Mr. Thamir Abbas Al Ghadhban is the current Deputy Premier of Iraq for Energy and Minister of Oil, he was a former Iraq Oil Minister and was the Energy adviser to the Prime Minister of Iraq. In recent years, Mr. Al Ghadhban served as a member of the National Assembly in Iraq and was a member of the committee tasked with drafting the new constitution for Iraq. He served as Chairman of the Advisory Committee for the Prime Minister between 2007 and 2015.
Mr. Al Ghadhban represented Iraq on the Executive Bureau of OAPEC, led Iraq’s post-war delegation to the OPEC ministerial meeting in 2004, was awarded OAPEC Scientific Prize in 2000 and is a three-time holder of the Iraqi Ministry of Oil scientific award for excellence. His career in Iraq’s oil sector spans over three decades, starting in the field as a petroleum engineer, then at the Ministry of Oil headquarters as Director General of Reservoir and Field Development, and later as Director General for Planning before becoming Minister of Oil. He played a leading role in rehabilitating the severely damaged oil industry after the fall of the regime in 2003. Mr. Ghadhban has been a frequent lecturer and keynote speaker at international conferences and seminars on the state of the global oil industry and particularly on the role of Iraq in the global energy sector. In May 2016, Mr. Al Ghadhban was awarded the “Order of the Rising Sun, Golden and Silver Star” from the Emperor of Japan for his outstanding contribution in enhancing economic relations and promoting friendship between Iraq and Japan. Mr. Ghadhban was awarded in April 2017 the award of Iraq Energy Forum 2017 for his significant contribution to the development of Iraq’s Energy Sector.
H.E. Dr Salih Husain Ali, Ambassador of the Republic of Iraq to the UK since July 2015. H.E. Dr Ali was appointed as Ambassador at the Ministry for Foreign Affairs in 2009, and was appointed as the Iraqi Ambassador in Khartoum-Sudan before his post here. H.E. Dr Salih Ali, graduated with BSc in electrical & electronic engineering, that encouraged him to pursue his postgraduate studies earning an MSc & PhD in electrical engineering and information technology, which led to, him chairing the (IT Department) alongside the Cisco Academy at the university of technology in Baghdad. He has published several papers & studies in various academic scientific & political areas in Arab and Iraqi magazines. H.E. Dr Ali, believes that there is great convergence between academia and diplomacy, in that analysis, research, exchange of ideas and visions, along with conducting meeting and seminars are required for both roles.
Ambassador Ramon Blecua has held several postings in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Embassies of Spain in Ghana, Indonesia, Egypt and Guatemala from 1988 to 1996. He was Spanish Representative to the Palestinian/Israeli peace negotiations in Cairo from 1992 to 1995. He participated in the International Commission Security Sector Reform of Guatemala and Cooperation Aid Coordinator for implementation of the peace agreements. In 1997, he was appointed Head of Office of the Director of the Institute for Cooperation with Latin America in the Spanish Agency for international Cooperation and Advisor of the Deputy Minister for International Cooperation and Latin America. Subsequent postings include Chief of Cabinet of the Director of the Cervantes Institute, Deputy Head of Mission in Teheran, Deputy Consul General in Buenos Aires and Cultural Counsellor in Cairo. He was Advisor for the International Center Oscar Niemeyer in Aviles for cultural Diplomacy Projects, Deputy Head of Mission in the Spanish Embassy in New Delhi from 2011 to 2014 and since 2014 Head of Political Section of the EU Delegation in Sana. He has been invited to lecture by International IDEA, the Latin American Center of Administration for Development, Argentinian Center for Foreign Relations, Aspen Institute, universities and research centers on issued of international cooperation, democratic governance and international relations. Ambassador Blecua Casas holds a M.A in history from Madrid Complutense University, and has studies in International Cooperation, Foreign Relations and Cultural Management. He has also published articles and essays on international relations, development cooperation and cultural diplomacy. He speaks English, French, Italian, Portuguese, Persian and Arabic.
