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The British Iranian Business and Professional Society conducts regular events. At each event, in addition to exchange of information amongst the members and their guests, a prominent guest speaker is invited to address the gathering on a topical issue of common interest. Previous guest speakers have included leading personalities from the world of business, politics, academia and arts.

Upcoming events

    • 29 Sep 2021
    • 18:30 - 22:30
    • The Royal Automobile Club, 89 Pall Mall, St. James's, London SW1Y 5HS
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    Please join Anjoman for our launch event with our newly appointed board of directors on 29 September at 6:30pm at The Mountbatten Room at The Royal Automobile Club. This in-person event has been generously sponsored by Britishvolt and will feature our distinguished guests Orral Nadjari, Founder and CEO, Graham Hoare OBE, President of Global Operations, and Lord Chadlington. 

    Britishvolt is Britain’s foremost investor in battery technologies. It is dedicated to supporting the future of electrified transportation and sustainable energy storage, producing world-leading lithium-ion battery technologies. Britishvolt’s aim is to establish the UK as the leading force in battery technology. It is working with leading partners and suppliers to achieve this because it is of paramount importance to the future of the UK automotive industry and the overall economic and industrial health of the UK.

    The latest article about Britishvolt in the Financial TimesBattery gigafactory group Britishvolt valued at more than $1bn

    Orral Nadjari

    Orral has a successful background in investment banking, with a proven track record of securing funding for large scale projects. Throughout his career he has developed successful strategies to future-proof the banking/bond sector through investments in the renewable energy sector, and associated development of green bonds and other financial instruments.

    His natural emotional intelligence allows him to see potential in situations, moreover the potential in the people he works with. He has a proven track record of building world-class teams to drive and deliver large-scale projects.

     Orral is fascinated with the move towards sustainable investment. This is what inspired him to create an industry benchmark assembly of UK battery experts, driven by one common goal, to help the UK head toward net-zero.

    Graham Hoare OBE

    Graham is an experienced executive, with an established track record of innovation, transformation and change management. Graham has a wealth of experience in automotive industry leadership, and is the former Chairman and Executive Director for Business Transformation for Ford Motor Company. 

    Achievements at Ford included the successful restructuring of Ford’s operations in the UK, and re-design of Ford for growth in commercial vehicles and connected electrification.

    Graham currently leads the UK Automotive Council, a successful government-industry engagement which guides the UK’s auto-industry, and is a member of the UK Government Department for Transport Infrastructure Expert Group. 

    Graham holds an MSc in Engineering Business Management from the University of Warwick, and a Doctorate in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Bath. In 2018, Graham became a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering.

    Lord Chadlington

    Lord Chadlington’s career spans politics, public relations and journalism. A serial entrepreneur, he founded two of the largest global public relations networks: Shandwick and Huntsworth.

    Lord Chadlington has advised various Prime Ministers – including Sir John Major and David Cameron. He was made a member of the House of Lords in 1996.

    He is advisor to various international companies.

The following is a list of selected past guest speakers and expert panellists, with their professional affiliations at the time. With well over 200 public events, each with either a notable guest speaker or a panel of experts, not all contributors could be listed here.

Mr Cyrus Ardalan – Vice Chairman, Barclays Capital

Mr Crispin Blunt – MP, Chairman, the Middle East Council

Dr Ann Buchannan – Dean of St Hilda College, University of Oxford

Dr Akbar Etemad – Former President, Atomic Energy Organisation of Iran

Dr Elahi Ghomshei – Philosopher and author

Ms Stephanie Gruner – Reporter, Wall Street Journal

Sir Jeremy Hanley – Former Chairman of the Conservative Party

Sir David Hannay – UK Permanent Representative to the UN

H.E. Nicholas Hopton – outgoing UK Ambassador to Iran

Dr Kamal Kharazi – Foreign Minister of Iran

Dr Habib Ladjevardi – Head of Iranian Oral History Project, Harvard University

Lord Lamont of Lerwick – Former Chancellor of Exchequer

Mr Dariush Mehrjooei – Award winning Iranian Film director

Mr Bagher Mo’in – Head of the Persian and Pashtu Section, BBC World Service

Professor Hashem Pesaran – Faculty of Economics & Politics, Cambridge University

Mr Vittorio Radice – Chief Executive Officer, Selfridges.



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