Seyed Ehsan Azarmsa is a PhD student in economics at the University of Chicago. He is a recipient of the 2015 HAND Foundation Scholarship. Ehsan won the bronze medal from the 50th International Mathematical Olympiad in 2009. He earned his BSc in Electrical Engineering and his MSc in Economics from Sharif University of Technology. He wrote a mathematics book mainly for high school students in order to expand and improve mathematic understanding among Iranian high students.
Maryam Farboodi is Assistant Professor of Economics at the Bendheim Center for Finance at Princeton University. Maryam earned her PhD in economics at the University of Chicago. She holds a Masters of Economics degree from University of Texas at Austin, and a Masters of Computer Science from University of Maryland at College Park.
Before joining University of Chicago, Maryam did theoretical research on applications of mechanism design in sponsored search auctions, and she was awarded the best second year paper for her work in optimal auctioneer strategies in position auctions. She is currently working on optimal online auction mechanisms which are robust to perturbations in consumer search behavior. She also holds a Bachelor's degree from Sharif University of Technology in Computer Engineering.
MOHAMMAD MORAVVEJ FARSHI
Mohammad Moravvej, who ranked 9th in his nationwide university entrance exam, holds a Bachelor of Science degree in electrical engineering and petroleum engineering from Sharif University of Technology in Tehran, and a Master of Science in petroleum engineering from Stanford University. His master's thesis was on maximizing NPV and production efficiency of petroleum fields by proposing optimal production scenarios using continuous Genetic Algorithms. He is interested in modeling the energy market and designing policies that ensure energy sustainability and environmental protection. His other areas of interest include applied microeconomics, industrial organization, and game theory. Mohammad received a HAND Foundation Scholarship for his doctoral studies in economics at The University of Chicago.
Ali Kakhbod is a PhD student in Economics at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). He is a recipient of the 2015 HAND Foundation Scholarship. Previously, he received a PhD in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science with a focus on information and control theory, and a MSc in Mathematics with focus on stochastics and optimization, from the University of Michigan.
SEYED JALIL KAZEMITABAR
Seyed Jalil Kazemitabar is an expert in applied micro-modeling for causal inference and predictive analysis. Jalil develops data analytics infrastructure at Scientific Revenue, where he is in charge of creating and maintaining predictive analytics solutions to identify user value. He was the recipient of the 2010 HAND Foundation Scholarship for doctoral studies at UC Berkeley. He has a bachelors degree in mathematics from Sharif University, and has won numerous national and international mathematics competitions.
Amir Kermani is an assistant professor at Haas School of Business and the Economics department at University of California Berkeley. He earned his Msc of Economics from London School of Economics and his PhD in Economics at Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
SEYED AMIRREZA KHOSROSHAHI
Seyed Amirreza Khosrashai is a Senior Data Scientist. He was awarded a partial HAND Foundation Scholarship in 2010 for his PhD studies in economics at Northwestern University. Amirreza earned his MS in economics and his BS in computer engineering from Sharif University of Technology.
SEYED ALI MADANIZADEH
Seyed Ali Madanizadeh is an assistant professor of Economics in Sharif University of Technology, department of Management and Economics. He has received his PhD of Economics from University of Chicago in 2013. His research interests are in International Trade, macroeconomics and monetary policy. He earned a Master of Science in Computational Mathematics from Stanford University (2007) and finished his Bachelor and Master of Science in Electrical Engineering in Sharif University in 2005. Seyed Ali was awarded the Bronze Medal from the International Mathematical Olympiad in 2000 (South Korea) and the Third Prize of the International Mathematical Competition of University students in 2002 (Poland).
Kaveh Majlesi is Assistant Professor of Economics at Lund University, School of Economics, in Lund, Sweden. Majlesi earned his PhD in Economics at the University of Texas at Austin. Previously, he was the Program Manager for the HAND Foundation, and he has worked as a Teaching Fellow at Harvard University and economic analyst in the OC&C Strategy Consultants. He has also been consultant to some national projects in Iran. He holds a Masters of Public Administration/International Development (MPA/ID) degree from Harvard Kennedy School. MPA/ID program is an economics-centered, multi-disciplinary program, combining rigorous training in analytical and quantitative methods with an emphasis on policy and practice and is designed to prepare the next generation of leaders in international development. He also holds a Bachelor's degree from Sharif University of Technology in Electrical Engineering.
