Future Growth Prospects For The Iranian Economy: An Interactive Panel Discussion

150th Monthly Meeting

10th March 2016 at Sofitel St. James – 6 Waterloo Place, London SW1Y 4AN

The Board of Directors of Anjoman cordially invites you to our 150th monthly event held at Sofitel London St. James. A panel of four experts will cover the potential for and the challenges facing the following targeted sectors of the Iranian economy:

The Oil and Gas Industry: Mehdi Varzi, President, Varzi Associates,

The Construction Industry, including Infrastructural Projects: Dr Maryam Kiaie, Business Development Director, The Rah Shahr International Group,

The Tourism Industry: Amelia Stewart, Manager at Simoon Travel / Original Travel,

The post sanctions legal challenges of doing business with Iran: Jeremy Robinson, Partner, Watson Farley & Williams LLP,

Moderator: Hormoz Naficy, Managing Director, Petroventures Advisory Limited.

With or without the sanctions: What lies ahead for the Iranian economy

148th Monthly Meeting

25th November 2014 at The Royal Society - Marble Room & The Kohn Centre 6-9 Carlton House, London SW1Y 5AG

With the November 24th extended deadline of the Geneva agreement swiftly approaching, the Board of Directors of Anjoman cordially invites you to an analysis of 'what lies ahead of the Iranian economy, with or without the sanctions' the day after the deadline.

Dr. Hassan Hakimian is the Director of the London Middle East Institute (LMEI) and a Reader in Economics with reference to the Middle East at SOAS, University of London. Previously, he was an Associate Dean at Cass Business School, where he introduced and led international Executive MBA programmes in Shanghai (Bank of China) and Dubai (Dubai International Financial Centre - DIFC). During a ten-year period between 1993 and 2002, Dr Hakimian was at the SOAS Department of Economics where he directed postgraduate international distance learning programmes, which won SOAS the Queen's Prize for Higher and Further Education in 1996.

Dr Hakimian has published widely, and consulted for international development agencies, on Middle Eastern economies with special reference to Iran. He is the author of Labour Transfer and Economic Development (1990) and co-editor of The State and Global Change (2000), and Trade Policy and Economic Integration in MENA (2003). His most recent book (co-edited with Parvin Alizadeh) is entitled Iran and the Global Economy: Petro Populism, Islam and Economic Sanctions (Routledge, 2013).

Since re-joining SOAS in 2010, he has overseen several new initiatives at the LMEI including the setting up of SOAS's Centre for Iranian Studies - a premier academic forum for advancing Iranian studies as a broad and interdisciplinary field at the University of London. He is a Founding Member and Executive Secretary of the International Iranian Economic Association (IIEA) and a Research Fellow at the Economic Research Forum, a network of Middle East economists based in Cairo. He is also the founder and Series Editor for the ""Routledge Political Economy of the Middle East and North Africa"".

Members presentation (pre-dinner) by: Mr. Farzin Yazdi.

Subject: UK Investor Visa - new rules

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Alternatively, you may RSVP to secretary@anjoman.co.uk. Places are limited so please RSVP at your earliest convenience.

Members Networking Event

147th Monthly Meeting

30th September 2014 at The Royal Society - Marble Room & The Kohn Centre 6-9 Carlton House, London SW1Y 5AG

On behalf of the Board of Anjoman, it is my pleasure to invite you to the Members Networking Event, which shall take place on Tuesday 30th of September at The Royal Society.

This is an opportunity for old and new members to network and socialise in the beautiful and historic settings of The Royal Society. There will be a reception of drinks and canapés.

The event is free for current members, and each member may nominate two guests for free admission. There will be membership forms available at the reception if the guests wish to join Anjoman. For non-members who are not nominated, there will be an admission fee of £40.

Please RSVP to secretary@anjoman.co.uk, and if applicable, also provide the details of your guests. Places are limited so please RSVP at your earliest convenience.

Do not hesitate to contact me should you have any questions.

We would be most grateful if you could ensure that any cancellations are communicated to Anjoman at least 48 hours prior to the event.

We thank you for your support and look forward to seeing you on the 30th of September.

Amir Chahardehi

Secretary of Anjoman

Back From The Brink!?

