Marzieh Afkham

Marzieh Afkham (Persian: مرضیه افخم‎) is an Iranian diplomat who is currently serving as the ambassador to Malaysia.

She is former spokeswoman and head of the Center for Public and Media Diplomacy in Iran's Ministry of Foreign Affairs,[2] the first female spokesperson for the ministry.[3] On 8 November 2015 was appointed as ambassador to Malaysia, becoming the first female Iranian ambassador since the 1979 revolution[4] and the second in history after Mehrangiz Dowlatshahi.[5]

Marzieh Afkham
Marzieh Afkham in 2015
Iranian Ambassador to Malaysia
Assumed office
1 December 2015
PresidentHassan Rouhani
MinisterMohammad Javad Zarif
Preceded byJalal Firouznia
Spokesperson for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs
In office
1 September 2013[1] – 8 November 2015
PresidentHassan Rouhani
Preceded byAbbas Araghchi
Succeeded byHossein Jaberi Ansari
Personal details
BornDecember 1962/January 1963 (age 55)[1]
Tehran, Iran[1]
Alma materAllameh Tabatabaei University[1]
Islamic Azad University[1]


  1. ^ a b c d e Hamshahri
  2. ^ "Spokeswoman & Head of the Center for Public and Media Diplomacy". Islamic Republic of Iran Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
  3. ^ "Iran appoints first female foreign ministry spokeswoman". CNN. 4 September 2013.
  4. ^ "Iran appoints first female ambassador since 1979 revolution; she will head Malaysia embassy". The Straits Times. 10 November 2015. Retrieved 10 November 2015.
  5. ^ CONOR GAFFEY (11 November 2015). "IRAN APPOINTS FIRST FEMALE AMBASSADOR SINCE 1979 ISLAMIC REVOLUTION". Newsweek. Retrieved 10 January 2017.
Diplomatic posts
Preceded by
Abbas Araghchi
Spokesperson for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Iran
Succeeded by
Hossein Jaberi Ansari

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