Negin Mousavi is a PhD student in economics at the University of Chicago. She is a recipient of the 2015 HAND Foundation Scholarship. She received her BSc in Electrical Engineering in 2013 and her MSc in Economics in 2015 from Sharif University of Technology. She was awarded two silver medals in National Mathematical Olympiad in 2007 and 2008.
SEYEDABDOL KARIM MIRTAHER
Mohsen Mirtaher is a PhD student in Economics at University of Chicago, where he received the HAND Foundation Scholarship His research interests can be broadly defined as labor economics and health economics. In particular he is working on the dynamic models of the health and dynamic issues regarding risky health behavior. His background is in engineering, in which he got his bachelor's degree from the Sharif University of Technology in Tehran.
Hanieh Mohammadi is an Economic Consultant to the Ministry of Labour and Social welfare of Iran, where she is a special consultant to the deputy minister in economic resilience. She has a Master of Public Administration and International Development from the Harvard Kennedy School and a BSc in Mechanical Engineering and an MBA from Sharif University of Technology. While at Sharif University she initiated a joint program in energy development. Subsequently she founded a start-up trading company in air-conditioning. Ms. Mohammadi was the recipient of the ACCC - Chen Family Foundation Scholarship for her MPA at Harvard Kennedy School.
Zahra Mohammadi has earned a Bachelor of Science degree in electrical engineering and will also complete a Master of Science degree in economics this year from Sharif University of Technology in Tehran. During her master's degree program she has been the coordinator of weekly economic lectures at the Graduate School of Management and Economics at Sharif University and, as a HAND Foundation Fellow, hopes to continue to continue to help train a generation of economic intellectuals in Iran by organizing talks by Iranian scholars at economics schools in Iran.
Reza Salehnejad received his MSc and PhD from the London School of Economics and Political Science, UK. He has taught Economics at Cambridge and City University. He has also written a book on Rationality, Bounded Rationality and Microfoundations, which was published by Palgrave Macmillan (2006). Reza is a Lecturer in Economics at the Manchester Business School, the University of Manchester, UK.
Kian Samaee received the 2014 HAND Foundation Scholarship for his doctoral studies in economics at The University of Pennsylvania. Kian earned his MSc in Economics from Sharif University of Technology. He spent two years in the PhD program of economics in the University of Texas at Austin before enrolling in The University of Pennsylvania.
BEHRANG KAMALI SHAHDADI
Behrang is a PhD student in economics at University of Pennsylvania. He was awarded HAND Foundation Scholarship in 2012. Behrang earned his MS in Socio economics System Engineering and his BS in Industrial Engineering from Sharif University of Technology.
MILAD KHATIB SHAHIDI
Milad Shahidi received the HAND Foundation Scholarship for his PhD studies in economics at London School of Economics. He earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in electrical engineering and a Master of Science degree in economics from Sharif University of Technology in Tehran. He has also just completed a Master of Science in economics at LSE, where he was awarded a PJD Wiles Scholarship, and passed with distinction.
Kowsar Yousefi is an Assistant Professor at the Institute for Management and Planning Studies - Neyavaraan Institute ( IMPS) in Tehran. After earning her PhD in economics from University of Texas at Austin, Kowsar did post-doctoral researcher at the Northwestern University, School of Law. Kowsar was awarded the 2007 Bita Daryabari Scholarship for Women in Economics and has earned an M.A in Economics and a B.Sc in Electrical Engineering and Petroleum Engineering from Sharif University of Technology.
Rasool Zandvakil is an economist at the International Monetary Fund. Rasool received the HAND Foundation Scholarship for his PhD at the University of Chicago. He also earned an M.A from University of British Columbia in Economics and a B.Sc in Electrical Engineering from Sharif University of Technology.