I joined NIC in 2015 as an Economics instructor at the School of Business. Since January 2018, I have been working as the Chair of the School of Business too. I love working with students and helping them to reach their goals. It is incredibly rewarding to see them succeed.
Two of my primary goals are improving access to students across the region by offering a more comprehensive range of online courses and increasing networking opportunities and community connections for students through bringing more business professionals on campus (and virtual meetings recently). I am always looking for opportunities for students to work with local businesses on projects such as product or service development. I know firsthand the benefit of the real-world experience for students. It was such a project that changed my career trajectory to focus on business.
While completing my bachelor’s degree in mining engineering at the University of Tehran, a few of my classmates and I decided to run a mining magazine. The magazine, the first of its kind in Iran, was a runaway success and led to being appointed as a marketing and development manager. The development of our business led to organizing national and international conferences and special events. My goal was to have a multidiscipline education and experience. My experience with the magazine and marketing drew me to continue my education in the MBA program at the Eastern Mediterranean University in Cyprus.
I came to Canada in 2011, studied at Simon Fraser University and earned a master’s degree in economics. It led to work as a business and data analyst at ePACT Network, an emergency preparedness start-up based in North Vancouver as a co-op position. I also worked as a consultant for World Vision Canada, helping the Canadian charity assess and analyze ‘social impact bonds’ loaned to venture projects in developing countries. I also worked as a lecturer in the Investment Appraisal and Risk Analysis program at the John Deutch International Executive Training Programs at Queen’s University.
The opening of an economics teaching position drew me to NIC. The NIC School of Business had an impressive profile, and I was interested in living in a smaller community. NIC and the Comox Valley community is an excellent fit for me. I am so happy to be here and to be able to help new students discover new subjects.
I spent three weeks of the summer of 2019 in Peru as part of the Uniterra exchange program, where I delivered six workshops on a range of topics including change and conflict management, negotiation, teamwork, career planning, and interview skills.