PhD Candidate and GA Instructor in Waipahu, Hawaii
Ashiyan is a PhD candidate - ABD (2013 - expected completion 2018) at the University of Hawaii at Manoa (UHM), in the interdisciplinary Communication & Information Sciences program and teaches 'Communication for International Development' and 'Global Communication' in the School of Communications. His current research looks at the way in which women in rural communities in Fiji utilize mobile devices to interact with community radio, particularly in the context of increasing women's participation in governance, as well as enhancing resiliency to extreme climate conditions. He is also affiliated, as a Doctoral Fellow, with the Pacific Information and Communication Technology for Development Collaborative, at UHM.
In the 13 years before moving to Hawaii in 2011, Ashiyan taught, and worked with ICTs with non-profits, in the UK (2005-2010), China (1998-2005) & Mexico (2010/2011).
He was an affiliate scholar at the East-West Center in Honolulu (2011/2012) and lecturer at Honolulu Community College (2012/2013).
Born and raised in the UK, and now permanently US based, Ashiyan holds a Post-Graduate Diploma in Software Engineering from the University of Oxford, UK, an M.A. in the Chinese Business World from the University of London (SOAS), UK and a B.Sc. in International Politics & Computer Science from Keele University, UK.
Ashiyan is engaged in community development, as a member of the Baha'i Faith community, and hosts the 'World Notes' world news and music radio show on KTUH.
Ashiyan enjoys traveling, singing, cooking, swimming, yoga, hiking, capoeira, sci-fi/comedy, soccer, social media & swing dancing. He is an ENFP (Myers-Briggs).