Kamran Elahian

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Kamran Elahian
کامران الهیان
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Born1954 (age 68–69)
Tehran, Iran
NationalityIranian American
SpouseZohre Elahian

Kamran Elahian (Persian: کامران الهیان) is an Iranian-American entrepreneur who is the chairman and founder of Global Innovation Catalyst and advises various governments on the needed transition from fossil-based economies to sustainable innovation economies. In the past, as a global high-tech entrepreneur, he co- founded ten companies, had 6 exits, 3 of them were Unicorn IPOs [1] with a total market cap of over $8B.[2] For 15 years he was Chairman of Global Catalyst Partners, a global VC firm ($350M under management) with investments in the U.S., Japan, China, India, Israel and Singapore. Underlying his vision for global philanthropy is the conviction that modern Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) can be instrumental in dissolving barriers between nations and bridging the social and political differences among people.[3][4] This vision was reflected in Schools-Online, a nonprofit he co-founded in 1996 to connect the world, one school at a time (6400 schools in 36 countries were provided with computers and access to the Internet) and merged with Relief International in 2003; Global Catalyst Foundation, co-founded in 2000 to improve lives through effective education and empowerment of the youth (with special emphasis on young women) using the leverage of ICT,[5] and UN-GAID, a United Nations global forum that promotes ICT in developing countries where he served as Co-Chairman (2009-2011).


Kamran co-founded 10 companies:[6] had 6 exits, 3 of them were Unicorn IPOs with a total market cap of over $8B.


  1. ^ "iTechpreneurship: Creating Chaos to Avoid Chaos Keynote address by Kamran Elahian, Founder of Global Innovation Catalyst". Techsauce.
  2. ^ "From Failure to Success: How Global Entrepreneur Kamran Elahian Co-founded 3 Unicorn Tech Companies". January 29, 2019.
  3. ^ "Iran's tech sector to display potential in Berlin". Financial Times.
  4. ^ Dehghan, Saeed Kamali (May 31, 2015). "From Digikala to Hamijoo: the Iranian startup revolution, phase two". The Guardian.
  5. ^ Viebeck, Elise (July 21, 2015). "Tech: Recruiters eye Iranian tech talent, Clinton urges portable benefits at firms like Uber". The Washington Post.
  6. ^ "Tech in Asia - Connecting Asia's startup ecosystem". www.techinasia.com.

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