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Smart Strategy, Calm Commitment: Overcoming Uncertainty in Iran

CMS/Bourse & Bazaar Frankfurt Round Table

Frankfurt, Germany

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Past event
09 May 2018, 12:30 - 17:00

The programme of the CMS/Bourse & Bazaar Frankfurt Round Table is designed to help business leaders prepare for the possible outcomes stemming from the 12 May deadline for President Trump to renew key Iran sanctions waivers. This half-day programme of expert presentations and technical discussions will help European companies to judge political and legal risks accurately and adapt commercial strategy accordingly.

Speakers will include (please find their resumes below):

  • Jarrett Blanc, Senior Fellow at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace and former Deputy Lead Negotiator for Iran Deal Implementation at the U.S. Department of State
  • Ellie Geranmayeh, Senior Fellow at the European Council on Foreign Relations
  • Philippe Delluer, Senior Vice President at Alstom
  • Omid Gholamifar, CEO of Serkland Invest
  • Mark Appleton, Foreign Policy Advisory to Senator Ed Markey
  • Esfandyar Batmanghelidj, Founder and Publisher, Bourse & Bazaar

Mr Blanc and Ms Geranmayeh will share insights from their discussions with American and European policymakers regarding the various scenarios facing European companies should President Trump re-impose secondary sanctions on Iran. Mr Delluer and Mr Gholamifar will discuss the steps being taken by business leaders and investors to protect their interest in the face of uncertainty. The event will be moderated by Mr Batmanghelidj. Open discussion will be encouraged.

This event conforms to all relevant sanctions regulations and is focused on the open exchange of information derived from the personal experiences of its expert speakers.

Speakers

Jarrett Blanc, Senior Fellow, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace
Jarrett Blanc is a Senior Fellow at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace. Blanc was formerly the Deputy Lead Coordinator and State Department Coordinator for Iran Nuclear Implementation at the U.S. Department of State. Prior to this position, he was the ‎Principal Deputy Special Representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan (SRAP), where he was responsible for issues ranging from international security assistance to support for mediating the Afghan electoral process. Blanc holds an A.B. from Harvard University and an M.S. in Environmental Science and Policy from Johns Hopkins University.

Ellie Geranmayeh, Senior Policy Fellow, European Council on Foreign Relations
Ellie Geranmayeh is a senior policy fellow at the European Council on Foreign Relations. Her work focuses on European foreign policy in relation to Iran, particularly on the nuclear and regional dossiers in addition to Iran’s domestic politics. Geranmayeh closely followed and advised on the nuclear negotiations between Iran and world powers from 2013-2015. She previously worked at Herbert Smith Freehills LLP law firm (based in London and Tokyo), where she gained experience in public international law and sanctions regimes. Geranmayeh received a BA in Law from the University of Cambridge and has a Masters in Law from the University of Virginia.

Omid Gholmaifar, Founder and CEO, Serkland Invest
Omid Gholmaifar is the founder and CEO of Serkland Invest, a Swedish investment company founded in 2016 that capitalizes on the Iranian consumer opportunities. Serkland has to date made two significant investments in Iran since the summer of 2017. Backed by primarily Scandinavian family investment offices, high net worth individuals and institutions, Serkland looks to partner with successful Iranian private business entities to add business strategic, operational and financial know-how. Omid was most recently an advisor to Procuritas Partners, Sweden’s first private equity fund. Omid was previously Portfolio Manager at Labrusca managing assets of EUR 300 million. Prior, he was Portfolio Manager at Skagen, overseeing USD 7 billion. Omid began his career as a practicing lawyer at Vinge and Faskin Martineau DuMoulin. He holds a Master in Law from Lund University and a Bachelors in Commerce from the University of British Columbia.

Mark Appleton, Foreign Policy Advisory to Senator Ed Markey
Mark Appleton is currently foreign policy advisor to Senator Ed Markey of Massachusetts, who is a member of the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations. Prior to this role, Mark was Assistant Coordinator of Iran Nuclear Implementation at the U.S. Department of State, where we had direct responsibilities over the implementation of commitments under the JCPOA. Previously, Mark was at the Department of Energy where he served as Special Advisor to Secretary of Energy Ernest Moniz. Mark holds a B.A. in History from Arizona State University.

Esfandyar Batmanghelidj, Founder and Publisher, Bourse & Bazaar 
Esfandyar Batmanghelidj is the Founder and Publisher of Bourse & Bazaar, a media company which supports Iran "business diplomacy" through events, publishing, and research. Bourse & Bazaar is the organizer of the Europe-Iran Forum, the leading Iran economic summit, which has been held in London (2014), Geneva (2015), and Zurich (2016, 2017). Bourse & Bazaar recently published a landmark special report on the "economic implementation" of the Iran nuclear deal, drawing on a detailed survey of over 60 multinational senior executives working in Iran.

If you are interested in the event or have any questions, please contact our event team. Please note that places are limited.

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