Meet the Staff

Dr. Arash Simchi


Dr. Simchi is the head of the International Affairs’ Office and oversees the planning and implementation of the university’s internationalisation strategy.

Dr. Abdolreza (Arash) Simchi received BS (1991), MS (1993) and PhD (1999) with the highest rank from the Materials Science and Engineering Department at Sharif University of Technology (SUT, I.R.Iran). He holds the rank of Distinguished Professor at SUT and Distinguished Researcher in Engineering Sciences at national level.

Dr. Simchi has acquired more than five years international work experiences in a capacity of Visiting Professor and Academic Visitor in accredited universities and institutes including University of Toronto (Toronto, Canada), Imperial College London (London, UK), Vienna University of Technology (Vienna, Austria), Max-Planck Institute (Potsdam, Germany), and Fraunhofer Institute IFAM (Bremen, Germany). He is a fellow of the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation (Bonn, Germany) and holds the 2002 Kawrazmi International Award (the highest national award) and World Intellectual Property Award (as the best young inventor, United Nation Organization). Dr. Simchi has received many other international and national awards and fellowships such as EPMA Award to Materials Development, Dr. Mojtahedi Award for Technology Development, Royal Society fellowship, Nano Award, etc.


Dr. Arafeh Bigdeli

Deputy Director

Dr. Arafeh Bigdeli is the deputy director of the International Affairs Office. She received her BSc (2009), MSc (2011) and PhD (2016) at the Department of Chemistry of Sharif University of Technology (SUT), Tehran, Iran. She is currently a lecturer in Chemistry at the International Campus of SUT, Kish Island. Prior to joining the IA office, she was a postdoctoral researcher at the Department of Chemistry and the Institute for Nanoscience and Nanotechnology (INST) of SUT. She has extensive experience in supervising lab projects, leading class lectures, preparing grant proposals, organizing national and international conferences, and conducting independent and peer-based research projects.

In the IA office, Dr. Bigdeli is responsible for initiating, managing and monitoring SUT’s international relations. She assists the IA team in SUT’s branding and ranking, international student’s administration and recruitment, mobility programs of students and academic staff, and international joint events.


Dr. Ahmad Sharbatoghlie

Director of Strategy

Dr. Sharbatoghlie is director of strategy at the Office of International Affairs. Prior to joining the IA office in 2015, for sixteen years he was a lecturer, project manager, and systems consultant in the United States. After returning to Iran in 2003, he served as a faculty member of the Graduate School of Management and Economics and Dean of the Language Center at Sharif University of Technology. He holds an M.C.P. degree from Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and M.S. and Ph.D. degrees from Boston College.


Mr. Amirhosein Bagheripour

Head of Brand, Marketing and Communications

Amirhosein joined the office in 2016. He has received his Bachelor’s and Master’s degree from Sharif University of Technology so he knows SUT by heart. He is in charge for University’s ranking and branding at the office. He also specializes in digital marketing and content management systems, and he is the content director/administrator of the International Affairs’ Office website (, the English website of SUT   ( and SUT LinkedIn page.


Ms. Fariba Torabi

Head of Administration

Ms. Torabi is the Office Manager at SUT’s International Affairs Office (IA) responsible for the day to day running of the office. She monitors everyday affairs and assigned duties of the colleagues and follows them up to reach the result. Joint degree programs and collaboration between universities help to improve the quality of education in every university and so increasing international relations with other universities is one of her top priorities. She is also in charge of the preparation of MoUs and other international documents. She also assists in the coordination of visits. She is responsible for the incoming and outgoing emails, as well. She joined in 2012 and holds a Master’s degree in Teaching English as a Foreign Language (TEFL) from Sharif University of Technology.


Mr. Pooria Soltani

Regional Director, East Asia

Pooria has received his Bachelor and Master’s degree in Chemical Engineering from here at Sharif. He recently joined the IA Office to improve Sharif’s position in global university ranking systems.

