Dr. Kamal Kharrazi was the Iranian Minister of Foreign Affairs as appointed by President Mohammad Khatami, serving from 1997 to 2005.
Previously, he represented Iran at the United Nations, from 1989 to 1997. He is trained as an educator, and experienced in the news media. For several years Kharazi has presented the official Iranian position on TV and at university campuses in the United States and Europe, and has written extensively on foreign policy issues. He had extensive experience in guiding the media during the early days of Iran’s Iranian Revolution.
He got his B.Sc. in Civil Engineering and after receiving his master’s degree in education at the University of Tehran, he spent a year (1975-1976) as teaching fellow at the University of Houston, where he received a doctorate in education (1976) before returning to Iran. He has been a Professor of Management and Educational Psychology at Tehran University since 1983. Kharazi was also a founding member of the Islamic Research Institute in London.