146th Monthly Meeting

3rd June 2014 at The Garden Rooms, Jumeirah Carlton Tower Hotel. On Cadogan Place, London SW1X 9PY

"Peter is the Commerzbank AG's global financial economist based in London. Commerzbank is Germany's second largest bank and employs 50,000 people across 50 countries with involvement in all aspects of banking and finance. Peter's role is to interact with the bank's institutional business to analyse the impact of economic events upon financial markets, and to assess how markets feed back to affect the economy, which is a key decision making input into the bank's capital markets business. This role entails extensive contact with Commerzbank clients both in formal presentations of the research views and ad-hoc responses to issuer or investor queries.

Prior to assuming this role in 2000, Peter spent four years as head of Commerzbank's international economics group based in Frankfurt am Main. In all, he has over twenty years of professional experience in macroeconomic analysis and is routinely sought by the media and a variety of institutions, including the UK Treasury and Bank of England, to provide views and advice on economic and market issues.

Please Note: The fees displayed are for pre-booked seats. At the door fees will increase by £5.

Nowruz 1393: Joint Party with Iranian Medical Society

15th March 2014 at Jumeirah Carlton Tower Hotel

The Board of Anjoman cordially invite you to celebrate Nowruz 1393

Joint Party with Iranian Medical Society

Saturday 15 March 2014

Jumeirah Carlton Tower Hotel


Live entertainment and DJ Barfi

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Nanotechnology: Driving the future of organ development

145th Monthly Meeting

13th January 2014 at Jumeirah Carlton Tower Hotel, On Cadogan Place, London SW1X 9PY

Alexander M. Seifalian,

A Professor of Nanotechnology and Regenerative Medicine, and Director of UCL Centre for Nanotechnology & Regenerative Medicine at University College London.

Alex completed his education at University of London and University College London Medical School. He is a Fellow of the Institute of Nanotechnology (FIoN) and Fellow of Society of Biology (FSB), and has published over 400 peer-reviewed research papers, 31 book chapter contributions and 10 families of UK and International patents.

Alex has led and managed many large projects with multidisciplinary teams with very successful outcomes in terms of commercialisation and translation to patients. His current projects have led to the development of cardiovascular implants using nanomaterials and stem cell technology, and the development of organs using tissue engineering and nanoparticles for detection and treatment of cancer. He has also developed a family of nanomaterials and nanocomposite polymers for a range of biomedical applications.

Alex was awarded the top prize in the field for development of nanomaterials and technologies for cardiovascular implants in 2007 by Medical Future Innovation, in 2009 received a Business Innovation Award from UK Trade & Investment (UKTI) in the Life Sciences and Healthcare category and in 2012 Winner of most innovative new product 2012 ""synthetic trachea"" awarded by European Life Science, Hamburg, Germany, and in 2013 was acknowledged by the international community for his outstanding achievements in Nanoscience and Nanotechnology with the prestigious Nanosmat prize award in Granada, Spain.

More recently (2011), Alex has developed a lacrimal drainage conduit, vascular bypass graft, and world's first synthetic trachea made from nanocomposite polymers and stem cells and delivered them from the laboratory directly to human patients.

RSVP: By 14:30 on Sunday 12th January 2014 Via: events@anjoman.co.uk

The Reality of Industry & Engineering in Iran: A European Executive's Perspective!

144th Monthly Meeting

11th November 2013 at Jumeirah Carlton Tower Hotel, On Cadogan Place, London SW1X 9PY

Nigel Coulthard, is a specialist in International Management particularly in complex multicultural environments in the High-Tech Industry and Engineering sectors. He has held engineering, business development and senior general management responsibilities in large international industrial groups, notably in the Semiconductor, Electronics and Power Engineering industries in both the UK and France, where he managed several industrial and commercial companies and subsidiaries. Prior to founding Luzigneul Management Enterprises he was the ALSTOM group Country President in IRAN.

Born in Wales, Nigel was educated in Great Britain and France where he presently lives. He has also spent many years in Iran, as a youngster under the Shah in the 1970s, through the 1979 Islamic Revolution and more recently with his Persian wife during the Khatami and Ahmadinejad presidencies.

