H.E. Dr Masoumeh Ebtekar

Dr Ebtekar was the first female Vice President of Iran in 1997, and has remained at the centre of the revolutionary movement in Iran since 1979. A scientist, journalist, and politician, she frequently writes on environmental, political, social and women’s issues in Persian and English. She is a considerable force in the reformist movement in Iran, and one of the founding members of the reformist Islamic Iran Participation Front. After Rouhani was elected President, she was appointed as Head of Environmental Protection Organization, a position she previously held for eight years under Mohammad Khatami. In January 2014, Ebtekar was awarded the Energy Globe Foundation Honorary Lifetime Achievement Award in Tehran. Previously she has been named as one of the seven 2006 Champions of the Earth by the United Nations Environment Program, and one of 50 environmental leaders by The Guardian newspaper.


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