Berkeley 2014

Event Date:
Start at 8:00 AM
September 6, 2014 - July 28, 2019

Speakers and Panelists

Introduction, Welcome and Acknowledgments

Roya Soleimani

Communications Manager,

Robert Price

Associate Vice Chancellor for Research,
UC Berkeley

Jack Citrin

Institute of Governmental Studies, UC Berkeley

Keynote Speakers

Behrooz Abdi


Kamran Elahian

Dr. Maryam Rofougaran

SVP Engineering,

Mahmoud Nazzari

Founder & President,
System Group Company

Dr. Shahrokh Sheybani

Co-Founder and Director,
Micro Moj Company

Dr. Yahya Tabesh

Professor of Mathematical Sciences,
Sharif University of Technology

Dr. Massih Tayebi

Bridgewest Business Group

Babak Pahlavan

Global Head of Products, Director
Google Analytics

Panel 1
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,

Dr. Narges Baniasadi,

Founder and CEO,
Bina Technologies

Nazanin Daneshvar


Yasi Baiani

Manager, Innovative Products,

Dr. Fereidoun Ghassemzadeh


Shahab Javanmardi

Fanap Co.

Dave McClure

Founding Partner,
500 Startups

Dr. Babak Parviz


Arad Rostampour

Founder and CEO,
Zen Health

Panel 2
Ecosystem for Sustainable Entrepreneurship

Tony Perkins

Founder and Editor,

Saeed Amidi

CEO, Partner,
Plug and Play Tech Center, Venture

Robert Shahrokh Babay

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.

Panel 3
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,

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,

Carol Sands

Founder and Managing Member,
The Angels’ Forum

Fereydoun Taslimi

Founder and CTO,
RapidFire Tools

Conference Schedule

Friday, July 26th

8:00 AM - 9:00 AM
Registration and Coffee Networking
9:00 AM - 9:30 AM
Opening Session and Welcoming Remarks
Asieh Namdar (MC) – News Anchor at CGTN AMERICA
Fereydoun Taslimi – President of iBRIDGES
Mehrdad Ariannejad – President of Tirgan Festival
John Tory – Mayor of Toronto
Jon Dogterom – Senior Vice President, Venture Services at MaRS DD
9:30 AM - 10:15 AM
Opening Remarks
Pirooz Parvarandeh – Chief Operating Officer at Aquantia
9:15 AM - 11:00 AM
AI and Big Data – Global Opportunities for Innovation and Entrepreneurships
A Discussion of AI Opportunities and Challenges in Developing Countries
Hamid Akbari – CEO, Blanc Labs
Negar RostamZadeh – Element AI Research Scientist Chair
Parisa Naraei – Canadian Institute for Health Information (CIHI)
11:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Coffee/ Networking Break
11:30 AM - 12:15 AM
Iranian Women in Tech – Emerging Movers and Shakers in Innovation
Melody Adhamy – CEO of Havas Canada
Niki Bayat – Co-founder and CEO Aescula Tech
Sepideh Nasiri – Founder and CEO, Persian Women in Tech
Nadereh Chamlou – Former Senior Advisor, The World Bank Group
12:15 AM - 1:15 AM
1:15 AM - 2:00 AM
Keynote: “Nothing is Impossible”
Firouz Naderi – Scientist/ Former Director, Solar System Exploration at NASA / JPL
2:00 AM - 3:00 AM
Amazing Entrepreneurship Stories
Fay Arjomandi – Founder and CPO, mimik technologies inc.
Martin Basiri – Co-Founder and CEO, ApplyBoard
Brienne Ghafourifar – Co-founder, Entefy Sepi Ghajar, Founder and CEO, TAYGO
Mehrdad Hariri – Founder/ President, Canadian Science Policy Center
3:00 AM - 3:30 AM
Networking Break
3:30 AM - 4:00 AM
iBRIDGES 2.0 – Next Steps
Haleh Bridi – Former Director, The world Bank
Kamran Elahian – Founder and Chairman, Global Innovation Catalyst
Nadereh Chamlou – Former Senior Advisor, The World Bank Group
Fereydoun Taslimi Founder, Sensorscall
Mahboob Bolandi – Founder and President of Karafarin Canada
4:00 AM - 4:30 AM
Closing Remarks – Way forward
Kamran Elahian – Founder and Chairman at Global Innovation Catalyst

Conference Location

MaRS Discovery District
101 College St, Toronto, Canada


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