Prior to Dubai, Kaveh spent 15 years in Silicon Valley, first as a founder and early executive in several software startups, and later as a strategy, marketing, and product executive at Siebel, SAP, and Mr. Vessali started his career as an urban planning and public policy economist. He is former Editor of the Berkeley Planning Journal, and his work with the city of Toledo, Spain won the EC urban planning award in 1995.

Mr. Vessali conducted his Ph.D. studies in the Department of City and Regional Planning at the University of California, Berkeley, where he earlier received his Bachelor’s degree, and also holds a Master’s degree in Public Policy from Harvard University’s Kennedy School.

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