Kamran Elahian

High Tech Entrepreneur, 4 Unicorn IPOs, innovera.ai

Speaker Bio

Kamran is Co-founder and Chairman of innovera.ai. He advises high level corporate executives on establishing innovation ecosystems that transcend traditional business models.

In the past, as a global high-tech entrepreneur, he co-founded ten companies, had six exits, three of them were Unicorn IPOs with a total market cap of over $8B. For 15 yrs., he was Chairman of Global Catalyst Partners, a global VC firm ($350M under management) with a 4th Unicorn IPO (market cap of $4B), as a founding board member; the firm had 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. 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, and UN-GAID, a United Nations global forum that promotes ICT in developing countries where he served as Co-Chairman (2009-2011).