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Ali R. Rabi was born in Tehran and came to USA after graduation from High School in 1966. He earned his B.S. and M.S. in Architectural Technology and PhD in City and Regional Planning. He returned to Iran in 1974 where he taught at the University of Tehran School of Architecture while practicing regional planning at the Plan and Budget Organization. He also served as the senior advisor in the Ministry of Housing and Urban Development.
After the revolution, he served at the Vice Chancellor and Dean of Education at Farabi University. During 1982-84, he served as the Chief Planner of Fisheries, Ahwaz Still Mill Plant, and Regional Planning Group. Then, he moved back to US and established his own business in Northern Virginia until 2000.
In 2001, he initiated the International University of Iran as the platform for bridging between the Iranian specialists and academics abroad with the scientific communities in Iran. Dr. Rabi has been working on the Virtual University project during the past six years in Iran, Middle East, Europe and the Unites States. He is currently a visiting scholar at the University of Maryland, Center for International Development and Conflict Management.
His areas of interests include: Information Society, Information Technology and International Development, e-Learning, and Political Economy. He is also the founder and co-chair of the Middle East Citizens Assembly.