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H.E. Masrour Barzani

Chair

H.E. Masrour Barzani is the founder of The American University of Kurdistan. He was nominated by Kurdistan Democratic Party as the Prime Minister of the Kurdistan Regional Government after landslide victory of his party at the parliamentary election on September 30, 2018. He was appointed Chancellor of Kurdistan Region Security Council in 2012. Prior to that, H.E. Barzani was appointed the General Director of the Protection and Intelligence Agency.

H.E. Barzani joined the Peshmerga in 1985 at the age of 16. He was an active participant in the ongoing battle against Saddam Hussein until the Kurdish uprising in 1991. As the Chancellor of the Kurdistan Region Security Council, he was at the forefront of the battle against ISIS from 2014 through 2017.

H.E. Barzani has been an advocate of women’s empowerment and under his stewardship, women were officially added to the Kurdish security services. In 2005, he founded the Barzani Charity Foundation, a non-profit charity organization that provides aid to the internally displaced, refugees, and other vulnerable populations. The BCF is modeled on the life, struggle and principles of his Grandfather Mustafa Barzani, the founder of Kurdistan.

H.E. Barzani received a B.A. with honors in International Studies from the American University in Washington, D.C. He continued studying Peace and Conflict Resolutions for his postgraduate studies and has published op-eds in the Washington Post.