Nigel has a somewhat eclectic and international education. After graduating in Electrical and Electronic Engineering from the University of Bristol and having gained a scholarship from the French Ministry of Science and Research, he was awarded a research doctorate in Applied Physics from the University Toulouse. He later obtained an Executive MBA from HEC, the prestigious French Business School, and an Advanced Diploma in Persian Studies from INALCO, the National Institute of Oriental Languages and Civilisations in Paris. He has also been an adviser to the French Ministry of Foreign Trade.

Nigel is the author of « IRAN, Hussein's dilemma», a work of non-fiction which presents the reality of present day Iran.

After Dr Rouhani's Election: What Now Between The West and Iran?

143rd Monthly Meeting

5th September 2013 at Jumeirah Carlton Tower Hotel, On Cadogan Place, London SW1X 9PY

Speaker Profile:

The Rt Hon Lord Lamont Of Lerwick PC (Norman Lamont) was at the centre of British politics for many years. He was a Cabinet Minister under both Margaret Thatcher and John Major, and was a member of the House of Commons for 25 years.

He was heavily involved in the Thatcher reforms including privatisation that transformed the British economy. He was a Minister also in the departments of Energy, Defence and Industry. He is currently a director of or consultant to a number of companies in the financial sector, several with Middle East involvement.

He is chairman of the British Iranian Chamber of Commerce, president of the Economic Research Council and a former Chairman of Le Cercle (a foreign affairs think thank). He was made a life peer in july 1998, and sits on the House of Lords EU Foreign Affairs Sub-Committee.

Mutual Capitalism!: A more engaging, effective and enterprising model

141st Monthly Meeting

30th April 2013 at Jumeirah Carlton Tower Hotel, On Cadogan Place, London SW1X 9PY

Speaker Profile:

Ali Parsa, PhD is a social entrepreneur who founded Circle in 2004. His personal belief that organisations should create a partnership between entrepreneurial drive, employee passion and financiers' resources, and reward them all respectively, has pioneered a new organisational model dubbed as Mutual Capitalism by the World Economic Forum.

Prior to Circle, Ali was an executive director of Goldman Sachs' and worked at Merrill Lynch and Credit Suisse First Boston. He studied Civil Engineering as a first degree and has a PhD in Engineering Physics from the University of London. To finance his PhD work he set up a media promotion company and won the Royal Award by Prince of Wales for the Young Entrepreneur of the year in 1995. More recently, Ali won the award for Entrepreneurial Achievement in the 2010 Independent Healthcare Awards and was named in the 50 most influential people in UK healthcare in the Health Service Journal's annual survey in 2012. Ali was named by the Times as one of the 100 people to watch in 2012 and is the UK Cabinet Office Ambassador for Mutuals

Pre-dinner Speaker: Hossein Ameli

How to Survive & Prosper in this Austerity Stricken Decade?

Hossein Ameli, BA, MA, FCPA, AFA, AIFP, DipPFS is a trained accountant, business adviser, economist, financial planner and tax specialist with over 30 years of professional experience in public accounting and the private sector. He is the Chief Executive of Anderson Ross Group based in Canary Wharf. Hossein worked in 3 firms of Chartered Accountants in London before specialising in Personal Finance in 2 firms of Independent Financial Planners. He then directed the operations of the largest private global news agency in Europe, Africa and Middle East before founding Anderson Ross Group in May 1996.

Hossein blends a range of expertise ideally suited for holistic professional advisory services with specific reference to asset protection, profit improvement and tax mitigation. Hossein was named as the Member of the Year by the Princeton Global Network in 2012. He is a founding member of Anjoman and is passionate about contributing to the success of the British Iranian community.

Creative Engineering Attitudes in the Built Environment

140th Monthly Meeting

7th January 2013 at Jumeirah Carlton Tower Hotel, On Cadogan Place, London SW1X 9PY

Speaker Profile:

Hanif Kara
Hanif Kara is a design director and co-founder of London based structural engineering practice Adams Kara Taylor (AKT II) and an Educator. Under his leadership the practice has in the last decade gained an international standing in the ๏ฌeld of the built environment. Since forming AKT II in 1996, he has been responsible for a number of innovative and pioneering projects but also for raising the pro๏ฌle of 'Design Engineers' both in the construction industry and the wider community. He is a fellow member of; Institute of Civil Engineers, Institute of Structural Engineers, Royal Society of Arts and in 2004 he was made an Honorary Fellow of the Royal Institute of British Architects.

