Speakers

Baroness Fairhead CBE, Minister of State for Trade and Export Promotion, Department for International Trade (TBC)

Baroness Fairhead

Baroness Fairhead CBE is the Minister of State for Trade and Export Promotion at the Department for International Trade (DIT). As a former Business Ambassador for UK Trade and Investment (UKTI) with a strong background in global business, Baroness Fairhead brings a wealth of business and economic experience to the department. She was chairman of the BBC Trust from 2014 to 2017. Prior to this, she was chairman and CEO of the Financial Times Group from 2006 to 2013. She also led Pearson professional education. She had previously been CFO of Pearson PLC from 2002. She is an Honorary Doctor of Teesside University and Queen's University, Belfast and an Honorary Fellow of St Catharine's College, Cambridge.


Dr Mohsen Asadi-Lari, Acting Minister for International Affairs, Ministry of Health & Medical Education, Iran

Dr Mohsen Asadi-Lari

Mohsen Asadi-Lari is a medical doctor and since September 2013 he has been serving as the Director General with the title of Minister in the International Affairs Department of the Ministry of Health and Medical Education of the Islamic Republic of Iran.

Dr. Asadi-Lari is an expert in rural health care systems and has a professional background within international organization, including being a member of the Executive Board of the World Health Organization (2012 - 2015). He studied medicine at the University of Shahid Beheshti.


Dr Seyed Mohammad Hadi Ayazi, Deputy Health Minister for Social Affairs, Ministry of Health & Medical Education, Iran

Dr Seyed Mohammad Hadi Ayazi

Seyed Mohammad Hadi Ayazi is since 2014 the Deputy Minister and the Chairman of the head Quarter for the Social Determinant of Health in the Ministry of Health and Medical Education. He was senior Adviser to the Mayor of Tehran in planning and executive affairs and Tehran Deputy Mayor for Social and Cultural Affairs. Dr. Ayazi is a faculty member of Azad University of Geography. He studied political geography and a PhD in defence and national security.


The Rt Hon Lord Lamont of Lerwick, Chairman, BICC & UK Trade Envoy for Iran

The Rt. Hon. Lord Lamont of Lerwick

Previously the Chancellor of the Exchequer (Minister of Finance) from 1990 to 1993 in the John Major Government, Norman Lamont was Chancellor at a particularly difficult time with a recession and Britain's exit from the ERM. However many of his policies have been praised as providing Gordon Brown with a "golden legacy" in recent times. David Smith of the Sunday Times voted him the 3rd best Chancellor of the Exchequer since the War. Sir Alan Walters, advisor to Mrs Thatcher called him "not only the most effective but also the bravest Chancellor since the War". Sir Malcolm Rifkind called him "a very good Chancellor......with a passion for radical reform".

He entered Parliament in 1972; first saw office as a Parliamentary Under Secretary of State in 1979 under Margaret Thatcher, progressing to a cabinet position in 1989. Lord Lamont is now a prominent exponent of the "Euro sceptical" wing in British politics, Co-Chairman of The Bruges Group and a frequent speaker on the radio and television.

He is a former Chairman of the Cambridge University Conservative Association and President of the Cambridge Union. He is an Honorary Fellow of Fitzwilliam College, Cambridge.

Lord Lamont started in business as an investment banker (with NM Rothschild & Sons) in 1968 and holds directorships with various companies; He has, in the past, been a director of two companies trading with Iran. He is a member of the Advisory Board of the Iran Heritage Foundation, a body promoting Iranian culture and art.

Publications include, in addition to numerous newspaper articles, Sovereign Britain published in 1995 and In Office published in 1999.


HE Hamid Baeidinejad, Ambassador of Iran to the United Kingdom

HE Hamid Baeidinejad

H.E. Mr. Hamid Baeidinejad, the new ambassador of the Islamic Republic of Iran to the United Kingdom, is a carrier diplomat in the Iranian Ministry of Foreign Affairs. He was born on 11th October 1962 in Tehran and was graduated from the School of International Relations affiliated to the Iranian Ministry of Foreign Affairs in 1989 and joined the MFA the same year.

He started his carrier as the expert on the UN affairs in the MFA and participated for the first time as the representative of Iran in 1991 in the UN General Assembly. He participated actively in the disarmament negotiations particularly on the Chemical Weapons Convention within the Conference on Disarmament in Geneva and consecutively its implementation within the newly established Organization known as the OPCW in the Hague.

Mr. Baeidinejad was assigned as the First Secretary from 1992 to 1996 to the Permanent Misson of Iran to the UN office at Geneva. He continued his carrier in Tehran as the Director for Disarmament in the MFA and from 1999 to 2002 was assigned as the senior Counsellor in the Iranian Permanent Mission to the UN Headquarter in New York.

After his return to Tehran he was appointed in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs as the director for Multi-lateral political Affairs and then the Director-General for International Political affairs. He served as the Ambassador and Iran's Deputy Permanent Representative to the UN Mission at Geneva from 2008 to 2011.

