Amir Handjani is an energy lawyer and a public affairs executive. He was a founder and general counsel of RAK Petroleum PCL, an exploration and production company listed on the Oslo Stock Exchange and is currently a member of its Board of Directors. He is also a Senior Advisor at KARV Communications, a leading strategic communications and public affairs firm in New York.
He has served as Senior Fellow, Non-Resident Fellow, and is currently a member of the Executive Committee of the Board of Directors, at the Atlantic Council. His work at the Council has focused on US-Iran relations, the Iran nuclear deal, Persian Gulf security, global energy security and the implementation of US sanctions.
Since 2015, Mr. Handjani has also been a Security Fellow with the Truman National Security Project, a Democratic national security and development organization. He is regularly cited and published in some of the most prestigious publications in the United States and Europe. Mr. Handjani has been a frequent guest on cable and network television and spoken to audiences around the world.
He began his legal career as a United States Department of Justice Honors Law Graduate, where he served as an associate chief counsel. Mr. Handjani is fluent in English, Farsi, and Turkish. He is a graduate of Boston College and Northeastern University School of Law in Boston, Massachusetts.