His particular 'design-led' approach and interest in innovative form and material uses, prefabrication, sustainable construction and complex analysis methods have allowed him to work on award winning and unique projects. Between 1996 - 2012 the practice has won over 220 design awards with many for projects led by Hanif as design director. Some include prestigious awards such as the Stirling Prize for Peckham library, London; Lubetkin Prize for UK Expo Pavilion 2010, Shanghai; the RIBA Manser Medal for Hunsett Mill, Norfolk; and RIBA Sustainable building of the Year for Heelis - National Trust HQ, Swindon.

Appointment as a commissioner for in๏ฌ‚uential Government watchdog CABE (Commission for Architecture and the Built Environment) in 2008; becoming the ๏ฌrst structural engineer to be appointed to this position. Hanif was also appointed as a member of Design for London Advisory Group to the Mayor of London, 2007-2008 and currently is on the Design Surgeon Panel for the London Development Authority, and Design Council CABE's London Review Panel.

He was appointed as a Board of Trustee for the Architecture Foundation in 2010 and 2011. He has used these roles to promote and establish the role played by Engineers both at the national and international level. In the global context the Aga Khan Award for Architecture is recognised as one of the most important awards in the industry. Hanif was the ๏ฌrst structural engineer to be selected for the Master Jury for the 2004 cycle of the Aga Khan Awards for Architecture. His work is also intertwined with the research and education of design. Co-tutoring a Diploma Unit at the Architectural Association in London from 2000 to 2004 and supporting the Design Research Lab. In 2008 he accepted a position as the visiting Pierce Anderson Lecturer in Creative Engineering at the Graduate School of Design, Harvard. Since 2007 he has held the position of visiting Professor of Architectural Technology at KTH Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm, Sweden.

Hanif is also part of the Harvard Research group who are producing the Encyclopedia for Sustainable Urban-ism which is focused on Iran, Iraq, Qatar, Bahrain, Abu Dhabi, Dubai and Muscat.

Pre-dinner Speaker: kamvari architects and Collaboration

Omid graduated with an architectural degree from the University of Greenwich before moving to the Architectural Association to complete his diploma and Master's degree.

Omid is the founder of Kamvari Architects which he established in 2011. In the short period since, he has been the project director on numerous residential projects in London, submitted schemes for a 40 storey mixed use tower in Tehran, A national Library, a school in Greece as well as 120,00sqft residential scheme in Leeds. He is currently working on a 1.8 Million sqft mixed use scheme in Muscat Oman as well as a number of interesting research projects within the region.

Prior to setting up Kamvari Architects he worked at major architectural firms in London such as Foster and Partners, Skidmore Owings and Merrill (SOM), Allies and Morrison, Make Architects and Hamilton's. He has contributed to numerous international projects across Europe, Middle East and Africa including, the London 2012 Olympics master Plan, hotel resorts in Egypt, Libya, and Italy, residential schemes in the UK, UAE, and India as well as commercial offices and educational buildings in the UK.

In addition to his duties at Kamvari Architects Omid is Programme Director of the Ar­chitectural Association's Tehran and Muscat visiting schools, a programme aimed at investigating architecture and urbanism in the Middle East. He has successfully set up and initiated the very first scholarship programme of its kind for Iranian students to study at the AA.

The challenges of socially responsible enterprise and investment

139th Monthly Meeting

5th November 2012 at Jumeirah Carlton Tower Hotel, On Cadogan Place, London SW1X 9PY

Speaker Profile:

Zain Latif is the founder of TLG Capital, focusing primarily on frontier markets in Africa and Asia.

TLG has completed deals across sub-Saharan African; notably in the field of healthcare. Past deals include investments in the WHO pre-approved pharmaceutical plant QCIL (Uganda), healthcare facilities in West Africa and a fast-growing cartridge refilling and laptop repair company in India that aims to transmigrate its business to Africa. TLG's efforts in frontier markets was recognised in 2012 by Private Equity Africa for ""Landmark Deal of the Decade"" as well as in 2010 by a Brewin Dolphin and Red Ribbons joint initiative for contributions rendered towards socially impacting investments.

