration No: 1001785