Actions and Detail Panel
Iran - spotting and vetting opportunities
Tue, January 26, 2016, 8:30 AM – 2:00 PM CET
Brasidas & GeopoliticalAlpha (GpA) will hold the first of their 2016 Strategic Seminar Series in Zurich on 26th January 2016. This quarterly series gives professionals a nuanced and actionable take on current strategic opportunities.
Combining GpA’s unique intelligence-based strategic analysis, Brasidas’ best-in-class risk assessment and the insight of a leading specialist on the financial sector in Iran – this seminar will provide participants with perspective, knowledge and understanding of the reality of this new opportunity.
Agenda and participants (as of 4 January 2016)
09.00 Opening Remarks: Dr. Daniel Seelhofer, Vice Dean of School of Management & Law, ZHAW
09.05 Iran: evaluating new strategic opportunities: Dr. Milo Jones, GeopoliticalAlpha
Iran is not a single opportunity, and it is not a simple opportunity. The ultimate success of any Iranian strategy is not a data question: it rides on asking good questions about the country itself, its regional prospects, and the global context. Circumstances that present a golden opportunity for one firm may be a huge mistake for another. This session is designed to help you lay bare your strategic assumptions about Iran, the region, and the global context. It will also offer a framework to support investment decisions and reduce your chances of drawing faulty conclusions from valid data.
Dr. Milo Jones is a consultant, author and the co-founder of Geopolitical Alpha (GpA); his clients include Walmart, Axa, Accenture and other firms in the Middle East, EU and America. GpA specialize s in bringing the tools and methods of intelligence analysts to financial and business professionals. In 2013, Stanford University Press published Milo's book on strategic surprise, Constructing Cassandra: Reframing Intelligence Failure at the CIA, 1947-2001.
10.00 Understanding Iran’s financial system: Ali Akbar Ahsan, Magellan Capital
Overview of Iran’s banking and capital markets
Outline of regulatory environment
Challenges and hurdles faced by international counterparties looking to engage Iran
Ali Akbar Ahsan has over 15 years of investment banking, capital markets and private equity experience. Currently, he is a Partner at Magellan Capital, Non-Executive Director at Destiny Corporation Energy South Africa and on the Advisory Board of Vasari Art Fund, Washington D.C. Akbar has been working with Iranian clients since 2003 and heads Magellan Capital’s Middle East and Iran business.
11.30 Iran: navigating the investment landscape: Andrej Bastar, Brasidas Group
Need for actionable intelligence for informed decision making
Demystifying actionable intelligence
Difficulties in collecting intelligence in Iran from outside
Power structures in Iran
Informal networks and patronage
Determining the profile and connections of Iranian counterparties
Maintaining a security posture and protecting IP
Andrej is co-founder of Brasidas Group in 2007, a global strategic intelligence and risk advisory firm headquartered near Zurich, Switzerland. Brasidas Group offers premium, bespoke business intelligence services based on tenets of discretion, reliability, veracity and timeliness.
12.30 Panel discussion – Milo Jones, Akbar Ahsan, Andrej Bastar will discuss their presentations and take joint questions from the audience. Moderated by: Steve Remy, Brasidas Group.
13.15 Buffet lunch and networking