Welcome to my little slice of the internet!
International is my middle name. Born and raised in Iran, my family and I left my home country to start a new life in Canada. I grew up struggling to fit in with the culture, hating myself for being different. My identity was convoluted, I would be Canadian at school but Iranian at home. After many years of growing up in a foreign country and overcoming sociocultural challenges, not that that has stopped, I was accepted into one of Canada's top universities to study commerce in their competitive BComm program.
Throughout my studies I heavily experienced imposter syndrome. Whatever I had done, it did not seem to even compare to others' accomplishments in their internships, projects, competitions, etc. and felt that I had nothing to show for. In this digital era, we have easy access to others' personal and professional lives and a strong, innate need to compare ourselves.
Seeking a change, I moved to a country I had never visited before, and lived there for nearly a year. I studied Japanese language, culture, and business at Keio University in Tokyo. Moving away gave me a chance to reflect on my life and establish an outlook for the future. My anxiety quite literally disappeared on that overnight direct flight. Meeting with students from all over the world solidified my interest in International Business. Once I had come back, I also pursued a specialization in Business Technology Management, fully knowing that our reliance on technology will drive the 21st century forward, hopefully in the right direction.
Right after finishing my degree I landed an internship with an IT team working to deliver tools and solutions for SAP's Partners. With the opportunity to continue, I am currently a Scrum Master for a very international development team, think 4 different time zones. We're currently working on improving the user experience and usage of various Partner applications for internal business users and external Partners. Other than my project work, I'm an Agile Coach with an SPC certification, leading sessions for other Scrum Masters in our department to share their experiences, learn from each other, and drive innovative topics forward, including working towards our Agile Maturity. Basically, embracing a relentless improvement mindset by holding ourselves accountable and to a high standard.
So what is this website about? To introduce myself to you, showcase my work, and remind myself that I have something meaningful to offer this chaotic world we live in.