Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Islamic Republic of Iran to the Russian Federation
Director, Russian Studies Group, Faculty of World Studies, University of Tehran; Member, Parliament of IRI since 2008. Visiting professor, Political Sciences Faculty Moscow
Humanitarian University since 1999; Member, Kazakhstan Academy of Social Sciences since 1997; Editor-in-chief, Journal of World Studies, University of Tehran from 2011.
Previous positions: Cultural attaché, Embassy of IRI in Kazakhstan (1995–1998) and Russia
(1999–2003); Editor-in-chief of “Persia” magazine, Institute of the Oriental
Studies of the Russian Academy of Sciences (1999–2003); Deputy Head for Research
and Education, Islamic Culture and Relations Organization (2003–2005); Head,
Institute of Culture, ECO Regional Organization (2005–2006). Selected
publications: Bilateral relations of Iran and Central Asia (2011); Iran and
Russia’s Relations (2008); Russia in Search of Identity, written by James
Billington, translated and edited by Mehdi Sanaei (2006); Souvenir from Central
Asia (1999); Iran’s Position in Central Asia (1997). Authored many other books
and numerous articles in English, Farsi and Russian.