Ali Tayebnia

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Ali Tayebnia
Minister of Economic Affairs and Finance
Assumed office
15 August 2013
President Hassan Rouhani
Preceded by Shamseddin Hosseini
Personal details
Born (1960-04-05) 5 April 1960 (age 55)
Isfahan, Iran
Political party Independent
Alma mater University of Tehran
Religion Islam

Ali Tayebnia (Persian: علی طیب‌نیا‎, born 5 April 1960) is an Iranian academic, economist and Iran's 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.

Early life and education[edit]

Tayebnia was born in Isfahan in 1960.[1] 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.[2][3][4] As part of Tayebnia's doctoral studies, he spent a year studying at the London School of Economics under the supervision of Laurence Harris.[5][6]


Tayenia is an academic and has served in various state institutions regarding economy and finance.[7] He was a faculty member at his alma mater, the University of Tehran.[3][8] His field of interest is public economics[9]

According to informations of Bahman Nirumand Tayebnia was besides Masumeh Ebtekar and Hamid Abutalebi member of the group, which took American Embassy officials as hostages on 4 November 1979 in Tehran.[10]

He was the secretary of the economic commission from 1997 to 2000.[11] He served as the deputy head of the Presidential Office for planning under the former President Mohammad Khatami from 2001 to 2005.[11] Then he was again named the secretary of the economic commission in 2005 and his tenure lasted until 2007.[11]

He was a representative of and an advisor to Mohammad Reza Aref during the 2013 presidential elections.[3] He was also Aref's economic advisor.[12][13]

On 4 August 2013, he was proposed by President Hassan Rouhani as minister of economic affairs and finance.[14] On 15 August, the Majlis approved him as minister, giving 274 votes for and 7 votes against.[15] He was given the highest votes for with the rate of 96.5% which was also all time record for Iranian confirmation process.[16]


Financial Times described Tayebnia as a reform-minded academic in August 2013.[9]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Alfoneh, Ali (5 August 2013). "All the President's Men: Rouhani’s Cabinet" (Policy Brief). Foundation for Defense of Democracies. Retrieved 13 August 2013. 
  2. ^ Ministry Profile
  3. ^ 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. 
  4. ^ "Rouhani's proposed cabinet line-up". Iran Daily. 6 August 2013. Retrieved 16 August 2013. 
  5. ^ "طیب‌نیا،‌ به وزرات اقتصاد رسید". ISNA. 17 August 2013. Retrieved 1 March 2014. 
  6. ^ "LSE in print". The London School of Economics and Political Science. 6 September 2013. Retrieved 1 March 2014. 
  7. ^ "Possible nominees for Rohani's cabinet". Gulf in the Media. Tehran Times. 1 August 2013. Retrieved 11 August 2013. 
  8. ^ "President Hassan Rouhani's pragmatic conservative, security-intelligence-oriented Cabinet nominations". Iran Politik. 6 August 2013. Retrieved 13 August 2013. 
  9. ^ a b Khalaj, Monavar (15 August 2013). "Iran parliament approves new president's cabinet nominees". Financial Times (Tehran). Retrieved 15 August 2013. 
  10. ^ Bahman Nirumand: Iran Report, 05/2015, page 21 (in german)
  11. ^ a b c "Biography of Tayebnia, proposed as minister of Economic Affairs and Finance". IRNA (Tehran). 5 August 2013. Retrieved 11 August 2013. 
  12. ^ al Labbad, Mustafa (15 August 2013). "Rouhani's Cabinet Seeks New Balance in Iranian Policies". As Safir. Retrieved 16 August 2013. 
  13. ^ "Iran politics: Rowhani takes a centre line in his cabinet nominees". ViewsWire. 8 August 2013. Retrieved 29 August 2013. 
  14. ^ "Iran president unveils proposed Cabinet list". PressTV. ILNA. 4 August 2013. Retrieved 11 August 2013. 
  15. ^ "Iranian Parliament Gives Vote of Confidence to Majority of Rouhani's Proposed Ministers". Fars News. 15 August 2013. Retrieved 15 August 2013. 
  16. ^ "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. 
Political offices
Preceded by
Shamseddin Hosseini
Minister of Economic Affairs and Finance