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Ellie Geranmayeh

Senior Policy Fellow

Languages: English, Persian
Areas of Expertise: Europe-Iran relations, Iran nuclear deal and associated sanctions policy, Iranian foreign and domestic policy, Iran-Saudi relations

Ellie Geranmayeh is a policy fellow for the Middle East and North Africa Programme at the European Council on Foreign Relations (ECFR). She focuses on European foreign policy in relation to Iran, particularly on the nuclear and regional dossiers in addition to Iran’s domestic politics. Geranmayeh closely followed and advised on the nuclear negotiations between Iran and world powers from 2013-2015 during which time she authored “Détente with Iran; how Europe can maximise the chances of a final nuclear deal” (ECFR, 2014). In her most recent paper “Engaging with Iran: A European agenda” (ECFR, 2015), she assessed how Europe-Iran relations can develop in the aftermath of the nuclear deal, particularly regarding energy security and pathways for de-escalation of conflicts in Syria and Iraq. She has testified on these subjects before the European Parliament’s Foreign Affairs Committee (October 2015). Geranmayeh regularly advises governments and business across Europe and is published and quoted widely by The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Financial Times, The Guardian, Foreign Affairs and Politico amongst others.  

From 2011-2013, Geranmayeh worked at Herbert Smith Freehills LLP law firm (based in London and Tokyo), where she gained experience in public international law and sanctions regimes. Ellie received a BA in Law and an MA from the University of Cambridge. She later earned a Masters in Laws, focusing on public international law and international relations at the University of Virginia, where she was a McClure Human Rights Fellow. 

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