Co-Founder & Director of Research
Parham Eftekhari is Co-Founder of the Government Technology Research Alliance (GTRA), where he currently serves as GTRA’s Director of Research. With a passion for entrepreneurship, strategy, leadership and networking, Mr. Eftekhari brings nearly 10 years of experience to GTRA and has helped the organization develop and execute its operational and strategic growth strategies Mr. Eftekhari is well versed in both technology and leadership issues including Cloud Computing, Cyber Security, Infrastructure Modernization, Consolidation, Enterprise Architecture, Social Media, Health IT, Change Management, IT Legislation, and Telework.
Mr. Eftekhari’s responsibilities as Director of Research include development of strategic research initiatives, identification of key research target groups, coordinating research interviews, analyzing and presenting research findings, and the design and development of executive-level educational curriculum. Mr. Eftekhari is also heavily involved in designing the GTRA Members Portal, using the knowledge obtained through GTRA’s research to strategically drive the direction of the GTRA Knowledge Center; as well as the use of forums, blogs and other Web 2.0 tools to share information with interested parties and help further build GTRA’s community of Practices. As Co-Founder of GTRA, Parham also plays a key role in managing the day to day operational & financial activities of the organization as well as driving the overall strategic direction of GTRA with Co-Founder and Executive Director Kelly Yocum.
Mr. Eftekhari’s growing resume of professional writing and speaking include numerous research reports written for GTRA, maintaining the official GTRA blog, speaking and moderating on executive panels, and having his research quoted in national publications. Mr. Eftekhari is currently working as a contributing author on a professional book on cloud computing security.
Prior to founding GTRA, Parham worked for four years at Proactive Worldwide Inc, a boutique market research and consulting firm in Chicago, IL, where he was the Director of the Technology research division. Under his direction, the Technology division exceeded revenue goals in 2006 by over 150 percent while achieving 100 percent retention of clients and staff. Prior to Proactive Worldwide, Parham founded CollegeButler LLC, a concierge service exclusively targeting the needs of college students at Northwestern University.
Parham holds a Bachelors of Business Administration in Marketing and a Minor in International Business and French from the University of Wisconsin- Madison. He also spent two years as a masters student at the acclaimed Ecole Superiuere de Commerce de Paris (ESCP-EAP) in Paris, France, where in addition to his studies he was the first exchange-student elected to the school’s Student Government (Bureau des Eleves). Parham is fluent in Farsi and French, and is an avid fan of cooking, music, and the outdoors.
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