logo 19–21 October 2020

H.E. Qubad Talabani

Qubad Talabani was sworn in as Deputy Prime Minister of the Kurdistan Regional Government’s eighth Cabinet in June 2014. The Prime Minister and the Deputy Prime Minister are responsible for implementing KRG policy and overseeing the full range of government activities.

In the seventh Cabinet, Mr. Talabani served as Minister and Head of the Department of Coordination and Follow-up, a newly formed governmental department designated as the KRG’s principal policy unit. The Department is mandated to coordinate and follow up decisions and decrees with corresponding governmental institutions and to ensure effective and timely implementation of strategic goals and policies.

From 2006 to 2012 Deputy Prime Minister Talabani was the KRG representative to the United States of America, advocating the government’s position on a wide array of political and economic matters and promoting coordination and partnership between the Kurdistan Region and the United States. Prior to the KRG cabinet unification, Mr. Talabani served as the representative of the KRG–Slemani administration to Washington.

After Operation Iraqi Freedom in the spring of 2003, Mr. Talabani was named Senior Foreign Relations officer for the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK), operating mainly out of Baghdad and Slemani. There he worked closely with the American-led Coalition Office of Reconstruction and Humanitarian Assistance, serving as the PUK’s top liaison to the Coalition Provisional Authority and to the US forces in Iraq. Mr. Talabani was also a key negotiator in drafting the Transitional Administrative Law, the forerunner to the current Constitution of Iraq.

Deputy Prime Minister Talabani was born in 1977. His family has been involved in Kurdish politics for decades. His father, Jalal Talabani, is the President of the Republic of Iraq.

Deputy Prime Minister Talabani is married to his wife Sherri, and together they have two children, Ari and Lara. He is fluent in Kurdish and English, and studied in London, where he obtained a B.Sc. in mechanical engineering. He is a keen follower of football, avidly supporting the Manchester United Football Club.

H.E. Dr Ashti Hawrami

Dr Ashti Hawrami was appointed Minister for Natural Resources in May 2006, and reappointed in the sixth cabinet on 28 October 2009 following the July 2009 Kurdistan Region parliamentary elections. Before joining the KRG cabinet, Dr Hawrami held several senior oil executive positions in the private sector. He worked as an engineer in the Iraqi National Oil Company (INOC) in Basra and later the British National Oil Company in Scotland. Dr Hawrami obtained a bachelors and PhD degrees in oil engineering. Among several senior posts he held in 1999 he became Chairman and CEO of ECL Group Plc. After retiring from ECL, he was appointed Minister of Natural Resources in 2006.

H.E. Falah Mustafa Bakir

Minister Mustafa has been serving as the Head of the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) Department of Foreign Relations since September 2006. He was the KRG’s liaison officer to the Coalition Provisional Authority in 2003 and to the Multi-National Forces’ Korean Contingent stationed in Erbil in 2004. He also served as a Senior Adviser to the KRG Prime Minister from 2002 until 2004. He spent four years as the KRG Deputy Minister of Agriculture & Irrigation, from 1999 to 2002. He Joined the KDP’s Foreign Relations office in 1991 and was appointed as KDP Public Relations Officer from 1996 to 1999. Minister Bakir obtained his undergraduate degree at the University of Mosul, his graduate degree in Development Studies at the University of Bath in the United Kingdom, and a senior manager’s executive program certificate at Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government.

He is fully fluent in Kurdish, English, and Arabic.

Hoger Shalli

Hoger Shalli’s vision dedication and passion to serve the people and Government of Kurdistan.

–‐ Deputy Minister of Electricity Since March 2013.

–‐ Senior Advisor to the Council of Ministers during 2006 to 2013

–‐ Senior Programme Officer at UNDP SCR 986 Programme for Rehabilitation of Electricity Sector in Kurdistan from 1997 to 2006

–‐ Working for International companies in Kuwait during 1982 to 1991.

Hoger Shalli obtained his undergraduate degree at the university of Al–‐Mustansrya Baghdad/Iraq, his postgraduate degree in Management and Technology at the University of UWIST Cardiff United Kingdom.

He lives with his wife and four children in Kurdistan.

H.E. Mowlowd Murad Muhialdin

HE Mowlowd Murad Muhialdin holds a BSC in Economics and Administration. His Excellency is currently the Acting Minister of Transportation and Telecommunications in the Kurdistan Regional Government as well as Minister for Parliamentary affairs.

