Reza Ghiabi

Reza Ghiabi is a responsible optimist and an unshakable opportunity maker. He believes in the existence of unlimited opportunities for everyone and our individual ability to activate them.

Described as “a passionate entrepreneur with a rare intellect”, Ghiabi helps leaders and organizations to discover their unique opportunities. With a bold goal, he is trying to build a world where the vast majority of people are making meaningful and effective efforts together. Ghiabi is leading a movement to make opportunities for growth for everyone.

A self-learned ethnographer, Ghiabi is fascinated by the leaders and companies that make the greatest opportunities for everyone including themselves, those with the capacity to help everyone grow, he has discovered some remarkable patterns about how they think, act and communicate and the environments in which people operate at their natural best, feeling fulfilled by what they do… and don’t.

Since 2014, he is best known for organizing TEDxTehran, a local, independently organized event licensed by TED that brings hundreds of thought leaders, innovators, and doers, from across different disciplines, in the heart of Tehran.

Ghiabi’s unconventional and innovative views on business and entrepreneurship, have attracted local and international attention and have earned him to work closely as consultant, coach and board member, with an array of leaders and organizations including UNDP, Iran Ministry of Industry, Mines and Trade, Iran Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Falcon Advising, Aras San’at, TICK Club, Iran-France and Iran-Netherlands Friendship Associations, VIRA Institute, Maniform, Viuna, Behamooz, PZP, Tehran ArtWalk, ASNA, DKFK, HiFood, private sector and entrepreneurs.

Ghiabi shares his views with all who listen. He speaks at startup events in Iran and around the globe and has commented for the local, national and international press, including TEDBlog, Tejarat-e Farda and Tadbir magazines, Eghtesad and Farhang Radios, and also Mostanad and Bazar TV channels. He also created his own podcast series at Shenoto and has a pending book: The Four Seasons of Opportunity Making. Ghiabi is active on social media and writes his own blog on

Ghiabi is a member of THE, one of the most highly regarded think tanks in the Europe. He is active in the arts and not-for-profit world, including Elham, an institute devoted to teaching music to Tehraners. Ghiabi is involved in various organizations and acts as the CEO of ILIA\\OPPMAKR consulting, Organizer of TEDxTehran conference, Founder of OPPMAKR Institute and Board Member of Hampa and Ghasedak Ventures.

He lives in Tehran.