Zohre Elahian
High-Tech Entrepreneurship

Zohre Elahian

Current position
Managing Director at Global Catalyst Foundation
Business Strategy
Strategic Planning
Program Management
Strategic Partnerships
Project Management
Business Development
Product Development



  • Entrepreneurship and Social Innovation


Zohre Elahian has been actively involved in international development and social impacted projects for over 15 years. She is co-founder of Schools Online, a not-for-profit organization that has brought computers to schools and introduced ICT in education in many countries around the world and within the US.

As the Managing Director of Global Catalyst Foundation, Ms. Elahian has also evaluated many projects, addressing critical needs in education, ICT and microfinance; her Foundation has provided funding to such projects in many countries. She has also served on the Board of Directors of Relief International for over 8 years working on different developmental and humanitarian projects in countries such as Lebanon, Palestine, Sudan, Jordan, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Iran and many other countries. Prior to her humanitarian activities, she co-managed a successful private business for 15 years.

She is currently on the board of Partners for Sustainable Development, a local NGO in Palestine, Goorulearning (Educational platform), Polyup (Computational Thinking edugame company) and Iranian American Women Foundation. In 2009 Zohre received the Unsung Heroes of Compassion award and special blessing from His Holiness, The Dalai Lama


  • Board member
    2016 - Present

  • Board member
    Partners for Sustainable Development
    2008 - Present

  • Managing Director
    Global Catalyst Foundation
    January 2000 – Present | Silicon Valley

  • Advisory board
    2012 – 2014

  • Board member and Managing Director of MENA program
    Relief International
    2001 – 2009

  • Co-owner
    Private Business
    October 1985 – January 2000 | Santa Clara

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