Elham Hassanzadeh joined the institute in 2012 as a research fellow and became a visiting fellow in 2014. Elham is the managing director of Energy Pioneers, a consulting company, focusing on Iran’s energy sector investment and development. She holds an LLB in judicial law from Azad Tehran University, an LLM in international commercial law from the University of Cambridge (where she was a Shell Centenary Scholar), and a PhD in oil and gas law from the Centre for Energy, Petroleum and Mineral Law and Policy (CEPMLP), University of Dundee. Her areas of expertise include petroleum contractual regimes in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA), the politics and economics of the Iranian oil and gas industry, and reform of energy subsidies in energy producing countries. Elham is a qualified barrister at the Iranian Central Bar Association, a visiting fellow at the Global Subsidies Initiative (GSI) of the International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD), and a political economy advisor to the World Bank on energy sector management and energy market reforms.
There is limited scope for significantly reducing overall European dependence on Russian gas before the mid-2020s. Countries in the Baltic region and south eastern Europe which are highly dependent on Russian gas, and hence extremely vulnerable to interruptions, could substantially reduce and even eliminate imports of Russian gas by the early 2020s, by a combination […]
This working paper will analytically review the terms and structure of Iran’s newly developed petroleum contracts, namely IPCs. It begins with explaining the political economy context within which the previous investment contracts (known as ‘buybacks’) were developed and tries to shed some light on the unknown aspects of buybacks when they were introduced in mid […]
This book critically examines exports of Iranian natural gas to regional and international markets. Owning the world’s largest proven natural gas reserves, Iran can potentially be considered a major gas exporter. Yet, stringent international sanctions, coupled with domestic politicisation of the industry and lack of an ‘attractive’ investment framework, have made Iran unable to capitalise […]