Meet the Staff

Dr. Arash Simchi, Head

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. Farnaz Massoumian, Consultant

Farnaz is a consultant at the International Affairs’ Office (IA) and works on the strategic planning of the university’s internationalization program.
Dr. Massoumian joined Sharif in 2004 as a faculty member at the Department of Electrical Engineering and has recently taken the post of consultant. Prior to joining the IA team, she was the head of the International Students’ Office at Sharif University for two years, consultant at for the planning of the new university campus, and consultant for the National Elite Foundation. She graduated with a D. Phil in Engineering Science from University of Oxford and also holds an MEng degree (First class honours) from Oxford.


Mr. Alireza Kazemi, Student Mobility Program

Alireza is the Head of Student Recruitment at SUT’s International Affairs Office and aims to attract students from all over the world to attend the No. 1 ranked university in Iran. 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 his top priorities. He is also in charge of updating the content of the English website of SUT ( and preparation of MoUs and other international documents. Alireza joined the office in 2016 and holds a master’s degree in philosophy of science, from SUT, and a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering.


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. Amirhosein Bagheripour, Head of IT & Infrastructure

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 responsible for University’s ranking and branding at the office. He also specializes in social networks and content management systems, and he is the designer/administrator of the International Affairs’ Office website ( and the English website of SUT   (


Ms. Fariba Torabi, Head of Administration

Ms. Torabi is the head of administration at the International Affairs’ Office (IA) responsible for the day to day running of the office and managing the director’s affairs. She also assists in the coordination of visits. She joined in 2012 and holds a Bachelor’s degree in the English Language.


Mr. Morteza Maghsoudi, Administrator

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