Sanam Vakil is the deputy director of the Middle East North Africa Programme, Chatham House, where she leads the Future Dynamics in the Gulf project and the Iran Forum. She is also the James Anderson professorial lecturer in the Middle East Studies department at the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS Europe) in Bologna, Italy.
Hossein Rassam is director of programming at Iran International and has observed Iran’s domestic politics and foreign policy for two decades, advising governments and companies. Before leaving Iran, he was the senior political analyst at the British Embassy in Tehran. In 2009, he was arrested by Iranian authorities, charged with espionage and made to appear in a show trial.