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Professor Hooshang Amirahmadi

President and Founder, AIC

Rutgers University, New Brunswick

Hooshang Amirahmadi holds a Ph.D. in planning and international development from Cornell University and is a professor of the Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy, at Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey. In academic year 2008-2009, he was a Senior Associate Member at Oxford University, U.K. Professor Amirahmadi has served as director of the University's Center for Middle Eastern Studies, and as chair and graduate director of his department at the Bloustein School. He is the founder and president of the American Iranian Council (AIC) (, president of Caspian Associates, Inc. (, and was a candidate for President in the ninth presidential elections in Iran in June 2005.

Dr. Amirahmadi is the author of The Political Economy of Iran under the Qajars, Revolution and Economic Transition: The Iranian Experience, and three other books in Persian on civil society, industrial policy, and geopolitics of energy. Dr. Amirahmadi is also editor of 10 books on Iran and the Middle East, and 16 conference proceedings on US-Iran relations. He has authored over 200 scholarly journal articles and book chapters as well as numerous editorials, magazine articles, interviews and book reviews (in English and Persian). He writes for and edits the two official AIC publications, AIC Insight and AIC Update, and publishes in numerous electronic media. A frequent contributor to conferences in Europe, North America, Asia, Latin America, Africa and the Middle East, Dr. Amirahmadi’s writings have been translated and published in Europe, Iran and the Arab World.

Dr. Amirahmadi is a frequent contributor to national and international TV, radio, and newspapers. He has also served as consultant for the UNDP, the Aga Khan Foundation, the World Bank, and several governments, law firms, and private companies throughout the world. A recipient of many grants and awards from prestigious foundation and several corporations, his graduate teachings at Rutgers include courses on global restructuring and public policy, international economic development, and the Middle East in transition.