Board of Directors

Leila (Liliane) Saber, President

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Ava A. Moussavi, Vice President

Ava A. Moussavi is an English qualified, German-Iranian lawyer. She has worked in multiple jurisdictions, namely the UK, Iran and Germany, and was part of the team that established the first international law firm office in Iran in 2016. Her previous work experiences include working for the German-Iranian Chamber of Commerce (AHK Iran). Presently, she is working at an international law firm in the City of London, providing legal advice in respect of the energy, infrastructure, real estate and hospitality sectors. She is one of the trustees of Naqme Foundation, a non-profit organisation supporting leading students from unprivileged backgrounds in Iran. She also works on school building projects in Kerman province and has been engaged in other social projects such as disaster relief following the 2019 floods in Iran.

Dr. Andreas Otto, Legal Counsel

Dr. Andreas Otto is a Berlin based German lawyer and civil notary specialising in international transactions. He is a partner in a large international law firm, with offices worldwide, including the Middle East, and advises clients based in Europe and beyond. His firm has advised various European clients in respect of Iran related matters over the past years. Andreas Otto is a member of the German-Iranian Lawyers Association and the Board of the Berlin Chamber of Notaries. His historical, cultural and political interest as well as various trips to Iran led him to actively engage in European-Iranian relations.

Sofia Karimi, Treasurer

Sofia Karimi is a Berlin based German-Iranian political scientist with a background in energy policy. She holds a French Master in International Affairs from Sciences-Po Paris and a German M.A. from the Otto-Suhr-Institute for Political Science Berlin. Over the years, she has worked for different public and private actors in the field of German-Iranian relations, amongst them the German-Iranian Chamber of Industry and Commerce (AHK Iran). As a project manager at Renac AG, she was previously responsible for the implementation of the “Green Energy Center in Iran (GECI) – Enabling Climate Mitigation through Capacity Development” project. Presently, she works as a consultant by order of the Federal Ministry of Economic Affairs and Energy within the framework of the German Energy Solutions Initiative. She is also currently writing her PhD thesis on challenges of ecological modernisation in Iran.

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