Inspired by the indomitable, peace-loving Mahatma Gandhi, Elahian has developed his own brand of philanthropy: one that makes the most of modern technological innovations, such as mobile communications and the Internet, to bridge the social and political differences among people which he has coined as iGandhi™.
As an entrepreneur, Iranian-born, Elahian co-founded ten companies, three of them failed, six of them produced a total market cap of over $8billion. As a Venture Capitalist, he co-founded Global Catalyst Partners with investments in several countries around the world.
Underlying Elahian's global vision is the conviction that modern Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) can be instrumental in dissolving barriers between the nations. This vision is reflected in Schools-Online, a non-profit 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.
About TiE Dubai
TiE Dubai is a non-profit organization, established in 2003 to foster and promote the spirit of entrepreneurship in the region. With a vision to provide a strong and innovate platform for young start-ups and aspiring entrepreneurs, the organisation's Charter Members provide guidance and support through mentoring and networking.
TiE Dubai Network consists of more than 1200 successful entrepreneurs, business executives and management professionals from various industries.
Founded in 1992 in the Silicon Valley, TiE's eco-system comprises 13,000 members and 2,500 Charter Members with 60 Chapters across 17 countries around the world. Numerous successful companies started through a TiE membership include Hotmail, Cirrus Logic, Sycamore, Cascade, Arthrocare and Selectica.
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