He appears to have already kicked off a cultural charm offensive towards the United States in his short time in office.
Najafi has met with officials from New York's Metropolitan Museum of Art about potential exhibitions of Iranian artifacts, he said. He has parlayed with academics from the near Eastern studies program of University of Chicago.
"We agreed to have a joint program in future studies and research on these artifacts."
As far as Najafi is concerned, the times of extreme tension between the countries are over.
"Mr. Rouhani, in an event held for Iranians last night (Thursday) specifically said that 'the ice between Iran and US has been melted,' and I think if this is accurate, which I'm certain that it is, we will have no problems in the areas of education, sciences and culture in the next few months."
Najafi is also interested in seeing the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra play next year in Tehran.
If they can pull it off, he said, the concert would mark the 50th anniversary of the last time the orchestra played there.
If the diplomatic tone makes the music, Najafi seems eager to strike up the orchestra.