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: Mohammed “Dana” Soltani, ’09

Mohammed “Dana” Soltani, ’09

Mohammed “Dana” Soltani is a Haas School of Business graduate of the class of 2009. Originally from Iran, he has stayed in the Bay area following graduation. He continues to volunteer for Haas Young Entrepreneurs as a mentor, a program dedicated to helping kids from middle school and high school get into college, while working as a Senior Project Manager at TeleNav M2M platform.

Truly feeling the pains of disadvantaged children, I signed up to be a mentor at Young Entrepreneurs at Haas (YEAH) on my second day in the business school. I stayed involved with YEAH for two years. The team I mentored at Haas won three consecutive rounds of semi-annual business plan completion that marked the end of an educational semester. After business school, I stayed involved with non-profits that serve disadvantaged children.My fiancé is the director of an international non-profit in the state of California which builds and equips schools in poor countries, mostly in Africa. I have supported this organization as an informal advisor, sharing the skills I learned at business school to help make strategic decisions and keep operations running smoothly. I strongly believe most disadvantaged children in the U.S. and abroad only need a fair chance to compete – I’m the living proof. ~ Mohammed “Dana” Soltani