Simin Yazdgerdi Curtis

President, Chief Executive Officer and Founder
American Middle East Institute

Simin is President, CEO, and Founder of the American Middle East Institute (AMEI), an independent, national, non-profit organization that was formally incorporated in Pittsburgh in 2008. AMEI works to build greater business, educational, and cultural partnerships between the U.S. and the countries of the Middle East & North Africa. Simin believes these kinds of connections represent a powerful form of diplomacy and she has led many delegations to the Middle East and hosted in Pittsburgh delegations from Algeria, Egypt, Iran, Israel, Libya, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, and the United Arab Emirates.

A graduate of Harvard University, Simin is a for-profit and not-for-profit entrepreneur, who helped her husband, Greg Curtis, found Greycourt & Inc., an investment advisory firm to many of the world’s wealthies families, where she served as vice president of marketing and communications for many years. Active in many civic and business organizations, Simin is Honorary Consul of the Sultanate of Oman, a 2013 Honoree of the Women & Girls Foundation for “Women Having a Global Impact,” and a member of the Nuclear Security Working Group based in Washington that works to promote bipartisan consensus on nuclear issues.