CV

Babak Fakhamzadeh
Full stack • Mobile • Digital art
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Babak was working in ICT4D before it had a name (2001), never really left it, and knows how to throw together a pretty mean combination of a wide array of programming languages, both frontend and backend. He brought photomarathons to Africa (2007) and won the Highway Africa new media award (2007) with Ismail Farouk. Work of his was selected to represent Uganda at the UN World Summit Award, twice (2011, 2012), winning the global competition in 2012 with Eduardo Cachucho. In 2016, together with Agência Pública, he won, and was a runner up for, the Prêmio Jornalístico Vladimir Herzog de Anistia e Direitos Humanos. In 2017, work of his was again selected, now to represent Brazil, for the UN World Summit Award, going on to become a winner. In the same year, other works were nominated for the Gabriel García Márquez award and the Prêmio Petrobras de Jornalismo.

Twice, he made it to the Guinness book of records (1994, 2011).

He's had both joint (2007) and solo (2011) photography exhibitions and created what was probably the first mobile phone based city tour (2004) as well as what probably was the first QR-code assisted smartphone-based city tour (2009). He has a keen interest in creating mobile solutions for urban discovery that moves decision making powers into the hands of the individual.

His 'Lorem Ipsum' of images (2014) currently racks up about 7 million uses per month.

After graduating with a M. Sc. in mathematics (1997), he worked on four continents, in over a dozen countries, and is now based in Brazil.

Check out previous work and projects.

Experience
Baba's projects
May 2001 - present
IT consultant, designer, developer

Web and mobile development, IT-services and support, focused on knowledge- and capacity building. Major clients have included Greenpeace, ActionAid, IRC, Inis, SACSIS, SAfAIDS, NIROV, International IDEA, GOAL, and many others.

Agência Pública
Dec 2015 - present
Multiple roles

Art director, designer, developer on a range of projects. Amongst these, 100 stories won the Prêmio Jornalístico Vladimir Herzog de Anistia e Direitos Humanos in 2016 and was nominated for the Gabriel García Márquez award in the 'Innovation' category in 2017 as well as the Prêmio Petrobras de Jornalismo. TVs da Amazônia was a runner up for the Prêmio Jornalístico Vladimir Herzog in 2016.

The Museum of Yesterday, a Situationist discovery of Rio de Janeiro's checkered past, won the World Summit Awards 2017, representing Brazil.

Bi-Cycle
Aug 1999 - Dec 2000
eCommerce specialist

Bi-Cycle creates a software tool for maintenance managers working with large scale industrial processes. Responsibilities were three-fold. In 1999, Bi-Cycle was a very young company; I was the first employee.

  • Sales, marketing and support manager for the United Kingdom and Ireland.
  • IT-management and support for the Bi-Cycle offices.
  • Developing a content driven web-portal for global maintenance professionals.
Procter & Gamble
May 1998 - May 1999
Systems Analyst

Managerial responsibilities for a EMEA Sales and shipments management reporting system. The system, which tracked sales and shipments of all the company's consumer goods in Europe, was used all over the EMEA region to predict future trends and define current actions. The software was maintained in the company's software development center just outside Warsaw, Poland.

For developing this system, it was invaluable to meet requirements from the user base with the possibilities of the software and the software developers, translating 'real-world' requirements into technical specifications and communicating technical limitations and possibilities in understandable terminologies.

Memberships
World Summit Award
2018
World Summit Award Online Jury

Part of an expert college of around 60 experts from all regions of the world to evaluate the national nominations that are submitted to the UN World Summit Award, an international competition which aims to select and promote the world’s best startup companies in digital content and innovative applications.

AIDSPortal.org
Sep 2008 - Dec 2012
AIDSPortal technical reference group

A member of the AIDSPortal technical reference group. AIDSPortal is an internet platform which provides tools to support global collaboration and knowledge sharing among new and existing networks of people responding to the AIDS epidemic. The technical reference group's primary tasks focus on reviewing and developing the technical roadmap for the platform.

Education
TU Delft
Sep 1991 - Nov 1997
M. Sc. in mathematics

Graduated as a M. Sc. in mathematics at the Technical University of Delft, with majors in knowledge based engineering and mathematical systems theory.

For my thesis, I developed a method of dynamically approximating multidimensional statistical distributions where the approximations get more accurate with an increase in the number of recorded data points, without requiring to store all previous data points. As this produced much smaller data storage requirements, this was considered a ground-breaking approach.

This method was developed for a discrete event simulator, OMNeT++, a software package typically used to simulate the performance of large networked structures. I worked on my thesis in Budapest, Hungary, at the Technical University of Budapest.