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Thu, Aug 13, 2020

Will US-brokered agreement between UAE and Israel be a regional gamechanger?

A US-brokered deal has seen Israel and the United Arab Emirates normalize relations for the first time in history. Atlantic Council experts discuss what the agreement means and what is next for the wider region:

New Atlanticist by Atlantic Council

Conflict Israel

Wed, Jun 24, 2020

Pressed by sanctions and coronavirus, can Iranian businesses bounce back?

During the past four decades, Iranian entrepreneurs have always found ways of reviving business activities and productivity in times of crisis. However, current challenges are undermining those efforts and driving many Iranians into further poverty.

IranSource by Mohsen Tavakol

Iran Middle East

Tue, May 12, 2020

Iran’s economy and the burden of multiple exchange rates

The importance of the private sector in creating jobs and helping ordinary Iranians survive—in addition to providing communities with required products and services—should not be underestimated.

IranSource by Mohsen Tavakol

Iran Politics & Diplomacy

Mohsen Tavakol is an international business executive within IT and communications industry and a nonresident senior fellow with the Middle East Programs at the Atlantic Council.

Tavakol worked for the Swedish telecommunications giant Ericsson for 23 years (1993-2016), where he held various technical, operational and executive positions, including more than 11 years as managing director and chief executive officer for various Ericsson companies, operating in complex social and political environments, where he managed organizations of up to 1,800 employees, annual operational budget of ~€300 million, and annual sales of ~€400 million.

Tavakol also worked as the chief executive officer for Ericsson’s operations in Iran during 2014-2016, enabling a total sales of ~€1 billion during his tenure; the highest ever growth in the company’s history in Iran.

During 2017-2018, Tavakol worked both as a shareholder and as the operational partner for a Swedish investment company, where he did business risk analysis and provided operational advises for a range of investment opportunities within the private sector in Iran.

Since 2016, Tavakol is also a business consultant and advisor to governmental, non-profit, and private organizations on matters such as international trade compliance, investments, business management, and business ethics, with focus on Middle East, but in particular on Iran.

Tavakol has extensive experience in strategic management and planning, as he has spent the overwhelming portion of his professional career in volatile and high-risk environments, where continuous risk assessments – including close encounter with violent political and sectarian extremism, terrorism, social unrest and riots, violation of human rights, as well as armed conflicts – have recurrently been considered in his business management analysis, evaluations, and decision-making process in order to make suitable decisions to protect lives and business endeavors.

Along his career, Tavakol has lived and worked in politically and socially challenged countries such as Russian Federation, Iraq, Papua New Guinea, The Philippines, Iran, Nicaragua, Colombia, Saudi Arabia, Bolivia, Mexico, Kuwait, Haiti, Bahrain, and Pakistan; to mention a few.

Tavakol received his Master’s Degree in Computer Science and Engineering from Lund Institute of Technology in Lund, Sweden, and his Master in International Business Administration from Alliant International University in San Diego, USA.

In addition to his native Persian, Tavakol also speaks English and Swedish, as well as basic Spanish. Mohsen was born in Isfahan, Iran.