Introduction, Welcome and Acknowledgments

Roya Soleimani, Communications Manager, Google

Robert Price, Associate Vice Chancellor for Research,
UC Berkeley

Jack Citrin , Director, Institute of Governmental Studies,
UC Berkeley

Keynote Speakers

Building the Future, One Bridge at a Time
Behrooz Abdi,

iGANDHI: Be the High Tech Agent of Change You Wish to See in the World
Kamran Elahian

Passion and Perseverance: The Two Wings of Successful Entrepreneurs
Dr. Maryam Rofougaran,
SVP Engineering, Broadcom

Initiating and Sustaining Innovative IT Companies in Iran: Overcoming Challenges
Mahmoud Nazzari,
Founder & President,
System Group Company

Initiating and Sustaining Innovative IT Companies in Iran: Overcoming Challenges
Dr. Shahrokh Sheybani,
Co-Founder and Director,
Micro Moj Company

Fostering High Tech Entrepreneurship in Iran
Dr. Yahya Tabesh, Professor of Mathematical Sciences, Sharif University of Technology

Transitioning into Productivity
Dr. Massih Tayebi,
Chairman, Bridgewest Business Group

Babak Pahlavan
Global Head of Products, Director – Google Analytics


First Panel: Rising Stars: Challenges in the Rearview Mirror


Mojdeh Eskandari,
Licensee and Curator,

Dr. Payman Arabshahi,
Associate Professor of EE, University of Washington

Yasi Baiani,
Manager, Innovative Products, athenahealth

Dr. Narges Baniasadi,
Founder and CEO,
Bina Technologies

Nazanin Daneshvar,

Yasi Baiani,
Manager, Innovative Products, athenahealth

Dr. Fereidoun Ghassemzadeh,

Shahab Javanmardi,
Fanap Co.

Dave McClure,
Founding Partner,
500 Startups

Dr. Babak Parviz,

Arad Rostampour,
Founder and CEO,
Zen Health

Second Panel: Ecosystem for Sustainable Entrepreneurship

Tony Perkins,
Founder and Editor,

Saeed Amidi,
CEO, Partner, Plug and Play Tech Center, Venture

Robert Shahrokh Babayi, Managing Partner,
Vector IP Law Group

Dr. Hamed Ghoddusi,
Assistant Professor of Finance at the School of Business, Stevens Institute of Technology

Reza Karami,

Pejman Nozad,
Founding Managing Partner, Pejman Mar Ventures

Farhad Rahnema,
Rahnema Co.

Third Panel: Mentorship: A Pillar of Entrepreneurship

Dr. Amir Zarkesh,
Co-founder and Executive VP,

Daniel Epstein,
Unreasonable Group

Dr. Ali Fotowat,
Professor at Dept. of EE,
Sharif University

Mohsen Malayeri,
EVP, Iran Entrepreneurship Association (IEA)

Farshad Nowshadi,
Business Mentor,

Arman Pahlavan,
Perkins Coie

Tony Perkins,
Founder and Editor,

Dr. Amin Saberi,
Assoc. Prof. of Management Science & Engineering, Stanford

Carol Sands,
Founder and Managing Member, The Angels’ Forum

Fereydoun Taslimi,
Founder and CTO,
RapidFire Tools


Closing Remarks
Dr. Dariush Zahedi
Dir., UCB Program on Entrepreneurship Development in Middle East