Mrs. Hafezi studied English and Spanish at the University of California Los Angeles (UCLA) and graduated with a Bachelor of Arts. In addition, Ms. Hafezi holds a Master’s degree in intellectual property from the ETH Zurich (MASIP ETHZ).
She lives with her husband and three daughters in Zug, Switzerland.
Mrs. Hafezi’s principal pursuits at ELZA include business development, strategic planning, intellectual property and patents, and fundraising.
Outside of ELZA, Mrs. Hafezi provides strategic management consulting in the medical field for academic institutions, companies and non-profit organizations in Europe and North America.
In 2012, she co-founded “Light for Sight,” an international initiative that aims to early recognise and treat keratoconus in children and adolescents. Read more about the charity here.
In April 2015, readers of the international journal “The Ophthalmologist” voted Mrs. Hafezi into the “Top 40 under 40”, a list of the most promising new personalities, or “rising stars” in global ophthalmology. In total, only 2 people from industry and only six women were members of the list – underlining the scale of this achievement.