About

Our Mission

The Collective for Black Iranians is a chapter-based not-for-profit organization with the mission to amplify Black and Afro-Iranians’ voices within the Iranian diaspora, educate on the connections between Africanness/Blackness and the Iranian identity as well as advocate for the representation of Black and Afro-Iranians in Iranian narratives.

Our Collective

Priscillia Kounkou-Hoveyda, Founder

Priscillia is a human rights lawyer who has a decade of experience working with the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF), other UN agencies and non-governmental organizations in the U.S, France, DR Congo, the Islamic Republic of Mauritania, Central African Republic, the Federal Republic of Nigeria and many others. Her work focuses on building international and national policies for the most vulnerable populations around the world. She has led the release and reintegration of children associated to armed groups/forces, incarcerated children as well as survivors of sexual violence.

In her other life, Priscillia, born in France from a Congolese father and an Iranian mother, is a writer, documentary filmmaker and the founder of the Collective for Black Iranians.

She holds dual International Law and Business degrees from Sorbonne Law, ESSEC Business School and NYU Law.

Alex D. Eskandarkhah, Co-Founder

Born in Toronto, Canada, Alex currently resides in Edmonton. He is a producer, writer, entrepreneur and radio/podcast personality. He’s the creator, host and producer of The Gifted Gab, a talk show series that focuses on current events, observational commentary and satire. Alex is of Afro-Iranian descent, born to an Iranian father and an Afro-Iranian mother.  He is a graduate of York University with a major in sociology.

Homayoun Fiamor, Co-Founder

Born in France, Homayoun is an actor and photographer. Fascinated by the arts, Homayoun grew up in a Baha’i family of 4 children from a Togolese father and an Iranian mother.

Pardis Nkoy, Co-Founder

Born in Salt Lake City, Utah, Pardis lives in Spokane, WA where she works as an Account Executive at Boom Creative. She earned a Bachelor Degree in Broadcast Communications with a minor in business administration and public relations from Gonzaga University. Pardis is of Congolese and Iranian descent.

Parisa Nkoy, Co-Founder

Born in Salt Lake City, Utah, Parisa lives in Spokane, Washington where she works in video editing and production at Boom Creative. She studied criminal justice and sociology. She is of Congolese and Iranian origins.

Norman Soltan Salahshour, Co-Founder

Born in Germany, Norman is a comedian and presenter/host. He is a graduate of the Cologne University where he received his Bachelor's degree in Business Administration. His mother is Iranian and his father is Congolese.

Our Story

The Collective for Black Iranians was founded out of necessity.

The necessity to be heard, seen and understood.

Bringing Black and Afro-Iranians from different corners of the Iranian diaspora, such as Canada, the United States, France and Germany, the Collective wants to ensure that conversations around Blackness within the Iranian diaspora are held and that the stories  of Black and Afro-Iranians are told from the perspective of Black and Afro-Iranians.

Our Board

Formation in progress.