Interviews & Success Stories

Diplomacy
Building Bridges

Building Bridges

- Falah Mustafa Bakir, Head of the Department of Foreign Relations, KRG

IIG talks to Minister Falah Mustafa Bakir on the KRG's foreign policy priorities.

Energy
Major Plans

Major Plans

- Baz Karim, President & CEO, KAR Group

IIG talks to Baz Karim about KAR Group's ambitious future plans in the Kurdistan Region.

Economy
Boosting Trade

Boosting Trade

- Fathi al Mudaris, Advisor, Ministry of Trade and Industry, KRG

IIG talks to Fathi Al-Mudaris on the trade and investment landscape in the Kurdistan Region.

Education
The Path to Excellence

The Path to Excellence

- Prof. Michael Mulnix, President, AUK

IIG talks to Professor Michael Mulnix on the AUK’s strategic plans and targets in the medium term.

Economy
Expanding Commercial Ties

Expanding Commercial Ties

- Steve Lutes, Director, US Chamber

IIG talks to Steve Lutes on the US Chamber’s activities in the Kurdistan Region.

Diplomacy
Kurdistan in Italy

Kurdistan in Italy

- Rezan Kader, Representative, KRG Italy

IIG talks to Rezan Kader, the KRG Representative in Italy, on the KRG - Italy bilateral ties.

Diplomacy
Kurdistan in Australia

Kurdistan in Australia

- Haval Syan, Representative, KRG Australia

IIG talks to Haval Syan, the KRG Representative in Commonwealth of Australia, on the KRG-Australia bilateral ties.

Diplomacy
What’s on the Horizon

What’s on the Horizon

- Prof. Dlawer Ala'Aldeen, President, Middle East Research Institute

IIG talks to Prof. Dlawer Ala’Aldeen about Erbil-Baghdad relations, the MERI Forum 2015, and Institutes’s future projects.

Tech
Kurdistan’s IT Strategy

Kurdistan’s IT Strategy

- Hiwa Afandi, Head of the Department of IT, KRG

IIG talks to Hiwa Afandi about the DIT’s current and future projects.

Real Estate
Geared to Build

Geared to Build

- Peshraw Majid Agha, Chairman, Falcon Group

IIG talks to Peshraw Majid Agha on Falcon Group’s Empire World project, and the company’s future goals.

Hospitality
Setting the Bar High

Setting the Bar High

- Emre Altunal, General Manager, Divan Erbil

IIG talks to Emre Altunal, General Manager of Divan Erbil, on the hospitality industry in the Kurdistan Region.

Education
Rwanga Foundation

Rwanga Foundation

- Abdul Salam Medeni, CEO, Rwanga Foundation

IIG talks to Abdul Salam Medeni on the Rwanga Foundation’s current and future projects.

Human Capital
British Council in Kurdistan

British Council in Kurdistan

- David Pardoe, Director, British Council

IIG talks to David Pardoe on the British Council’s current and future activities in the Kurdistan Region.

Diplomacy
Cooperation On All Fronts

Cooperation On All Fronts

- Bayan Sami Rahman, High Representative, KRG

IIG talks to Bayan Sami Rahman, the KRG High Representative to the USA, on the KRG-U.S. relations and her Representation's top priorities to further strengthen...

Diplomacy
Partner Of Choice

Partner Of Choice

- Karwan Jamal Tahir, High Representative, KRG

IIG talks to Karwan Jamal Tahir, the KRG High Representative to the UK, on the KRG-U.K. relations, and his Representation's top priorities & goals to further...

Hospitality
Treasured Time

Treasured Time

- Ghassan Dalal, General Manager, Erbil Rotana

IIG talks to Ghassan Dalal, General Manager of Erbil Rotana, on the hospitality industry and the hotel’s future plans.

Insurance
Insurance Landscape & Challenges

Insurance Landscape & Challenges

- Randa Aractingi, CEO, Dilnia Insurance

IIG talks to Dilnia Insurance CEO Randa Aractingi on the insurance industry landscape & challenges in the Kurdistan Region.

Energy
Source of Inspiration

Source of Inspiration

- Donnie MacDonald, President & Country Manager, Chevron Iraq

IIG talks to Donnie MacDonald about recent developments at Chevron's Qara Dagh, Sarta, and Rovi blocks, and the trends in Kurdistan's oil and gas industry.

Energy
Energizing Kurdistan

Energizing Kurdistan

- Baz Karim, President & CEO, KAR Group

IIG talks to Baz Karim about KAR's Erbil Refinery and the Group's ambitious future plans in the Kurdistan Region.

Diplomacy
Leading the Way

Leading the Way

- Nechirvan Barzani, Prime Minister, KRG

Prime Minister Nechirvan Barzani explains the KRG's economic performance, why investors should choose Kurdistan as a business destination, and the key...

Diplomacy
Confidence in the Future

Confidence in the Future

- Masoud Barzani, President, KRG

IIG talks to President Masoud Barzani about the Kurdistan Region’s cooperation with the international community, new regional challenges, and Kurdistan’s...

Insurance
Trust Us

Trust Us

- Jamal Asfour, CEO, Asia Insurance

Jamal Asfour speaks with IIG about Asia Insurance’s growth since 2012 and outlines urgently needed reforms for Kurdistan’s growing insurance sector.

Diplomacy
The KRG's Foreign Policy Perspective

The KRG's Foreign Policy Perspective

- Falah Mustafa Bakir, Head of the Department of Foreign Relations, KRG

Minister Falah Mustafa Bakir details the Kurdistan Region’s foreign policy goals and priorities in 2015 and the Region’s strengthening ties with the...

