Siavash Shahshahani has been involved with efforts to develop Internet in Iran from its very beginning there. He was the Deputy Director of IPM (the Institute for Studies in Theoretical Physics and Mathematics) when that Institute pioneered the introduction of Internet in Iran in 1994. Later he served as the head of IRANET (IRanian Academic NETwork), the networking arm of IPM. He is presently the director of IRNIC, .IR ccTLD Registry.
Shahshahani holds a Ph.D. in mathematics from the University of California, Berkeley, and has been on the faculty of Sharif University of Technology, Tehran, since 1974.