ISAISC is governed by its Memorandum and Articles of Association adopted and approved at the Annual General Meeting in December 2015. 

Council and Committees

A volunteer Council is responsible for the overall management of the Institute and meets two times a year in Melbourne, Australia. It delegates much of its work to several Committees of the Council—currently Fieldwork and Research, the Fundraising Taskforce, Planning and Publications. ISAISC’s current Council members cover a broad range of expertise and the majority of Council members are academics, highly knowledgeable in pre-Islamic ancient History of Iran.

The activities of the Council are directed by the elected key office holders: the Chair, Vice-Chair, President and Honorary Treasurer.



The following policies shape how ISAISC approaches its work:

Ethical Practice Policy

We are an apolitical, multi-ethnic, religiously neutral organisation, committed to non-discriminatory treatment of others in all aspects of our work. We operate in accordance with the Equality Act;     

  • We respect and celebrate diversity;
  • We encourage academics and educators to conduct their work with an awareness of ethical issues;
  • We foster dialogue and decision-making through consensus;
  • We support and collaborate with individuals and organisations who strive to contribute to research and public education about Iran; 
  • We believe in working to enable Iranians to reclaim their histories, cultures and identities; and 
  • We expect compliance with ISAISC’s anti-bribery policy. 

The ethical standards which apply to the ISAISC’s activities (including research, teaching, consultancy, outreach, and fundraising work) arise from the basic principle that such activities should neither include practices which directly impose a risk of serious harm nor be indirectly dependent upon such practices. Serious harm includes, for example, failure to respect the interests of human beings and damage to items of cultural value or the natural environment. Ethical practice also requires that the use of individuals’ personal data are fully justified and that statutory controls and codes of practice are observed at all times.

Data Protection Policy

Everyone who works for or with ISAISC has responsibility for ensuring data is collected, stored and handled appropriately. 

ISAISC’s Anti-Bribery Policy

ISAISC has a zero tolerance policy towards bribery and corruption and is committed to acting fairly and with integrity in all of its business dealings and relationships and implementing and enforcing effective systems to counter bribery.

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