Behrang Kamali was awarded the HAND Foundation Scholarship in 2012 for his first year of Ph.D. studies in economics at University of Pennsylvania. After earning his Ph.D. in 2016, Behrang was appointed Assistant Professor of Economics at Sharif University of Technology in Iran. Last year, he taught contract theory, market design, and micro economics for MBAs and will teach social economics this semester. Behrang is the second HAND Economics Fellow to join Sharif University and is playing an important role in achieving the goal of our scholarship, which is to cultivate the next generation of great Iranian economists and unleash their talents in service of the future of Iran and the rest of the world.
Building community is essential to reaching this goal, which is why we also host an annual economics forum for the next generation of Iranian economists and Ph.D. students in economics. HAND will host its 9th annual forum in January 2018 at the University of Pennsylvania, where the 2013 forum was also held.