Experts & Staff

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 senior policy fellow for the Middle East and North Africa Programme at the European Council on Foreign Relations. She focuses on European foreign policy in relation to Iran, particularly on the nuclear and regional dossiers. Her expertise also covers wider regional dynamics as outlined in her latest policy publications “After ISIS: How to Win the Peace in Iraq and Libya” (ECFR, 2017) and “The new power couple: Russia and Iran in the Middle East” (ECFR, 2016).

Geranmayeh closely followed and advised on the nuclear negotiations between Iran and world powers from 2013-2015 during which time she authored “Engaging with Iran: A European agenda(ECFR, 2015), in which she assessed how Western relations with Iran can develop in the aftermath of the nuclear deal, particularly regarding energy security and pathways for de-escalation of conflicts in Syria and Iraq. Geranmayeh regularly advises governments and business across Europe and the Middle East. She 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 global security at the University of Virginia. 

Latest from Ellie Geranmayeh

  • The Daily Beast

    12th June, 2018

    Ellie Geranmayeh contrasts the Iran deal to the Singapore declaration.

    Deutsche Welle

    08th June, 2018

    Ellie Geranmayeh highlights the importance of China's financial infructure for Iran in her DW-Interview on the summit of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation.


    06th June, 2018

    Ellie Geranmayeh quoted by Capital regarding the economic consequences of Donald Trump's decision to withdraw from the Iran nuclear deal.


    25th May, 2018

    Ellie Geranmayeh quoted in Bloomberg on the resumption of 'shuttle diplomacy' before US sanctions are re-introduced on Iran


    24th May, 2018

    Ellie Geranmayeh quoted by Bloomberg on the reluctance of the EU to see a return of US sanctions on Iran

    The Independent

    22nd May, 2018

    Ellie Geranmayeh quoted in the Independent on the new US strategy on Iran after pulling out of the JCPOA

    Al Jazeera

    22nd May, 2018

    Ellie Geranmayeh quoted in Al Jazeera on the question of how far Europe will go to accomodate Iraninan demands after the US pulled out of the Iran deal 

    Financial Times

    14th May, 2018

    Ellei Geranmayeh talks about the limited options Europe has now the US has pulled out of the Iran deal

    Vice News

    14th May, 2018

    Ellie Geranmayeh is quoted by Vice News on the Iran Deal.

    Channel NewsAsia

    12th May, 2018

    Ellie Geranmayeh quoted in Channel NewsAsia on the critical and historic choice Europe faced concerning the Iran deal


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