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Meet the women behind Perennis and our wonderful sponsors...

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Sofia Zolghadriha,

Sofia is a passionate food sustainability activist. She founded Perennis after she spent years exploring and working on eco projects around the world, searching for a system that could restore balance to our modernised lives. She experienced different agricultural models in places such as China, Brazil, the Amazon, and Italy. Finally, it was permaculture and circular economy that became the clear answer. There is a harmony in nature which she believes can be applied to all our practical needs if we simply appropriate our knowledge.

To tie the macrocosm to the microcosm, Sofia began studying traditional medicine (Tibb) for three years. She is an avid herbalist who enjoys gathering her ingredients from the wild, with a passion for traditional food and cooking.

Through her studies and experience working with community development and environmental education, she found that there are some extremely simple solutions to our collective problems. She decided with Perennis that it was time to spread these solutions, beginning with her city and her own community. As per the philosophies of permaculture and Tibb, we have to begin working from the inside-out.

Sofia has over five years experience with consultancy in international trade services. She is a business owner and entrepreneur. Sofia has a bachelor’s degree in Political Science and International Relations from the University of Birmingham, and a master’s degree in History from the University of St Andrews. She speaks fluent Swedish, Persian and English.

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Dr Sherry Nakhaeizadeh is a Lecturer in Crime and Forensic Science at the Department of Security of Crime Science, Centre for the Forensic Sciences at UCL. She is the co-deputy director of Equality, Diversity, and Inclusion (EDI) at the department. Sherry is an active advocate for promoting equal opportunity for women, specifically for women from ethnic minority groups.

Dr Sherry Nakhaizadeh,


Sherry has been involved in the success of the charted Athena SWAN bronze application process for her department, to support and transform gender equality within higher education (HE) and research. As a director at Perennis, Sherry has found a recent passion for the relationship between equity and sustainability.

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