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Djavad MowafaghianDjavad Mowafaghian was born in Tehran, Iran, in 1927.  He was raised in a modest household by his mother, after losing his father at the age of one.  His attributes his passion for giving to his beloved Mother, who taught him at a young age to be kind and generous.  The mandate he would give to the foundation he would create later in life - to help children through health and education - was inspired by his mother’s teachings and frequent examples of compassionate giving, and his own love of children. 

Educated in Iran, and with a determination to work hard and succeed, Djavad Mowafaghian established one of the largest Iranian general contracting companies of the 1970s. The company constructed major hospitals, factories, housing developments and roads.  Djavad Mowafaghian was also involved in various joint ventures with a variety of European companies.

The early 1980’s saw Djavad Mowafaghian semi-retire to Europe. Though he had left his homeland behind, he continued to significantly contribute to it by providing funding for the construction of 26 Iranian schools, equaling a total of 800,000 square feet of educational facilities.  Today, these schools educate students ranging from elementary age to young adults focusing on technical and trades studies.  Several of the schools are designed specifically for visually and hearing impaired students, and one for the education of physically disabled girls.  The schools are attended by 20,000 students annually, with the 26th school having officially opened in 2010.  Most recently, Djavad Mowafaghian donated the building that was once headquarters for his Iranian construction company, to Tehran’s Sharif University.  It will now house the Djavad Mowafaghian Research Centre of Intelligent Neuro-Rehabilitation Technologies.

Djavad Mowafaghian settled in Vancouver in 1987, after visiting and falling in love with the city.  He established a commercial development company in 1990 to develop and manage several Vancouver office buildings.  This proved to be another successful undertaking for Djavad Mowafaghian.  In 2003, he decided to give back to his adopted country by creating and funding the Djavad Mowafaghian Foundation.  The Djavad Mowafaghian Foundation’s mandate is to better the lives of children through health and education.