Ali Akbar Salehi (Persian: علی اکبر صالحی, born 24 March 1949 in Karbala, Iraq) is an Iranian politician, diplomat and academic and the current Minister of Foreign Affairs since 13 December 2010. Previous to his appointment as Minister of Foreign Affairs, he was Head of Atomic Energy Organization of Iran from 16 July 2009 to 13 December 2010. He was also Iranian Representative in the International Atomic Energy Agency from 1997 to 2005.
He was born on 24 March 1949 in Karbala, Iraq when his family was living in Iraq for business reasons. He has a BSc from the American University of Beirut and a Ph.D. from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, which he earned in 1977. He was also Associate Professor and Chancellor of the Sharif University of Technology and a member of the Academy of Sciences of Iran and the International Centre for Theoretical Physics in Italy.
He was Chancellor of the Sharif University of Technology from 1982 to 1985 and once again in 1989 to 1993.