New Deputy Director and Chief Executive Officer of Payvand

New Deputy Director and Chief Executive Officer of Payvand

Dr Subhan Kashanov Deputy Director and Chief Executive Officer of Payvand (International Forum of Persian Speaking People) was born in 1953 in Farkhor, Khatlan District of Tajikistan.

Having graduated in political sciences from the National University of Tajikistan in 1975, Kashanov obtained his doctorate degree in history from the Soviet Union Academy of Science in 1982. His official appointments in various governmental departments have been as follows:

  •     1983-1993, served as teacher and deputy director of the Department of Philosophy in the University of Qurqan Tippe.
  •     1993 –1996, Director of the Department of Political Science and Cultural Studies in Tajikistan Academy of Science.
  •     1993-2000, he has worked in various capacities and as the chief advisor for Media and Publication to the office of the President of the republic of Tajikistan.
  •     2000 until his appointment as the CEO of Payvand Society, Dr Kashanov has acted as Director of Tajikistan Official Newspaper Jomhuriyyat and chief advisor to the office of the president in matters related to social relations.

Dr H Kashanov has published numerous articles in academic journals and has participated in many conferences and seminars in countries such as Austria, Hungry, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Poland, Germany, Russia, France, Turkey and the United States of America.  Payvand UK, while congratulating Dr Kashanov on his appointment, is pleased to thank Dr Isomiddin Salohiddin, the outgoing CEO for his excellent administrative efforts in promoting Payvpad’s objectives and wish him good health and success.

Tajikistan Sends Ambassador.


Ambassador of Tajikistan in the United Kingdom.

For the first time after its independence in 1991, Tajikistan has despatched its Ambassador to the United Kingdom. The Ambassador, Dr Erkin Kasymov was born in the historic city of Khojand, better known as the financial capital of the Republic Tajikistan.

Being a philologist by profession, Erkin is well versed in Russian, Arabic, English, and Persian languages. Erkin began his career in politics in 1974 as the First Secretary in the Ministry of Foreign Affair’s. Over 30 year of engagement in politics and the social affairs of his native country, Dr Kasymov is well placed to represent Tajikistan in the United Kingdom. Before moving to the United Kingdom, Dr Kasymov was Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Tajikistan in Austrian Republic, Swiss Confederation and Hungry.  Click here for more details.

Farzaneh Khojandi in London


Farzaneh Khojandi in London

Poetry Translation Centre and the Department of Persian Language at SOAS, in association with the Iran Heritage Foundation organised “An Evening of Tajik and Persian poetry with Farzaneh Khojandi” in the Khalili Lecture Theatre at the School of Oriental and African Studies on Friday 17th October 2008.  Farzaneh is one of the most outstanding contemporary poets of Tajikistan. Her poetry in Persian language has been well received by Persian speaking people world wide and particularly in the Persian speaking countries. This visit, thanks to Poetry Translation Centre, that produced remarkable English translation of her poetry, enabled English speaking audience to enjoy her poetry in English language and listen to her own eloquent style of poetry recitation.  For few snapshots, please click here.

Payvand’s New Executive Officer


On 18th July 2008, members of the consultative meeting of the Supreme Advisory Board to the Office of the President, responsible for “Improving Social Relations and Public Augmentations” had a meeting with members of the Executive Board of Payvand (The International Forum for Persian Speaking People). Mr Fatahov, chief advisor to the office of President, conveyed the outcome of the consultative meetings and pointed out that Mr Isomiddin Salohiddin, after protracted studies, has been appointed as the Chief Executive Officer of Payvand Society. He pointed out government’s satisfaction with good services of late Prof. Manyazov and conveyed president’s message for the expansion of Payvand activities in the years ahead. A brief profile of Dr. Isomiddin Salohiddin is provided here.