Hamid Chitchian

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Hamid Chitchian
Hamid Chitchian 1393.jpg
October 2014
Minister of Energy
Assumed office
15 August 2013
President Hassan Rouhani
Preceded by Majid Namjoo
Member of the Iranian Parliament
In office
28 May 1988 – 28 May 1992
Constituency Tabriz, Osku and Azarshahr
Majority 308,485 (40.10%)[1]
Personal details
Born Hamid Chitchian
(1957-03-21) 21 March 1957 (age 60)
Tabriz, Iran
Nationality Iranian
Political party Independent
Alma mater Amirkabir University of Technology
Tarbiat Modares University
Occupation Politician
Profession Engineer
Religion Islam
Military service
Allegiance Iran
Service/branch Army of the Guardians of the Islamic Revolution
Years of service 1980–1988
Unit Military intelligence
Battles/wars Iran-Iraq War

Hamid Chitchian (Persian/Azeri: حمید چیت‌چیان, born c. 1957) is an Iranian politician and the former intelligence head. He has been serving as energy minister of Iran since 15 August 2013.[2]

Early life[edit]

Chitchian was born in Tabriz, East Azerbaijan, around 1957.[3][4]


Chitchian joined the IRGC[5] and is the former head of its intelligence unit in Tabriz.[6] He is the former member of parliament, serving in the third term.[5] He was appointed deputy energy minister for planning and economic affairs and senior advisor to the energy minister during the first term of the President Mahmoud Ahmedinejad.[5][7] At the same period he was a member of the managerial board of the Iran Power Generation Transmission and Distribution Management Company (TAVANIR) and the Energy Organization.[5] He was also one of the senior advisors to Ahmedinejad.[8]

He was nominated as energy minister by President Hassan Rouhani on 4 August 2013.[5] On 15 August, he was appointed energy minister to the cabinet of Rouhani, receiving 272 votes in favor and seven votes against in the parliament.[9] It was the second highest level of approval after that for Ali Tayebnia who was appointed economy minister.[10]


Chitchian has a neoliberal economic view.[11]


  1. ^ "Parliament members" (in Persian). Iranian Majlis. Retrieved 28 October 2014. 
  2. ^ حمید چیت چیان وزیر نیرو شد Bargh News (Persian). Retrieved 29 November 2013
  3. ^ Ali Alfoneh (5 August 2013). "All the President's Men: Rouhani’s Cabinet" (Policy Brief). Foundation for Defense of Democracies. Retrieved 29 August 2013. 
  4. ^ "اقتصاد > انرژی". Hamshahri Online. Retrieved 13 October 2013. 
  5. ^ a b c d e "Iran's newly elected president nominates cabinet". CNN. 5 August 2013. Retrieved 29 August 2013. 
  6. ^ "President Hassan Rouhani's pragmatic conservative, security-intelligence-oriented Cabinet nominations". Iran Politik. 6 August 2013. Retrieved 29 August 2013. 
  7. ^ "Iranian Assistance to Nicaragua". Wikileaks. 27 August 2007. Retrieved 29 August 2013. 
  8. ^ "Iran politics: Rowhani takes a centre line in his cabinet nominees". ViewsWire. 8 August 2013. Retrieved 29 August 2013. 
  9. ^ "15 of 18 Proposed Iranian Cabinet Ministers Devoted by Parliament". Mojnews. 16 August 2013. Retrieved 29 August 2013. 
  10. ^ "Iranian Parliament Rejects Three of Rohani's Proposed Ministers". Payvand. Radio Zamaneh. 16 August 2013. Retrieved 29 August 2013. 
  11. ^ Mustafa Labbad (12 August 2013). "Rouhani's New Government Reveals its Biases Early". As Safir. Retrieved 29 August 2013. 

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