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In Conversation with the Deputy Mayor & Update from City Hall

Date: 28th of January 2019
Time: 6:30pm

Please join Anjoman for our exciting January event with the Deputy Mayor. The evening will consist of dinner and drinks followed by a talk and Q&A session with our distinguished guest, Rajesh Agrawal.

Rajesh Agrawal is the Deputy Mayor of London for Business. Born in India, Rajesh moved to London in 2001. As an entrepreneur he founded RationalFX in 2005, and Xendpay in 2014, both companies utilising technology to reduce the cost of international money transfer for businesses and individuals.

Rajesh is passionate about promoting entrepreneurship and creating opportunities for young people. He was appointed Chair of Oxfam’s Enterprise Development Programme in 2015 and has been a Patron of the Prince’s Trust for many years.

As Deputy Mayor Rajesh aims to be a strong voice for London’s business community, protecting jobs and growth, and ensuring that the capital remains the most open and attractive place to do business in the world.

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Past Events

Controlling Your Own Narrative: How to Rise Above the Noise

6th November 2018,12 Hammersmith Grove, W6 7AP

The evening consisted of a fireside chat by Robin Dhara and Alex Pell on how to make
the most of designing and implementing a successful media narrative for your company
or self. Delicious Persian catering was provided by Woolley’s, the evening’s sponsor. The
event was a great success and provided an informal setting for networking. We look
forward to seeing you all again at our next event.

Can the European Tech Ecosystem Eclipse Silicon Valley?

September 26th, 2018 at 6:30pm at One Whitehall Place

The evening consisted of a discussion by the esteemed panel on the European tech scene and its standing on a global scale. Panelists Leila Rastegar Zegna, Eze Vidra, Rob Kniaz and Shirin Dehghan contributed to a compelling discussion chaired by Anjoman’s very own Omid Ashtari. The event was hugely oversubscribed once again, and unprecedented in attendance.

Event Description:

Europe is now competing with Silicon Valley in creating global tech companies. Our September event will therefore feature a panel with leading London Venture Capitalists with the topic: Can the European Tech Ecosystem eclipse Silicon Valley?

Leila Rastegar Zegna is an entrepreneur turned investor. After spending 10 years in operations and strategy roles, she became a founding partner of Kindred, an early stage venture capital fund based in London.

Eze Vidra was the founder of Campus London, Google’s first startup hub and later joined Google Ventures as General Partner. Most recently he joined Remagine Ventures as Managing Partner.

Rob Kniaz is a partner at Hoxton Ventures, an early stage venture fund whose successes include investments in Darktrace and Deliveroo. He was previously at Fidelity Ventures and spent his career initially as a Product Manager at Google.

Shirin Dehghan is presently Senior Partner at Frog Capital, a VC fund that invests in software tech companies in Europe. She was the Founder and CEO of Arieso and spent 20+ years in the software and mobile communications industry.

Anjoman’s very own Omid Ashtari will be chairing the event. Omid is currently, President and Head of Business at Citymapper and business adviser to Sadiq Khan, Mayor of London. Before that he was Managing Director at Foursquare Europe leading BD, Strategy & Management. Omid mentors entrepreneurs at Techstars, Seedcamp, the Mayor’s International Business Program and is non-exec Director and investor in various startups.

We would like to take the opportunity to thank our sponsors for our September event. Information regarding sponsorship for future Anjoman events can be found at the end of this newsletter.

The JCPOA Post-US Withdrawal: The Future of The Iran Deal and Consequences for UK and European Businesses

12th June 2018 at Jumeirah Carlton Tower

The implications of the US withdrawal on May 8th, 2018 for the UK and Europe were discussed by the evening’s distinguished speakers: His Excellency Nicholas Hopton, outgoing UK Ambassador to Iran, Ms. Ellie Geranmayeh, Senior Policy Fellow for the Middle East and North Africa Programme at the European Council on Foreign Relations and Mr. Cyrus Ardalan, Chairman of Citigroup Global Markets, OakNorth Bank, IFFI, and former Vice-Chairman of Barclays Bank. Anjoman’s very own Abbas Beyad chaired the evening’s discussion.

The discussion included the UK’s commitment to support domestic efforts to engage in business with Iran. Furthermore, the efforts the UK’s European allies are taking in order to ensure that a reasonable economic package be provided for Iran were discussed in detail. While there is great interest on the part of Europe to push for banking mechanisms to uphold the deal, the speakers acknowledged difficulty in counteracting the extent of secondary sanctions.


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