Shayan Mashatian


Shayan Mashatian


Shayan Mashatian

email: smashatian [at] iimt [dot] ca

Shayan Mashatian is a serial entrepreneur and an expert in the use of technology for social change.


In his more than 15 years experience, he has designed and managed several ICT projects in various capacities, from managing Iran’s first Internet node and ISP (a $400 million project over 9 years), to founding start ups-in mobile technology in Canada and US.

On 2008, Mashatian concentrated his efforts on designing and launching the Institute of Mobile Technologies in Toronto (, Canada, which is now offering the first university-level mobile program in partnership with various universities across North America and Africa.

Mashatian has served as strategy advisor for Grameen Foundation ICT centre (US) to design and implement an agricultural extension service through mobile phones for rural farmers in Africa. He is also a senior consultant to Thunderbird for Good, which is training 10,000 entrepreneurial women in Peru. Mashatian has design a mobile program to ensure continuity of the training through the mobile phones.

In 2011, Mashatian founded Appexiom Inc. ( a design studio for mobile which is focused on the non-technical aspects of designing and operating mobile applications and how to integrate them with a user’s experience and ensure successful operation. Mashatian also founded Mobiles Without Borders in partnership with Engineers Without Borders, Toronto chapter.

Mashatian has B.Sc. degree in Mathematics from Sharif University of Technology, Iran, and he is completing his MBA degree at Edinburgh Business School, UK. He is also a visiting scholar at The Institute for Innovation and Technology Management, at Ted Rogers Management School, Ryerson University.


Mashatian’s research is focused around privacy risks of using cellphones.

Papers in Progress:

  • Is your app spying on you?
  • The Information Privacy Challenge in The Age of Ubiquitous Data Collection:A Tripartite Approach to Privacy Policy Design
  • Structural Enabling Condition for Developing Technology Competence: Open-Source as a Social Context


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