Afif Naeimi –
Born on 6 September 1961 in Yazd, Afif Naeimi’s father died when he was three. After his father’s death, Afif was raised in part by his uncles. While still in primary school, he was sent to live with relatives in Jordan. In Jordan he was faced with the challenge of learning not just in a new school but also through a new language as he had little or no knowledge of Arabic. In spite of the obvious challenge this presented, Afif soon rose to the top of his class.
When he returned to Iran, Afif wanted to train and work as a doctor. However, because he is a Bahá’í he was denied access to a university education and instead turned his attention to business, one of the few avenues of work open to Bahá’ís in Iran.
Afif went to work in his father-in-law’s blanket and textile factory. Eventually he took over the factory and made this his career.
Afif Naeimi has long been active in volunteer Bahá’í service. He has taught Bahá’í children’s classes, conducted classes for adults, taught at the Bahá’í Institute of Higher Education, and been a member of the Auxiliary Board, an appointed position which serves principally to inspire, encourage, and promote learning among Bahá’í.
In the early 1980s, Afif married Shohreh Khallokhi with whom he has two sons.