Lady Jamileh Kharrazi


Lady Jamileh Kharrazi is an accomplished artist, as a ballerina and classical singer, having given concerts in the Middle East and Europe. A successful business woman, property designer and developer in the Middle East, Europe and America, founder and sponsor of various trusts, companies and private Bank, continuing as a consultant to many of them.

Lady Kharrazi is the founder and the president of both JK Foundation, and more recently Toos Charitable Foundation. A staunch supporter of arts and human rights, she continues to work extensively with children affected by armed conflict throughout the Middle East and Asia, including running of orphanage home in the Middle East.

Lady Kharrazi continues to work tirelessly as Harvard’s Ambassador to the Middle East since her appointment as such under Kennedy School Dean Joseph Nye in 1999.


Lady Kharrazi’s degree in the following three disciplines reflects her rich and varied interests:

  • Arts (ballet dancing and classical singer)
  • Architecture (property designer and developer)
  • Business Management


  • New Philharmonic Orchestra of London
  • Philharmonic Orchestra of Ville de Boullogne Billancourt, France
  • Kids Company (a U.K.-based specialized charity helping the rehabilitation of disturbed and criminal)
  • Member, Dean’s International Council, Harris School of Public Policy Studies, University of Chicago
  • Member, Dean’s International Council, John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University
  • Ambassador of Harvard to the Middle East, established a fellowship for Harvard post-graduate students (Lebanon)
  • Artists Without Frontiers
  • Sponsor of many third-world post-graduate students in scientific and humanities disciplines at some of top universities in the West
  • Sponsor of medical treatment of those in desperate need where appropriate
  • Founder, Art and Culture School U.K. (which holds art exhibitions and musical events for particularly disadvantaged artists)
  • Trustee, Iran-Das Board of Directors
  • Founder, Iran National Folklore Organisation (upon the request of the Shah of Iran)
  • Member, Buck Advisory Council, The Buck Institute for Research on Aging (Novato, CA)


In recent years Lady Kharrazi has worked very hard to create a better understanding between the “East and West” through art and culture by participating and personally overseeing the organization of the following:

  • Concerts across Europe of Folklore, and classical songs of Middle East, jointly with European Orchestra
  • Joint venture with the Jackson Family to benefit humanitarian causes from the revenue of “Jackson Five” production

Lady Kharrazi expresses herself in more than two languages and resides in the United Kingdom.

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