|Nationality Iranian||Name Mohammad Behkish|
|Fields Economic Development and Econometrics, Economics of Globalization, Iranian Economic Issues|
Alma mater (PhD) Indiana University in Bloomington, Indiana, USA (MA) University of Western Ontario in Canada (BA) University of Tehran
Notable awards Knight of the order of the star of Italian Solidarity (cavaliere) (2009)
Mohammad Mehdi Behkish (Persian: محمد مهدی بهکیش; born 1944) is an Iranian Economist. Dr. Behkish is a retired Associate professor at Allameh Tabatabaei University of Tehran. He served as president of Iran-Italy chamber of commerce more than 21 years (from 1992 until September 2013), where he is now president of the presidency Council.
Also, at the same time, he has been the executive director (Secretary General) of Iranian National Committee of ICC (International Chamber of Commerce) in Iran Since 1985.
Early life and education
Prof. Behkish was born in Mashhad, Iran Where he did his Schooling & high School.
He earned his B.A. in Economics in Tehran University (1967), M.A. in Economics in University of Western Ontario in Canada (1971), and Ph.D. in Econometrics & Economic Development in Indiana University in Bloomington, Indiana, United States (1977).
When he returned to Iran, 1978, he joined Abureyhan University which was later integrated with some other Universities and Institutions to establish Alameh Tabatabaei University after Islamic Revolution.
Dr. Behkish's career was formed in an environment in which his business experiences complemented his Academic work in the University. His various Positions in different Chamber in Iran which started from a consultative position, raised sharply to top management such as Secretary General of Iran Chamber of Commerce, and vice Chairman & S.G. of ICC in Iran and also President of Iran-Italy Chamber for which he received Knight of the order of the star of Italian Solidarity (cavaliere) from the President of State of Italy in 2009.
Dr. Behkish is probably among few economists whose advices are well considered in both the Private Sector and Public Sector.
He strongly believes in market economy and he has been among a few that pushed strongly for joining Iran to WTO before it become almost impossible.
He has tried continuously to push the government to liberalize the economy, using his seat in the University or utilizing his official positions in chambers.
Since Dr. Behkish has been working with ICC (International Chamber of Commerce) which is based in Paris, for more than 25 years, he is well aware of the benefits of globalization, and hence, in addition to writing his books on such related subjects, he also has kept a window open in the country to connect interested businessman to international business Community.
Dr. Behkish has published four books; the latest is "Iranian Economy in the Context of Globalization" in Persian, which was written by using MID model for measuring competitiveness of an economy.
Other books are mostly application of economic liberalization, conducted by cooperation of two other colleagues and in the context of work they did with the Ministry of Mines & Metals.
Dr. Behkish is an Economic columnist in variety of economic newspapers & magazines. He has a list of his published works which contains more than 100 articles & 50 interviews.
More numerous articles are available in "Articles web page" of ICCIran (Persian).