Politics
Secure & Stable

Secure & Stable

- Karim Sinjari, Minister of Interior, KRG

Minister Karim Sinjari provides IIG with exclusive analysis of the current security situation in the Kurdistan Region, as well as the KRG's security cooperation...

Higher Education
Training Kurdistan’s Future Leaders

Training Kurdistan’s Future Leaders

- Dr. Honar Issa, Member of the Board of Trustees, AUDK

Dr. Honar Issa provides IIG with exclusive insight into AUDK’s mission, the university’s expanding education strategy, and its contribution to the...

Business
Boosting Trade for Growth

Boosting Trade for Growth

- Samal Sardar, Minister of Trade and Industry, KRG

Samal Sardar explains why he believes the Kurdistan Region remains an attractive destination for foreign investment and discusses the Ministry of Trade...

Business
Invisible Protection & Energy Savings

Invisible Protection & Energy Savings

- Martin Westney, Managing Director, Advanced Glass Technology

Martin Westney explains the security and energy-saving benefits of AGT glass products, his growing portfolio of clients, and the opportunities available...

Energy
International Standards, Local Roots

International Standards, Local Roots

- Colin Gaskin, ­Executive Director, 36N

Colin Gaskin speaks with IIG about 36N’s efforts to bring international standards to the facilities and property management sectors in Kurdistan and...

Tourism
Hands-On Management at Erbil Rotana

Hands-On Management at Erbil Rotana

- Ghassan Dalal, GM, Erbil Rotana

Rotana announced the appointment of Ghassan Dalal as the new GM of Erbil Rotana in August 2014. Kurdistan Review talks to Dalal about his priorities, the...

Diplomacy
The UK: A Friend to the Kurdistan Region

The UK: A Friend to the Kurdistan Region

- Angus Mckee, British Consul General, Kurdistan Region

British Consul General Angus McKee discusses the growing commercial ties between the Kurdistan Region and the United Kingdom and shares his government's...

Diplomacy
Foreign Policy Guru

Foreign Policy Guru

- Cengiz Çandar, Senior Columnist, Radikal Daily

Cengiz Çandar explains Kurdistan's growing strategic significance in the fight against ISIS and outlines the implications of strengthening economic, political,...

Diplomacy
Kurdistan's Leading Research Center

Kurdistan's Leading Research Center

- Prof. Dlawer Ala'Aldeen, President, Middle East Research Institute

Professor Dlawer Ala’Aldeen gives an overview of the areas of focus that will guide MERI’s research in the coming year and the Institute’s role in...

Diplomacy
Kurdistan in Austria

Kurdistan in Austria

- Dr. Mustafa Ramazan Goran, Representative, KRG in Austria

Dr. Mustafa Ramazan Goran speaks to IIG regarding the ties that the KRG Representation in Austria is fostering between Austrian and Kurdish business and...

Diplomacy
Kurdistan in France

Kurdistan in France

- Khaman Zirar Asaad, Representative, KRG in France

Khaman Zirar Asaad provides IIG exclusive insight into the ways in which the KRG Representation in France is bringing French business to the Kurdistan...

Economy
Ambitious Target of Growth

Ambitious Target of Growth

- Raad Zahid, CEO, Erbil Stock Exchange (ESX)

Raad Zahid provides IIG with some specifics on the ESX’s opening, initial market capitalization, and plans to attract foreign investors.

Economy
Building on Industrial Capacity

Building on Industrial Capacity

- Dilshad Shakir, CEO, Azady Industries

Dilshad Shakir speaks to IIG about the role that Azady Industries is playing in the development of Sulaimani a center for heavy indus- try in Iraq and...

Economy
Game Changer

Game Changer

- Baker Saeed Taufiq, General Manager, Azmar Air

Baker Saeed Taufiq discusses Azmar Air’s expanding ground handling operations in Kurdistan and the company’s ambitious plans to turn its Slemani base...

Economy
Driving Growth

Driving Growth

- Moh’d Fuad Anaswah, CEO, Niva Car Trading

Fuad Anaswah provides IIG insight into the opportunities, as well as the challenges, in maintaining the sky- rocketing growth of the Kurdistan Region’s...

Economy
New Concept in Erbil

New Concept in Erbil

- John Downe, Managing Partner, Azure Serviced Offices

John Downe discusses the opportunities and challenges Azure sees as it introduces the serviced office concept to the Kurdistan Region.

Human Capital
Educational Edge

Educational Edge

- Robert Ritchie, Director, Professional Development Institute - AUIS

Robert Ritchie speaks to IIG about the growing demand for professional development training and education in the Kurdistan Region, and how PDI’s MBA...

Human Capital
Harnessing Kurdistan’s Human Potential

Harnessing Kurdistan’s Human Potential

- Ian McIntosh, Consultant, Ministry of Natural Resources

Ian McIntosh talks to IIG about the MNR’s plans to develop technical and vocational skills that will allow the Kurdish workforce to take on a bigger...

Human Capital
Connecting Jobseekers with Employers

Connecting Jobseekers with Employers

- Dr. Nawzad Kameran, Partner, Kurdistan Careers

Nawzad Kameran explains how Kurdistan Careers connects Kurdistan’s workforce with the region’s growing economy through networking and capacity building.

Energy
Changing Dynamics

Changing Dynamics

- Bilal Wahab, Assistant Professor, AUIS

Bilal Wahab provides IIG exclusive analysis into the changing dynamics in Kurdistan’s energy sector and regional geopolitics, and argues for further...

Real Estate
Addressing New Developments

Addressing New Developments

- Dean Michael, Chairman & CEO, Atconz Group

Dean Michael speaks to IIG regarding Atconz’s massive ambitions and developments in the Kurdistan Region, as well as the challenges and opportunities...

