Elahe Amani learned about conflict resolution and mediation in 1990, through CSUF Certificate Program of “Managing Multicultural Work Environments”. She completed formal mediation training through Pepperdine School of Law Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution in 1991 and promptly joined the Southern California Mediation Association (SCMA) and published a book review on “Mediation Across Cultures” in SCMA newsletter. In 1992-93 after the Los Angeles riots, Elahe conducted sessions of community mediation between Korean and African Americans in Town Hall settings through a program organized by the Los Angeles City Attorney Office. In 2006 Elahe did a presentation at SCMA Salon on “Gender and Mediation” and presented on the panel in the affinity discussion at SCMA’s annual conference at Pepperdine University on “Culture and Mediation.”

Elahe has provided several trainings on “Sexual Harassment” particularly building on a cross-cultural perspective. In 2007, she gave a talk addressing “Sexual Harassment in Iranian Community “organized by Iranian- American Bar Association in Berkeley @ UC Berkely. In May 2003, she went to Afghanistan as part of the grassroots delegation of the Women’s Intercultural Network. She has conducted numerous trainings and workshops during her last 13 years at CSUF and community at large on Conflict Resolution Across Cultures in the Workplace and Cross-Cultural Communications in the Workplace through Student Leadership Institute and the University Business Institute. In 2012, she taught at the CSUF Gianneschi Summer School for Nonprofits on conflict resolution. In Jan 2013, she presented on conflict management to the Iranian American Society of Engineer and Architects in Orange County. On May 11, 2013, Elahe presented to the LA Chapter of Mediators Beyond Borders on “Network Organization or an Organization that Networks?” (http://www.linkedin.com/pub/elahe-amani/24/142/992)

Areas of Expertise: Workplace, Community, and Gender Mediation; International Mediation Trainer; International Speaker (Gender and Cross-Cultural Communications)
Country of Origin: Iran
Current Residence: United States
Languages: Persian, English and Arabic