BEHZAD FATHI | Senior Business Program Manager at Microsoft | Leadership, Business Transformation & Technology Professional

Behzad Fathi currently serves as Senior Business Program Manager for the Secure Infrastructure Domain of Microsoft. He is a 2019 Gold Club Award Winner who is recognized for extraordinary performance and contribution toward key company objectives of leading with a growth mindset, demonstrating customer and partner obsession and acting in collaborative and an always-learning spirit of One Microsoft. He formally supported Microsoft public sector customers as a Senior Project Manager in Secure Infrastructure in Americas Time Zone. He is also the SEAT PjM Role Lead for SI ATZ. Prior to joining Microsoft, Behzad worked as an executive program and project manager for global and domestic business transformation initiatives across diverse industries for over 20 years. He enjoys process improvement, problem solving, coaching and mentoring.

Behzad is known for being versatile, innovative and a loyal management professional. He is able to see the “big picture” while staying on top of the details. Behzad has a long history of applying solid project management and leadership skills and experience in delivering multi-million projects on-time, within budget, and with high customer satisfaction. It is no surprise that he is a recipient of the 2018 Microsoft Services Peak Performer Award.

• Amazing Story
• Project & Program Management
• Client Relations & Presentations
• Cross-Functional Communication
• Change Initiatives
• Empathy
• Relationship Management
• Change Management Strategy
• Negotiating & Influencing
• Business & Data Analysis
• Process Design & Improvement
• Organization Design
• Ethics & Integrity
• Strategic Planning & Implementation
• Board Development
• Industry Best Practices
• Mentoring & Coaching
• Marriage & Family
• Key Stakeholder’s Consulting

Behzad is able to instruct on what it means to be dedicated to successful execution and delivery of multi-million dollar projects through providing guidance, coaching and project leadership. He serves as an example for those who are responsible for ensuring a project team works on the highest priority tasks, removing risks and impediments. Behzad is an expert at leading the communication with clients/customers as a trusted advisor and driving the highest quality and the strongest sense of customer focus on each project. He is also able to speak on topics related to collaboration and team building since he himself is a genuine team player who is committed to managing operations effectively while contributing to team efforts in order to reach group objectives.

• “Behzad is the embodiment of the inclusive, impactful Project Manager that everyone wants on their effort.” Gregg D, Enabler & Deliverer of Impact in the Digital World
• “He methodically untangled the mess and organized this program where others had tried and failed.” Dave Sutton, Data Acquisition Professional
• “Behzad is a dedicated volunteer with an amazing spirit to serve others. He adds tremendous value through his past experience, quick wit, and high energy level. I highly recommend him!” Barbara Mitchell, Author
• “From the first time I heard him speak in 2008, I knew he was the sort of visionary who could build, manage, and grow businesses. Behzad is an excellent planner, strategist, and leader.” Chris Jones, Writer & Brand Journalist
• “I know of numerous occasions where clients have specifically mentioned what a joy it is to work with Behzad. He is a talented executive director with excellent communication skills and a strong moral compass.” Tisha Johnson, Government Contracting Specialist

Behzad possesses the ability to help individuals in virtually any stage of their professional career or even in the personal goals. He has managed and trained teams, business leaders, executives and individuals towards growth and greater competencies. He is able to provide management consulting, analysis and program management support. He is passionate about connecting people and paying it forward and his goal is to give back and to help practice his leadership principles through this initiative: to create clarity, to generate energy and to deliver success.

Behzad is also fluent in English, Persian (Farsi) & Turkish languages. Below are just a few of his accomplishments.

  • Senior Project Manager at Microsoft
  • Member of Board of Directors with Wholehearted Foundation
  • Board of Advisors with HOPE Worldwide, Northern Virginia Chapter
  • Former Executive Board Member, Secretary of the Board with Habitat for Humanity of Northern Virginia
  • Former Program Management Consultant with Pembroke Partners
  • Former Interim Executive Director/Project Manger with Greater Fredericksburg Habitat for Humanity
  • PMP Certification from Project Management Institute
  • Prosci Certified Change Practitioner Certification from Prosci
  • ITIL Foundation Certificate from Loyal Exam Services
  • Project Leadership Certification, Project Management from Cornell University
  • Selling to the C-Suite Certification from Wharton Executive Education
  • BS, Business Management from University of Phoenix
  • Worldwide Communities – Time Zone Lead 2019 Certification from Microsoft
  • Essential Educate Trainer Skills Certification from Microsoft
  • Agile Development Practices Certification from LinkedIn
  • Project Management Certificate from George Mason University
  • Project Management Communication Certification from Northern Virginia Community College
  • Certificate of English Language Teaching to Adults from University of Cambridge
  • Turkish Language – Intermediate Level from Ankara Univerity, TOMER


Behzad is happily married and his hobbies include traveling, watching movies, running, reading history books, painting, writing poetry, and volunteering.

Behzad’s story includes an inspirational tale of resilience and survival as a war refugee, who overcame insurmountable obstacles as a teenager alone in foreign countries on his journey to find his authentic self.

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