Mehdi Ghafourifar is an author and social innovator with an established track record of developing innovative projects that continue to touch the lives of many. His passion for social justice and education is underscored by his twenty-five years of dynamic business experience in both for-profit and non-profit sectors. Ghafourifar's client portfolio has included thousands of companies and executives in 350 business categories. His life's work is dedicated to the advancement of positive social change and global citizenry.
Mehdi is the Founder and CEO of Univetica, a social initiative dedicated to helping more people make better decisions more often, in life, in business, and in education. He is the author of the groundbreaking book, Univetica: Compelling Change (2010), as well as a series of interdisciplinary, query-based curricula for junior high, high school, and university education. He is also the author of Univetica's Practical Approach to Critical Thinking (2010) which takes critical and innovative thought processes to new heights.
From 2003 to present, Mehdi has served as the Chairman of Pillarton Corporation, a Silicon Valley strategic advisory firm that provides capital, management, as well as mergers and acquisitions services to emerging and rapidly expanding companies.
He leads the development of select international initiatives in the fields of energy and education.
In support of various non-profit groups, Mehdi’s contributions include serving as a member of Schools for Humanity’s Board of Directors, former member of Pars Equality Center's Board of Directors, and former member of Hiller Aviation Institute's Board of Director.
Some of Mehdi’s other accomplishments include building the largest B2B membership organization in Silicon Valley, creating the Tradius payment system, a fully integrated global payment system including proprietary currency, credit card, and online services, and developing the BeMatched publishing platform, a robust global network solution aimed at bringing clarity and open access to the worlds of education and publishing. He is also the Executive Producer of the feature documentary, Iran: Hot Tea, Cool Conversations (2008), aimed at promoting citizen diplomacy and cultural education.
Mehdi lives in California with his wife and two children
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