Dr Ali Akbar Velayati Head of Founding Council and Board of Trustees

Dr Ali Akbar Velayati

Ali Akbar Velayati is an Iranian politician, physician and academic. He was Iran's Foreign Minister from 1981 to 1996, and was recently appointed as the head of IAU board of directors and trustees.

Following the recent project initiated in the IAU to develop the range of offered programs and the support of the head of IAU board of directors and trustees, Dr. Ali Akbar Velayati, ISCANews decided to summarize his extensive academic background by the way of an introduction.

Dr. Velayati is an elite professor at Shahid Beheshti University and currently the Head of the Center for Strategic Research, IAU board of directors and trustees. He served for 16 years as Foreign Minister during the presidencies of Ayatollah Khamenei and Ayatollah Hashemi Rafsanjani and is also the international affairs advisor of the Supreme Leader.

Dr. Velayati has had a large number of books and academic works published, about 180 of which are in the fields of medicine, history, culture and civilization of Islam and Iran, and also foreign policy.

He is one of the members of the Expediency Council, the High Council of the Cultural Revolution and the Foundation of Islamic Encyclopedia. In the medical field, He is the head of Dr. Maseeh Daneshvari Hospital and the Organ Transplant Support Society.

His various responsibilities include, among many others:

Faculty member of Tehran University of Medical Sciences (1974-1998)

Professor of Medical Department of Shahid Beheshti University of Medical Sciences and Health Services (from 1998 till now)

Representative of Tehran people in the first round of Islamic Consultative Assembly (1981)

Foreign minister of the Islamic Republic of Iran (1981-1997)

Member of Supreme Council of the Cultural Revolution (from 1989)

Member of Tehran University of Medical Sciences board of trustees of (1991-1998)

Member of Iran Medical Council board of directors (since 1991)

Member of the supreme committee of the Iran Medical Council (since 1991)

Member of the supreme council of National Research Institute of Tuberculosis and Lung Diseases (since 1992)

Head of the board of directors of the Iranian Scientific Association for Infectious Diseases and Tropical Medicine (since 1992)

Head of the Central Council of the Islamic Association of the Iranian Medical Society (since 1992)

Head of the scientific group on traditional and Islamic medicine of Iranian Academy of Medical Sciences (since 1992)

Acting Editor-in-Chief and concessioner of the Iranian Journal of Infectious Diseases and Tropical Medicine (since 1993)

Member of Europe, America and Oceania Islamic Association of Graduates (since 1995)

Honorary member of Iranian Society of Organ Transplantation (since 1995)

Member of Shahid Beheshti University of Medical Sciences board of trustees (since 1995)

Advisor to the Supreme Leader in international affairs (since 1997)

Head of Research, Educational, and medical center for Tuberculosis and Pulmonary Diseases (since 1997)

Member of the Expediency Discernment Council (since 1997)

Jury Member of Shahid Beheshti University of Medical Sciences and Health Services (since 1997)

Head of Contemporary Islam-The Encyclopaedia Islamica Foundation

Head of Iranian Society for Support of Patients with Infectious Diseases (ISSPID) (since 2004)

Head of Iran and Islam culture and civilization committee in the Supreme Council of the Cultural Revolution (since 2005)

Council member of Shahid Beheshti University of Medical Sciences and Health Services (2005-2014)

Member of technical committee against tuberculosis (since 2005)

Member of the editorial board of the Shi’ite Studies journal since (since 2006)

Vice chairman of the Iranian Strategic Council for Foreign Relations (since 2006)

Member of Islamic Azad University board of trustees and MPH council of Shahid Beheshti University of Medical Sciences and Health Services (since 2006)

Member of the medical ethics and rights department of Shahid Beheshti University of Medical Sciences and Health Services (since 2007)

Member of Supreme Council of Transplantation of Shahid Beheshti University of Medical Sciences and Health Services (since 2006)

Head of Social Cultural Commission of Expediency Discernment Council (since 2007)

Member of the Shahid Beheshti University of Medical Sciences and Health Services, traditional medicine (since 2007)