Ahmad Kiarostami is the co-founder and CEO of Koantum, a new startup to teach science to elementary school students in the United States. Ahmad serves as a board member at The Roxie, the oldest operational movie theatre in North America. Before Koantum, Ahmad founded Fotomoto where holds two patents on distributed e-commerce, and was acquired in 2012. Before moving to the United States in 2001, he founded three companies in Iran, including Negah, the first multimedia and online production venue in Iran, where he published award-winning multimedia products in cinema and visual arts. Before that, he had a leadership role at Microsoft Middle-East.
Ahmad has co-produced Coup 53, a feature documentary on the story of Operation Ajax, the CIA/MI6 staged a coup in 1953 in Iran that overthrew Prime Minister Mossadegh, and Feathers of Fire, a visually breathtaking cinematic shadow play inspired by the 10th-century Persian epic Shahnameh (‘The Book of Kings’).
Ahmad also worked with several Iranian directors and has served on the boards of NIAC and San Francisco Cinematheque, the oldest organization in North America promoting experimental cinema and video, and The Roxie, the oldest operating cinema in North America. He makes music videos, which are among the most viewed Iranian music videos on YouTube. In 2014, he started Docunight, an initiative to show Iranian documentaries, with monthly screenings in 20+ cities in North America.
Ahmad has studied Math and Computer Science at Sharif University. In 2007, Ahmad was chosen as a “young leader” at Asia Society’s “Asia 21’s Young Leaders” summit, and in 2016 became fellow at Aspen Institute, an international nonprofit think tank founded in 1950 and based in Washington DC.