Real Estate
Quality - A Rising Trend

Quality - A Rising Trend

- Mario Al-Jebouri, Chairman, IKG Property

Mario Al-Jebouri speaks to IIG about the quickly changing dynamics present in the Kurdistan Region’s real estate sector, its current challenges, and...

Construction
Global Design

Global Design

- Yassin Younis, GM-Kurdistan, SSH Design

Yassin Younis provides exclusive insight into SSH Design’s entrance into the Kurdistan Region, and discusses the challenges and opportunities present...

Retail
The Big Box Comes to Kurdistan

The Big Box Comes to Kurdistan

- Jean Marie Boixel, Country Manager–Iraq, SI Retail

Jean Marie Boixel predicts a bright future for hypermarkets like Auchan in Kurdistan.

Retail
SI Retail’s Expansion in Kurdistan

SI Retail’s Expansion in Kurdistan

- Christophe Durand, Expansion and Business Development, SI Retail

Christophe Durand talks with IIG about SI Retail’s expanding operations in Kurdistan and the opportunities in the retail sector.

Retail
Retail Giant

Retail Giant

- Bhupesh Malhotra, Country Manager, Landmark Iraq

Bhupesh Malhotra speaks to IIG regarding the opportunities and challenges of pioneering foreign investment in the Kurdistan Region’s retail market.

ICT
Connecting the Region

Connecting the Region

- Rebaz Kawa, CEO, TarinNet

Rebaz Kawa speaks to IIG regarding the trajectory of the Kurdistan Region’s ICT sector, the opportunities present, and the steps that TarinNet and the...

ICT
Local Knowledge, Local Applications

Local Knowledge, Local Applications

- Godar J. Ibrahim, CEO, Awrosoft

Godar Ibrahim speaks to IIG regarding the current opportunities and challenges facing Kurdistan’s ICT sector, and the huge potential in several ICT-related...

Life
Divan Erbil: A Home for the Business Traveler

Divan Erbil: A Home for the Business Traveler

- Martin Kolb, General Manager, Divan Hotel Erbil

Martin Kolb discusses a flurry of new projects at Divan Erbil.

Human Capital
Taking the Long View

Taking the Long View

- Maya Khouri, CSR Program Manager, Aamina

Aamina is a social investment advisor focused on advancing the Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) practice in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq (KRI).

Human Capital
Taking the Long View

Taking the Long View

- Mazen Turk, COO, Aamina

Aamina is a social investment advisor focused on advancing the Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) practice in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq (KRI).

Tourism
Slemani’s Landmark

Slemani’s Landmark

- Heimo Leitgeb, General Manager, Grand Millennium Sulaimani

While the ways in which the Grand Millennium Hotel have reshaped Slemani’s skyline are clear, Heimo Leitgeb, the hotel’s General Manager, discusses...

Transport
Establishing Erbil as a Regional Hub

Establishing Erbil as a Regional Hub

- Oliver Mathwich, General Manager - Kurdistan, dnata

Oliver Mathwich discusses dnata’s role in transforming the Erbil International Airport (EIA) into a regional hub for transport and aviation, and discusses...

Health
Innovative Approach

Innovative Approach

- Dr. Rang Shawis, Chairman, Kurdistan Children’s Hospital

Dr. Rang Shawis provides insight into the state of pediatric healthcare in the Kurdistan Region, and the ways in which he hopes that KCH will serve as...

Health
Success Story

Success Story

- Andreas Ahnlund, CEO, Nordic Medical Services

Andreas Ahlund recounts NMS’s incredible success story in the Kurdistan Region, growing the company from a single ambulance, to a major, globally integrated...

Health
Lifting the Baseline

Lifting the Baseline

- Dr. Firya Peryadi, Chief Medical Officer, Faruk Medical City

Dr. Firya Peryadi discusses the ways in which FMC is reshaping the Kurdistan Region’s healthcare system, and provides insight into the sector’s future.

Human Capital
Building Capacity

Building Capacity

- Allegra Klein, Director - Training and Development Center, MSelect

Allegra Klein provides insight into the expansion of MSelect into training and development, the training-related demands of local and multinational businesses...

Education
Progress in Higher Education

Progress in Higher Education

- Khaled Salih, Vice Chancellor, University of Kurdistan Hewlêr

Khaled Salih provides IIG with exclusive insight into the progresses and challenges of the Kurdistan Region’s higher education system, and describes...

Education
Bringing Best Practices

Bringing Best Practices

- Carl Bistany, President, SABIS

Carl Bistany provides IIG with insight into SABIS‘s major entrance into the Kurdistan Region’s market for education, and the ways in which SABIS®...

ICT
Building an IT Enabled Society

Building an IT Enabled Society

- Antoine Kawkabani, General Manager, CIS Iraq

Antoine Kawkabani discusses the steps being taken towards the maturity of the ICT market in the Kurdistan Region, and the role that CIS Iraq is playing...

ICT
Leadership and Coordination

Leadership and Coordination

- Hiwa Afandi, Head of the KRG Department of IT (DIT), KRG

Hiwa Afandi describes the role of the Department of Information Technology (DIT) in building the Kurdistan Region’s IT and ICT infrastructure, and discusses...

Real Estate
Applying Insight

Applying Insight

- Edward Carnegy, Managing Director, IKG Property

Edward Carnegy discusses the factors that make the Kurdistan Region’s real estate market unique, and provides insight into how the market may develop...

Construction
Luxury Landmark

Luxury Landmark

- Rasheed Abu Hamad, General Manager, Trillium Holding

Dr. Rasheed Abu Hamad discusses the major Arbil Mass City development project, as well as the Kurdistan Region’s potential for further growth in the...

