Rostam Ghasemi

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Rostam Ghasemi
رستم قاسمی.jpg
Minister of Petroleum
In office
3 August 2011 – 15 August 2013
President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad
Preceded by Mohammad Aliabadi (Acting)
Succeeded by Bijan Namdar Zanganeh
Personal details
Born (1964-05-05) 5 May 1964 (age 52)
Sargah, Iran
Nationality Iranian
Alma mater Aryamehr University
Awards Order of Khedmat.png Order of Service (2nd class)[1]
Military service
Allegiance IRGC-Seal.svg Revolutionary Guards
Years of service 1981–2011
Rank 18- Sartipp-IRGC.png Brigadier general
Commands Khatam-al Anbiya Headquarter
Battles/wars Iran-Iraq War

Rostam Ghasemi (Persian: رستم قاسمی, born 5 May 1964) is an Iranian military officer and politician who was minister of petroleum from 3 August 2011 to 15 August 2013.[2]

Early life and education[edit]

Ghasemi was born on 5 May 1964 in Sargah village, Shiraz, Fars Province.[3][4] His father was a businessman and politician, and served as the governor of the Fars Province from 1980 to 1988. He graduated from Sharif University of Technology, studying in civil engineering.[5]


Ghasemi joined the Army of the Guardians of the Islamic Revolution (IRGC) in Kharg Island in 1979.[3] He participated in the Iran-Iraq War.[6] After the war, he joined the Khatam Anbia troops in Bushehr, the Guards' engineering and construction company.[7] In 1996, he was named head of the IRGC navy's Nouh base.[3] Ghasemi became deputy commander of the troops in 2001.

He was elected as a member of the Parliament from his country of birth, Iran, in the legislative election of 1988. He was reelected in 1992 and 1996. He was the chair of the IRGC-affiliated Khatam-ol Anbiya Construction Headquarters from 2007 to 2011.[6] He retired from the military in August 2011.

On 26 July 2011, he was nominated as oil minister by Mahmoud Ahmadinejad to succeed Masoud Mir Kazemi.[8] He was approved by the parliament on 3 August 2011, being the fourth oil minister in the Ahmedinejad government.[9] He received 216 for votes of the 246 Majlis members.[3] He was the president of the OPEC for 2011.[10] Ghasemi's tenure as oil minister ended on 15 August 2013 and he was replaced by Bijan Namdar Zanganeh in the post.[6] Shortly after leaving office Ghasemi was appointed advisor to Defense Minister Hossein Dehghan on 22 August.[6][11]


Ghasemi was included in the EU sanction list.[12]


  1. ^ نشان‌های دولتی در روزهای پایانی خاتمی و احمدی‌نژاد به چه‌کسانی رسید؟. Tasnim News Agency (in Persian). 24 August 2013. Retrieved 15 April 2016. 
  2. ^ Ghasemi was confirmed by Majlis Tabnak
  3. ^ a b c d Alfoneh, Ali (Winter 2012). "Iran's Revolutionary Guards Strike Oil". The Middle East Quarterly. XIX (1): 75–78. Retrieved 29 July 2013. 
  4. ^ Biography of Rostam Ghasemi Hamshahri Online
  5. ^ "162th Ordinary Meeting" (PDF). OPEC. Retrieved 17 February 2013. 
  6. ^ a b c d "Former Iranian Oil Minister Qasemi appointed advisor to Defense Minister". Trend. 22 August 2013. Retrieved 24 August 2013. 
  7. ^ UPDATE 2-Iran parliament makes military man oil minister| Reuters, 3 August 2011
  8. ^ Four new minister was nominated to Majlis
  9. ^ Alizadeh, Hossein (16 August 2011). "The Best Government from Constitutional Revolution to Date!". Iran Briefing. Retrieved 28 July 2013. 
  10. ^ Iran revolutionary guards commander becomes new president of Opec, Saeed Kamali Dehghan, The Guardian, 3 August 2011
  11. ^ "Ex-Iranian Oil Minister Qasemi appointed advisor to Defense Minister". ILNA. 22 August 2013. Retrieved 13 September 2013. 
  12. ^ "Iran names Guards commander Rostam Qasemi oil minister". BBC. 3 August 2011. Retrieved 13 September 2013. 
Political offices
Preceded by
Masoud Mir Kazemi
Minister of Petroleum
Succeeded by
Bijan Namdar Zanganeh