Fereidoun Abbasi-Davani

Also Known As: 

Fereydoon Abbasi Davani
Fereydoon Abbasi

Weapon Program: 

  • Nuclear



Former head of the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran (AEOI); formerly a senior scientist at the Ministry of Defense and Armed Forces Logistics (MODAFL).

Involved in the development of uranium mining and yellowcake production; has worked closely with Mohsen Fakhrizadeh-Mahabadi; has been associated with the Institute of Applied Physics (IAP); has served as a faculty member of Shahid Behesti University (SBU), a researcher at Iran's Institute for Studies in Theoretical Physics and Mathematics (IPM), and an assistant professor at Imam Hossein University (IHU), where he reportedly led the physics group; has also served at the Ministry of Science, Research, and Technology, Malek Ashtar University, and the Nuclear Society; research activities have included the study of nuclear targets for neutron production, electron linear accelerators, software to calculate nuclear radiation, plasma focus devices, and alpha spectrometry.

Reportedly has been a member of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) since the 1979 Iranian Revolution; holds a Ph.D. in nuclear physics from Amir Kabir University (AKU); reportedly a professor at Ferdowsi University; born in Abadan, Iran, in 1958 or 1959.


Designated by the U.N. Security Council on March 24, 2007, pursuant to resolution 1737 (2006), as a person involved in Iran's proliferation sensitive nuclear activities or development of nuclear weapon delivery systems; subsequently designated by U.N. Security Council resolution 2231 (2015); removed from the U.N. list on October 18, 2023, following the expiration of targeted sanctions contained in resolution 2231.

Listed by the European Union on April 21, 2007, as a person linked to Iran's proliferation-sensitive nuclear activities or Iran's development of nuclear weapon delivery systems; with some exceptions, E.U. member states must freeze assets owned or controlled by the person, directly or indirectly, and prevent assets from being made available to the person; with some exceptions, E.U. member states must also prevent the person's entry into or transit through their territories.

Added on December 13, 2012, to the Specially Designated Nationals (SDN) list maintained by the U.S. Department of the Treasury's Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC), freezing the person's assets under U.S. jurisdiction and prohibiting transactions with U.S. parties, pursuant to Executive Order 13382, which targets proliferators of weapons of mass destruction (WMD) and their delivery systems; foreign parties facilitating transactions for the person or otherwise assisting the person are subject to U.S. sanctions; also subject to the Iranian Financial Sanctions Regulations; foreign financial institutions facilitating transactions for the person may be prohibited from opening or maintaining correspondent or payable-through accounts in the United States.

Sanctioned by the governments of Australia, Canada, and the United Kingdom, restricting business and financial transactions with the person and/or freezing the person's assets in those countries.

Date Entered: 

June 18, 2007

Date Last Modified: 

December 20, 2023