Our People

Kamran Elahian

Chairman and Founder

Chairman and Founder, Global Innovation Catalyst, LLC; Chairman, Advisory Board, Global Venture Alliance; Global Innovation Advisor, 500 Startups; Founding Mentor, Unreasonable Institute; Founding Board Advisor, Harbour.Space University; Advisory Member, Seedstars World; Advisory Member, UNICEF Innovation Fund

As an Innovation Catalyst, Kamran advises various governments on the needed transition from fossil based economies to sustainable innovation economies.

He also serves as the Chairman of the Advisory Board of Global Venture Alliance; a Global Innovation Economy Advisor to 500 Startups; a Founding Mentor of Unreasonable Institute and a Founding Board Advisor to Harbour.Space University.

As a global high-tech entrepreneur, he co-founded ten companies, three of them failed (e.g. Momenta), six of them produced a total market cap of over $8B (e.g. Cirrus Logic). As a VC, Kamran co-founded Global Catalyst Partners 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. 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 the effective application of ICT, and UN-GAID, a United Nations global forum that promotes ICT in developing countries where he served as CoChairman (2009-2011).

Parham Holakouee

Principal, Head of Operations

Parham Holakouee is Principal and Head of Operations at Global Innovation Catalyst, LLC (“GIC”) where he advises governments on transitioning their economies away from fossil fuel dependence and towards innovation-focused economic growth – Parham’s work aims to develop innovation ecosystems that drive entrepreneurship and job creation.

Parham received his B.A. from UCLA, MBA from UCLA Anderson, J.D. from Columbia Law School, M.S. from UC Berkeley, and will be completing his Ph.D. at the UC Berkeley Haas School of Business in 2017. Parham previously worked as a corporate transactional attorney at Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP.

He has taught courses in a wide range of areas including business strategy, entrepreneurship, macroeconomics, and the application of microeconomic principles to business decisions. Parham’s research integrates his doctoral training in economics with his work experience and education in law and business. His scholarship applies economic theory and econometrics to analyze: (1) how policy can stimulate entrepreneurship; (2) strategic decisions of new ventures; and (3) laws and institutions aimed at broadening new venture investment while deterring fraud.