International Woman of the Year, Human Rights Campaigner and author, Zerbanoo Gifford was born in India on May 11th 1950. The eldest daughter of Bailey Irani founder President of the WZO and Kitty Mazda, Zerbanoo, married to the international human rights lawyer Richard Gifford, lives in England with their sons Mark Mazda and Alexander Justice.
Zerbanoo holds the Nehru Centenary award for her work championing the cause of Women, Children and minorities. She has been awarded the Freedom of the city of Lincoln Nebraska for her work against modern slavery and racism.
A member of the Race relations forum and an advisor to the former British Home Secretary, Zerbanoo has chaired the Commission “Looking into Ethnic Minority Involvement into British Life.” She made political history when elected as a councillor for the Liberals in 1982 as the first non white woman. She has also contested Parliamentary elections on three occasions.