My name is Sharif Behruz. I was born in Iranian Kurdistan in the suburb of Naghadeh a city in the West Azerbijan province in North West Iran. I was only 4 years old when the revolution in Iran resulted in the uprisings in all over Iran and especially in Kurdistan. Kurdish national movement was mobilizing as a result of the new changes and Kurdish political parties were gearing up activities in Iran. My father joined the Kurdistan Democratic Party of Iran in the early days of the revolution, and he remained in exiles for the rest of his life till we were settled in 1994 in Canada.
Living and growing up in Iranian Kurdistan for much of my teenage life, I have witnessed upfront violations of human rights, police brutalities and lawlessness something that ordinary Iranians especially national minorities among Kurds face every day.
In 2001, I graduated from the University of Western Ontario in London, Ontario with an honours BA degree in Political Science. I have been a member of Kurdistan Democratic Party of Iran since 1995. I served in various committees following my membership till 2003 when I was appointed the representative of the Party to Canada. In 2007, I was appointed to head the Party’s representation in the US, a position which I still hold to date.
I have also worked with a number of reserach and advising firms.
I live with my two childern, Dilan and Doreen and my wife Shirin in London, Ontario.