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 Due Diligence Helpdesk for EU SMEs dealing with Iran.

The Due Diligence Helpdesk on EU Sanctions is an initiative funded by the European Union. It aims to support EU businesses, in particular Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (SMEs) that are willing to engage with Iran, to do so legitimately in compliance with EU law and in the framework of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPoA). The Helpdesk provides free-of-charge support to EU SMEs on how to complete due diligence checks on EU restrictive measures (sanctions) compliance for specific business projects in Iran. The Helpdesk facilitates the efforts of EU SMEs in realising legitimate business opportunities in Iran and the financing of legitimate business activities in Iran by European banks, thus demonstrating the EU’s continued commitment to the JCPoA. More information about the Helpdesk and its free of charge services is available at


09h00: Welcome by Voka
09h15: Economic overview Iran by Sanctions Helpdesk
09h30:  How to do business with Iran in the light of EU Sanctions?
10h30:  Coffee break
10h45: Q&A by individual meetings via break out rooms with Iran experts of Sanctions Helpdesk
11h50: Closing of the webinar by Voka
12h00: End

Target group

Companies starting to trade with Iran and companies wanting to expand their business with Iran.
CEO, Export managers, Trade & compliance managers.


  • Ojan Bahadori

Ojan Bahadori is Project Officer at the Due Diligence Helpdesk on EU Sanctions for EU SMEs dealing with Iran. He received his bachelor's degree in law (LL. B.) from the University of Tehran. He then worked as a Business Consultant at the German-Iranian Chamber of Commerce (AHK Iran). Later on, at the Europa Institute in Germany, he obtained his master's degree (LL.M.) in European and International Law with a master's thesis on European Sanctions Law. He specialises in foreign trade and investment, sanctions due diligence, KYC, and third-party risk management.

  • Simon Cheetham

Simon Cheetham is the Team Leader of the Due Diligence Helpdesk on EU Sanctions for EU SMEs dealing with Iran. A fraud and business compliance investigator with over 30 years' experience in commercial investigations, due diligence, and IPR enforcement internationally, which includes considerable experience in the MENA region. He has extensive private sector experience in international investigations, loss prevention, and enforcement work, as Managing Director of ERINYES INTERNATIONAL LTD.
Simon began his career with the Police, where he was responsible for the detection and prosecution of a wide variety of crimes, including fraud. He has lectured frequently around the world on security issues and fraud prevention and has written articles and papers on a variety of related topics, including fraud prevention, investigations, and due diligence checks. Simon is an experienced Team Leader and Coordinator on international projects.

  • Peter Sczigel

Peter Sczigel is Project Manager of the Due Diligence Helpdesk on EU Sanctions for EU SMEs dealing with Iran. He has extensive experience in implementing EU-funded projects, with a particular emphasis on helpdesks supporting EU SMEs in third country markets. Before joining the Helpdesk team, Peter worked in DG TRADE of the European Commission, focusing on the EU’s trade relations with East Asia. Peter has a Master’s degree from the Diplomatic Academy of Vienna.

  • Didier De Baere, Deputy General Director of the Belgian Foreign Trade Agency

Didier is Deputy General Director of the Belgian Foreign Trade Agency and before he was amongst others Head of Project for the Lebanese Canadian Bank in view of the merger & acquisition by Société Générale and Business Development Manager MEA for Mitsubishi Heavy Industries. He gives interviews with Forbes regarding the situation in Iraq and the position of its creditors following the 2003 2nd Gulf war and he is a regular guest speaker at the Bern and Amman Union (assembly of credit insurers) and Chambers of Commerce.


Petra Van Bouwelen

International Business Development Manager



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