Minister of Natural Resources
Kurdistan Regional Government, Iraq
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.