BRITISH IRANIAN BUSINESS
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Anjoman NextGen Webinar Series
A conversation with Ali Ladjevardi about entrepreneurship.
Bio:Ali Ladjevardi was the representative of several major European companies for Iran until 2018, including ACS Group of Spain, the largest EPC contractor in the world, Barriere Hotel group of France and Generali insurance of Italy, a leading insurance company of Europe.
From 2003 until 2013, he was a major shareholder and Managing Director of Pars Lian Chemical Company Ltd., which specialises in the production of specialty chemicals for the oil and gas industries, petrochemicals plants and refineries under license from Exxon-Nalco, now Nalco, a US company.
From 1995 until 2002 he was a fund manager for Baltic Fund 1LP, a closed equity fund, established by his brother, Hamid Ladjevardi at Morgan Stanley, specialising in investments in the Baltic States of Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania. Rockefeller & Co. and Lazard Frere were two of the main investors in the fund. This was the first private equity fund for Eastern Europe.
Prior to joining Baltic Fund, Mr. Ladjevardi was Managing Director of Commercial Property Services Ltd., a UK property investment company, which he co-founded and developed.
Before the 1979 revolution in Iran, Mr. Ladjevardi was Managing Director of Suliran Corporation, a pre-engineered steel fabrication company and subsidiary of Behshahr Industrial Group, managed and controlled by his family. He was a member of the Group’s Executive Board. He was also a member of the Board of Directors of Akam Building Industries, the largest integrated construction material group of Iran, also managed and controlled by his family. Together, the two groups employed over 13,300 personnel. In 1971 the family established the Iran Centre for Management Studies as an affiliate of Harvard Business School, HBS’s first venture outside the USA. With the advent of the Islamic Revolution in 1979, all their family’s companies were nationalised (expropriated) which led him and his own family to leave Iran in 1980 and live in London. He returned to Iran in 2003.
Ali, one of the founders of Anjoman, was elected to its Board three times. He was an active member of the Board of Trustees of the Science and Arts Foundation, a U.K. and an Iran registered charity with the objective of empowering the underprivileged youth of Iran with information technology and access to the Internet. In 2015 he published a book, Iran:Away Forward, An Approach to Sustainable Development offering macro and micro solutions to Iran’s chronic economic problems.
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