Sarah Stewart (project director) is a lecturer in Zoroastrianism in the Department of the Study of Religions at SOAS. She is co-convenor with Edmund Herzig of the Idea of Iran series and has co-edited five volumes in the series.
She is Secretary of the British Institute of Persian Studies in London and on the Academic Council of the Iran Heritage Foundation also in London. Her publications include studies on the Parsi and Iranian Zoroastrian living traditions and she is currently working on a publication (in collaboration with Mandana Moavenat) on contemporary Zoroastrianism in Iran.
Firoza Punthakey Mistree is co-editor with Pheroza Godrej of A Zoroastrian Tapestry: art, religion and culture. She works for Zoroastrian Studies, Mumbai and also teaches Zoroastrianism to school children to extend their understanding of the religion and instil a sense of pride in their heritage.
Her primary research interest is the oral history of the Yazdi Zoroastrians. She has travelled widely in Iran and has published work on Yazdi costumes and textiles.
Pheroza Godrej - Art-historian, environmentalist and writer. Her literary career co-relates history, travel, painting and studies of British artists in India (1690-1930).
The publications which she has co-written or co-edited include, Scenic Splendours: India through the Printed Image; Under the Indian Sun, Bombay to Mumbai - Changing Perspectives; A Zoroastrian Tapestry: Art, Religion and Culture and Indian Life and Landscape by Western Artists - Paintings and Drawings from the Victoria and Albert Museum - 17th to the early 20th Century, including an exhibition and seminar for the Victoria & Albert Museum and the Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Vastu Sangrahalaya, Mumbai (CSMVS - formerly Prince of Wales Museum of Western India).
She is closely associated with the CSMVS, Museum Society of Bombay, Dr. Bhau Daji Lad Museum, the National Gallery of Modern Art, the Indian National Trust for Art and Cultural Heritage (INTACH) and the Indian Council of Cultural Relations (ICCR).
A reputed curator and Director of Cymroza Art Gallery, Mumbai, which she founded in 1971, Pheroza Godrej is also President of the National Society of the Friends of the Trees, the main focus of which is the promotion of greenery and environment education.
Almut Hintze is Zartoshty Brothers Professor of Zoroastrianism at the School of Oriental and African studies, University of London. Holding degrees from the universities of Heidelberg, Oxford, Erlangen and Berlin, her field is Indo-Iranian Studies with special emphasis on the Zoroastrian literature, beliefs and religious practice.
Her major publications include a study of the semantics of words for 'reward' in Vedic and Avestan (2000) and commentaries and annotated editions of Zoroastrian sacred texts, such as the Avestan Zamyad Yasht (1994) and the Yasna Haptanghaiti (2007).
Ursula Sims-Williams is Curator of Iranian languages at the British Library. Her research interests focus on the pre-Islamic Iranian and the Zoroastrian collections. Her most recent work includes the articles "The strange story of Samuel Guise: an 18th-century collection of Zoroastrian manuscripts," Bulletin of the Asia Institute 19 (2009), "Rudolf Hoernle and Sir Aurel Stein", in Sir Aurel Stein, Colleagues and Collections (London: British Museum, 2012) and "Zoroastrian Manuscripts in the British Library, London," in the press.
She assisted with the exhibition "Trade, Travel, War and Faith" (British Library, 2004) and its associated catalogue and has curated the exhibitions "Zoroaster, wise man of the East" (British Library, 2005), "The Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam" (British Library, 2009) and is currently working on "Mughal India: Art, Culture and Empire" (British Library, 2012).