Areas of Expertise

  • International Iran policy
  • Energy and economic policy in the Middle East


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Dr. David Jalilvand, an associate fellow in DGAP’s Middle East and North Africa Program, is managing director of Orient Matters, a political and economic consultancy for the Middle East. For more than ten years he has been working on the dynamics of politics, economics, and energy in the region, especially Iran. In this context he regularly travels to the Middle East.

Between 2015 and 2018, Jalilvand worked for the Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung in Berlin, where he headed the Iran project, among other responsibilities. He received his doctorate from the Freie Universität Berlin with a dissertation on the interplay between politics, economics, and energy in Iran. He has also studied at the University of Erfurt, Moscow State Institute for International Relations, and London School of Economics.

Dr. David Jalilvand


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Deutschland, Frankreich und Großbritannien versuchen, das Atomabkommen mit Iran zu retten. Im Raum stehen auch Fragen europäischer Souveränität