Seyed Mohammad Hossein Adeli

name = Seyed Mohammad Hossein Adeli

birth_date = birth date and age|1953|02|16
birth_place = Ahvaz , Iran
spouse = Khadijeh Aryan
religion = Twelver Shi'a Islam

Seyed Mohammad Hossein Adeli (Persian : سید محمد حسین عادلی) born in 1953 in Ahvaz (Persian: اهواز ) is an Iranian Politician, Diplomat, Economist and Academic. He is the Founder and Chairman of Ravand Institute as well as the Chairman of Amin Investment Bank, the first ever Iranian Investment Bank. He is currently married to Khadijeh Aryan, a life long Senior Lecturer in Allameh Tabatabaii University teaching Psychology. They have a daughter and two sons.

Early life

Hossein Adeli is one the few Iranian politicians to have a truly international background, having studied at University of Tehran,University of New York, The New School in New York, and also studying in New Delhi, before earning his double Ph. D one in Economics and another in Business Administration from the University of California.

Political and Academic Career

Adeli was educated in Darolfonon (Persian: دار الفنون ) in Tehran. Beginning his career teaching at various universities in Tehran, at age of 27 he became the Director General of the Economic Affairs Department in Iranian Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Five years later, he became special advisor to the Foreign Ministry. In the following year, he acted as advisor to the Minister of Petroleum. A key strategic and tactical contributor, Adeli went on to represent Iran at various OPEC meetings. He is the only person within the Middle East region to be a permanent member of the World Economic Forum circle.

Diplomatic career

Adeli’s diplomatic career kicked off with his appointment as Iran’s Ambassador to Japan between 1986 and 1989, during which he played a key role in revitalising Iranian and Japanese business/political relations. Soon thereafter, at the age of 36 he was appointed Governor of the Central Bank of Iran by the president. Adeli is credited as the visionary and pioneer behind the aggressive economic reform package during the critical years of reconstruction following the Iraq-Iran War. Through a series of skillfully crafted macro economic adjustments, Adeli delivered strong and sustained results by dramatically improving the foreign exchange and Monetary policy.

Adeli’s diplomatic career progressed through his appointment as Iranian Ambassador to Canada in 1995. At the end of his term in 1999, Adeli was nominated as Deputy Foreign Minister for Economic Affairs and the Chairman of the Coordinating Council for Foreign Economic Relations until 2004. During these years, Adeli initiated two special committees for Reconstruction of Afghanistan and Reconstruction of Iraq through a series of multilateral arrangements. In his capacity as Secretary General of the Committees, Adeli mobilised the collective efforts of political and business leaders for assisting the neighbouring countries. At his last official post, he served as Ambassador Extraordinary Plenipotentiary of Iran to the United Kingdom.

Adeli has also been active in regional and international groups and organisations, including the D-8, the G-15, the Indian Ocean Rim, and the European Union. He has received many award including a distinction by the Economic Cooperation Organisation Secretary General for "Special Recognition and Appreciate" for his contribution and proposition of the name ECO. He has also won the Crans Montana Development and Peace Award in 2002 in Geneva.

Adeli also received special recognition for various activities including, spearheading some monetary reforms as Central Bank Governor, innovation of new Islamic Banking financial instrument for the first time called, “Participation Paper” now widely used in Iran and later accepted and used in other Islamic countries under the name of Sukuk, Initiating the law for ODA Official Development Assistance of Iran which is aimed to contribute to the development of least developing countries, Initiating Economic Diplomacy for the first time in Iran, initiating Economic partnership with Africa through IranAfrica economic summit, being head of Coordination for assistance to Iraqi reconstruction, Coordination for assisting Afghanistan reconstruction through international organization. He has been a frequent guest speaker at many prestigious international conferences, including OPEC, South-South Cooperation, United Nations, World Economic Forum, Islamic Banking and Finance, World Bank, International Trade Centre and International Monetary Fund as well as major Investment Banks such as Goldman Sachs.

Creation of Ravand Institute

Adeli recently parlayed his academic interests in the Ravand Institute for Economic and International Studies [ [ Ravand Institute for Economic and International Studies ] ] , Iran’s first private [ The Economist - Men of principle, Jul 19th 2007 Men of principle, Jul 19th 2007 From The Economist print edition ] , non-governmental, non-partisan research centre. He is currently the Founder, Chairman and CEO of Ravand Institute.

Throughout his career, Adeli established a strong network of academic, corporate and diplomatic contacts. These connections and associations have provided Ravand Institute with access to global leaders, policy-makers, corporate executives, NGO’s, businesspeople, academics and the media. Committed to the promotion of understanding and partnership, Ravand Institute organises international conferences and seminars, where such bodies and organisations can contribute to regional and global debates. However, Adeli’s think tank is also a ‘do-tank’ in its capacity to conduct research on salient policy issues; to provide strategic advice at the governmental level; to consult with corporate entities in the fields of energy, finance and industry; and to design customised instructional workshops in a broad range of disciplines.


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