Saeed Laylaz, an economist, political analyst and journalist.
He is often critical of the economic and other policies of President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's government.
He has been a top adviser involved in campaign strategy sessions for opposition candidate Mir Hossein Mousavi.
He has been an economist writer for different reformist newspapers in Iran for more than 25 years.
Current editor of business daily newspaper Sarmayeh (Capital).
Laylaz is an economics professor at Shahid Beheshti University in Tehran.
He has also been an advisor to the former Iranian moderate President Mohammad Khatami.
He is widely quoted by foreign media.
Saeed has also been described as a businessman in several articles; a 2007 report from Crisis Group states he is a former chief executive officer of a state-owned enterprise.
From a 2006 Time article: Laylaz is a contributor to Shargh (Iran's independent daily) and a member of the reformist inner clique, who is always the first to hear about everything.
(Source: Shrinking oil profits lead to new taxes and anger in Iran, Los Angeles Times, 18 October 2008)
(Source: Iran Ends a Campaign Mixing Violence and Moderation, 17 June 2005, The New York Times)
(Source: Khatami Heads To Landslide Win in Iran; High Turnout Signals Support for Reforms, 9 June 2001
The Washington Post)
(Source: Saeed Laylaz, UK Guardian profile, http://www.guardian.co.uk/profile/saeed-laylaz)
(Source: Iran makes more post-election arrests: reformist, Reuters, June 17, 2009)
(Source: Silencing the Voices of Dissent, Time, Sept. 11, 2006, http://www.time.com/time/world/article/0,8599,1533773,00.html)
(Source: Iranians, by hundreds of thousands, ask: 'Where is my vote?', McClatchy Newspapers, June 15, 2009, http://news.yahoo.com/s/mcclatchy/20090615/wl_mcclatchy/3252721)
(Source: Iran: Ahmadi-Nejad's Tumultuous Presidency, Crisis Group - Update Briefing, Feb. 6, 2007, http://www.unhcr.org/refworld/pdfid/45f0325c2.pdf)