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Kamran Bakhtiari Instructor of Decision Sciences

Kamran Bakhtiari, MBA

Instructor of Decision Sciences
Graziadio Business School


Kamran Bakhtiari teaches within the Decision Sciences program at Pepperdine University's Graziadio Business School in the Executive MBA, Fully Employed MBA, Master of Science in Business Analytics, Master of Science in Human Resources, and Bachelor of Science in Management programs. Mr. Bakhtiari takes great pride in imparting his students with the intellectual tools needed to solve real-world business challenges – helping them see through the lens of data and decision science to achieve practical, impactful results. In 2018, Mr. Bakhtiari received the Faculty of the Year award for his work with students at Pepperdine University.

As a faculty practitioner, he is loanDepot's VP of marketing, overseeing brand-focused acquisition marketing efforts for the nation's fifth-largest retail mortgage originator. Since launching in 2010, loanDepot has funded more than $125 billion in home loans, personal loans, and home equity loans. 

He joined loanDepot in 2016, bringing with him deep experience for implementing direct marketing principles that leverage big data and lead generation in a way that optimizes revenue. 

With more than 15 years of executive-level management and consulting expertise, Bakhtiari has been integral to startups and Fortune 500 companies’ success. His professional experience includes consultant and leadership roles at Irvine Company, Verengo Solar Plus, REC Solar, Western Digital, Great call, Ten-X – a Google Capital company.

An authority on the Modernization of Analytics, Mr. Bakhtiari resides on the Adobe Digital Marketing Customer Advisory Board – contributing to the company's ongoing effort to create, refine, and validate their digital marketing products. He is also a sought-after lecturer, with speaking engagements that include UCLA, regional Tableau Data Analytics events, as well as the Software & Information Industry Association marketing series. He has also worked with Pepperdine Students to broaden their global and business perspectives through week-long global studies in cities, including Beijing, Shenzhen, Bangkok, and Taiwan. In 2018, he was recognized by HousingWire as a Rising Star and received Faculty of the Year at Pepperdine University.

Mr. Bakhtiari is also the developer of a digital marketing platform (patent pending) that approaches typical multi-party media buying innovatively, focusing on data over placement.

He earned his bachelor of science degree in Economics from San Diego State University, with a Quantitative Analysis specialization, and his MBA from Pepperdine University's Graziadio Business School.


  • Pepperdine University, Graziadio Business School
    Executive MBA

  • San Diego State University, Bachelor of Science in Economics
    Specialization in Quantitative Analysis