Prior to founding TLG Capital, Mr. Latif was an Executive Director at Goldman Sachs in the New Markets division focusing on Sub-Saharan Africa across all products. He joined Goldman Sachs from Merrill Lynch where he was involved in originating and executing a number of ground-breaking emerging market transactions in Africa.

Before joining Merrill, Mr. Latif was involved in spear-heading the special situations African effort at HSBC which culminated in a widely reported inaugural debt/equity hybrid structure for a leading Nigerian financial institution. Mr Latif holds a Masters degree in Finance achieved at the age of 19 from Cass Business School. He currently sits on a number of Boards of portfolio companies.

Oman - Foreign Direct Investment in a Stable, Supportive and Friendly Environment'

138th Monthly Meeting

8th October 2012 at Jumeirah Carlton Tower Hotel, On Cadogan Place, London SW1X 9PY

Speaker Profile:

Mr. Yousuf Al Balushi has more than 13 years' experience as a research economist at the Central Bank of Oman and Ministry of National Economy. During 2002-2005 he has been an Editor of Al-Markazi, a journal of economic analysis published by the Central Bank of Oman.

Since 2007 Mr Al Balushi has been in charge of a special foreign investment survey undertaken by the Central Bank of Oman in conjunction with the Ministry of National Economy and the Ministry of Commerce and Industry. Mr Al Balushi has given speeches in University of Cambridge, Central Bank of Oman and Sultan Qaboos College of Commerce and Economics on different topics including monetary policy and the role of Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) as an avenue to promote economic development. Mr Al Balushi is currently undertaking his PhD project at Kings College London with focus on the impact of FDI on the efficiency of private sector and economic development process in Oman.

Engr. Mohammad Massouleh as some of you are well aware served as the Chairman of Anjoman during the period 2006-2008. He is a UK qualified Civil Engineer and Henley Management College MBA Alumni with a proven track record in project and business performance management within the Engineering and Technology sectors. His career progression within the engineering industry was marked by focusing on the technology segment within the industry which provided a solid foundation for moving on to management consultancy sector.

After a successful career as a Senior Project Manager on some of the UK landmark projects in the 1980s, he has been managing the company he set up, ANOUSHAA, for the past 21 years in order to provide strategic project management services to clients in UK and abroad.

In this co-presentation, Engr. Massouleh will share his first-hand experience of living and working in Oman during the past 40 months when he successfully led the construction effort for a major dual use Harbour delivered for Oman Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries and Royal Oman Police Coastguard.

The world is changing.... again! Guest Speaker: Maani Safa

137th Monthly Meeting

5th September 2012 at Jumeirah Carlton Tower Hotel, On Cadogan Place, London SW1X 9PY

Speaker Profile:

Maani is a creative technologist - since the start of his career he has been exploring the interplay of people, code, design and digital art through building products. In 2010 he was the man chosen to launch and lead the product division of Somo, what is now the worlds largest independent mobile advertising agency and the fastest growing mobile company in Europe.

His early career saw him heading the Telegraph Media Group's mobile division, where he was responsible for launching the mobile version of The Telegraph, the hugely successful iPhone application, The Telegraph Kindle edition, and the first ever news app for the Android Market. Maani launched the fastest growing World Cup iPhone app ever and introduced commercial partnerships with key brands such as Jaguar, Dell and Audi.

Maani has conceptualised many of Somo's most successful creative projects. These include the award-winning Audi Le Mans app, which showcased the first use of augmented reality in an automotive app in the UK, and fundamentally changed the way people understand sports events' advertising, the Dominos Pizza app suite, making the business more than £1million revenue a week, and Condé Nast's Glamour Fast Beauty app, named in The Times App 500.

Most recently Maani founded the Somo global laboratory as the new Global innovation director. Here, Maani and his team are dedicated to using next generation mobile products to guide and deliver solutions for clients wishing to use mobile to increase sales, enhance levels of user engagement and create better efficiency within their brands.

