Hon. Ali Larijani, Speaker of the Parliament of Iran
Hon. Ali Larijani is an Iranian conservative politician, philosopher and former military officer who has been Speaker of the Parliament of Iran since 2008. He is a graduate in computer science and mathematics from Sharif University of Technology and holds a master’s degree and PhD in Western Philosophy from Tehran University. Larijani is a former Commander of the Revolutionary Guards. He served as Deputy Minister of Labour and Social Affairs in the government led by Mir-Hossein Mousavi from 1981-1989. Following the election of Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani as President of Iran, he was appointed Deputy Minister of Information and Communications Technology. In March 1994, he was appointed as head of the Islamic Republic of Iran Broadcasting. He became security adviser to Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei in August 2004. Larijani was the Secretary of the Supreme National Security Council from August 2005 to October 2007, appointed by President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. He was one of the two representatives of the Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei to the Council, the other being Hassan Rouhani. As Secretary, he effectively functioned as the top negotiator on issues of national security, including Iran's nuclear program.