Jafar Towfighi

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Jafar Towfighi
Jajar Tofighi 01.jpg
October 2014
Minister of Science, Research and Technology
In office
17 August 2013 – 27 October 2013
President Hassan Rouhani
Preceded by Kamran Daneshjoo
Succeeded by Reza Farajidana
In office
1 July 2003 – 19 August 2005
President Mohammad Khatami
Preceded by Mostafa Moeen
Succeeded by Mohammad Mehdi Zahedi
Personal details
Born (1956-03-19) 19 March 1956 (age 61)
Tehran, Iran
Nationality Iranian
Political party Omid Iranian Foundation
Alma mater Shiraz University
Bucharest Polytechnic Institute
Website Official Website

Jafar Towfighi Darian (born 19 March 1956) is an Iranian chemical engineer, academic, politician and senior consultant of ministry of science, research and technology who served as minister of science, research and technology for two terms. First in the cabinet headed by President Mohammad Khatami from 2003 till 2005, and second in 2013 as acting minister.

Early life and education[edit]

Towfighi was born in Tehran on 19 March 1956.[1] He holds a master's degree in chemical engineering, which he received from Shiraz University in 1981. Then he obtained a PhD again in chemical engineering from Bucharest Polytechnic Institute in Romania in 1986.[1]


Towfighi began his academic career at Tarbiat Modares University in 1987. He served at different positions at the university until 1996 when he was appointed advisor to deputy education minister. In 1997, he was appointed deputy education minister and was in office until 2003. Then he was named as minister of science, research and technology, and his term lasted until 2005.[2] After working as the dean of the faculty of energy at Sharif University of Technology from 2008 to 2010, he began to work at Tarbiat Modarres University's faculty of engineering as a full professor.[1] He was Mohammad Reza Aref's campaign manager during the 2013 presidential election.[3]

On 17 August 2013, he was appointed acting minister of science by Hassan Rouhani following the nominated candidate for the post was rejected by the Majlis on 15 August.[4]


  1. ^ a b c "Curriculum Vitae". Tarbiat Modares University. Retrieved 22 February 2013. 
  2. ^ Guha, Pathik (18 October 2004). "Mission successful". The Telegraph. Trieste. Retrieved 22 February 2013. 
  3. ^ Mansoureh Farahani (2 September 2013). "Iran’s Universities Minister on Academic Freedom". Asharq Alawsat. London. Retrieved 12 September 2013. 
  4. ^ Dareini, Ali Akbar (17 August 2013). "Iran President: Nation Wants Foreign Policy Change". ABC. Tehran. AP. Retrieved 18 August 2013.