Mohsen Hashemi Rafsanjani

Mohsen Hashemi Rafsanjani
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Rafsanjani in 2017
Chairman of the City Council of Tehran
Assumed office
23 August 2017
DeputyEbrahim Amini
Preceded byMehdi Chamran
Member of the City Council of Tehran
Assumed office
23 August 2017
Personal details
Mohsen Hashemi Bahremani

(1961-10-24) 24 October 1961 (age 57)
Qom, Iran[1]
Political partyExecutives of Construction Party[1]
Spouse(s)Azam Hashempour[2]
ResidenceTehran, Iran
Alma materPolytechnique Montréal

Mohsen Hashemi Rafsanjani (Persian: محسن هاشمی رفسنجانی‎, born 24 October 1961) is an Iranian politician, academic and engineer who currently serves as member and chairman of City Council of Tehran. He was the deputy director of Iran's Islamic Azad University from 2013 until 2017 and was chairman and CEO of Tehran Metro for 13 years. He was the main reformist member candidate for the fourth period of the Tehran city council in 2013 as Tehran Mayor, but lost to Mohammad Bagher Ghalibaf. In 2017, he was elected as a city councilor and later was elected as chairman of the council.

Early life

Mohsen Hashemi Rafsanjani was born on (24 October 1961 in Qom, Iran. He is the eldest son of Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani, the fourth president of Iran, and his wife, Effat Marashi. He has two sisters, Fatemeh and Faezeh. He has also two younger brothers, Mehdi and Yasser.

During his childhood, his family were pursued by the SAVAK. At the age of three, Rafsanjani's father was jailed by the SAVAK. In order to escape persecution, his father moved the family from Qom to Tehran. Rafsanjani studied at Islamic schools in Tehran, such as Alavi and Valyasr.

Rafsanjani's father was jailed for three years before the Iranian Revolution. During that time, Rafsanjani was the head of the house. He became active in cultural school activities and responsible in the library of the bazaar Tajrish mosque, where he read books. During the Iranian Revolution, seventeen-year-old Rafsanjani was active alongside the revolutionaries.

In 1987, Rafsanjani earned a master of applied science (MASc) degree in mechanical engineering from the Polytechnique Montréal.[3]

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