H.E. Dr. Mohammad Javad Zarif, former Ambassador of the Islamic Republic of Iran to the United Nations

Born in 1961, Mohammad Javad Zarif is an associate professor at the University of International Relations, teaching diplomacy and international organizations in the Master’s program. He is one of the best known and experienced Iranian diplomats, and was the Permanent Representative of the Islamic Republic of Iran in the United Nations from 2002 to 2007. He has been nominated by President Hassan Rouhani for the position of Foreign Minister, and has been introduced as such to the Majles, or parliament. Zarif has held other domestic and international positions as well: advisor and senior advisor to the Foreign Minister, Deputy Foreign Minister in Legal and International affairs, member of the prominent personalities of the Dialogue among Civilizations, Head of the UN Disarmament Committee – New York – member of the prominent personalities of global governance, and Deputy in International Affairs of the Free Islamic University.

H. E. Mr. Gholamali Khoshroo, Ambassador of the Islamic Republic of Iran to the United Nations

Born January 16, 1955 Diplomat by vocation, Sociologist by education, 1981-1989 Dean of the School for International Relations (affiliated to Foreign Ministry), 1989-1995 Ambassador and Deputy of the Permanent Mission of I.R of Iran, U.N, New York 1995-1997 Dean of the School for International Relations, 1995-2014 Board member of the Encyclopedia of the World of Islam, 1997-1999 Deputy Foreign Minister for Research and Training, 1999-2002 Ambassador to Australia, 2002-2005 Deputy Foreign Minister for Legal and International Affairs, 2005- 2014. Assistant Secretary General of the Asian Parliamentary Assembly, 2007- 2014 Senior Editor of the Encyclopedia of Contemporary Islam , 2010- 2014 Member of Policy Making Council of “Iran Diplomacy”. In recent years, he has extensively worked on current developments of contemporary political Islam and its implication for western societies. He has also contributed to various forums and seminars on how to promote dialogue and moderation among nations and how to contain extremism and sectarian violence. As a sociologist he studied at Tehran University and New School for Social Research, New York, U.S.A. He has published several articles and book on political and cultural affairs.

H. E. Mr. Mohammad Khazaee, former Ambassador of the Islamic Republic of Iran to the United Nations

Mohammad Khazaee was the Permanent Representative of Iran to the United Nations from 2007 – 2015. Prior to receiving his appointment, Mr. Khazaee held several prominent positions in international development financing between 2002 and 2007, serving as both Vice-Minister for International Affairs and President of the Organization for Economic and Technical Assistance in Iran’s Ministry of Economic Affairs.

During the same time period, he served as Governor of the OPEC Fund, Vice-Chairman of that organization’s Investment Committee, Alternate Governor for the Islamic Development Bank and a board member of the Iran-Misr (Iran-Egypt) Development Bank. From 1988 to 2002, he represented his country at the World Bank.

From 1981 to 1988, Mr. Khazaee was a Member of Parliament, where he served as Rapporteur of the Economic Committee (1982-1988) and the Banking Reform Committee (1981-1982).

Mr. Khazaee holds a master’s degree in international transactions from George Mason University in the United States and has taught macroeconomics and philosophy at Tehran’s Allameh University.

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