International Development Expert on “Trumpism, Global Economy, Silicon Valley”


Dariush Zahedi, director of the BIT-AMENA Center for Building Innovation Economies
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The Berkeley iTechpreneurship in Asia, Middle East, and North Africa (BIT-AMENA) Center for Building Innovation Economies at the University of California, Berkeley’s Haas School of Business welcomes Hooshang Amirahmadi, who will discuss how “Trumpism” conflicts with the values and modus operandi that define Silicon Valley.

“Trumpism is a racial populist rage against the corrupt elite and globalizations,” says Amirahmadi,founder and president of the American Iranian Council and a former Iranian presidential candidate. “It will be at odds with the growingly interdependent world, and with Silicon Valley for its neoliberal, free-trade and immigration orientations—the two vital requirements of the global high tech community.”

BIT-AMENA connects Muslim-majority countries in Asia, Middle East and North Africa with the resources of the center to help build diversified and innovation driven economies.


5 p.m., Sunday, December 4        


Heizel Boardroom, Faculty Building, Room F299
UC Berkeley’s Haas School of Business, 2220 Piedmont Ave., Berkeley, CA 94720 | Map


Amirahmadi is a professor at the Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy at Rutgers University. Hei is the author of several books, including The Political Economy of Iran under the Qajars, Revolution, and Economic Transition: The Iranian Experience. He earned his Ph.D. at Cornell University and is a frequent contributor in the national and international press on topics of global economic transition.  Amirahmadi is the founder and president of the American Iranian Council (AIC) (, and was a candidate for President in the ninth presidential elections in Iran in June 2013. More information about him is online.