Shahrzad Rafati

Founder and Chief Executive Officer, BroadbandTV Corp (BBTV)

Shahrzad Rafati is the Founder and CEO of BroadbandTV (BBTV), a digital entertainment company which exists to empower creators and inspire audiences. Headquartered in Vancouver, Canada, the company is the world’s third largest video property after Google and Facebook in terms of unique viewers. Shahrzad has been the spirited drive and energy that has propelled BBTV to success. She has personally brokered successful deals with major media companies, music publishers, telcos, professional sports leagues and Internet giants. The company generates over 33.3 billion monthly impressions, and 204 million hours viewed per month. Shahrzad is building one of the strongest ecosystems in digital video worldwide by connecting BBTV’s owned and operated brands, content, top talent, millennial audiences, and digital platforms, powered by its smart proprietary technology. In addition to building an incredibly successful company that has experienced phenomenal growth, Shahrzad has built a quadruple bottom line business and measures success not only on financial performance but also employee & culture, social & community, and environmental KPIs. BBTV has a 0% pay gap between male and female employees, 43% of its employees are now females, and 46% of its managers are female managers. Recognized by Fast Company as one of the 100 Most Creative People in Business, Shahrzad is accredited with pioneering both the technology and business model that made peace between large entertainment entities like the NBA and their fans that were uploading copies of content online. Shahrzad has been broadly recognized by industry and community groups for her contributions to the media industry, and entrepreneurship. In 2014, The Vancouver Economic Commission appointed Shahrzad to its Board of Directors and the World Economic Forum welcomed Shahrzad as a Young Global Leader (YGL). Most recently, she was named one of Canada’s Top 40 under 40, selected as one of The Hollywood Reporter’s Most Powerful Women in Global Television, awarded Person of the Year by the British Columbia Technology Association, and named to TheWrap’s Innovators List. In 2015, Shahrzad was awarded Woman of the Year by the Business Intelligence Group, named a Young Influential by Adweek, and Variety Magazine included Shahrzad in its Power of Women list. Shahrzad is also a graduate of YGL Oxford Module: Transformational Leadership at Saïd Business School, University of Oxford and is actively involved with Founders Forum. Shahrzad is a highly sought after speaker for a number of industry events. Speaking engagements to date include Dreamforce alongside Marc Benioff, Mark Cuban, Chris Sacca, and Brian Moynihan, the CEO and Chairman of The Bank of America, the World Economic Forum Annual Meeting in Davos, Cannes Lions, VidCon, Web Summit, MIPCOM, CES, Newfronts, Financial Times Digital Media, DMEXCO, Business Insider’s IGNITION, Collision, BCTECH Summit and TEDx Vancouver. Shahrzad is also a known thought leader in the entrepreneurship and media & technology space, having regularly contributed to Fortune Magazine, The Wall Street Journal and Wired. In addition to BBTV’s achievements, Shahrzad actively pursues ways to encourage social change and is a champion for equality in all forms. She is passionate about job creation, education, and advancing opportunities for women, girls, and refugees

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