Attendance Fees - include dinner

Business and the Professions: Friends or Foes?

The pursuit of wealth vs. the pursuit of public service

136th Monthly Meeting

2nd July 2012 at Jumeirah Carlton Tower Hotel, On Cadogan Place, London SW1X 9PY

Speaker Profile:

Lord Andrew Phillips
Baron Phillips of Sudbury

Andrew Phillips was born on the 15th of March 1939 and brought up in Sudbury, Suffolk where he still lives. He is married with 3 children.

Having achieved a BA Hons in Economics and Law from Trinity Hall, Cambridge Andrew qualified as a solicitor in 1964. In 1970 he co-founded Bates, Wells & Braithwaite and served as a senior partner until 1998, although he continues to do consulting work for them.

He contested five parliamentary elections from 1970-1983 and was appointed a Life Peer in June 1998. His political interests include: legal services and legal aid, surveillance/personal liberty issues (leading strong opposition to the ID Cards legislation), citizenship issues, constitutional affairs and the Middle East.

He is a former member of the Lord Chancellor's Advisory Committee on Legal Aid and has sat on various House of Lords' Committees.

Outside of politics he was awarded an OBE in 1997 for establishing the Citizenship Foundation and work with young people and the law. In 2003 he was appointed Chancellor of Essex University, a position which he still holds today.

The Outlook for Iran and its neighbours in 2016: An Analysis by EXCLUSIVE ANALYSIS

135th Monthly Meeting

30th April 2012 at Jumeirah Carlton Tower Hotel, On Cadogan Place, London SW1X 9PY

"A specialist intelligence company that forecasts commercially relevant political and violent risks worldwide so as to deliver accurate, decision-ready forecasts to a broad range of sectors including insurance and reinsurance, financial services, shipping, banking, oil and gas, aviation, mining, cargo and logistics, governments, NGOs and media."

Speaker Profile:

Zaineb leads a team of experts and analysts covering the Middle East and North Africa and regularly meets and de-briefs sources and contacts from the region. She has advised clients on the future of sanctions targeting Iran, Iranian domestic politics, risks to southern Iraqi and Kurdish oil assets, the role of militias in Iraq, civil unrest and political stability risks in Bahrain, and the future business outlook in Egypt.

She took the lead on special projects such as the February 2011 Game Changer Scenarios in the Middle East and North Africa and the December 2011 Iraq’s Oil & Gas Sector: Risks to Contracts in the Year Ahead.

Zaineb has spoken at OSAC, Exporta’s Middle East Trade Credit and Finance conference, the International Underwriters Association, the Lloyds Joint Cargo Committee, the Hong Kong Chamber of Commerce, The Reuter’s Reporting on International Security and Terrorism Conference and the China Exim Bank, amongst others. Zaineb has been interviewed by numerous media outlets such as the BBC’s World Service, Bloomberg, CNBC and Reuters.

She received a BA at the University of Oxford in Middle Eastern Studies and an MA from SOAS in International Studies and Diplomacy. Before joining Exclusive Analysis, Zaineb participated in the Iraqi Task Force while working for the United Nations in Beirut.

Recent Media Appearances
22 March 2012: Strategic Risk: Violent Risks Likely to Decrease in Iraq – Click here
6 February 2012: CNBC: Iran War Risks – Click here
1 February 2012 : Correio Braziliense: El Baradei Generates Scepticism Among Western Powers
23 June 2011: FT’s DealReporter: Major Oil Groups Circle Kurdistan Iraq
14 April 2011: Reuters: Yemen’s Saleh Hangs on, Still Hopes to Outwit Foes – Click here
20 March 2011: Independent on Sunday: Will the no-fly zone stop Libya's dictator? – Click here
21 February 2011: Wealth Briefing: Risk Analysts Ponder Dangers in North Africa, MidEast as Protests Erupt – Click here

John is responsible for all violent risk output at Exclusive Analysis (EA) for the marine and cargo sectors, including the weekly Global Violent Risk Forecast. John is in charge of the EA inputs to the Lloyds Joint Cargo Committee (JCC) Watch list and EA’s Marine Watch list, which quantify risk to selected countries specifically for the cargo and marine sectors. He works alongside regional specialists to determine the indicator events that would signal a change in violent risk relevant to clients.

