Paniz Kosarianfard

Where Paniz is from

Tehran, Iran



What was your dream when you were a kid? What was the reason?

My dream as a kid was to have a certain power to help everyone, if sick have the power to heal them, if poor help them become rich, if lonely help them find someone.

What was your dream when you were 18 years old? What was the reason?

I wanted to study genetics to fix some disorders and challenges kids were born with.


What made you start thinking about social entrepreneurship/social enterprises?

When was that? I didn’t see in myself to become a scientist and solve problems through science. I always had a business minds and a passion for changing status quo for better. So social entrepreneurship was the answer for me. I can use my strengths and skills of communication and business minds to pursue my goal of changing the most pressing issues that are not dealt with simply because they can’t find value/enough profit to deal with.


How much do you think social entrepreneurs play an important role in the world?

Not enough. We need more people focusing on these issues and set an example for our community with their success to attract more talented people to Social Entrepreneurship.


What would you say to future social entrepreneurs / those who are interested in social


Connect with other social entrepreneurs, support each other and never give up.


What is your favorite quote? Who said that quote?

“We can’t solve problems by using the same thinking we used when we created them” – Albert Einstein


Who Paniz is

Paniz is an achiever. She is passionate about any project that she tackles and is a swift learner; eager to absorb every single bit of knowledge. So she always sits in the front row of seats during classes.

She is definitely a leader and her leadership is not just in leading people but also in caring for and getting to know others. When you talk to Paniz, you will realize how much she respects you and wants to hear what you have to say.She listens to you really well. In fact, she is an incredibly respectful listener. While you are speaking, she stares intently at you, nodding with each sentence. She never interrupts you nor looks away  during conversations.

The way Paniz speaks is also super clear. She speaks slowly but clearly. The perfect way to describe the way she talks is that she “delivers,” making sure that one with whom she is speaking to gets the“package”, not just her words, but her intention and meaning.

I think that Paniz is a conversation specialist. She is able to ask intriguing questions during classes, conferences and conversations. This reflects that she listens carefully, so that she knows which part of what she heard does not make sense to her, or which part she wants to know more about.

In addition, Paniz is funny! She has  a great sense of humor. You will notice that people laugh whenever she says something. I’m not kidding. I hope you can experience her funny side someday.

Lastly, Paniz is a very active person and loves workouts, yoga, biking and so on. Paniz has everything that I wish I had.



Awesome Episode

Paniz might have the most pure, clear and beautiful heart of all our classmates.

When I gave a letter with ‘go-en’ to every single one of my classmate at the last class with all of MSEs,  she shed tears. When the MSE program finished, she could not refrain from tears. I realized in those moments that Paniz might have been the most lovable person amongst our classmates and the one who loved the MSE program the most, and our classmates the most. I am so glad to have met her as one of my classmates.



The Power os MSE

What Paniz is holding is a symbol called “go-en(ご縁)”, which means ‘fate’, ’destiny’ and ’special tie.’

I believe that it is meant to be that we met in San Francisco! I studied Social Entrepreneurship with Paniz for a year, saying “We will make the world a better place.” I would love to spend the rest of my life with MSEs (Master of Social Entrepreneurship; my classmates) until the very day I die. They have already completely changed my life.

At the same time, however, I also think that we should not be together all the time, because that is not the reason why we learned Social Entrepreneurship. That is not how we will deliver the impact we want to give to society and to the world.

I think MSEs are like dandelions. We were seeded at the first day at Hult and we bloomed on our graduation day. Our mission is that we spread all over the world like dandelions and seed the future, the next generation, from each place where each of us has landed.

本当にありがとう(Honto ni Arigato-); Thank you very very much for everything!! The world needs you! Let’s make the world a better place together!!


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