Mehdi Karbasian is Chairman of IMIDRO, Iran’s leading industrial conglomerate. In this capacity he is also Deputy Minister for Industry, Mine, and Trade. IMIDRO is comprised of 10 major subsidiary companies active in the vertically integrated manufacture of steel, aluminum, and copper, among other activities. Dr. Karbasian has held numerous senior leadership positions in noted Iranian industrial and financial companies including the National Iranian Oil Company (NIOC), Parsian Bank, the Oil Industry Pension Fund Investment Company (OPIC) and the Social Security Organization (SSO). He holds an M.B.A. from Oklahoma City University and a PhD in Applied Management from the University of Paisley, Scotland.