John briefs the JCC on a monthly basis on risks to the marine and cargo sectors. His briefings also include selected issues of importance to committee members, such as piracy in the Gulf of Aden, civil unrest and supply disruption risks in the Middle East and North Africa and port disruption in India and Peru. John spoke on advanced risk management in the marine and cargo sectors at the Federation for European Risk Management Associations in October 2011 in Stockholm, Sweden.

An expert in terrorism and military intelligence, John has provided key content to such special reports as: the on-going series Iran War Risks: Will the US/Israel Strike in 2012? ; Middle East and North Africa Scenarios 2011; Middle East Contagion Risks Scenarios; Terrorism Hotspots in Afghanistan; Terrorism Risks in Libya; Somali Piracy and Al-Shabab; and Risks to Cargo in Pakistan’s Khyber Pass.

Prior to joining EA in November 2008, John was a career Army officer (1963-98, Colonel, R IRISH). His Army service included tours in Belize and the Lebanon. In 1983, he commanded the UK contingent of the Multinational force in Beirut and from 1988-90 he was UK Defence Attaché in Baghdad. John had extensive experience as a soldier in the MOD (1990– 98), including in the Defence Intelligence Staff, where he was Head of Current Intelligence, and the Defence Commitments staff.

On leaving the Army in 1998, John became a Ministry of Defence Senior Civil Servant (1998-2007, Director Defence Security). His last MOD appointment was Senior Adviser to the Iraqi Minister of Defence and Head of the Multinational MOD Transition Team April-November 2007. His responsibilities as Director Defence Security included the application of risk management and corporate governance to protective security, promotion of terrorist threat awareness and MOD policy on counter-terrorism protective measures, involving close liaison with the Joint Terrorism Analysis Centre (JTAC) and the Security Service.

The Current State of The Iranian Economy and Turbulences in the Country's Foreign Exchange Market

134th Monthly Meeting

7th February 2012 at Jumeirah Carlton Tower Hotel, On Cadogan Place, London SW1X 9PY

Speaker Profile:

Mr. Ali Sheikholeslami
London Correspondent - Euronews Channel

Ali Sheikholeslami is the London Correspondent for the international channel euronews and his broadcasts are shown around the world in eleven languages. Previously, he has worked as Iran reporter for Bloomberg News and blogger for the Independent. He taught the first-ever academic workshops of creative writing in Iran and was editor of ""Pulse: Persia"", a book of translated excerpts of modern Iranian fiction. Among other things, he imported Japanese lorries to Iran and was a marine when he didn't know how to swim.

The Pros and Cons of Running a Public Technology Company

133rd Monthly Meeting

5th December 2011 at Jumeirah Carlton Tower Hotel, On Cadogan Place, London SW1X 9PY

Speaker Profile:

Mr Farad Azima
Industrialist, Technology Entrepreneur and a Philanthropist

Farad Azima is an industrialist, technology entrepreneur and a philanthropist. An alumnus of Leeds University (1972), he founded Mission Electronics in 1977 followed by Cyrus Electronics in 1981. Later he headed two UK public companies from 1991 to 2003, Verity Group Plc and NXT Plc - both involved in manufacturing and scientific research; and both listed on the London Stock Exchange.

In the 1990s he co-ventured the establishment of Three Counties Radio in East Anglia together with the Mail Newspapers group, served on the Industrial Advisory Board of Churchill College, Cambridge University and more recently he was appointed to the Advisory Board of LMEI, School of Oriental and African Studies, London University.

His private passion is classical music and he has co-produced a series of baroque compilations with the prestigious Gramophone Magazine. He has numerous scientific inventions and international patents in his name and is currently a director of the NetScientific Group based in Cambridge and New York, as well as Advance Biosensors of Philadelphia.

Farad Azima has devoted considerable time to philanthropy and, together with his two children, has founded a UK registered charity, the Azima Foundation (Charities Commission ref: 1094484).

His wide-ranging charitable activities currently include the Menuhin International Violin Competition, of which he is a director and the Iran Heritage Foundation in London, of which he is a trustee. He has over the years served on numerous fundraising committees including those of the Natural History Museum, Great Ormond Street Hospital, the Robert F. Kennedy Center for Justice & Human Rights and currently the Royal Academy of Arts.