Energy
Securing Industry

Securing Industry

- Botan Osman, Country Director, Restrata & Stirling Group

Botan Osman offers insight into how the Region’s Health, Safety, Security, Environment (HSSE), and security technology landscape are changing and developing,...

Energy
Shifting to Production

Shifting to Production

- Majdi Ahmad, Managing Director, Kalegran

Majdi Ahmad provides IIG with exclusive insight into Kalegran’s ambitious development of the Akri-Bijeel Block, and shares his optimism regarding the...

Energy
Global Ambitions

Global Ambitions

- Alexander Dodds, E&P Executive Vice President, MOL Group

Alexander Dodds discusses the ways in which the Kurdistan Region adds value to MOL Group’s portfolio, and discusses MOL Group’s strategy going forward...

Energy
First Mover

First Mover

- Saad Hasan, CEO, Qaiwan Group

Saad Hasan provides IIG with exclusive insight into the Qaiwan Group’s strategy, as well as its latest projects and developments.

Finance
Bringing Global Standards

Bringing Global Standards

- Nejdet Polat, Manager, Erbil Branch

Nejdet Polat provides insight into Bank’s strategy in the Kurdistan Region and Iraq, and discusses the ways in which the Region’s banking sector is...

Finance
Financing Development

Financing Development

- Chawki Badr, Assistant General Manager International Expansion, BBAC

Chawki Badr provides IIG with exclusive insight into BBAC’s decision to enter the Kurdistan Region, the bank’s strategy for financing many of the Region’s...

Finance
Expanding Local Market Share

Expanding Local Market Share

- Nawzad Jaff, Chairman, North Bank

Nawzad Jaff provides exclusive insight into the opportunities present in the Region’s fast-growing banking sector, as well as challenges faced by banks...

ICT
Expanding Access

Expanding Access

- Aram Daro Noori, General Director, GoranNet

Aram Daro Noori provides IIG exclusive insight into the possibilities, opportunities, and challenges presented by the deployment of fiber optic and wireless...

Finance
Facilitating Investment

Facilitating Investment

- Shwan Ibrahim Taha, Chairman, Rabee Securities

Shwan Taha provides IIG with insight into the growth and evolution the Iraq Stock Exchange (ISX) and the Erbil Stock Exchange (ESX), and discusses the...

Economy
Turkish Economic Expansion & its Regional Implications

Turkish Economic Expansion & its Regional Implications

- Dr. Anwar Anaid, Lecturer of Political Economy, The University of Kurdistan-Hewler (UKH)

With increased business interactions between the Kurdistan Region and Turkey, socio-political bonds have strengthened in the recent years.

Economy
Building Bridges

Building Bridges

- Bakir Lashkari, President, Kurdish-Dutch Business Club (KDBC)

Bakir Lashkari provides IIG with insight into the opportunities and challenges that Dutch businesses find in the Kurdistan Region.

Economy
Investing in Long Term Growth

Investing in Long Term Growth

- Paul Bailey, Managing Director, Definitus

Paul Bailey provides IIG insight into the investments and opportunities that Definitus finds appealing in the Kurdistan Region, as well as the challenges...

Economy
Iraq-Britain Business Council

Iraq-Britain Business Council

- Baroness Nicholson of Winterbourne, Executive Chairman, Iraq Britain Business Council (IBBC)

Baroness Nicholson provides insight into the activities of the IBBC, and discusses the many opportunities in Iraq and the Kurdistan Region for UK business...

Diplomacy
Promoting Opportunities for Growth

Promoting Opportunities for Growth

- Rezan Kader, KRG Representative to Italy, KRG

Rezan Kader discusses the business and investment opportunities that the Kurdistan Region offers Italian companies, and provides insight into the ways...

Diplomacy
Long-term Collaboration

Long-term Collaboration

- Dilshad Barzani, KRG Representative in Germany, KRG

Dilshad Barzani provides IIG with insight into the ways in which the KRG’s Representative office in Germany has brought the KRG and Germany together...

Diplomacy
Promoting Spanish Investment

Promoting Spanish Investment

- Daban Shadala, KRG Representative in Spain, KRG

Daban Shadala provides IIG with insights into the KRG Representation in Spain’s strategy to draw Spanish investment into the Kurdistan Region, as well...

Diplomacy
Kurdistan’s Shifting Political Economy

Kurdistan’s Shifting Political Economy

- Henri Barkey, Professor of International Relations, Lehigh University

Henri Barkey provides IIG exclusive insight into the Kurdistan Region’s democratic consolidation, the KRG’s strategic relationship with Turkey, as...

Diplomacy
Securing a Rapidly Developing Society

Securing a Rapidly Developing Society

- Karim Sinjari, Minister of Interior, KRG

Minister Karim Sinjari provides IIG with exclusive analysis of the operations of the Kurdistan Region’s security apparatus, as well as the challenges...

Economy
Expanding Trade Ties

Expanding Trade Ties

- Nick Baird, Chief Executive, UK Trade & Investment

Nick Baird analyzes the development of UK-Kurdistan business ties, and discusses the key economic areas of interest for British companies considering using...

Energy
Developing European Partnerships

Developing European Partnerships

- Delavar Ajgeiy, Head of the KRG Mission to the EU, KRG

Delavar Ajgeiy provides his analysis of the developing strategic and commercial relationship between the EU and the Kurdistan Region. Ajgey also discusses...

Economy
Expansion through Experience

Expansion through Experience

- Bayad Jamal Ali, CEO, Bayad Group/Samsung

Bayad Jamal Ali details the creation, evolution, and expansion of the Bayad Group, as well as the challenges and opportunities inherent in doing business...

Finance
A Wealth of Experience

A Wealth of Experience

- Gavin Wishart, CEO, Standard Chartered Bank – Iraq

Earlier this year, Standard Chartered, the British multinational banking and financial services giant, announced plans to expand its operations into the...

