Hooman ‘Mo’ Tavakolian is an athlete-turned-sports diplomat, eBook author, Co- author, Chief Compliance Officer at a NYC & London based hedge fund, Founder of Hoomanties, a sport & gender equality focused charity, Founder & President of Tavak Partners, a unique sports management, sports diplomacy and consulting firm, representing causes and clients worldwide. Through Tavak Partners, he is an advocate of gender equality in sports and empowering female athletes from the Middle East & around the world.
Mr. Tavakolian received a BA in Psychology from Hunter College where he was conference runner up and NY Collegiate States place winner. Hooman wrestled for Hofstra University and Hunter College. Post-graduation, Hooman was the Assistant Coach at Hunter College for two seasons. He received an MBA from Long Island University and his Master in Science of Law from Thomas Jefferson School of Law. He is a two-time Veteran National Champion. He is the former Vice President of the New York Athletic Club Wrestling Club and Director of the infamous NYAC International Tournament.
Mr. Tavakolian is also the founder of the Become Your Own Dream Scholarship, a scholarship fund that partners with Beat the Street. He is also on the board of Beat the Streets NY and Beat the Streets National organization. In April 2017 Hooman was inducted into the USA Wrestling National Hall of Fame. He was also a runner up in 2017 for the prestigious World Peace & Sports Diplomatic Action of the Year’ award.
Mr. Tavakolian is a member of United World Wrestling (“UWW”) Sports for all Commission. He is also a member of UWW Asia Development.
Hooman is an ambassador to wrestling and liaises with the Iranian wrestling federation and other international federations. He was the USA freestyle team leader for the 2017 USA National team world cup tournament in Iran.
In 2017, Tavak Partners was nominated for a Peace & Sports Diplomatic Action of the Year Award for playing a key role during the 2017 Freestyle World Cup in Iran, persuading the Iranian Ministry of Sport to reverse its decision during the travel ban imposed by the Trump administration that would allow Team USA to participate in the event. That same year, Tavak Partners was able to bring an Iranian female motorcyclist from Iran to the US to train.
Hooman has a wrestling outreach and mentoring program where he donates wrestling shoes and gear to kids in need around the world. He has helped rebuild and refurnish wrestling gyms and mats in remote poor neighborhoods around the world.
In 2018, he created a non-profit organization called HOOMANITIES. With assistance from private donors, corporations, family and friends, he hopes to reinstate hope in humanity through sports. HOOMANITIES will continue Mr. Tavakolian’s wrestling outreach and mentoring program all over the world. In September 2018, after ISIS bombed a wrestling gym in Kabul Afghanistan, Hooman jumped into action with the help of the USA Wrestling community and created a GoFundMe campaign. The gym was rebuilt and reopened in early December of that same year.
In 2019, Hooman joined USA Wrestling International Relations Committee, where he will be Assisting inbuilding relationships and promoting USAW and athletes internationally.
In 2019, he was also asked to lead the United World Wrestling Americas, as their lead consultant in International Relations and Marketing.
In 2019, he was also asked to join the United World Wrestling Asia, in assisting with development of ports and youth in the continent.
In 2019, Hooman also joined the board of directors of Titan Mercury Wrestling Club, which is the major club in the USA that has 90% of the US national team.
In 2020, Hooman joined Rasoul Khadem and their local charity to build schools by the border region of Afghanistan, Turkmenistan and Iran. He successfully built 2 schools and assisted with supplying essential needs for the Covid pandemic.
In 2020, “Hooman’s Hope”, a book which Hooman co-authored was printed and is now on sale. Proceeds from the sales will go to help development of youth through sports.