Azadeh Moaveni Keynote Speaker

  • Middle East correspondent, TIME Magazine
  • Popular Iranian-American author
  • Respected commentator on Middle Eastern affairs

Azadeh Moaveni's Biography

Azadeh Moaveni is an Iranian-American journalist and writer who specialises in covering Iran, having spent over a decade reporting throughout the region from bases in Cairo, Beirut and Tehran.

Azadeh is a former Middle East correspondent for TIME Magazine, and currently writes widely on Iran for TIME, Foreign Policy, the Guardian, and other publications. She is an editor at the new media project IranWire, which seeks to empower Iranian citizen journalists and offers a platform where young Iranians can discuss issues of foreign policy and national interest.

As one of the few American correspondents permitted to work continuously in Iran throughout the 2000s, Azadeh has reported extensively on Iranian youth culture, women’s rights, social media and political change, and Iranian security issues, from its nuclear program to ties with Hezbollah and Syria. Azadeh began her career in 1999 as a reporter in Cairo and joined Time magazine in 2000 as a Tehran and then New York-based reporter, covering society and political stories across the Middle East. In 2003, she became a correspondent for The Los Angeles Times to cover the war in Iraq. She has worked for the United Nations in Afghanistan and also writes book reviews for The New York Times Book Review and the Financial Times.

Azadeh has written two books – the best-selling “Lipstick Jihad” (2005) and “Honeymoon Tehran” (2009) – which focus on the country’s youth culture, tangled ties with the West, and the rise of President Ahmadinejad. She also co-authored the Iranian Nobel Laureate Shirin Ebadi’s memoir, “Iran Awakening” (2007).

Read More

Videos of Azadeh Moaveni

Israel and Iran: Countdown to war? (2012)
Israel and Iran: Countdown to war? (2012)
This House Believes it is Western Hypocrisy to Condemn Iran's Nuclear Aspirations (2013)
This House Believes it is Western Hypocrisy to Condemn Iran's Nuclear Aspirations (2013)

Comments & Testimonials

Current world events are on everyone’s mind, and it was great to have someone so knowledgeable and well spoken. It was a very nice evening.
Washington Center for the Book

Check Azadeh Moaveni's speaking fees and availability

    Sending your message…

    Please wait, this can take a moment

    Message sent…


    Please provide your details and we’ll get in touch as soon as possible.

    We can only respond to requests for professional speaking engagements. We are unable to respond to requests for autographs, shoutouts and personalized messages.

    View our related Speakers

    Jeremy Warner Speaker
    Jeremy Warner
    One of Britain's foremost financial, economic and business journalists
    Karen Attiah Speaker
    Karen Attiah
    Opinion Columnist, Global Opinions Editor - The Washington Post
    Greta Van Susteren Speaker
    Greta Van Susteren
    Newsmax presenter & TV personality
    Craig Foster Speaker
    Craig Foster
    Academy Award Winning Documentary Filmmaker, My Octopus Teacher
    Jeff Benedict Speaker
    Jeff Benedict
    Best-Selling Author & Special Features Writer, Sports Illustrated
    George Parker Speaker
    George Parker
    Political Editor at The Financial Times
    Sona Muzikarova Speaker
    Sona Muzikarova
    Macroeconomist and public policy advisor
    Maria Luciana Axente Speaker
    Maria Luciana Axente
    AI Ethics Expert
    Gideon Rachman Speaker
    Gideon Rachman
    Chief Foreign Affairs Commentator, Financial Times
    Robert Shrimsley Speaker
    Robert Shrimsley
    Editorial Director of the Financial Times