Finance
Strong Credentials

Strong Credentials

- Jean M. Abboud, Area Manager, BankMed Iraq

Jean Abboud discusses the expansion of BankMed’s activities in the international arena, the services offered to the bank’s retail and commercial clients,...

Telecom
Competitiveness through Innovation

Competitiveness through Innovation

- Amer Al Sunna, CEO, Asiacell

Amer Al Sunna provides IIG with exclusive insight into Asiacell’s comprehensive growth strategy, as well as the role the company’s has played in strengthening...

Agriculture
Improving Local Production

Improving Local Production

- Dr. Salah M. Bakir, Chairman, Vano Group

Vano Group is major, fully integrated poultry producer and veterinary pharmaceutical distributer. Dr. Salah Bakir provides insights into the current state...

Higher Education
Leading Thought and Discourse

Leading Thought and Discourse

- Dr. Dawn Dekle, President, American University of Iraq - Sulaimani

Dr. Dawn Dekle provides IIG with her thoughts on the role that AUIS will play in the higher education and society of Kurdistan, as well as the local and...

Health
Strategy and Progress

Strategy and Progress

- Dr. Rekawt H. Rashid, Minister of Health, KRG

Minister Rekawt Rashid provides IIG with exclusive insights into the Ministry of Health’s (MOH) strategies for improving the capacity and efficacy of...

Economy
An Open Door for Business

An Open Door for Business

- Bakhtiyar Ameen, Director General, Directorate General of Investment in Dohuk

Bakhtiyar Ameen explains the key sectors that are in need of greater investment, the main projects that have had the greatest impact on the economy of...

Economy
Dohuk Chamber of Commerce & Industry

Dohuk Chamber of Commerce & Industry

- Ayad H. Abdulhalim, Chairman, Dohuk Chamber of Commerce & Industry

Ayad H. Abdulhalim discusses business climate for foreign investors in Dohuk, the sectors that are most ripe for development, and the Chamber’s activities...

Politics
Farsighted Leadership

Farsighted Leadership

- Masoud Barzani, President, Kurdistan Region

The President of the Kurdistan Region His Excellency Masoud Barzani provides IIG with exclusive insight into the driving forces behind Kurdistan’s success...

Tourism
Follow Us

Follow Us

- Mawlawi Jabar Wahab, Chairman, General Board of Tourism, KRG

Mawlawi Jabar Wahab explains the development of the tourism industry in the Kurdistan Region, the different aspects of the Tourism Strategic Plan 2025,...

Diplomacy
The Partner of Choice

The Partner of Choice

- Alistair Burt, Parliamentary, Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs

Minister Alistair Burt provides IIG with exclusive insight into the role the Kurdistan Region can play in providing stability and facilitating the further...

Energy
High-level of Expertise

High-level of Expertise

- Dr. Adel Chaouch, President and General Manager, Kurdistan Development Venture, Marathon Oil

Dr. Adel Chaouch discusses the similarities and differences between oil and gas exploration in the Kurdistan Region and the other countries in which Marathon...

Economy
Asia Insurance

Asia Insurance

- Jamal Asfour, CEO, Asia Insurance

Asia Insurance plays a crucial role in developing the Kurdish and Iraqi insurance sectors. The company has ambitious goals to become a major insurance...

Politics
Strong Relations

Strong Relations

- Hugh Evans, Consul General, British Consulate General in Erbil

Hugh Evans talks to IIG on the current bilateral relations between the UK and the Kurdistan Region, the UK’s priorities in the Region, the major accomplishments...

Diplomacy
Shaping the Future of the Kurdistan Region

Shaping the Future of the Kurdistan Region

- Nechirvan Barzani, Prime Minister, KRG

PM Nechirvan Barzani provides IIG with exclusive insight into the importance of the KRG’s Human Capacity Development Program, the major structural reforms...

Economy
An eye on Integrity, Political & Security Risks

An eye on Integrity, Political & Security Risks

- Harry Bucknall, Regional Director, Control Risks

Harry Bucknall provides IIG with exclusive analysis of the major sources of stability and strength in terms of development in the Kurdistan Region, and...

Economy
At the Forefront

At the Forefront

- Ayad Mirza, Deloitte Iraq, Country Partner

Ayad Mirza talks to IIG regarding the competitive strengths of Deloitte’s legal practices, Deloitte’s key goals and objectives for 2013, the strengths...

Diplomacy
Diplomacy in Action

Diplomacy in Action

- Dr. Fuad Hussein, Chief of Staff to the President, Kurdistan Region

Dr Fuad Hussein provides IIG with exclusive analysis of the recent political developments in the Region, the role the KRG has played in promoting regional...

Tourism
Planned Expansion

Planned Expansion

- Nawzad Hadi, Governor of the Erbil Province, KRG

Nawzad Hadi explains the primary duties and activities of his office, the expansion of the capital city according to the Erbil Strategic Master Plan, the...

Energy
Sustainable Model

Sustainable Model

- Leo Koot, Managing Director, TAQA Iraq

Leo Koot explains TAQA’s decision to pursue opportunities in the Kurdistan Region, the company’s expectations for exploration and production activities,...

Human Capital
Staffing Kurdistan

Staffing Kurdistan

- Haller Dleir Miran, CEO, MSelect

Haller Dleir Miran discusses the development of the workforce of Kurdistan, the challenges of staffing in a frontier market at its development stage, the...

Economy
Importing Experience

Importing Experience

- Jeroen Kelderhuis, Head of Embassy Liaison Office for the Kurdistan Region, Kingdom of the Netherlands

Jeroen Kelderhuis discusses his posting in Kurdistan, the economic sectors that are most alluring for businesses from the Netherlands, and the role he...

