Mohammad Shariatmadari (born 24 June 1960) is an Iranian politician and
current Minister of Cooperatives, Labour and Social Welfare.He was in
position of minister of Industry, from 2017 to 2018. He also served as
minister of commerce from 1997 to 2005 in the cabinet of President
Mohammad Khatami. He was campaign chairman of Hassan Rouhani for 2017
Shariatmadari is a reformist and regarded a moderate figure within the
camp (in contrast to radical reformers), although he shares some views
with the conservatives
Shariatmadari was born in Tehran on 24 June 1960. He attended the
University of Kerman and graduated with a bachelor's degree in
Shariatmadari became a member of Central Revolutionary Committee
following the 1979 revolution. He is among the founders of Iran’s
intelligence ministry and served as deputy intelligence minister. He was
one of the supporters of Ayatollah Mohammad Reyshahri in the
presidential election in 1997. Reyshahri lost the election and Mohammad
Khatami became the president.
He was the minister of commerce from 1997 to 2005 in the cabinet headed
by President Khatami. In 2006, he was appointed to then newly founded
the Strategic Council for Foreign Relation as a member. He is also a
foreign policy advisor to Ali Khamenei, Supreme Leader of Iran.
On 8 October 2013, President Hassan Rouhani appointed Shariatmadari as
vice president for executive affairs. He was also appointed as acting
Minister of Youth Affairs and Sports on 28 October 2013 after Rouhani's
nominee for the post was rejected by the Parliament.