Bijan Namdar Zangeneh

Bijan Namdar Zangeneh (Persian: بيژن نامدار زنگنه‎; born 21 September 1952) is an Iranian politician, who served as minister at different cabinets after the Islamic Revolution for 32 years. He has been serving as oil minister since 15 August 2013 in the cabinet led by Hassan Rouhani.

Bijan Namdar Zangeneh
Bijan Namdar Zangeneh 2019 (cropped).jpg
Minister of Petroleum
Assumed office
15 August 2013
PresidentHassan Rouhani
DeputyKazem Vaziri Hamaneh
Marzieh Shah-Daei
Preceded byRostam Ghasemi
In office
14 August 1997 – 7 August 2005
PresidentMohammad Khatami
Preceded byGholam Reza Aghazadeh
Succeeded byKazem Vaziri Hamane
Minister of Energy
In office
2 September 1988 – 14 August 1997
PresidentAli Khamenei
Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani
Prime MinisterMir-Hossein Mousavi
Preceded byAbolhassan Khamoushi (Acting)
Succeeded byHabibollah Bitaraf
Minister of Jihad of Construction
In office
14 November 1983 – 2 September 1988
PresidentAli Khamenei
Prime MinisterMir-Hossein Mousavi
Preceded byOffice established
Succeeded byGholamreza Forouzesh
Personal details
Born (1952-09-21) 21 September 1952 (age 68)[1]
Kermanshah, Iran
Political partyExecutives of Construction Party
Alma materUniversity of Tehran

Early life and educationEdit

Zangeneh was born to a Kurdish family in Kermanshah in 1952.[3] He spent his early school years in his hometown before moving to Tehran where he received his high school diploma. He received his MSc in civil engineering from the University of Tehran in 1977 and then became a Civil Engineering professor at K. N. Toosi University of Technology until his retirement in 2006.[4]

Career and activitiesEdit

Namdar Zanganeh (right) as minister of energy with Ali Khamenei, visiting Karkheh Dam, 14 March 1997.

Following the 1979 revolution, Zangeneh was appointed deputy for the minister of culture and Islamic guidance in 1980.[5] In 1983, he was made minister of construction jihad.[5] He was appointed minister of energy in the government of Mir-Hossein Mousavi in 1988.[5] He also served as the energy minister in Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani's cabinet[6] and made massive efforts for reconstruction and rehabilitation of the country's water and electricity industry in the aftermath of the 1980–1988 Iran–Iraq War and the damages caused to the industry in the Iraqi attacks. He was the minister of petroleum in Mohammad Khatami's cabinet.[6] Zangeneh was replaced by Kazem Vaziri Hamane in the post on 29 August 2005 as appointed by President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.[5]

He was appointed as a member of the Expediency Council by the Supreme Leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, in 1996. He taught at several universities and academic centers; but he was basically a faculty member at K. N. Toosi University of Technology.

In early August 2013, Zangeneh was nominated as the petroleum minister by President Rouhani and was confirmed on 15 August.[7] On 21 August Zanganeh was named as the head of Gas Exporting Countries Forum (GECF) for 2013.[8] Kazem Vaziri Hamaneh was appointed as Zangeneh's deputy on 3 September.[9]


  1. ^ Eng. Bijan Namdar Zanganeh
  2. ^ سوابق و کارنامه "بیژن نامدار زنگنه" که روحانی روز گذشته به مجلس داد
  3. ^ "Zangeneh, a Kurd, confirmed as Iran oil minister". Retrieved 26 June 2020.
  4. ^ خلاصه ای از سوابق علمی ،فرهنگی ،سیاسی و اجرایی وزیرنفت
  5. ^ a b c d Sara Vakhshouri (21 August 2013). "Iran's Oil Minister Confronts Sanctions". Atlantic Council. Retrieved 13 September 2013.
  6. ^ a b "Iranian Parliament Approves Moderate President's New Cabinet". The New York Times. 21 August 1997. Retrieved 24 January 2010.
  7. ^ Kamali Dehghan, Saeed (15 August 2013). "Iran's parliament approves 15 of Hassan Rouhani's 18 cabinet ministers". The Guardian. Retrieved 15 August 2013.
  8. ^ "Iran's Oil Minister Appointed GECF Head". Mees. 21 August 2013. Archived from the original on 13 September 2013. Retrieved 13 September 2013.
  9. ^ "Vaziri-Hamaneh appointed as Iran's deputy oil minister". Tehran Times. 3 September 2013. Archived from the original on 13 September 2013. Retrieved 13 September 2013.

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Political offices
Preceded by
Position established
Minister of Agriculture
Succeeded by
Gholamreza Forouzesh
Preceded by
Mohammad-Taqi Banqi
Minister of Energy
Succeeded by
Habibollah Bitaraf
Preceded by
Gholam Reza Aghazadeh
Minister of Petroleum
Succeeded by
Kazem Vaziri Hamane
Preceded by
Rostam Ghasemi
Minister of Petroleum
Succeeded by