Also Known As:
Ali Akbar Ahmadian
Former Chief of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) Joint Staff; on October 25, 2007, added to the Specially Designated National (SDN) list maintained by the U.S. Department of the Treasury's Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC), freezing the entity'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; listed by the European Union on April 21, 2007, pursuant to U.N. Security Council Resolution 1747, as a person whose funds and economic resources, and those it owns, holds or controls, must be frozen by E.U. member states, with some exceptions, and within their jurisdiction; E.U. member states must also ensure that funds or economic resources are not made available to or for the benefit of the listed person; with some exceptions, European Union member states must prevent the person's entry into or transit through their territories; identified as a "key person" of the IRGC in an annex to U.N. Security Council resolution 1747 of March 24, 2007, which lists entities of proliferation concern; with some exceptions, the designation requires states to freeze the financial assets on their territories which are owned or controlled by the entity, by its agents, or by entities it controls; the designation also requires states to ensure that funds, financial assets or economic resources are prevented from being made available by their nationals or by any persons or entities within their territories, to or for the benefit of the designated entity; the resolution calls on states to "exercise vigilance" in allowing the designated person to enter or to transit through their territories, and requires states to notify the Security Council if the person does so.
Reportedly became commander of the IRGC navy in August 1997; reportedly appointed Chief of the IRGC Joint Staff in July 2000; reportedly became head of Imam Hoseyn University (Imam Hussein University of the Revolutionary Guards) in October 2005 and left the university in July 2007; reportedly appointed head of the IRGC Strategic Studies Centre in September 2007; born circa 1961 in Kerman, Iran; Iranian citizen and national.