Dr Dara Hassan Reshid is the Deputy Minister at the Ministry of Construction, Housing, Municipalities and General Works and Vice President of REFAATO. He was previously Deputy Minister of the Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs from 2010 to 2013 and a Special Adviser to the President of KRG on development, construction and investment from 2005 to 2010. Mr Reshid holds a B.Sc. in Civil Engineering and an M.Sc. in Highway & Traffic Engineering.
Dr. Amar Jabr Khaleel, Governor of Salaheddin Province, graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering and obtained a PhD in Mechanical Engineering.
Alongside his academic career as a faculty member of Tikrit University, Dr. Amar perused a career in Business and has managed to be a prominent businessman with a great reputation that qualified him to be an adviser to the Governor of Salaheddin.
In 2013, Salaheddin Provincial Council granted Dr. Amar the trust to be the Head of Salaheddin Investment Commission, a position in which he proved his abilities in great leadership and prudent vision. During his time as the head of the investment commission, Dr. Amar succeeded to market the province potential opportunities to regional and international investors.
In 2018, Dr. Amar was elected as the Governor of Salaheddin province.
Dr Kameran Ali Hasan holds a Bachelor’s Degree and Master’s Degree in Law, and a Master of Business Administration from Jules Vernier-Picardy University, France. He also holds a PhD in Management of Institutions.
Dr Kameran has experience in the management of government institutions and the development of annual budgets of ministries and how to implement them and the development of public administrative policies and deal with the challenges facing the implementation of these policies. The following positions were held by the Director General of Planning in the Ministry of Health in the Kurdistan Region and Director General of Social Welfare Director of Relief and Reconstruction Organization funded by the United Nations.
Mr Al Hmidawi holds a B.Sc. in Electrical Engineering and attended a number of courses related to power and energy both in Iraq and abroad, the last in 2016 is the United States program (IVLP) entitled “Increasing Energy Efficiency”, he held several posts and these include Director of Rusafa Operation Department, Director of Control and Communications department, Assistant General Manager of Baghdad Distribution, Director General of Baghdad Electricity Distribution, Director General of Energy Distribution Office, and for the present time Director General of Training and Development Office.
Dr Khalid Al-Yaqoobi is General Director at the Iraqi Presidency Office. From 2008 – 2016 he was adviser at the Iraqi Presidency Office and between 2001 – 2008 he was Adviser for Regional Affairs at high level security committees at the Iraqi National Security Council. He has also worked as a consulting engineer and has over 14 year’s maritime experience at the Iraqi Trade Navy Fleet and international private companies.
Dr. Al-Yacoobi frequently participates in conferences, summits, and political and security symposiums. He has studied Maritime Engineering at the Arabian Gulf Academy for Maritime Studies, holds a Bachelor’s Degree in political Science from the University of Baghdad, a master’s Degree in Strategic Planning for National Security from the National Defence College as well as a PhD in International and Diplomatic Relations.
Mr Farid Jadir Sadiq Al Jadir was born in Thi-Qar, Iraq in 1954 and graduated from Baghdad University in 1976 with a BSc in Petroluem and Mining Engineering. Mr Farid has extensive experience in oil & gas wells, drilling & services, completion, well control & fire fighting.
In 1977 Mr Farid started working as a Drilling Engineer for the Iraqi National Oil Company (INOC). Two years later he joined the Central Petroleum Organisation (CPO) as a Rig Supervisor & Well Servicer. He performed the same duties for the North Oil Company (NOC) where he eventually became in charge of Well Service & Completion between 1990-1997. Mr Farid became a manager for the Drilling Well Service Department & Well Control Firefighting between 1997 and 2015.
In October 2015 until the present date Mr Farid became DG & Chairman of (NOC).
Petroleum Expert grade (Drilling operations) since 2018 Where he held various positions and responsibilities he was responsible for a large number of technical and contractual committees with (IOC’s).