The Iranian diaspora is one of the most successful and established communities in business, however has been historically fragmented. Anjoman was founded to change that.
We are a non-profit democratic non-political membership body. We are financed principally through membership subscriptions, sponsorships and donations by members.
We are focused on bringing together British Iranian businessmen and women and professionals from all sectors of the UK community. Our platform aims to create relationships, deepen ties and create new business opportunities.
We believe this mission is worth pursuing beyond the benefits of networking. The prevailing narrative about our community cannot be determined by political news stories but should be driven by our contributions to society. By getting together as a group we can amplify our impact beyond our individual actions.
Another reason for our existence is to further the success of our community as a whole. Younger generations of Iranians can benefit enormously from mentorship and guidance from established business leaders. Giving back to the community this way is not only rewarding but also allows us to pass on our cultural values from one generation to the next.
The cornerstone of Anjoman activities consists of regular events during which we invite distinguished speakers who are leaders and experts in their respective fields to share their insights. Our events have attracted several hundred participants and are open to both members and non-members.
A BRIEF HISTORY
Anjoman (also known as the British Iranian Business and Professional Society), was founded in 1996 by a group of British Iranian businessmen and professionals who believed that the British Iranian community needed a professional networking forum for the benefit of individual members as well as the business and professional community as a whole.
A Constitution was drafted and approved which reflected the shared vision of the founding members for a networking forum that would be open to all eligible businessmen and women as well as professionals engaged in all sectors of the economy. That vision included a strong belief in the establishment of a not-for-profit, non-political, professional, membership entity that would be dedicated solely to the promotion of British Iranian businesses and the success of its individual members in their professional lives.
That shared vision remains at the heart of all our endeavours today. A Board of Management, composed of five members, was elected initially for a one-year term of office. Since 1996 over 50 members of Anjoman have volunteered to serve and were elected to the Board of Management. They have dedicated time and effort, on a voluntary basis, towards the delivery of that vision and the further promotion of the community.
During the early years of Anjoman, the Monthly Business Meetings, which always included a formal dinner, became the focal point for networking activities for the benefit of members and their guests and business contacts.
The format of these meetings has evolved over the years, but the constant has been the presence of a distinguished guest speaker who would address the meeting on a topic of relevance and importance to members. On other occasions a panel of experts would be invited to comment on and discuss a business-related topic.
Anjoman has held, and continues to hold, other larger social events to celebrate festive occasions such as Norouz, the Iranian New Year. With such larger social events, partners and friends of members and other guests from the wider community are also invited.
Each new Board of Management has initiated additional activities and programmes that were deemed beneficial for the promotion of the professional profile and standing of members.
Since its inception in 1996, Anjoman has held well over 200 networking or business development events. A partial list of guest speakers and expert panellists invited to address these events can be found below.