Mark Abdollahian

Dr. Mark Abdollahian’s TEDxTalk for our 2014 event “The Possible” has become one of the most watched TEDxLaSierraUniversity talks ever. This year we welcome him back for a short talk and update on the most recent global applications of his cutting-edge work.

Dr. Mark Abdollahian is Chief Executive Officer (CEO) at ACERTAS. His focus is on designing and delivering advanced analytics for data driven decision-making. His global experience spans corporate strategy, national policy, economic development, finance, public-private partnerships, M&A and business process re-engineering. He creates, architects and implements enterprise class data and strategy analytics used by the US Government, the World Bank and the United Nations as well as private sector companies worldwide.

In 1997, he designed the BAE-GEC Marconi merger strategy, creating the second largest defense company in the world. Since 2000, he has advised the World Bank on country assistance strategies, loan conditionality and program design across Africa and Asia. In 2005, the US Government selected Dr. Abdollahian’s software, Senturion, as the world’s premier strategy capability. Since 2005, he has been awarded multiple DARPA and US Government contracts on delivering next generation innovations today on human, social and economic behavioral modeling. In 2009, the United Nations selected Dr. Abdollahian to design the AIDS 2031 global funding efforts. In 2010, he teamed with Edison International on fusing political, social and geophysical modeling for sustainable energy siting. In 2011, he was selected CEO of Beijing Ilinoi Investment Company, for a management reorganization to position the enterprise for IPO in 2013.

Dr. Abdollahian is also a cofounder of Sentia Group and a Clinical Professor at the School of Politics and Economics, Claremont Graduate University. Dr. Abdollahian has a bachelors degrees from Case Western Reserve University, and a Master’s and Ph.D. in Political Economy and Mathematical Modeling from Claremont Graduate University. He is author of Power Transitions: Strategies for the 21st Century, The Performance of Nations, and dozens of articles on data driven strategy across business, politics and economics. Dr. Abdollahian is a board member for several private and nonprofit enterprises, lecturing to audiences worldwide on strategy and analytics.

Watch Mark Abdollahian's 2014 TEDxTalk