Energy
The Dramatic Growth of Gulf Keystone in the Kurdistan Region

The Dramatic Growth of Gulf Keystone in the Kurdistan Region

- Umur Eminkahyagil, Country Manager, Gulf Keystone Petroleum

Gulf Keystone has played a significant role in developing the energy industry of the Kurdistan Region. With the abundant oil and gas reserves located in...

Finance
Present Indicators

Present Indicators

- Serwan Muhammed Muhialdeen, President, Kurdistan Region Statistics Office

Serwan Muhammed Muhialdeen explains the growth of the Kurdistan Region Statistics Office (KRSO), the steps taken to streamline the collection of statistical...

Energy
Planning for the Future

Planning for the Future

- Bill Jack, General Manager, Western Zagros

Bill Jack discusses the major developments in the Garmian Block, the production goals and targets of Western Zagros, the effort that has gone into developing...

Energy
An Ideal Destination

An Ideal Destination

- Donnie MacDonald, President & Country Manager, Chevron Iraq

Donnie MacDonald explains Chevron’s initial decision to pursue opportunities in Kurdistan, the challenges and benefits of operating in the Region, and...

Tourism
Red Carpet Arrival

Red Carpet Arrival

- Dori F. Abouzeid, CEO and President, Macair Flight Support and Komar Aviation Group

Dori F. Abouzeid explains his company’s expanding activities in Kurdistan, the challenges airlines face when seeking to expand their activities into...

Tourism
Global Access and Reach

Global Access and Reach

- Talar Faiq Salih, General Director, Erbil International Airport

Talar Faiq Salih talks to IIG about increased passenger rates, new routes, and airline carriers for the Erbil International Airport, as well as the role...

Energy
Preparing to Export

Preparing to Export

- Yasin Sheikh Abu Bakir Muhammad Mawati, Minister of Electricity, KRG

Minister Yasin Sheikh Abu Bakir Muhammad Mawati provides IIG with exclusive analysis of power generation, distribution, and transmission in the Kurdistan...

Energy
Commitment to Clean Energy

Commitment to Clean Energy

- Shakir Wajid Shakir, Country Manager, Dana Gas

Shakir Shakir discusses the role Dana Gas played in facilitating the evolution of the electricity production, the significance of natural gas in limiting...

Economy
Huge Opportunities

Huge Opportunities

- Serwan M. Mahmood, Chairman, Slemani Chamber of Commerce and Industry

Serwan Mahmood provides insight into the regular operations of the Slemani Chamber of Commerce and Industry, the economic sectors that have been identified...

Tourism
Becoming a Hub for Regional Cargo Exchange

Becoming a Hub for Regional Cargo Exchange

- Tahir A. Qadir, Director General, Slemani International Airport

Tahir A. Qadir, who has been involved with the Slemani International Airport since construction first began, discusses the growth and expansion of the...

Economy
Strong, Inspiring, Visionary

Strong, Inspiring, Visionary

- Hawre Daro Noori, CEO, Faruk Group Holding

Hawre Daro discusses the rapid growth of Faruk Group Holding, the role internal human capacity development has played in strengthening the company’s...

Economy
Hub for Industry

Hub for Industry

- Farman Gharib Sa’eed, General Director, General Directorate of Investment in Slemani Kurdistan BOI

Farman Gharib Sa’eed explains the evolution of the Board of Investment in Slemani, the priority areas and opportunities for investment, and the overall...

Tourism
Landmark of Slemani

Landmark of Slemani

- Safwan Khayat, Area General Manager, Millennium & Copthorne Hotels

Safwan Khayat explains the role the Copthorne Hotel Baranan played in initiating the international hospitality industry Slemani, the challenges of expanding...

Education
Creating Future Leaders

Creating Future Leaders

- Dr. Athanasios Moulakis, President, American University of Iraq

President Dr. Athanasios Moulakis provides IIG with exclusive insight regarding the unique opportunities and events provided by AUIS, the implementation...

Telecom
Korek Telecom expanding its coverage

Korek Telecom expanding its coverage

- Ghada Gebara, CEO, Korek Telecom

Ghada Gebara provides IIG with exclusive insight into the telecom sector, Korek’s growth targets and future plans, the company’s partnership with Agility...

Telecom
Growing Rapidly

Growing Rapidly

- Wael Ghanayem, Chief Financial and Operating Officer, Zain Iraq

Wael Ghanayem explains Zain Iraq’s decision to expand its operations into Kurdistan, the potential benefits and opportunities of doing business in a...

Tourism
A Home Away from Home

A Home Away from Home

- Gökhan S. Aykan, General Manager, Divan Erbil Hotel

Gökhan S. Aykan discusses the changes that the Divan has undergone since he took charge, the hotel’s dynamic approach to customer service and staff...

Energy
Rising Star in the Global Oil & Gas Industry

Rising Star in the Global Oil & Gas Industry

- Dr. Ashti Hawrami, Minister of Natural Resources, KRG

Dr. Ashti Hawrami provides IIG with exclusive insight into the recent achievements, developments, and policies relating to the Kurdistan Region’s oil...

Construction
Decades of Experience

Decades of Experience

- Abdul Nezir, Executive Board Member, UB Holding

Abdul Nezir discusses the role UB Holding and its subsidiaries, specifically Legacy Construction, Ahram Food Factory, Burak Logistics, and Iraq Oil, have...

Higher Education
Reforming Higher Education

Reforming Higher Education

- Dr. Ali Saeed, Minister of Higher Education, KRG

Dr. Ali Saeed provides IIG with exclusive insight into the history of higher education in the Kurdistan Region, the current initiatives for developing...

