Ashiyan Rahmani-Shirazi


British-born Citizen of Persian descent & US permanent resident. (aka World Citizen :)

My current affiliations:

Interdisciplinary Ph.D. student in the Communication & Information Sciences program at the University of Hawaii at Manoa (proposed research on 'use of mobile devices to interact with community radio by women in rural communities in the Pacific, possibly with regards to cultural expression in agricultural development') and working as a GA in the School of Communications (currently Instructor for COM475-Global Communication).

Volunteer service with, and member of, the Baha'i Faith ( or

Previous academics:

Matriculated(Enrolled) into M.Sc., awarded PGDip. 'Software Engineering' (part-time) at Kellogg College, Oxford University - & completed M.Sc. thesis (pass) on cyber-security for a UN affiliated faith-based NGO.

'Affiliate scholar' at the East-West Center,, in Honolulu from October 2011 to September 2012.

M.A., with merit, in 'The Chinese Business World' at SOAS, University of London -

B.Sc. 'International Politics & Computer Science' at Keele University, UK -

Work Experience:

Approx. 18 years working experience, including IT projects (Security, Web, UAT, Business Development etc.), ESL teaching & with both for and non-profit organizations, including 7 years living in China (University teaching & studying Chinese) & 1 year in Mexico (web intern at Faculty on the undergraduate Technology program at the University of Phoenix-Honolulu campus, part-time from 2011 to 2013. Lecturer at Honolulu Community College - Information & Computer Sciences program in 2012/2013. In academic year 2013/14 TA & Instructor for COM201 - Introduction to Communications at UH Manoa.


Languages: Intermediate Farsi, some Mandarin, basic Spanish

Hobbies: Traveling, singing, swimming, yoga, hiking, reading & playing football(soccer). Social media/pod & vod-casting projects.