Dr. Marzieh Kadivar received her Ph.D. in Materials Science and Engineering from the University of São Paulo in Brazil. Her thesis focused on the development of high-performance bamboo-based materials
through a densification process. Parallel to her Ph.D. studies in 2019, she started the BambUSP social project aiming to help low-income communities by educating them on the various uses of the bamboo plant through a series of workshops. This project was funded by the University of São Paulo. The outcome of her doctoral research alongside the positive impact created by the BambUSP project motivated her to establish BamBuild in October 2020. She received financial support from Fundação de Amparo à Pesquisa do Estado de São Paulo (FAPESP), through a PIPE project (innovative research in small companies) dedicated to promoting the use of bamboo as a sustainable material.
Marzieh is currently working as the CEO of BamBuild and is an LIF Fellow at the Royal Academy of Engineering. She also coordinates the BambUSP social project in Brazil.