He is a senior leadership/board advisor, educator, executive coach, and bestselling author. Internationally recognized as the leading expert on applications of strategic relationships in profitable growth, sustained innovation, and lasting change, he is the author of eleven books, including bestsellers Relationship Economics® (Wiley) and Co-Create (St. Martin’s Press), as well as the forthcoming Curve Benders (Wiley, 2021). He serves as a trusted advisor to global clients and coaches corporate leaders and is an adjunct professor at the Goizueta Business School at Emory University. He was recently named to the Global Gurus Top 30 Leadership Professionals and the Thinkers 50 Radar Class of 2021 lists.
A Forbes Leadership contributor on the Future of Work, and an Inc. contributor on Relationship Economics, his unique insights have been featured in various prominent publications, including The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, Fast Company, Huffington Post Business, Entrepreneur, and Knowledge@Wharton. He’s also the host of the popular Curve Benders podcast.
Born in Iran, he immigrated to the U.S. as a teenager with $100, limited family ties, and no fluency in English. He graduated from Georgia State University with a bachelor’s degree in business management and went on to earn an Executive MBA from the Goizueta Business School at Emory University.
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