Dr Amanj Raheem

Amanj Raheem has been serving as the Cabinet Secretary at the Kurdistan Regional Government since October 2014, he attained LLM in 2003 and PhD with honors in the Business Law in 2008, prior to becoming a Cabinet Secretary he was the Chief of Staff to the KRG Prime Minister in 2010 for two years.

Amanj served as a Senior Legal Advisor to the KRG cabinet for six years. He has advised on commercial and financial laws including the constitutional energy and budget issues with the federal government in Baghdad. He also led the development and drafting of several financial and administrative laws and regulations in Kurdistan region.

Amanj is a member of the National Committee for the Iraqi Accession to the World Trade Organization WTO. He also works on various public financial reform projects, he is heading a coordination committee for promoting transparency in the Kurdistan Region oil and gas revenues and expenditures through an international independent auditing. He gained several certificates in oil and gas contracts, international arbitration, upstream fiscal petroleum regimes, international trade law, quality assurance and transparency during his career.

Karwan Jamal Tahir

Mr Karwan Jamal Tahir took up post as the KRG High Representative to the UK in June 2015. He endeavours to further develop and maintain close ties between the KRG and the United Kingdom, as well as advocating his government’s position on a range of matters including, political, security, cultural, economic, and humanitarian.
On July 2003 Mr. Tahir completed his BSc in Computer Science and Management, at the University of Manchester Science and Technology (UMIST).
Previously, Mr. Tahir served as an Adviser to the General Enterprise for Special Projects, at the Kurdistan Regional Government’s Council of Ministers, from 2004 to 2007. He became a Senior Advisor to the Ministry of Natural Resources for three years. He played a pivotal role in the Ministry’s strategic plans and relations with the IOCs. In addition, he also led three Management Committees, while participating as a member in many more.
Mr. Tahir transferred to the Department of Foreign Relations (DFR) in 2009 and held the position of the Deputy Head of DFR. Mr. Tahir promoted the Kurdistan Region’s relations with the international community on a political and cultural level, through participating in numerous conferences around the world and engaging with the diplomatic community in Erbil.

Sir David Richmond

Sir David is a former British diplomat who began his career learning Arabic at MECAS in Lebanon and was then posted to Baghdad. Other postings include Sana’a, Brussels for the EU and New York for the UN. In 2000 he was appointed the first British Representative to the EU’s then brand new Political and Security Committee and in 2003 returned to Baghdad, later becoming the UK Special Representative for Iraq. His final posting was as the FCO’s Director General Defence and Intelligence and member of the Foreign Office Board. After leaving the FCO, he worked as a senior adviser for Bell Pottinger. 

Saad Sadollah

Saad Sadollah is the Commercial and Business Development Advisor to the KRG Minister of Natural Resources, Dr Ashti Hawrami. He is of Kurdish heritage and was born in the northern Iraqi city of Mosul. Saad spent his initial career as a Petroleum Analyst / Consultant with Deloitte’s Petroleum Services based in London. More recently, he worked for the independent US oil firm Hess as a Commercial Manager. Saad has worked on oil and gas projects around the world including in the UK, Norway, Denmark, Netherlands, Azerbaijan, Libya, Egypt, Qatar, Malaysia and Indonesia. He currently specializes in gas strategy, petroleum economics and contractual negotiations for the Kurdistan Regional Government. He holds BEng in Civil Engineering from Queen Mary’s College, and a Petroleum Engineering Masters from Imperial College.

Dr Najmaldin Karim

Dr. Najmaldin Karim is the current governor of Kirkuk Governorate in Iraq. Prior to the invasion of Iraq Karim had served innumerous Kurdish and Iraqi opposition groups.

Karim lived in Kirkuk until he completed secondary school, where he then moved to Mosul and studied medicine at the Mosul Medical College. Karim became involved in politics at university, being elected to the leadership of the Kurdish Student Union in 1971, and then later joining the peshmerga in 1972. Karim left Iraq in 1975. He later completed neurosurgery training at George Washington University, and started his own medical practice in the Washington, DC area.

Karim returned to Iraq in 2009 to stand for the Kurdistan Alliance in the parliamentary election, and was elected as a member of parliament for Kirkuk. He was subsequently elected as governor of Kirkuk Governorate by Kirkuk’s Governorate Council on 29 March 2011, and was sworn in on 3 April 2011. Following President Jalal Talabani’s stroke on December 17, 2012, Karim served as the head of Talabani’s medical team when Talabani is in Iraq.

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