Peyman Akbari from Hersin, Kermanshah, has an MA degree in sports organisational management. He was a member of the national team from 1997 to 2007, when he played in five Asian Championships, two Asian Games and two World Championship editions, and several other continental tournaments. He was the captain of the national team since 2002, when he led his team to a silver medal finish at the Asian Games and a bronze medal finish at the Asian Championship in 2003. He was likewise a successful club player in the Iranian Super League with teams such as Peykan and Sanaam, which performed well in the Asian Club Championships. He started coaching in 2008 and soon after recorded achievements by winning the Super League, AVC Club Championship and a bronze medal finish at the Club World Championship with Peykan.