Hushang Ansary is an Iranian-American former businessman, diplomat, and philanthropist. He is best known for serving as the Iranian Minister of Tourism and Information from 1971 to 1974. He also served as the Minister of Finance from 1974 to 1977. Hushang Ansary is a recipient of several prestigious awards like the Woodrow Wilson Award and Ellis Island Medal of Honor.
Mehdi Karroubi is an Iranian Shia reformist politician and cleric who served as the Speaker of the Parliament of Iran between 1989 and 2004. He played an important role in the 2009–2010 Iranian election protests, following which he was put under house arrest.