I was born and raised in Iran. After finishing my high school, I moved to Tehran and attended a college. I got my bachelor's in industrial engineering and then worked in construction and hospitality for a couple of years. In 2010, to pursue my dreams, I moved to South Korea. I had an admission with a full scholarship from POSTECH, one of South Korea's top engineering schools, based in Pohang. I spent two years at the school and then was hired by a Korean conglomerate company, Daelim Industrial. So, I moved to Seoul in early 2013 and worked for the company for almost 3 years. At the same time, I applied to a few graduate schools in the US and was accepted for a master's program with a scholarship at Yale.


In August 2015, after almost 5 years, I left South Korea, and moved to US. First I was based in New Haven, CT, where Yale is located at. After my first year at the school, I did my internship at a startup company in Austin TX and right after my graduation, I moved back to Austin and started my full time job at the company. Later on, in early 2019, I joined a financial service company based in San Antonio TX and worked for this company for two years. In March 2021, I started my new role at Venmo/PayPal and am currently based in Austin, TX.

10 fun facts about me

  • I have lived, studied and worked in 3 different countries: Iran, South Korea and the United States.

  • I am a polyglot, speaking 5 languages!

  • I was a Persian calligrapher when I was a teenager and got awards in different contests!

  • I was the first Iranian to receive Feigenbaum Medal presented by American Society for Quality (ASQ) in 2018.

  • I am a voracious reader, I read 4-5 hours per day! I have a bookshelf of business, management and finance books. I love reading newspapers and magazines as well. I read The Wall Street Journal and Stratechery (a subscription-based newsletter featuring in-depth commentary on tech) every day, watch Bloomberg Wall Street Week and Bloomberg Tech every week, and Forbes, Inc., Fast Company, Entrepreneur and Fortune magazines every month.

  • My favorite tech product is Dropbox.

  • My favorite book is "How will you measure your life?" (by late Clay Christensen)

  • My favorite quotes are "Decide what you stand for. And then stand for it all the time." and "It's easier to hold your principles 100 percent of the time than it is to hold them 98 percent of the time." (by late Clayton Christensen

  • I do not watch TV!

  • I do not do social media, but I am pretty active on LinkedIn and sometimes Twitter.