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Kiana Kalantar

Founder and Curator, TEDxUniversityofTehran

Work experience

Feb 2014Present

Founder and Curator


TED is a nonprofit devoted to spreading ideas, usually in the form of short, powerful talks (18 minutes or less). TED began in 1984 as a conference where Technology, Entertainment and Design converged, and today covers almost all topics — from science to business to global issues — in more than 100 languages. Meanwhile, independently run TEDx events help share ideas in communities around the world.

Jul 2012Present

Elementry Teacher

People Against Child Labor NGO

A Volunteer Charity work involving teaching Labour Children Reading/Writing/Math/Science and creating interest in them for academical studies

May 2014Present

Member of student society

Industrial Design Campus of University ofTehran

This Society is made up of 5 main members and 2 secondary members, elected each year by the students of industrial design. the group activity consists of a variety of subjects including the official journal of Industrial Design, holding extra curriculum conferences and workshops and other educational activities .

Jun 2014Oct 2014

Intern Designer

Dorsa Leather Inc.

Working with Dorsa Leather inc. on creating beautiful and practical concepts for leather wrist bands and necklaces for mass production.


Feb 2015Present

Industrial Design B.A

University of Tehran
Sep 2011Jun 2012

Pre University classes in Arts Major

Manzoumeh Kherad Institute
Sep 2008Jun 2011

Mathematics and Physics High school deploma

Manzoumeh Kherad Institute

Member of Theater club, Biology club and choir club


Mar 2015May 2015

Design Thinking for Business Innovation

Coursera Online Institute
Feb 2015Feb 2015

First national conference and competition of design and modeling of environmental lighting equipment

University of Tehran

for total of 30 hours

Oct 2014Oct 2014

Exhibition design

University of Tehran

for total of 20 hours

Sep 2014Sep 2014

Prototyping for interaction design

University of Tehran

for total of 20 hours

About Me

Since childhood I always found the concept of design quite fascinating and between the different branches of design, Industrial Design for me, has a magic that nothing else has ever had. But beside that, I try to catch up with local theaters at my free time and attend them as much as I could. I like to read philosophy and literature and more specifically, I'm a big fan of modern literature. I also try to travel as much as I could to as many places that I can manage. I'm in love with painting and I spend most of my time doing that. I play the piano for 10 years now and I'm a huge music fan.


  • Ranked 26th in arts nationwide university entrance exam (Konkur)
  • Ranked 11th in Azad University nationwide university entrance exam for Arts
  • Member of Iran’s National Elites Foundation
  • Second Place in Start Up Weekend Tehran - Games