Mostafa Farrokhabadi, director of grid analytics and technology, BluWave-ai

Mostafa Farrokhabadi
Editor's Note

Each year, OBJ and the Ottawa Board of Trade choose 40 of the region’s top young entrepreneurs and business executives and recognize them for their professional achievements, expertise and community service.

 

In these profiles, OBJ highlights some of this year’s recipients – their impressive accomplishments, what drives them and how they like to spend their downtime away from the business world.
See the full list of recipient profiles here and be sure to check out photos of the 2019 gala here.

 

Business: We develop intelligent platforms for modern smart grids.

Education: PhD in electrical and computer engineering, University of Waterloo (2017)

Biggest business achievement: Assisting BluWave-ai in landing $4 million in government grants and private investments so far.

Biggest obstacle overcome: Getting out of my professional, emotional and personal comfort zone multiple times ​– for example, when I went to Sweden to get my master’s degree, left Sweden to come to Canada for my PhD and later moved to Ottawa to join a startup as the first paid employee. 

Biggest influence: It’s hard to choose one person; Nikola Tesla and his passion for universal energy access have been a constant source of inspiration to me.

Most important lesson I’ve learned in business: Know your audience. 

First job: Engineer intern.

Advice I’d give the younger me: Think ahead.

Favourite pastime: Reading

I’m currently reading: Superintelligence: Paths, Dangers, Strategies by Nick Bostrom

Favourite movie: Interstellar

Favourite song: Everybody Knows by Leonard Cohen