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Barham Salih

Prime Minister of the Kurdistan Regional Government (2009-2012), Iraq

PhD in Engineering and Statistics, Liverpool University. Formerly: leading figure in Patriotic Union of Kurdistan; part of Kurdish Alliance in Iraq's Government of National Unity; emissary for Iraqi and Kurdish interests to several foreign governments; 2000, Prime Minister of Kurdistan Regional Government in Suleimani; 2003, Deputy Prime Minister of Iraq in Interim Government and Minister of Planning in Transitional Government; 2006, Deputy Prime Minister, Iraq, in first elected government, with special responsibility for oversight of economic affairs; chaired several higher cabinet committees, including economic affairs, contracts, energy; represented Iraqi co-chair with UN for International Compact with Iraq. Currently: Deputy Secretary-General, Patriotic Union of Kurdistan and Prime Minister of Kurdistan Regional Government.