Ali Tayebnia

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Ali Tayebnia
Ali Tayebnia speaking at Conference of Monetary policy and Currency (cropped).jpg
Minister of Finance
In office
15 August 2013 – 20 August 2017
President Hassan Rouhani
Preceded by Shamseddin Hosseini
Succeeded by Masoud Karbasian
Personal details
Born (1960-04-05) 5 April 1960 (age 57)
Isfahan, Iran
Political party Independent
Alma mater University of Tehran
Awards Lee Kuan Yew Prize (2017)[1]
Website Personal website

Ali Tayebnia (Persian: علی طیب‌نیا‎‎, born 5 April 1960) is an Iranian academic, economist and former Minister of Economic Affairs and Finance. He was designated by President Hassan Rouhani for the position on 4 August 2013 and was confirmed by the parliament on 15 August. He left the office on 20 August 2017.

Early life and education[edit]

Tayebnia was born in Isfahan in 1960.[2] He received his BA (1986) and MA (1989) in theoretical economics, and his PhD (1994) in economics, all from the University of Tehran and first in each class.[3][4][5] As part of Tayebnia's doctoral studies, he spent a year studying at the London School of Economics under the supervision of Laurence Harris.[6][7]


Tayebnia and German Vice Chancellor and Economic Minister Sigmar Gabriel in Tehran, 3 October 2016

Tayenia is an academic and has served in various state institutions regarding economy and finance.[8] He was a faculty member at his alma mater, the University of Tehran.[4][9] His field of interest is public economics[10]

According to Bahman Nirumand, Tayebnia was besides with Masoumeh Ebtekar and Hamid Aboutalebi as member of the group which took American Embassy officials as hostages on 4 November 1979 in Tehran.[11]

He was the secretary of the economic commission from 1997 to 2000.[12] He served as the deputy head of the Presidential Office for planning under the former President Mohammad Khatami from 2001 to 2005.[12] Then he was again named the secretary of the economic commission in 2005 and his tenure lasted until 2007.[12]

He was a representative of and an advisor to Mohammad Reza Aref during the 2013 presidential elections.[4] He was also Aref's economic advisor.[13][14]

On 4 August 2013, he was proposed by President Hassan Rouhani as minister of economic affairs and finance.[15] On 15 August, the Majlis approved him as minister, giving 274 votes for and 7 votes against.[16] He was given the highest votes for with the rate of 96.5% which was also all-time record for Iranian confirmation process.[17]


Financial Times described Tayebnia as a reform-minded academic in August 2013.[10]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Tayebnia Won the Prize of Founding Father of Modern Singapore", ISNA (in Persian), 2 August 2017, 96051107183, retrieved 2 August 2017 
  2. ^ Alfoneh, Ali (5 August 2013). "All the President's Men: Rouhani’s Cabinet" (Policy Brief). Foundation for Defense of Democracies. Retrieved 13 August 2013. 
  3. ^ Ministry Profile
  4. ^ a b c Memarian, Jahandad (8 August 2013). "New Iranian Cabinet Nominees: Building Bridges Between Factions to Yield Reform". The Huffington Post. Retrieved 11 August 2013. 
  5. ^ "Rouhani's proposed cabinet line-up". Iran Daily. 6 August 2013. Retrieved 16 August 2013. 
  6. ^ "طیب‌نیا،‌ به وزرات اقتصاد رسید". ISNA. 17 August 2013. Retrieved 1 March 2014. 
  7. ^ "LSE in print". The London School of Economics and Political Science. 6 September 2013. Retrieved 1 March 2014. 
  8. ^ "Possible nominees for Rohani's cabinet". Gulf in the Media. Tehran Times. 1 August 2013. Retrieved 11 August 2013. 
  9. ^ "President Hassan Rouhani's pragmatic conservative, security-intelligence-oriented Cabinet nominations". Iran Politik. 6 August 2013. Retrieved 13 August 2013. 
  10. ^ a b Khalaj, Monavar (15 August 2013). "Iran parliament approves new president's cabinet nominees". Financial Times. Tehran. Retrieved 15 August 2013. 
  11. ^ Bahman Nirumand: Iran Report, May 2015, p. 21 (in German)
  12. ^ a b c "Biography of Tayebnia, proposed as minister of Economic Affairs and Finance". IRNA. Tehran. 5 August 2013. Retrieved 11 August 2013. 
  13. ^ Mustafa al Labbad (15 August 2013). "Rouhani's Cabinet Seeks New Balance in Iranian Policies". As Safir. Retrieved 16 August 2013. 
  14. ^ "Iran politics: Rowhani takes a centre line in his cabinet nominees". ViewsWire. 8 August 2013. Retrieved 29 August 2013. 
  15. ^ "Iran president unveils proposed Cabinet list". PressTV. ILNA. 4 August 2013. Retrieved 11 August 2013. 
  16. ^ "Iranian Parliament Gives Vote of Confidence to Majority of Rouhani's Proposed Ministers". Fars News. 15 August 2013. Retrieved 15 August 2013. 
  17. ^ "96.5 percent voting for a minister – all time record for Islamic Republic of Iran". The Journal of Turkish Weekly. 16 August 2013. Retrieved 22 August 2013. 

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Political offices
Preceded by
Shamseddin Hosseini
Minister of Economic Affairs and Finance
Succeeded by
Masoud Karbasian