Kian Katanforoosh is a computer scientist and lecturer at Stanford University, where he teaches Deep Learning in the Computer Science department with Prof. Andrew Ng. He is a founding member of DeepLearning.AI, co-creator of the Deep Learning Specialization on Coursera, and founder of Workera (, a self-assessment platform where people evaluate their job competencies with AI-powered assessments and find their career pathways. From 2014 to 2016, Kian co-founded and co-led Daskit, a French start-up developing in-classroom ed-tech solutions for universities.

Kian holds Master's degrees from Stanford University and Ecole CentraleSupelec (formerly Ecole Centrale Paris). At Stanford, he received both the Walter J. Gores award (Stanford’s highest teaching award) and the Centennial award for Excellence in teaching.

His family migrated from Iran to France, and he grew up next to Paris.