Abbas Ahmad Akhoundi
|Abbas Ahmad Akhoundi|
|Minister of Transportation|
15 August 2013
|Preceded by||Ali Nikzad|
|Minister of Housing|
13 August 1993 – 13 August 1997
|President||Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani|
|Preceded by||Serajedin Kazerooni|
|Succeeded by||Abdul Alizadeh|
June 6, 1957 |
|Alma mater||Royal Holloway, University of London
|Religion||Twelver Shi'a Islam|
Abbas Ahmad Akhoundi (Persian: عباس احمد آخوندی, born 6 June 1957) is an Iranian politician and academic and Minister of Transportation. 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".
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 Transportation and Housing 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 from 2000 to 2013.