Tourism
Renovating the City

Renovating the City

- Nihad Latif Qoja, Mayor of Erbil, Kurdistan Region

Nihad Qoja details the work that has gone into developing Erbil, the infrastructure that requires further investment, the planned renovations for the Erbil...

Economy
Italy in the Region

Italy in the Region

- Simone De Santi, Head, Italian Embassy Consular Office in Erbil

IIG speaks with Simone De Santi regarding the development of Italian-Kurdish relations, the economic sectors in which Italian companies have been the most...

Diplomacy
Kurdistan in the UK

Kurdistan in the UK

- Bayan Sami Abdul Rahman, High Representative to the UK, KRG

Bayan Sami Abdul Rahman provides exclusive insight into changing media perceptions of the Kurdistan Region, increased relations between the KRG and the...

Water
Need for Reform

Need for Reform

- Dr. Talib Murad, Advisor for Food Security and Agriculture to the Prime Minister, KRG

Dr. Talib Murad gives IIG insight into the critical issues relating to water resources, the changing role of foreign enterprise in the agriculture sector,...

Diplomacy
Good Governance & Transparency

Good Governance & Transparency

- Nisar Talabany, Senior Advisor to the Prime Minister, KRG

Nisar Talabany explains the growth of the Good Governance and Transparency Strategy, the inclusion of the Kurdistan Region in the Extractive Industries...

Economy
Financial Sector in the Region

Financial Sector in the Region

- Bayiz Talabani, Minister of Finance and Economy, KRG

Minister Bayiz Talabani discusses the current objectives of his Ministry, the methods taken to ensure further economic growth, the creation of the Kurdistan...

Higher Education
Raising the quality of education

Raising the quality of education

- Dr. Sherzad Najar, Higher Education Advisor to the Prime Minister, KRG

Dr. Sherzad Najar analyzes the development of higher education in the Kurdistan Region, the strengths and vulnerabilities of the sector, and the identified...

Oil
The Expert

The Expert

- Shwan Zulal, Energy and Risk Consultant, Head of Kurdistan Connect

Shwan Zulal gives his take on expanding bilateral trade between the Kurdistan Region and Turkey, American policy regarding Erbil-Baghdad relations, and...

Energy
Developing Local Knowhow

Developing Local Knowhow

- Sheikh Baz Karim, Chief Executive and President, Kar Group

Sheikh Baz Karim discusses the evolution of the oil and gas sector from Kar Group’s perspective, the company’s plans to increase natural gas production,...

Diplomacy
Cultural Relations & Human Capital

Cultural Relations & Human Capital

- Yonghyon Kim, Consul General, Embassy Office of the Republic of Korea

Yonghyon Kim talks to IIG on the development of bilaterial relations between the Kurdistan Region and the Republic of Korea, the importance of cultural...

Construction
Highly Experienced

Highly Experienced

- Murat Yazgan, Project Director, Eksen Construction

Murat Yazgan discusses Eksen Construction’s history in Kurdistan, the company’s ongoing government projects, the benefits of doing business in the...

Construction
Sky’s the Limit

Sky’s the Limit

- Peshraw Majid Agha, Chairman, Falcon Group & Empire World

IIG talked to Peshraw Majid Agha on Falcon Group’s unique real estate projects, the company’s vision and goals for a prosperous Kurdistan and his success...

Construction
Updating the System

Updating the System

- Dosty Mohamad, Resident Manager, Khatib and Alami

K&A is handling the design and implementation of the Water Supply Improvement Project in Kurdistan. Dosty Mohamad and Hassan Ghattas discussed the plan’s...

Construction
Accommodating the Culture of Kurdistan

Accommodating the Culture of Kurdistan

- Seerwan Hassan Samad & M. Akif İlci, Salahaddin Holding, Ilci Group

Seerwan Hassan Samad of Salahaddin Holding and M. Akif Ilci of Ilci Holding discuss the Park View housing development, its innovative design concepts,...

Construction
Changing the Landscape

Changing the Landscape

- Seerwan Hassan Samad & M. Akif Ýlci, Salahaddin Holding, Ilci Group

Seerwan Hassan Samad of Salahaddin Holding and M. Akif Ilci of Ilci Holding discuss the Park View housing development, its innovative design concepts,...

Economy
Industrial Revival

Industrial Revival

- Fathi al Mudaris, Economic Relations Advisor, Ministry of Trade and Industry, KRG

Fathi al Mudaris gives IIG insight into the priority areas for investment in the industry sector, the development of human capacity, and plans for the...

Education
Bright Future

Bright Future

- Dr. Asmat Muhamad Khalid, Minister of Education, KRG

Dr. Asmat Khalid discusses his Ministry’s current initiatives and plans for reform, methods of alleviating budgetary and infrastructure constraints,...

Construction
Blending Tradition with New Design

Blending Tradition with New Design

- Faxir Maraan, Chairman, Ranj Company

Faxir Maraan explains his beliefs regarding corporate social responsibility, new energy techniques, and the blending of restored Kurdish traditions with...

Economy
Boosting Trade

Boosting Trade

- Sinan Celebi, Minister of Trade and Industry, KRG

Minister Sinan Celebi provides IIG with exclusive analysis of the growth and evolution of the Kurdistan Region’s industrial sector, the development of...

Education
Utilizing the Kurdish Diaspora

Utilizing the Kurdish Diaspora

- Dr. Heja Sindi, Lecturer, University of Kurdistan Hawler

Heja Sindi explains his thoughts on how the higher education sector could be strengthened, and his belief in re-utilizing the region’s intellectual capacity.

