Abbas Ahmad Akhoundi

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Abbas Ahmad Akhoundi
Abbas Akhoondi Iran Chamber.jpg
Akhondi in January 2016
Minister of Roads and Urban Development
Assumed office
15 August 2013
President Hassan Rouhani
Preceded by Ali Nikzad
Minister of Housing
In office
13 August 1993 – 13 August 1997
President Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani
Preceded by Serajedin Kazerooni
Succeeded by Ali Abdolalizadeh
Personal details
Born (1957-06-06) June 6, 1957 (age 60)
Najaf, Iraq
Nationality Iranian
Spouse(s) Bano Rasoli Mahalati[1]
Children 3[2]
Relatives Ali Akbar Nategh-Nouri (brother-in-law)
Mohammad-Ali Shahidi (brother-in-law)
Alma mater Royal Holloway, University of London
Tehran University

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,[3] making him one of the youngest ministers in Iran's modern history.

Early life and education[edit]

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".[4]

Political career[edit]

Akhoundi is also widely accredited for drafting Iran's privatization bill known as Article 44 of the constitution.[5] 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[6] views and is politically a reformer. He supported Mir-Hossein Mousavi for president in 2009 and was an impotant figure in his campaign.[7]