His Excellency Ambassador Ardeshir Zahedi, former Foreign Minister of Iran.
His Excellency Ambassador Ardeshir Zahedi, GCVO, is a former Foreign Minister of the Imperial Iranian Government, twice Iranian Ambassador to the US (1959-1962, and 1973-79), and once to the Court of St. James (1962-66). He was born in Tehran in 1928, the son of an Imperial Iranian General, Fazlollah Zahedi, who later become Prime Minister.
Amb. Zahedi has received the highest national decoration from Iran and the following countries: Japan, Malaysia, Thailand, Pakistan, Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon, Romania, Czechoslovakia, Hungary, Poland, the Federal Republic of Germany, Italy, Korea, Sweden, Finland, Brazil, Morocco, Tunisia, Senegal and Ethiopia, as well as from the Pope. He has received honorary Doctoral Degrees of Law and Humanities from the following American universities: The State University of Utah, East Texas State University, Kent State University, St. Louis University, Texas University, Montana State University, Washington College, Westminster College and Harvard University. He also received honorary Doctoral Degrees from Chungang University of Seoul, and the College of Political and Social Science of Lima. In 2013, he was awarded the International Strategic Studies Association Star for Outstanding Contributions to Strategic Progress.
He has authored three volumes of memoirs which have brought out important historical records on his time in Iranian public service.
His Imperial Highness Prince Ermias Sahle-Selassie Haile-Selassie, President of The Crown Council of Ethiopia.
HIH Prince Ermias Sahle-Selassie Haile-Selassie is President of the Crown Council of Ethiopia, the constitutional body which, during the reign of an Emperor, advises the Crown, and which, following the death of an Emperor, or during an interregnum, acts as the Crown.
Prince Ermias was born in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, in 1960, and, following the premature passing of his father, HIH Prince Sahle Selassie, was raised by his mother and grandfather, His Majesty Emperor Haile Selassie I, until he was sent to the United Kingdom for his education. He was in Britain when the coup of 1974 occurred, overthrowing the Emperor. His tertiary education was in the United States at the University of California in Santa Barbara, and then at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy.
In 1997, Prince Ermias was invested with the International Strategic Studies Association Star for Outstanding Contributions to Strategic Progress, and he has been widely honored internationally for his contributions to peace and international relations. He is also Patron and chief driving force behind the Water Initiative for Africa (WIA), which has developed unique water purification technologies for African communities.
As President of the Crown Council, he is also sovereign of all of the Imperial Ethiopian Orders.
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