Economy
Generating Trust in the Banking Sector

Generating Trust in the Banking Sector

- Bustam Al-Janabi, Managing Director, Kurdistan International Bank

Bustam Al-Janabi gives insight into the evolution of the banking sector in the Kurdistan Region, the projects that the Kurdistan International Bank for...

Construction
Confronting Challenges Head-On

Confronting Challenges Head-On

- Sabri Özel, Chairman, SB Özel Group

Sabri Özel discusses the development of the Gulan Park Project, the operational history of the Erbil Steel Company, and the challenges of doing business...

Electricty
Continuously Developing

Continuously Developing

- Kamuran Celebi, Regional Manager, MITAS

Kamuran Çelebi discusses the specific services offered by his company, the development of infrastructure in the Kurdistan Region, and his thoughts on...

Education
Evaluating the Sector: Education

Evaluating the Sector: Education

- Rebaz Zedbagi, Chairman & Founder, Zednas Holding

Rebaz Zedbagi details the vulnerabilities of the current education sector in the Kurdistan Region and provides possible solutions for the major issues.

Agriculture
Innovation Replacing Tradition

Innovation Replacing Tradition

- Justin Carney, General Manager, Agrisoya

Justin Carney, General Manager of Agrisoya, explains the necessity of diversifying the agriculture sector, the challenges of promoting new ideas and technologies,...

Transportation
Establishing International Connections

Establishing International Connections

- Delsoz Sherwani, CEO, Zagros Group

Delsoz Sherwani discusses the Zagros Group’s decision to enter the aviation sector at a very early stage, the importance of creating international relationships,...

Diplomacy
Facilitating, Openness & Stability

Facilitating, Openness & Stability

- Falah Mustafa Bakir, Head of the Department of Foreign Relations, KRG

IIG meets with Minister Falah Mustafa Bakir to hear his thoughts on Kurdistan’s open door policy, its relations with its immediate neighbors, and his...

Economy
Developing Priorities

Developing Priorities

- Herish Muharam, Chairman, Kurdistan Board of Investment

IIG talks to Minister Herish Muharam about the development, implementation, and evolution of the 2006 Investment Law, the priority sectors for investment...

Tourism
Pioneering Hospitality

Pioneering Hospitality

- Thomas Touma, General Manager, Erbil Rotana Hotel

IIG talks to Thomas Touma regarding the current climate of the tourism and hospitality industry, and how Erbil Rotana differentiates itself in light of...

Economy
Strengths, Vulnerabilities and Objectives

Strengths, Vulnerabilities and Objectives

- Hayder Mustafa Saaid, Department of Studies and Information Director General, Kurdistan Board of Investment

IIG interviews Hayder Mustafa Saaid to learn his thoughts on the strengths and vulnerabilities in the region’s investment opportunities, the key players...

Energy
Fierce Competition

Fierce Competition

- Erdal Ahiska, Regional Manager, Petoil

IIG talks to Erdal Ahiska about Petoil’s history in the Kurdistan region, the evolution of the oil and gas sector, and the company’s plans for future...

Agriculture
Reforming the System

Reforming the System

- Serwan Baban, Minister of Agriculture and Water Resources, KRG

Professor Serwan Baban provides exclusive insight into the growth of the agricultural sector in Kurdistan, his ministry’s plans for development in the...

Construction
From New York
to Erbil

From New York to Erbil

- Shawn Emamjomeh, Regional Director, Claremont Group

IIG talks to Shawn Emamjomeh, Regional Director of Claremont Group, about the company’s work with the Kurdistan Board of Investment, its decision to...

Tourism
Smart hotel for business travelers

Smart hotel for business travelers

- Doaa Amin, General Manager, Tangram Hotel

IIG talks to Doaa Amin about the Tangram’s strategy for regional expansion, establishing a brand in a rapidly changing market, and why swimming pools...

Telecom
Expanding Access and Promoting Regulation

Expanding Access and Promoting Regulation

- Jonson S. Ayo, Minister of Transportation and Communication, KRG

Minister Jonson S. Ayo gives IIG an exclusive look into the expansion of the Kurdistan Region’s postal services, internet capabilities, cellular coverag...

Economy
Expanding Knowhow

Expanding Knowhow

- Dara Jalil Khayat, President, Erbil Chamber of Commerce and Industry

Dara Khayat talks to IIG about the evolution of the Chamber of Commerce, the industries that have undergone the most successful development, and the commercial...

Diplomacy
Sharing Common Vision for the Future

Sharing Common Vision for the Future

- Aydin Selcen, Consul General, Turkish Consulate in Erbil

Consul General Aydin Selcen tells IIG about expanding relations between the Turkish government and the KRG, the role Turkish companies have played in maintaining...

Health
Reinventing Iraqi Pharmaceuticals

Reinventing Iraqi Pharmaceuticals

- Dr. Bahram Resul, CEO, Awamedica

IIG talks to the award winning Dr. Bahram Resul, CEO of Awamedica, about the groundbreaking pharmaceutical company and the state of the Kurdistan healthcare...

Transportation
Strategic Growth

Strategic Growth

- Kamaran Ahmed Abdullah, Minister of Housing and Reconstruction, KRG

Minister Kamaran Ahmed Abdullah gives IIG an exclusive look into the burgeoning road, bridge, and tunnel construction sectors and details the Kurdistan...

Tourism
Executive flights to Iraqi Kurdistan

Executive flights to Iraqi Kurdistan

- Turhan Güngör, Director, T Jets

An Istanbul-based executive aircraft charter company, T Jets, guarantees a safe and fast flight experience to your preferred destination.

Fashion
Fashion in Erbil

Fashion in Erbil

- Özden Güven, Manager, Beymen Erbil

IIG talks to Özden Güven about current fashion trends in both Iraqi Kurdistan and the larger global marketplace. Beymen opened its first store in Erbil...