Behdad Esfahbod was born and grew up in Iran loving typography and computers. He studied computer engineering at Sharif University in Tehran while discovering the world of digital typography and Open Source. In 2003 he moved to Canada, studied at the University of Toronto, became a regular contributor to many open source projects, worked at Red Hat, and moved to Google in 2010. He is best known for having developed the HarfBuzz OpenType shaping library.
At Google, Behdad leads the Font and Text Rendering team, building a fully Open Source font production pipeline in Python, advising Android, Chrome, and Google Fonts, as well as working with the rest of Open Source and industry players in advancing OpenType and digital typography.
For his contributions to HarfBuzz, Behdad was one of the recipients of the O’Reilly Open Source Awards in 2013.
When not hacking, he enjoys travel, good food, and good company.