Payam Zamani is an entrepreneur, internet pioneer, philanthropist and investor. He is the founder, chairman and CEO of the One Planet Group, a hybrid tech firm that owns and operates a suite of online technology and media businesses, incubates new business ideas, and invests in entrepreneurs and innovative business ideas globally. One Planet's family of businesses include BuyerLink.com, iMotors.com, Contractors.com, MerchantCircle.com, California.com, and Quite Remarkable. The company’s mission supports strong business ideas while building an ethos that helps improve society and gives back to communities. This philosophy, embodied in the company’s tagline innovation x intention, conveys that good ideas and profitable businesses are not enough; to positively impact the world, we need to align all our efforts with altruistic intentions that will ultimately benefit humanity. Born in Iran, Zamani, a member of the Bahá’í Faith, was forced to flee the country at the age of 16 to escape religious persecution. He was granted asylum in the U.S. and has been living in the San Francisco bay area since 1988. Thrilled for the opportunity to receive a higher education (since 1980, Baha’i’s have not been allowed to attend universities in Iran), he put himself through college and earned a B.S. in environmental toxicology from the University of California, Davis. Together, Zamani and his wife Gouya support the Tahirih Justice Center (Tahirih.org). —where he serves on its national board of directors—which works with immigrant women and girls fleeing violence. They also support the Equal Justice Initiative, which recently opened a monument and museum in Montgomery, Alabama honoring the lives of African-American victims of lynching after the Civil War. In 2017, IranWire listed Zamani as one of 50 Iranian-Americans you should know. In 2019, Zamani was nominated Entrepreneur of the Year in Ernst & Young’s Entrepreneur of The Year program.
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