Behdad Esfahbod

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Behdad Esfahbod
Behdad esfahbod in Zconf6 by Mardetanha.jpg
Born (1982-09-27) September 27, 1982 (age 37)
ResidenceUnited States, California
NationalityIranian, Canadian
Alma materUniversity of Toronto, MBA (2012)
University of Toronto, M.S. Computer Science (2006)
Sharif University B.S. Computer Engineering (2003)
Scientific career
FieldsComputer Technology
InstitutionsFacebook; Google; RedHat; GNOME; FarsiWeb

Seyed Behdad Esfahbod MirHosseinZadeh Sarabi[1] (Persian: سید بهداد اسفهبد میر حسین‌زاده سرابی‎; born September 27, 1982) is an Iranian-Canadian software engineer and free software developer and a software engineer at Facebook since February 2019; before that he was a Senior Staff Software Engineer at Google since 2010, and before that at Red Hat.


Esfahbod holds an MBA from University of Toronto, Rotman School of Management and a Master of Science degree from University of Toronto in Computer Science and a Bachelor of Science degree from Sharif University in Computer Engineering, Software.

While at high school Esfahbod won a silver in the 1999 International Olympiad in Informatics[2] and then gold in 2000.[3]

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Esfahbod was among the founders of Sharif FarsiWeb Inc. which carried out internationalization and standardization projects related to open source and Persian language. He was a director at GNOME Foundation from 2007 to 2010, serving as the president from 2008 to 2009.

Esfahbod is an expert on font engineering and internationalization, a frequent speaker at workshops and conferences. He has contributed to many open-source projects. Among the projects he has led are the cairo, fontconfig, HarfBuzz, and pango libraries, which are standard parts of the GNOME desktop environment, the Google Chrome web browser, and the LibreOffice suite of programs. He received an O'Reilly Open Source Award in 2013 for his work on HarfBuzz.[4]


  1. ^ "Patent US20130265237 – System and method for modifying content display size". Google Books. Retrieved 2016-03-26.
  2. ^ "IOI'99 in Antalya-Belek, Turkey".
  3. ^ "data".
  4. ^ "OReilly Open Source Awards: Open Source Convention – O'Reilly OSCON, July 22 – 26, 2013 in Portland, OR".

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