Hamid Chitchian

Hamid Chitchian (Persian: حمید چیت‌چیان‎, born 21 March 1957) is an Iranian politician and the former intelligence head. He had been energy minister of Iran from 15 August 2013 until 20 August 2017.[2]

Hamid Chitchian
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October 2014
Minister of Energy
In office
15 August 2013 – 20 August 2017
PresidentHassan Rouhani
Preceded byMajid Namjoo
Succeeded bySattar Mahmoudi (acting)
Member of the Iranian Parliament
In office
28 May 1988 – 28 May 1992
ConstituencyTabriz, Osku and Azarshahr
Majority308,485 (40.10%)[1]
Personal details
Hamid Chitchian

(1957-03-21) 21 March 1957 (age 63)
Tabriz, Iran
Political partyIndependent
Alma materAmirkabir University of Technology
Tarbiat Modares University
Military service
Branch/serviceRevolutionary Guard
Years of service1980–1988
Battles/warsIran-Iraq War

Early lifeEdit

Chitchian was born in Tabriz, East Azerbaijan, around 1957.[3][4]


Chitchian joined the IRGC[5] and is the former head of its intelligence unit in Tabriz.[6] He is the former member of parliament, serving in the third term.[5] He was appointed deputy energy minister for planning and economic affairs and senior advisor to the energy minister during the first term of the President Mahmoud Ahmedinejad.[5][7] At the same period he was a member of the managerial board of the Iran Power Generation Transmission and Distribution Management Company (TAVANIR) and the Energy Organization.[5] He was also one of the senior advisors to Ahmedinejad.[8]

He was nominated as energy minister by President Hassan Rouhani on 4 August 2013.[5] On 15 August, he was appointed energy minister to the cabinet of Rouhani, receiving 272 votes in favor and seven votes against in the parliament.[9] It was the second highest level of approval after that for Ali Tayebnia who was appointed economy minister.[10] On 1 August 2017, Chitchian announced that he will leave energy ministry after the end of the first Rouhani government.


Chitchian is a moderate technocratic with a neoliberal economic view.[11]


  1. ^ "Parliament members" (in Persian). Iranian Majlis. Retrieved 28 October 2014.
  2. ^ حمید چیت چیان وزیر نیرو شد Bargh News (Persian). Retrieved 29 November 2013
  3. ^ Ali Alfoneh (5 August 2013). "All the President's Men: Rouhani's Cabinet" (Policy Brief). Foundation for Defense of Democracies. Retrieved 29 August 2013.
  4. ^ "اقتصاد > انرژی". Hamshahri Online. Retrieved 13 October 2013.
  5. ^ a b c d e "Iran's newly elected president nominates cabinet". CNN. 5 August 2013. Retrieved 29 August 2013.
  6. ^ "President Hassan Rouhani's pragmatic conservative, security-intelligence-oriented Cabinet nominations". Iran Politik. 6 August 2013. Archived from the original on 21 October 2018. Retrieved 29 August 2013.
  7. ^ "Iranian Assistance to Nicaragua". Wikileaks. 27 August 2007. Archived from the original on 24 June 2013. Retrieved 29 August 2013.
  8. ^ "Iran politics: Rowhani takes a centre line in his cabinet nominees". ViewsWire. 8 August 2013. Retrieved 29 August 2013.
  9. ^ "15 of 18 Proposed Iranian Cabinet Ministers Devoted by Parliament". Mojnews. 16 August 2013. Archived from the original on 20 October 2013. Retrieved 29 August 2013.
  10. ^ "Iranian Parliament Rejects Three of Rohani's Proposed Ministers". Payvand. Radio Zamaneh. 16 August 2013. Retrieved 29 August 2013.
  11. ^ Mustafa Labbad (12 August 2013). "Rouhani's New Government Reveals its Biases Early". As Safir. Retrieved 29 August 2013.

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