As of November 4, the U.S. imposed the second phase of sanctions targeting Iranian oil exports. Please join us for a panel discussion to explore how the sanctions implementation is likely to play out, the implications for Iran's oil export and economy and the role of the U.S. dollar in global payments for oil and other goods. Our speakers Bijan Khajehpour, Managing Partner of Eurasian Nexus Partners (Eunepa), and Richard Nephew, Senior Research Scholar at the Center on Global Energy Policy, will further delve into the EU efforts to establish alternative payment channels as well as the outlook for the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) under the U.S. pressure. Ed Morse, Chair of the Energy Forum, will moderate the discussion.


Richard Nephew

Richard Nephew is a Senior Research Scholar at the Center on Global Energy Policy. He is the author of The Art of Sanctions, a book from CGEP's Columbia University Press book series. Richard joined the Center February 1, 2015 directly from his role as Principal Deputy Coordinator for Sanctions Policy at the Department of State, a position he held since February 2013. Nephew also served as the lead sanctions expert for the U.S. team negotiating with Iran. From May 2011 to January 2013 Nephew served as the Director for Iran on the National Security Staff where he was responsible for managing a period of intense expansion of U.S. sanctions on Iran. Earlier in his career he served in the Bureau of International Security and Nonproliferation at the State Department and in the Office of Nonproliferation and International Security at the Department of Energy. Nephew holds a Masters in Security Policy Studies and a Bachelors in International Affairs, both from The George Washington University.

Bijan Khajehpour

Bijan Khajehpour is the managing partner of Eurasian Nexus Partners (Eunepa) - a Vienna-based strategy consulting firm.  Bijan has advised international companies on West Asian markets for more than two decades. He has also been involved in mediation and negotiations of international business and investment partnerships.

In 1994, Bijan co-founded Atieh Bahar Consulting, which then moved to Vienna in 2010 as Atieh International - the firm that has now been renamed to Eunepa. Bijan has founded and is a Board Member of a number of companies, including Atieh Capital, an independent financial advisory firm in Vienna. He is also a member of the advisory board of the European Middle East Research Group (EMERG) and a regular contributor to Al-Monitor. His publications include contributions to The Caspian Region at a Crossroad: Challenges of a New Frontier of Energy and Development (St. Martin's Press, 2000), Iran at the Crossroads (Palgrave, 2001) Security in the Persian Gulf: Origins, Obstacles, and the Search for Consensus (Palgrave, 2002), L'économie réelle de l'Iran (L'Harmattan, 2014) and Social Change in Post-Khomeini Iran (CIRS, 2015).

Bijan undertook his graduate studies in Management and Economy in Germany and the UK and has a DBA from the International School of Management in Paris.


Ed Morse

Edward L. Morse is Chair, Energy Forum Advisory Board and Managing Director and Global Head of Commodity Research, Citigroup. Ed Morse built the Commodities Research team at Citi, which he has headed since 2011, having previously built similar groups both at Lehman Brothers and Credit Suisse, covering the full panoply of financially traded commodities. He brings to his analysis a unique breadth of experience extending from academia and think tanks to government, business, consulting and publishing. He has taught at Princeton, Columbia and Johns Hopkins universities, worked as a Senior Fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations, and he served as the Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Energy Policy in both the Carter and Reagan Administrations. He was in management at Phillips Petroleum Co., a co-founder of PFC Energy, a former publisher of "Petroleum Intelligence Weekly" and President of Energy Intelligence Group. He also worked at Hess Energy Trading Company. Among his consulting experiences has been designing Yemen's oil pricing policy and assisting in the negotiations of its initial export contracts as well as helping the UN Security Council design the Oil-for-Food Program for Iraq and assisting in its negotiations with Baghdad to achieve its agreement.

Ed Morse has frequently written Op-Ed and guest editorials for The Financial Times, New York Times, Wall Street Journal and Washington Post and often appears as a commentator for Bloomberg TV, CNBC, PBS and other media outlets. The author or co-author of numerous books and articles on energy, commodities and international affairs, he is a member of the Advisory Board for the Center on Global Energy Policy at Columbia University as well as of the Advisory Council of the Transregional Institute at Princeton University, and a member of the Advisory Board of the Arabia Foundation. He is a Senior Fellow of both the USAEE and the IEEJ and in 2018 was named by Petroleum Economist in its inaugural “Global Energy Elite” issue as among the ten most prominent individuals in energy banking and finance.

Dr. Morse earned his doctorate in politics at Princeton University and his master’s degree at the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies.


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6:00 - 7:30 PM: Presentation and Discussion
7:30 - 8:00 PM: Reception


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