A Supreme Court jury took two-and-a-half days to find Zandipour, 29, killed Melbourne University student Joshua Hardy outside a McDonald’s restaurant in the early hours of October 18, 2014.
Mr Hardy, who was from Darwin, died from a severe brain injury caused by the altercation with Zandipour and one of his friends.
CCTV played during the trial showed the altercation took just six seconds.
Police alleged Zandipour, a former ANZ bank officer, pushed Mr Hardy to the ground and kicked him in the head.
Zandipour had pleaded not guilty on the grounds of self-defence.
Mr Hardy, who came from a prominent Darwin family, was a third-year arts student and had been out at a valedictory dinner with friends on the night.
Zandipour will be sentenced at a later date.