Hourvash Pourkian was born in Tehran and has lived in Hamburg since 1975.
After studying business administration in Hamburg, Boston and London she worked as a self-employed entrepreneur.
She was a member of the Integration Advisory Board of the Hamburg Senate until 2011, is also the founder and chairwoman of the Kulturbrücke Hamburg e.V (registered association) and initiated the multiple award-winning Switch projects.
As chairwoman of the Kulturbrücke Hamburg e. V.
Hourvash Pourkian initiated several projects dedicated to intercultural exchange and the promotion of dialogue between people of different origins.
With the International Women in Power initiative, she also advocates international women's rights, equal rights and equal professional opportunities for women and men.