Behdad Esfahbod

Photo: Behdad Esfahbod, 2010

My name is Behdad. It's roughly pronounced as [beh da:d] [es f@h bo:d] in IPA ASCII transcription. It is a Persian name, natively written as بهداد اسفهبد. I was born and grew up in Iran, but have been living in Canada since 2003. I live in Toronto. I am a Staff Software Engineer at Google, working on fonts engineering and text rendering. Previously I worked for Red Hat. I am a huge Free Software enthusiast, and in love with the GNOME Project. My long-term goal since late last century has been to make Persian work great in computer software, in particular, in Free Software, though these days my focus is not limited to Persian anymore. I am directly responsible for code that makes it possible to read every language of the world on software like Firefox, Google Chrome, Android, Linux desktop, and elsewhere. More about me:

My PGP key fingerprint is 2277 650A 4E8B DFE4 B7F6 BE41 9FEE 04E5 D353 1115 and the public key is available here.

I wonder if you find what you are looking for here, so feel free to contact me. Contact information is at the end of this page.

It is amazing what you can accomplish if you do not care who gets the credit.
	— some dude

Support Iran Nuclear DealNew

I support the nuclear agreement between Iran and the West, and currently am part of the team organizing the Support #IranDeal campaing. Check it out.

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Email me to behdad at behdad dot org.

I am typically online on IRC as behdad on,, and

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