Ali Sanjabi

Ali Sanjabi

Phone Numbers

202-651-5721 (V)
202-250-2297 (VP)


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He graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration in May, 2007 from Gallaudet University.  He also earned an international Master of Business Administration (iMBA) degree from Southern New Hampshire University in May, 2015.

He has worked at the English Language Institute since 2004.  He has been the ACT Test Coordinator for Gallaudet University since October, 2008.  He was the chair of the Department of Business 50th Anniversary Committee from March 1st to October 31st, 2005 and the chair of the Office of International Programs and Services 135th Anniversary subcommittee from January 2nd to April 6th, 2007.
He has been a business executive and general operations manager of eight Iranian companies since he was twenty-five years old and has more than twenty years of experience. He received an Outstanding Management Skills Award in 1996 and an award for First Deaf-Owned Business in Iran with fourteen deaf employees and three hearing employees in the 1996 to 1998 time period.  He was a manager, internal director, and account director at Pars-Khodro Automobile Spare Parts Production and Service Development Company under General Motors in Tehran, Iran for a total of ten non-consecutive years beginning in 1986.  He was a restaurant director and a supervisor at his father's business Iraj Sanjabi and Colleagues Company in Tehran, Iran for five years beginning in 1994.  For two years beginning October, 1996, he was the chairman of the Board of Directors of Moratab Karan Eamen Service Company which provided food distribution services in Tehran, Iran.  For slightly more than a year starting June, 1997, he was a service contractor and manager for the Karkhanejat Towlidi Tehran Company, Tehran, Iran, which provided office cleaning services, outdoor maintenance, and landscaping.  He used to be a sous chef at the Grand Hyatt Washington in Washington, DC and received an Employee of the Month Award in June, 2007.

Courses Taught:
He taught business administration, organizational operations, and communication etiquette classes in Katmandu, Nepal and Bangkok, Thailand to deaf natives in 2006.  For four years beginning October 2004, he taught Cross Cultural Communication classes, College Success Strategies classes, and ASL classes (both levels I and II) as an assistant instructor for about an academic year and then as the main instructor for the remaining years at the English Language Institute.  His students gave him the Best Teacher Award in May, 2008 for being the best instructor in the College Success Strategies class. He also taught entrepreneurship classes in Manila, Philippines in 2014.

Professional Organizations:
NAFSA Member
Member of Gamma Nu Chapter of Delta Mu Delta at Southern New Hampshire University

Community Involvement:
Pezvak Nashnva Facebook Page


  • He chaired the Department of Business 50th Anniversary Committee at Gallaudet University from March 1st to October 31st, 2005. He was also the chair of the 135th anniversary subcommittee for the Office of International Programs and Services at Gallaudet University from January 2nd to April 6th, 2007 and was presented with an International Education award for Best Chairman at the event.
  • He was a member of the organizing committee for the First Cultural and Arts Festival for the Deaf Iranians in 1995 and was given an Iran Department of Disability Award for being the first to set up a huge education, arts, drama, technology, human rights, and history festival for Deaf people.
  • He has consulting experience specifically in organizations, operations, and business. He uses and recommend best practices and strategies to improve systematic operations in businesses and NGOs. He advises students and other deaf people on their educational goals and helps them gain leadership skills. He received the Award of Excellence as an ELISO Advisor in May, 2006. He has helped Iranian deaf communities and participated in advocacy activities within these deaf communities since he was fourteen years old.
  • He contributed his time and effort as a member of the organizing committee for the International Deaf Education Seminar hosted at the University of Social Welfare and Rehabilitation Sciences in July, 1995 where a WFD official mediated a panel between Ministry of Special Education and Deaf community advocates regarding a Persian Sign Language vs Oralism debate.

Research Projects:
Field Methods informant for Zaban Eshareh Irani (ZEI)

Awards and Recognitions:

  • Deaf Community Award was given to our Pezvak Nashnva team for the best year in educational advocacy (March 18-20, 2016)
  • An award from the National Center of the Deaf of Fars Province in Iran was given to me at the World Federation of the Deaf conference in Istanbul, Turkey (July 25 - August 23, 2015) for empowering deaf people
  • Consultant Award from the First Conference of Deaf Iranians Living Overseas in Hamburg (March 18-20, 2016)
  • Dean's List (Fall 2006)
  • Presidential Scholar Award, Gallaudet University (Fall 2004)
  • Most Motivated Volunteer Award, Deaf Society of Iran (1994)

"Zaban Eshareh Irani (ZEI) and Its Fingerspelling System" article in the Sign Language Studies journal, volume 16, issue 4, by Ali Sanjabi, Abbas Ali Behmanesh, Ardavan Guity, Sara Siyavoshi, Martin Watkins, and Julie A. Hochgesang


800 Florida Avenue NE
Washington, DC 20002


800 Florida Avenue NE
Washington, DC 20002