RSVP by Friday 2nd December

The New World Order - The global economy after the credit crunch

132nd Monthly Meeting

7th October 2011 at Jumeirah Carlton Tower Hotel, On Cadogan Place, London SW1X 9PY

Speaker Profile:

Mr. Peter Dixon
Global Financial Economist
Commerzbank AG

Peter Dixon is Commerzbank AG's global financial economist based in London. Commerzbank is Germany's second largest bank and employs over 57,000 people across 50 countries with involvement in all aspects of banking and finance. Peter's role is to interact with the bank's institutional business to analyse the impact of economic events upon financial markets, and to assess how markets feed back to affect the economy.

The interactions between the economy and equity, fixed income, FX and commodity markets are a key decision making input into the bank's capital markets business. This role also entails extensive contact with Commerzbank clients both in formal presentations of the research views and ad-hoc responses to issuer or investor queries.

Prior to assuming this role in 2000, Peter spent four years as head of Commerzbank's international economics group based in Frankfurt am Main. In all, he has over twenty years of professional experience in macroeconomic analysis and is routinely sought by the media and a variety of institutions to provide views and advice on economic and market issues.

RSVP by close of business on Thursday 6th of October 2011 to events@anjoman.co.uk

The dilemma of nuclear non-proliferation

131st Monthly Meeting

6th September 2011 at Jumeirah Carlton Tower Hotel, On Cadogan Place, London SW1X 9PY

Speaker Profile:

Dr. Akbar Etemad
Founder & Former President of Atomic Energy Organisation of Iran (AEOI)

Akbar Etemad is the father of Iran's nuclear program. After obtaining his PhD in nuclear reactor physics from Ecole Polytechnique of Lausanne in 1963, he was appointed head of the Reactor Shieding Groupe at the Federal Institute for Reactor Research in Switzerland. Etemad returned to Iran in 1965 and became a nuclear advisor to the Iranian government. He was the founder and president of the Atomic Energy Organisation of Iran (AEOI) between 1974 and 1978 before heading back to Paris.

Resolving disputes: Litigation, arbitration or mediation?

130th Monthly Meeting

6th July 2011 at Jumeirah Carlton Tower Hotel, On Cadogan Place, London SW1X 9PY

Speaker Profile:

Ali Malek QC
Called to the Bar 1980; QC1996
Three Verulam Chambers

"Pre-eminent in his field""...continues to lead the way in banking and finance work."
(Chambers & Partners UK Guide 2011)

"A sure hand on any large litigation"
(Legal 500 2010)

Ali Malek's practice is largely commercial with experience in all types of banking and financial disputes, aviation, international trade, financial services, insurance, civil fraud, energy law (oil and gas joint venture disputes), competition and consumer credit law, professional negligence (accountants and solicitors), insolvency, sports law and international arbitration. Many of Mr Malek's cases most often have an international element.

Variously referred to as "A class operator" and a "top-notch barrister with a very smooth way of presenting his case" Ali Malek is "One of the leading commercial silks at the Bar" and one of the leading barristers in the UK today.

Momentous Changes In North Africa And The Middle East And Their Potential Economic Impact On Iran

129th Monthly Meeting

7th June 2011 at Jumeirah Carlton Tower Hotel, On Cadogan Place, London SW1X 9PY

Speaker Profile:

Edward Bell
Deputy Editor/Economist
Middle East and North Africa
Economist Intelligence Unit

Edward Bell is the Economist Intelligence Unit's expert on Algeria, Bahrain, Iran and Lebanon. He also focuses on Middle Eastern capital markets and financial institutions. His extensive coverage and analysis of the political, economic and financial affairs of the region's countries have given him an in-depth knowledge of the important issues that affect the Middle East.

Edward has spoken at numerous conferences and events addressing financial and energy developments in the region. Edward holds an MA from the School of Oriental and African Studies in Turkish Studies and has a BA in Near and Middle Eastern Studies and International Relations from the University of Toronto.

RSVP by close of business on Monday 6th of June 2011 to events@anjoman.co.uk