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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.
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.