Ali Akbar Mehrabian

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Ali Akbar Mehrabian
Minister of Industries and Mines
In office
2 November 2007 – 3 August 2011
President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad
Preceded by Ali Reza Tahmasbi
Succeeded by Mehdi Ghazanfari
(Industries and Business)
Personal details
Born (1975 -02-02) 2 February 1975 (age 39)
Kerman, Iran
Nationality Iranian

Ali Akbar Mehrabian (Persian: علی اكبر محرابيان, born 2 February 1975) is an Iranian politician who was minister of industries and mines from 2 November 2007 to 3 August 2011. President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad proposed he retain this post in the 2009 cabinet. In 2011, it was announced that ministry of industries and mines would be merged with ministry of commerce and Mehrabian would leave the cabinet afterward.[1]

Early life and education[edit]

Mehrabian was born on 2 February 1975 in Kerman, Iran. His family is from Shiraz. Mehrabi studied at Shiraz University. He is nephew of Mahmoud Ahmedinejad.[2][3]

Ministerial activities[edit]

As minister, Mehrabian travelled the world promoting Iran's commercial interests in friendly countries such as Qatar,[4] Belarus,[5] Egypt [6] and Venezuela.[7] He involved in the discussions of a potential World Oil Bank involving Russia and Venezuela,[8] and agreed a cooperation protocol with the Democratic Republic of the Congo.[9] He also promoted Iran's bilateral links and financial support for Cuba.[10]

He expressed deep concern over the non-adherence of industrial states to their commitments to control the emission of greenhouse gases.[11]

He implemented policies to encourage production of cars powered by compressed natural gas (CNG).[12] Because Iran suffers from a lack of refining capacity, gasoline is rationed. Hundreds of thousands of gasoline-powered vehicles are also being converted to use a bi-fuel system allowing CNG as an alternative fuel.[13] He encouraged developments under which cars with Iranian content would be built in Egypt[6] and Syria.[14]

Following deadly crashes of imported aircraft, he also hoped to develop domestic production of aircraft.[15] He promoted production of steel, copper,[16] and coal.[17] He implemented policies pressurising companies alleged to have links with businesses who trade with Israel, such as Coca Cola, Nestle and Benetton[18]

Conviction for fraud[edit]

Mehrabian was convicted a fraud in which he and Mousa Mazloum in 2005 published an invention by Farzan Salimi, claiming it as their own. The idea for an "earthquake saferoom" — a design for a fortified room in homes in case of disaster - was owned by Salimi, an Iranian researcher and engineer.[19]

Ahmadinejad was also named as an author on the cover of the book in which the fraudulent claim was made.[20] In July 2009, the general court of Tehran convicted Mehrabian and Mousa Mazloum. The court ordered the registration of the design to be taken from them and given to Salimi, but did not otherwise assign punishment.[19][21]

References[edit]

  1. ^ [1][dead link]
  2. ^ Paola Rivetti (February 2012). "Islamic Republic: Shaping Iran’s politics through the campus" (Chaillot Papers). In Rouzbeh Parsi. Iran: A RevolutIonary RepublIc in TransItIon. Paris: Institute for Security Studies European Union. ISBN 978-92-9198-198-4. Retrieved 27 July 2013. 
  3. ^ "Ahmadinejad's 'Family Justice'". Radio Free Europe. 8 June 2009. Retrieved 28 July 2013. 
  4. ^ Visit of H. E. Eng. Ali Akbar Mehrabian, Iranian Minister of Industry and Mines
  5. ^ Belarus, Iran to speed up Jofeyr deposit development
  6. ^ a b [2][dead link]
  7. ^ http://www.tehrantimes.com/index_View.asp?code=157439
  8. ^ Iran, Russia and Venezuela prepared to set up world oil bank
  9. ^ Iran, DR Congo ink cooperation protocol
  10. ^ "Iran wants to loan more money to Cuba, up to 500million Euros". Havana Journal. 15 June 2008. Retrieved 27 July 2013. 
  11. ^ Iran curbing greenhouse gases
  12. ^ 120,000 CNG cars produced in 4 months
  13. ^ 650,000 Vehicles Converted to Bi-fuel System
  14. ^ President Al-Assad Affirms Importance of Syrian-Iranian Cars Factory
  15. ^ Planes Iran to Produce Passenger Planes Zawya, 29 July 2009
  16. ^ Iran Plans to Produce 250,000 Tons of Copper in Year to March Bloomberg
  17. ^ Iran to increase production of steel, copper, coal
  18. ^ Iran pressures firm over Coca-Cola links
  19. ^ a b Ali Akbar Dareini (28 July 2009). "Court finds Iran minister guilty of fraud". Google. Retrieved 1 August 2009. [dead link]
  20. ^ "Minister of Industry guilty in 'Safe room' matter". BBC (in Persian). 27 July 2009. Retrieved 1 August 2009. 
  21. ^ "Tehran court finds Iran minister guilty of fraud". Tehran Times. 27 July 2009. Retrieved 1 August 2009. 
Political offices
Preceded by
Ali-Reza Tahmasbi
Ministry of Industries and Mines
2007–2011
Succeeded by
Mehdi Ghazanfari
as Minister of Industries and Business