Experts & Staff

Ellie Geranmayeh

Deputy Director, Middle East and North Africa Programme
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 senior policy fellow and deputy head of the Middle East and North Africa programme at the European Council on Foreign Relations. She specializes in European foreign policy in relation to Iran, particularly on the nuclear and regional dossiers and sanctions policy.

Geranmayeh advised European governments and companies on the nuclear negotiations between Iran and world powers from 2013-2015 and continues to brief senior policy makers on how to effectively safeguard the implementation of the nuclear agreement. Her research focus also covers wider regional dynamics including post-ISIS stabilisation and geopolitical trends in the Middle East. 

She is regularly quoted by international media outlets including the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, the Guardian, and appears on CNN, Al-Jazeera and the BBC to provide commentary on regional developments.  Prior to joining ECFR, Geranmayeh worked at Herbert Smith Freehills law firm. She graduated in Law from the University of Cambridge. 

Latest from Ellie Geranmayeh

  • CNBC

    13th May, 2019

    Ellie Geranyameh is quoted by CNBC about the potential for conflict between the US and Iran.

    The Guardian

    12th May, 2019

    Ellie Geranyameh comments to the Guardian about Iran’s hopes for saving the JCPOA.


    10th May, 2019

    Ellie Geranyameh is quoted by Bloomberg on the jump in snap-inspections following the US’s exit from the JCPOA.

    Der Freitag

    09th May, 2019

    Ellie Geranmayeh is quoted by Der Freitag on the potential collapse of the JCPOA.

    Connaissance des énergies

    08th May, 2019

    Ellie Geranmayeh is quoted by Connaissance des énergies regarding the latest developments on the Iranian nuclear issue. 

    Foreign Policy

    08th May, 2019

    Ellie Geranyemeh is quoted by Foreign Policy on Iran’s shift towards strategic action.

    France 24

    08th May, 2019

    Ellie Geranmayeh spoke to France 24 about the significance of Mr. Rouhani's announcement concerning the nuclear deal. 

    U.S. News

    08th May, 2019

    Ellie Geranmayeh is quoted by U.S. News in the context of Mr. Rouhani's threat to withdraw from the nuclear deal. 

    The Wall Street Journal

    08th May, 2019

    Ellie Geranmayeh is quoted by the Wall Street Journal concerninung Mr. Rouhani's threat that the Iran would withdrawl from the nuclear deal. 


    08th May, 2019

    Ellie Geranmayeh is interviewed by the BBC regarding the Iranian warning to pull out of the nuclear deal. 


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