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.
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.
Ian R. MacDonald is the vice president of Chevron Europe, Eurasia and Middle East Exploration and Production Company, based in London, UK, a position he assumed in 2008. He is responsible for business development, new ventures and transportation strategy for Europe, Eurasia and Middle East. In addition to progressing new opportunities in the region, MacDonald directly manages new business and the Kurdistan Region of Iraq exploration portfolios.
MacDonald has held a number of positions of increasing responsibility, including president of Chevron Neftegaz Inc. in Moscow, the general director of the Caspian Pipeline Consortium (CPC) in Russia and Kazakhstan, and logistics manager at Tengizchevroil in Kazakhstan. MacDonald has also held management roles in Europe, the United States and Nigeria.
MacDonald serves on the governing bodies of CPC and Tengizchevroil.
A native of Scotland, MacDonald joined Chevron in Aberdeen, Scotland, in 1981. He graduated with a BA (hons) degree in Political Theory and Institutions from the University of Liverpool in 1976.
Bijan Mossavar-Rahmani is Executive Chairman of DNO ASA. He also is Chairman of the Board of RAK Petroleum plc, an Oslo-listed energy investment company.
An experienced industry executive, Mr Mossavar-Rahmani serves concurrently as Chairman of the Board of Directors of Foxtrot International, LDC, a privately-held Franco-American oil and gas company active in West Africa. He was founder and first Chief Executive of Houston based Apache International, Inc. In addition to his industry positions, Mr Mossavar Rahmani is active in public and international affairs. He is a Trustee of the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, a member of the Visiting Committee to Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government and a Director of the Persepolis Foundation. He has published more than ten books and dozens of articles on global energy markets and was decorated a Commandeur de l’Ordre National de la Côte d’Ivoire for services to the energy sector of that country. He is a graduate of Princeton and Harvard Universities.