Akbar Torkan

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Akbar Torkan
Akbar Torkan father mourning.jpg
Torkan in August 2014
Senior Advisor to the President of Iran
Assumed office
26 August 2013
President Hassan Rouhani
Preceded by Mojtaba Samareh Hashemi
Minister of Roads and Transportation
In office
6 September 1993 – 20 August 1997
President Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani
Preceded by Mohammad Saeedikia
Succeeded by Mahmoud Hojjati
Minister of Defense
In office
21 August 1989 – 20 August 1993
President Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani
Preceded by Mohammad Hossein Jalali
Succeeded by Mohammad Forouzandeh
Personal details
Born 1952 (age 64–65)
Tehran, Iran
Nationality Iranian
Political party Moderation and Development Party
Executives of Construction Party
Residence Tehran
Alma mater Sharif University
Religion Islam

Akbar Torkan is an Iranian mechanical engineer[1][2] and politician who is the current CEO of Iran's Construction Engineering Organization and also President Hassan Rouhani's chief adviser since 5 August 2013. He was the Minister of Defense and Minister of Roads and Transportation in the government headed by President Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani.

Career and political stance[edit]

Torkan graduated from Sharif University of Technology.[3] He was governor of Hormozgan, and Ilam provinces after the revolution in 1979. Even though he was a civilian, he served as the head of the defense industries establishment during wartime. After the war he supported president Rafsanjani in his election.

He was appointed Minister of Defense in 1989 by Rafsanjani in his cabinet in his first term.[3] He was approved by the Majlis with a majority vote, 242 for and 10 against.[3] In second term of Rafsanjani's presidency, Torkan was appointed as the Minister of Roads and Transportation.[4]

According to the Tehran Times, Torkan is one of the "trusted members of Rohani’s inner circle." The same source said that Torkan is known for his liberal views on a market economy, and that he served as the deputy director of Rouhani's presidential campaign.[5]


  1. ^ http://www.hamshahrionline.ir/details/225839
  2. ^ http://www.irceo.net/fullstory.aspx?id=3126
  3. ^ a b c Ehteshami, Anoushiravan (1991). "After Khomeini: the Structure of Power in the Iranian Second Republic". Political Studies. XXXIX: 148–157. doi:10.1111/j.1467-9248.1991.tb00586.x. Retrieved 18 February 2013. 
  4. ^ همه چیز درباره رئیس‌جمهور هفتم BBC Persian. 2 August 2013. Retrieved 11 September 2014.
  5. ^ "Rohani appoints Turkan as head of advisors," Tehran Times (27 August 2013).

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