Kambiz "Kamy” Akhavan has served as Managing Editor of ProCon.org since December 7, 2004 and as President of ProCon.org since Dec. 7, 2010. Kamy has nearly 20 years of experience in making serious educational content entertaining, accessible, and affordable. His work has been published in textbooks, magazines, newspapers, and websites across the United States. He has been interviewed by national media including Reuters, Associated Press, Fox News, ABC, NPR, CNN, CBS. Kamy was born in Iran, grew up in southern Louisiana, and has lived in California for over 20 years. He holds a BA and MA in History from UCLA. He loves music, politics, surfing, running, his wife, his son, and ProCon.org.
Earned a Master’s degree from UCLA in 1998 with summa cum laude distinctions for study in European History.
Graduated magna cum laude from UCLA in 1994 with a B.A. in Modern Intellectual History of Europe and College Honor’s distinctions. Became a member of the Golden Key Honor Society and was awarded a lifetime membership in Phi Beta Kappa for academic achievement.
Has taken non-degree courses in journalism, nonprofit management, and fundraising (UCLA) as well as political science and speech (Stanford University).
2. PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE
President and Managing Editor of ProCon.org. Hired on Dec. 7, 2004.
Worked as a writer, researcher, proofreader, and image licensor for an educational multimedia company. Clients included Library of Congress, Holt McDougal, and National Geographic.
Worked in the L.A. film industry for several years in the acquisition, distribution, and marketing of foreign language and American independent films. Some of his releases included My Favorite Season (France; starring Catherine Deneuve and Daniel Auteuil), Blue Juice (U.K.; featuring Catherine Zeta Jones), God Is My Witness (Bollywood hit starring Amitabh Bachham and Sridevi), and The Stranger (India; directed by legendary filmmaker Satyajit Ray) among others.
Served as Chief Editor of the Center for Entrepreneurial Leadership Clearinghouse on Entrepreneurship Education (CELCEE)
Coordinated advertising and marketing campaigns as well as newsletter production/distribution for dozens of internet casinos while living in Vancouver, Canada.
Worked as management consultant for McMaster-Carr, a high-volume industrial supply company.
Has been interviewed by Associated Press, Reuters, ABC, radio affiliates for NPR, CNN, CBS, and Fox News, as well as numerous other newspapers, magazines, and TV stations, on topics ranging from medical marijuana and milk to euthanasia and insider trading.
3. PANELS AND PUBLICATIONS
Presenter, 6th Annual ICT in Higher Education Summit (Johannesburg, South Africa), "Pros and Cons of Social Networking in Higher Learning," Mar. 25, 2015
Co-presenter, California Conference for the Social Studies annual conference (Oakland, CA), "Don’t Hate. Debate,” Mar. 7, 2015
Panelist, Congressional Black Caucus Foundation 44th annual legislative conference, "Teacher Tenure: Education or Politics?" Hosted by the American Federation of Teachers, Sep. 26, 2014
Co-presenter, National Council on Rehabilitation Education (NCRE) annual conference (Manhattan Beach, CA), talk on medical marijuana, Apr. 7, 2011
Panelist, one of the first ever Continuing Medical Education (CME) classes on medical marijuana in the United States (Good Samaritan Hospital, Los Angeles, CA), "What Physicians Should Know About Medical Marijuana,” Apr. 22, 2010
Panelist, Politics Online national conference (Washington, DC), "The Future of Online Debate and Dialogue” and "Collaborative Politics Online: Principles, Pitfalls and Practical Advice,” Apr. 20, 2009
Published articles on diverse topics including "Marinol vs. Marijuana: Politics, Science, and Popular Culture,” "Business Ethics,” and various cultural events and attractions in Los Angeles.
Received seven publication credits for the Authorworks high school textbooks and CD-ROMs which were created in conjunction with the Library of Congress and Scott Foresman publishers.
Received three publication credits for work on an educational map project with Rand McNally.
4. PERSONAL STUFF
Volunteers for the annual Visions of Unity contest, Heal the Bay, Save Historic Old Torrance, and several other local charities.
Kamy is proficient in the English, French, and Persian (Farsi) languages. He has basic familiarity with German and Spanish.