Subscribe to FDD

Our Team

Saeed Ghasseminejad

Senior Advisor on Iran

Biography:

Saeed Ghasseminejad is a Senior Advisor on Iran at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies specializing in Iran’s economy, politics, and the effects of terrorism and political unrest on financial markets.

Born and raised in Iran, Saeed is a co-founder of the Iranian Liberal Students and Graduates organization in Iran. He is currently a PhD candidate in finance at Baruch College in New York, where he teaches undergraduate finance. Saeed has a Bachelor’s in engineering from the University of Tehran and a Master’s in engineering from Ecole Speciale des Travaux Publics in Paris.

Saeed’s work has been published in The Wall Street Journal, CNBC, Business Insider, The Weekly Standard, The National Interest, National Post (Canada), Hurriyet (Turkey), The Jerusalem Post, and The Times of Israel.  He has also been quoted and interviewed by The New York Times, France24, Voice of America, Radio Free Europe, BBC Persian, Radio France Internationale, and Israel Radio.

Saeed Ghasseminejad is an Iran Research Fellow at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies specializing in Iran’s economy, politics, and the effects of terrorism and political unrest on financial markets.

Born and raised in Iran, Saeed is a co-founder of the Iranian Liberal Students and Graduates organization in Iran. He is currently a PhD candidate in finance at Baruch College in New York, where he teaches undergraduate finance. Saeed has a Bachelor’s in engineering from the University of Tehran and a Master’s in engineering from Ecole Speciale des Travaux Publics in Paris.

Saeed’s work has been published in The Wall Street Journal, CNBC, Business Insider, The Weekly Standard, The National Interest, National Post (Canada), Hurriyet (Turkey), The Jerusalem Post, and The Times of Israel.  He has also been quoted and interviewed by The New York Times, France24, Voice of America, Radio Free Europe, BBC Persian, Radio France Internationale, and Israel Radio.

17th October 2018 – FDD's CSIF Policy Brief

Treasury Expands Pressure on the Iranian Economy

Annie Fixler , Saeed Ghasseminejad

The U.S. Treasury issued a new round of sanctions yesterday against large, publicly traded Iranian companies. The companies are part of the Bonyad Taavon Basij, “a vast network of businesses providing financial support” to the Basij Resistance Force, a volunteer paramilitary organization subordinate to Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC). Treasury used its anti-terrorism authorities under Executive Order 13224 to take this action, which represents the Trump administration’s most significant move against IRGC-connected companies. more...

Analysis & Commentary

17th October 2018 – FDD's CSIF Policy Brief

Treasury Expands Pressure on the Iranian Economy

Annie Fixler , Saeed Ghasseminejad

The U.S. Treasury issued a new round of sanctions yesterday against large, publicly traded Iranian companies. The companies are part of the Bonyad Taavon Basij, “a vast network of businesses providing financial support” to the Basij Resistance Force, a volunteer paramilitary organization subordinate to Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC). Treasury used its anti-terrorism authorities under Executive Order 13224 to take this action, which represents the Trump administration’s most significant move against IRGC-connected companies. more...

12th October 2018 – FDD's CSIF Policy Brief

IMF and World Bank Predict Economic Slowdown in Iran

Saeed Ghasseminejad

The IMF and World Bank this month released data predicting Iran’s economy will shrink over the next two years. This data follows U.S. President Donald Trump’s announcement in May to leave the Iran nuclear deal and to re-impose U.S. sanctions. The first round of renewed sanctions took effect in August, with another round coming in early November. more...

10th October 2018 – Quoted by Algemeiner

Iran Joins Global Initiative to Combat Terrorism; Loopholes for Hamas and Hezbollah

Toby Dershowitz, Saeed Ghasseminejad

Looking to avoid further international sanctions, 143 out of 268 Iranian lawmakers voted on Sunday to support a UN Convention to end terrorist financing, but the bill they passed contains loopholes for groups like Hamas and Hezbollah. more...

10th October 2018 – Quoted by JNS

Iran joins global initiative to combat terrorism, loopholes for Hamas and Hezbollah

Toby Dershowitz, Saeed Ghasseminejad

Looking to avoid further international sanctions, 143 out of 268 Iranian lawmakers voted on Sunday to support a U.N. Convention to end terrorist financing but the bill they passed contains loopholes for groups like Hamas and Hezbollah. more...