Mr. Baeidinejad's area of expertise is disarmament, international security and multilateral diplomacy and has participated in many international and multilateral negotiations. Ha has been chairing numerous international meetings and has led Iran's delegations to many international conferences and meetings. In August 2013 until his recent assignment as the new ambassador of Iran in London, Mr. Baeidinejad was Director-General for political and international security affairs in the MFA and served as one of the senior members of the new Iranian nuclear negotiating team who negotiated the Joint Plan of Action( JPoA). He continued to serve as the member of the Iran's nuclear negotiating team implementing the JPoA and negotiating the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPoA). In addition to a great number of policy statements, working papers, policy papers and briefing booklets, he has written a number of books and substantive articles particularly on disarmament, multilateral.


Sir Richard Dalton, President, BICC

Sir Richard Dalton

Richard was a senior member of the Diplomatic Service until he retired in 2006. He has been Ambassador to Iran and before that was Ambassador to Libya.

He studied Arabic at MECAS in the early 1970's and speaks French. He had postings in Amman, as Head of Chancery in Muscat and, during the early years of the Middle east peace process, as Consul-General in Jerusalem. He was appointed Head of Personnel in the Foreign and Commonwealth Office in 1998, but in 1999 was appointed Ambassador to Libya, when diplomatic relations were resumed after a 17 year break. Between 2003 and 2006 Richard was Ambassador to Iran, when he played a role in the European negotiations with Iran.

Richard is a well-known writer and broadcaster on Libya, Iran and the Persian Gulf.


Dr Masoud Nasseripour, Dean, Iran University of Medical Science

Dr Masoud Nasseripour

Masoud Nasseripour is since September 2017 the Dean of Iran University of Medical science, He was the Head of eye research centre of Iran University of Medical Science from 2003 until 2010 and the member of the board of Kermanshah University and the Head of Ophthalmology Department of Iran University of Medical Science from 2005 until 2007. He studied ophthalmology in Tabriz University of Medical science and spent 1 year in Wills Eye Hospital, USA.


Keith Wellings, Director-Iran, Department for International Trade

Keith Wellings

Keith Wellings was appointed Director for International Trade (Iran) and moved to the British Embassy, Tehran with his family in July 2017.  He has worked extensively in private industry sectors ranging from manufacturing to venture capital and finance and has worked in Egypt, Bangladesh, Pakistan, Thailand and the United States. He has considerable experience of the internationally-regulated Food and Farming sectors from his UK Civil Service career with the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs where he has worked on the European Union’s Common Agricultural Policy (CAP).Keith spent his formative years in Tehran as his father was also based at the British Embassy from 1975 -79.


Dr Alireza Biglari, Head, Pasteur Institute of Iran

Dr Alireza Biglari

Dr Alireza Biglari is the head of the Pasteur Institute of Iran. He is a registered medical practitioner with post-graduate qualifications in Human Molecular. The Pasteur Institute of Iran is well-known for its frontline research, innovative product and progressive education. It has international and national collaborations with a special focus on industry.


Dr Hamid Reza Jamshidi, Managing Director, Barakat Pharmaceutical Holding

Dr. Hamid Reza Jamshidi

Dr. Hamid Reza Jamshidi holds a PhD in pharmacology from Isfahan University with a postdoctoral fellowship in neuroscience from the University of Alberta, Canada. He served as Chancellor of the Isfahan University of Medical Sciences. After spending many years at Isfahan University, he was appointed as Director of the National Health Sector Reform unit in the Ministry of Health and later became Vice Deputy for Health at the Ministry. Currently, he is the CEO of Barakat Pharmaceutical Group. He is also a lecturer at the Shahid Beheshti University of Medical Sciences, a member of the Health Policy Council, and a member of the National Pharmacopoeia Committee at the Ministry of Health.


Rami Scandar, General Manager, Near East, AstraZeneca

Rami Scandar

Rami Scandar is currently leading AstraZeneca Near East Markets as Country President (CP) for the Near East Markets that include Iran, Iraq, Lebanon, Jordan, Libya, Sudan, Syria, Palestine & Yemen. Before joining AstraZeneca, Rami worked in GlaxoSmithKline for 13 years in diversified roles; where he assumed various Managerial positions in Operations, Sales and Marketing & believes that his early years in manufacturing supported his leadership development. Rami holds a BSc. of Pharmaceutical Sciences from Cairo University and then in 1998 he pursued further MBA studies in “American University in Cairo” with concentration in the area of Strategic Management and Business Development.


Abradat Kamalpour, Partner, Ashurst

Abradat Kamalpour

Abradat specialises in Islamic financings and debt capital markets. He is the global head of our Islamic finance practice and co-head of our Iran practice. Abradat also has extensive experience in securitisation and structured finance transactions.

He is a world leader in his field of practice and has been at the forefront of structuring various Shari'ah-compliant financial products, transforming non-compliant structures into instruments acceptable to Islamic investors. He has acted on some of the most high-profile and significant transactions in the market for global financial institutions.

Abradat is the founder and current CEO of the New Silk Road Forum