Simin Yazdgerdi Curtis is President and CEO of the American Middle East Institute (AMEI), a national, non-profit organization headquartered in Pittsburgh, which she launched in 2008. AMEI works to build greater business, educational and cultural ties between the U.S. and the countries of the Middle East, and has hosted many high-level delegations in Pittsburgh and led many missions to the Middle East.
Most recently (Oct 2014), AMEI hosted at its 7th annual conference a delegation of Iranian government officials led by Deputy Minister of Culture for Art Affairs, H.E. Mr. Ali Moradkhani. In June of 2014, Simin led, with former Egyptian Health Minister H.E. Dr. Sallam, a delegation of top American companies to Cairo, under the auspices of Prime Minister H.E. Mahlab and Minister of Trade H.E. AbdelNour.
A graduate of Harvard University, Simin is a for-profit and not-for-profit entrepreneur, who helped her husband, Greg Curtis, found Greycourt & Co., Inc., an investment advisory firm to many of the world’s wealthiest families. Active in many civic and business organizations, Simin is Honorary Consul of the Sultanate of Oman and is a 2013 Honoree of the Women & Girls Foundation for “Women Having a Global Impact.”