Masoud Mir-Kazemi

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Masoud Mir Kazemi
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Member of Parliament of Iran
Assumed office
27 May 2012
Constituency Tehran
Majority 585,228 (25.2%)
Minister of Petroleum of Iran
In office
9 August 2009 – 3 August 2011
President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad
Preceded by Gholam Hossein Nozari
Succeeded by Rostam Ghasemi
Minister of Commerce of Iran
In office
24 August 2005 – 9 August 2009
President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad
Preceded by Mohammad Shariatmadari
Succeeded by Mehdi Ghazanfari
Personal details
Born 1960 (age 54–55)
Tehran, Iran
Nationality Iranian
Alma mater Iran University of Science and Technology
Tarbiat Modarres University

Masoud Mir Kazemi (مسعود میرکاظمی in Persian) (born 1960) is an Iranian politician who is currently a member of the Parliament of Iran from Tehran.

Early life and education[edit]

Kazemi was born in Tehran in 1960.[1][2] He received a bachelor's degree and a master's degree from Iran University of Science and Technology in 1986 and 1989, respectively.[1] He also holds PhD in industrial engineering from Tarbiat Modarres University (1996).[2]


After the 1979 revolution, Kazemi became a member of the revolution committees and then of the IRGC.[1] Then he headed Shahed University. He was Iran's minister of commerce during the first term of president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad from 2005 to 2009.[3] Kazemi discussed the possibility of making neighbouring Iraq a major gas export market, citing the destruction of Iraq's energy infrastructure as a result of the 2003 invasion of Iraq.[4]

He served as minister of petroleum from 2009 to 2011,[5] replacing Gholam Hossein Nozari after Ahmadinejad was re-elected.[3]

On 14 October 2010, Mir Kazemi was elected as conference president for 2011 OPEC.

On 9 May 2011, it was announced that Mir Kazemi, Sadegh Mahsouli and Ali Akbar Mehrabian would leave the cabinet.[6] He was not enjoyed to the cabinet meetings from June 2011 and Mohammad Aliabadi was acting minister in his absence. He was announced his candidacy for Parliament of Iran in the 2012 legislative election on 22 December 2011 and was elected as a MP from Tehran.


  1. ^ a b c "A Brief Biography of Iran's New Ministers". Payvand. 7 September 2009. Retrieved 22 February 2013. 
  2. ^ a b "162th Ordinary Meeting" (PDF). OPEC. Retrieved 17 February 2013. 
  3. ^ a b "President Nominates Mir-Kazemi to Lead Iran's Oil Ministry". Shana. 31 August 2009. Retrieved 24 December 2009. 
  4. ^ "Iran eyes Iraq for gas export market". Fars News Agency via United Press International. 15 December 2009. Retrieved 24 December 2009. 
  5. ^ "Iran-NDE - Central Intelligence Agency". Central Intelligence Agency. 10 December 2009. Retrieved 24 December 2009. 
  6. ^ Mehrabian, Mir Kazemi and Mahsouli will leave cabinet Tabnak
Political offices
Preceded by
Mohammad Shariatmadari
Minister of Commerce
Succeeded by
Mehdi Ghazanfari
Preceded by
Gholam Hossein Nozari
Minister of Petroleum
Succeeded by
Rostam Ghasemi