Adel Safar

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Adel Safar
عادل سفر
Prime Minister of Syria
In office
14 April 2011 – 23 June 2012
PresidentBashar al-Assad
Preceded byMuhammad Naji al-Otari
Succeeded byRiyad Farid Hijab
Minister of Agriculture and Agrarian Reform
In office
13 September 2003 – 14 April 2011
Prime MinisterMuhammad Naji al-Otari
Preceded byNabah Jabiri
Succeeded byRiyad Farid Hijab
Personal details
Born1953 (age 64–65)
Damascus, Syria
Political partySyrian Regional Branch of the Arab Socialist Ba'ath Party
Other political
National Progressive Front
Alma materDamascus University
Superior National School of Agronomy and Food Industries

Adel Safar (Arabic: عادل سفر, born 1953) is a Syrian politician and academic, who served as Prime Minister of Syria from 14 April 2011 to 23 June 2012. His government was dissolved by Bashar al-Assad as a result of the Syrian parliamentary election in 2012. He was Minister of Agriculture and Agrarian Reform from 2003 to 2011.

Early life and education[edit]

Safar was born in the Damascus countryside in Syria to an alawite family. He earned a degree in Agronomy from the University of Damascus in 1977, a Diploma from the National School of Agronomy and Food Industries (ENSAIA) in Nancy, France in 1983, and a Ph.D. in Biotechnology from ENSAIA in 1987.[1][2]

Early career[edit]


  • Agricultural Engineer at the Arab Center for the Studies of Arid Zones and Dry Lands (ACSAD), 1978-1981
  • Deputy lecturer at ENSAIA, 1981-1987
  • Deputy Dean for Administrative Affairs at the Faculty of Agriculture, Damascus University, 1992-1997
  • Member of the Permanent Committee for Agricultural Research at Damascus University, 1996-2001
  • Deputy Rapporteur of the Commission for Scientific Agricultural Research and Veterinary Medicine at the Supreme Council of Sciences, 1997-2001
  • Dean of the Faculty of Agriculture, Damascus University, 1997-2000
  • Member of the Advisory Committee of the Agricultural Productivity Administration at the Productive Projects Administration, 1999-2003
  • Secretary of Damascus University Branch of Arab Socialist Ba'ath Party, 2000-2002
  • Head of the National Committee for Man and the Biosphere Program in Syria, 2000-2004
  • Head of the Arab Network of Man and Biosphere Program in the Arab world, 2001-2004
  • Director-General of ACSAD, 2002-2003

Safar is also a member of the Economic Committee and a member of the High Council for Investment. He has been a member of the Ba'ath Party since 1990.[2]

Cabinet of Syria[edit]

In September 2003, he was appointed Minister of Agriculture and Agrarian Reform in the cabinet of Muhammad Naji al-Otari. On 31 March 2011, he resigned, along with the rest of the Cabinet, at the request of President Bashar al-Assad.

Personal life[edit]

Safar is married with four children.[1]

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Political offices
Preceded by
Muhammad Naji al-Otari
Prime Minister of Syria
Succeeded by
Riyad Farid Hijab