After a successful boost to SUT’s rank in the QS World University Ranking (from 480 in 2018 to 432 in 2019 ranking) using a data-driven approach, Pooria is now in charge of scientific relations with Chinese academic institutions and helps Sharif to plat for “The 1st Iran-China Scientific & Technology Collaboration Meeting”, a major international convention to further the academic and technological relations between the countries to be held in Nov. 2018.


Mr. Ali Orooji

Head of executive affairs

Ali obtained his Bachelor of Industrial Engineering from Islamic Azad University north Tehran Branch, then graduated in Master of Political Science from Wroclaw University, Poland and continuing his Ph.D. in International Law at Allameh Tabatabei University, Tehran. In the office, he is responsible for executive affairs including exhibition and seminar attending, internship IAESTE, dormitory, and hospitality service for international guests .


Mr. Arash selk ghaffari

International Executive

Arash selk ghaffari joined the international Affairs’ office (IA) in 2018. He has received his Bachelor’s degree in Electronic Engineering and Master’s degree in Nano electronics from Tabriz University. He is the representative of Sharif University of Technology International Campus (SUTIC) in IA. He is in charge of international connections and helps the International Affairs’ Office in its activities such as holding conferences, seminars, and etc.

Ms. Maryam Bilbaso


Ms. Bilbaso received her Bachelor’s degree in Management from Islamic Azad University, North-Tehran branch. She joined the office recently and is in charge of all clerical and administrative works of the office such as daily correspondence and document storage. Before joining the IA office, she worked for five years at the secretariat of Sharif presidency office.


Mr. Morteza Maghsoudi


Mr. Maghsoudi joined the office in 2011 as an administrator and is in charge of visa applications.


Mr. Hamed Amanollahi

Graphic Designer

Hamed Amanollahi got his M.A. in Graphic Design from Tehran University of Art. He joined the IA Office in 2019. He is an expert in digital visual effects and motion graphic software, namely, Adobe After Effects, Illustrator, InDesign, Photoshop, Premiere Pro, CorelDraw, etc.
As a professional designer, Hamed is in sole-charge of creating visual graphic content (designing infographic, poster, logo, catalog, brochure, sheet, and animation), Photojournalism, film shooting, direction, production, and editing for the English website of SUT (, SUT LinkedIn page, and IA Office of Sharif University of Technology.


Mr. Saman Jamshidi

Journalist & Translator

Saman Jamshidi got his M.A. in Applied Linguistics from Sharif University of Technology and did his B.A. in English Literature. He is an academic researcher in the areas of sociolinguistics, anthropology, discourse, and identity. Also, he has presented and published academic papers in international conferences and scientific journals.
Saman joined the office in 2018. Being an expert in English journalism, he is in sole-charge of news writing for the English website of SUT (, content creation for SUT LinkedIn page, plus presentation, subtitling, and translation of IA Office videos. What is more, he is an assistant in the International Student’s Office and takes the responsibility of ISO mail (contacting students & applicants) and international student’s affairs.


Ms. Sondos Hosseinisefat

Head of Administration (International Student’s Office)

Sondos Hosseinisefat joined SUT in 2000. She got her M.A. in Linguistics from Payame Noor University. Sondos is a multilingual person who is proficient in Kurdish, Arabic, and English in addition to Persian. Initially, she worked for the Foreign Purchasing Department which was followed by the start of her journey in the International Student’s Office as the head of administration. She is in charge of guiding and recruiting international students (documentation), international contacts and relations of ISO, active cooperation with the Ministry of Science and Technology (MSRT) regarding international student’s affairs, management and holding short training courses, attending international exhibitions for student recruitment. With two decades of experience in SUT, Sondos considers herself as a SUT family member and works with enthusiasm to provide high-quality services for international students.


Ms. Atefe Zare

Atefe Zare got her B.A. in English Translation from Imam Khomeini International University and was accepted as an M.A. student in Allameh Tabataba’i University. She joined International Students’ Office (ISO) in 2017. She is in charge of guiding and recruiting international students. She is also in sole-charge of financial affairs regarding international students’ tuition fees and short training courses. Moreover, she is responsible for students’ consular affairs such as visa application, students’ residency, and their exit visa application. If you are an international student in SUT or even an applicant, she’ll be there to give you a hand as a SUT family member.