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Abbas Ahmad Akhoundi

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President  Hassan Rouhani
Nationality  Iranian
Preceded by  Ali Nikzad
Name  Abbas Akhoundi
Preceded by  Serajedin Kazerooni
Role  Iranian Politician
Succeeded by  Abdul Alizadeh

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President  Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani
Born  June 6, 1957 (age 58) Najaf, Iraq (1957-06-06)
Education  Royal Holloway, University of London
Similar People  Maryam Rajavi, Massoud Rajavi, Eshaq Jahangiri, Akbar Torkan, Bijan Namdar Zangeneh

Mr. Abbas Ahmad Akhoundi (Minister for Roads & Urban Development, Iran) at Dabistan-e-Iqbal

Abbas Ahmad Akhoundi (Persian: عباس احمد آخوندی‎‎, born 6 June 1957) is an Iranian politician and academic and Minister of Roads and Urban Development. In 1993, Akhoundi became the Minister of Housing and Urban Development, making him one of the youngest ministers in Iran's modern history.


Early life and education

The grandson of Grand Ayatollah Allameh Amini, Akhoundi was born in Najaf where his grandfather resided. Along with other Iranian families, he was deported from Iraq in the 1970s. He is also brother-in-law of Ali Akbar Nategh Nouri. Akhoundi acquired his BEng and MSc from University of Tehran in Civil Engineering. He obtained a PhD in Political Economy from Royal Holloway, University of London in 2006. His thesis was titled "Globalization, the nation-state and national economic policy making : the attitudes of Iran's elites".

Political career

Akhoundi is also widely accredited for drafting Iran's privatization bill known as Article 44 of the constitution. In 2011, he wrote a set of advised amendments to the Article 44 published by Chamber of Commerce Industries and Mines, none of which have been implemented. During his time as the minister he founded the Construction Engineering Organization, the NGO responsible for the standardization of construction in Iran. Akhoundi served as Minister of Housing and Urban Development from 1993 to 1997 in the cabinet of Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani.

He was chosen for the ministry of Roads and Urban Development by the newly elected President Hassan Rouhani, he needed to gain a vote of confidence from the Iranian Parliament before taking office. He was approved to take office on 15 August winning 159 from a possible 284 votes. He was also Head of the Iranian Housing Fund Charity for 8 years.


Akhoundi maintains economically liberal views and is politically a reformer. He supported Mir-Hossein Mousavi for president in 2009 and was an impotant figure in his campaign.


Abbas Ahmad Akhoundi Wikipedia