Trained as an Electrical Engineer, Haleh Emrani has worked in the computer industry since 1991. At present she is the Founder and CEO of SageDom a team of mobile application developers with the goal of facilitating meaningful connections among people who share an interest, hobby, or activity. In 2005, she put her professional work on hold temporarily to attend graduate school at UCLA. She received her Ph. D in 2011 in Near Eastern History with a focus on social status of women in the Sassanian period. She is a Research Fellow at UCI, Samuel Jordan Center for Persian Studies. Passionate about philanthropy, Haleh is actively engaged in several non-profit organizations whose activities span from cultural and educational causes to children's welfare and music. She is the Chair of the Iranian Studies Council at Farhang Foundation, and a major supporter of Children Institute Inc. and Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra.