Holds a Bachelor Degree in Engineering – Oil and Mines -University of Baghdad, he held several posts including; a Lecturer at the Technical Institute in Maysan for the period from 1990-1991. Technical Operations Oil Engineer – Water Injection in Southern Oil Company for the period from 1991-to the end of 1991. Joined the Petroleum and Reserves Engineering Department – Fields Commission – Maysan Oil Company for the period 1995-2005 , he became the Director of the distribution of petroleum products in Maysan for the period from 2005-2007 , then the Director General of the Investment Authority in Maysan Governorate for the period from 2007-2008, then became the Director of the Halfaya and Fields Authority – Maysan Oil Company in 2017 , then the Director of the Fields Authority – Maysan Oil Company, he was also a Member of the Joint Management Committee for the Halfaya field and a Member of the Joint Management Committee of Missan Oilfields as well as the Deputy Head of the Engineers Syndicate – Engineers Syndicate, Maysan Branch then appointed reserve member in the Board of Directors of Maysan Oil Company, he is the General Manager and Chairman of the Board of Directors of Dhi Qar Oil Company since 2017.
Currently he is the Director General of the Training and Development Department, in this role he is supervising the Arab Oil Institute as well as the General Director of Training and Development Department – Ministry of Oil, Mr Warid has a wealth of experience spans to 30 years in the Iraqi oil and gas industry.
Zaid Elyaseri is Country Manager for BP Iraq and responsible for managing BP’s business integration in Iraq where BP is the lead contractor for developing the Rumaila oil field, Iraq’s largest field contributing over 40% of Iraq’s production. Zaid has an MBA in Oil & Gas Management from Aberdeen Business School.
He specialises in commercial and is responsible for driving business agenda in the country and for working with key energy officials in Iraq. Zaid held various central and regional finance/commercial roles and was involved in starting up the Rumaila business. Prior to BP, Zaid worked for KPMG UK and has lead advisory and risk positions in the Middle East. In 2014, Zaid took on the position of BP Iraq Deputy Country Manager and in 2015 was appointed as BP Iraq Country Manager.
Raed was born to a business family with ancient roots in Basra. The family however left Basra for the UK in the late 1970’s to exploit multinational business and economic opportunities. Under the stewardship of Raed, the family business has expanded and grown significantly. Raed obtained his BSc and MSc degree from City University in London. He expanded the family business activities in Basra during 2003. Raed has established a very successful business portfolio with multinational companies such as RSK, DYNASAFE BACTEC, Lahmeyer, BB Energy, WPE British Water Company and others. Among services afforded are local support, contacts in all aspects, logistics, representation, procurement, banking expertise including payroll, lending and other related functions. Also 20 years ago, Raed established a finance company in the U.K. called MFL Finance Limited. this is one of the largest finance companies in the U.K. for real estate lending and project finance with over $2 billion of lending during 2018.
Mr Al-Khalisi is Head of Studies in the Arab Petroleum Training Institute of the Organization of the Arab Petroleum Exporting Countries (OAPEC) and a private consultant on the Iraqi oil sector. Prior to this he was a senior consultant at the Iraqi Ministry of Oil. He has been involved in several high-profile committees, including the Iraqi Oil Sector Strategic Planning Committee and the Transfer of Technology in the Energy Sector Committee. Mr Al-Khalisi has also worked in the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) in Vienna, where he was involved in crude oil evaluation and refining studies.
He started his career in the Daura refinery in Baghdad where he worked as Refinery Manager. He then joined the State Industrial Design and Consultation Company which specializes in the design, implementation and management of refineries and petrochemical and fertilizer projects. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Chemical Engineering and a post-graduate diploma in Development Planning.
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.
H.E. Kadhim Mohammed Jawad has been the Economic Adviser to Iraq’s Prime Minister since 2014. He is a member of many committees at the prime minister’s office including the economic committee, the power committee and Japanese loan supervising committee. He was previously an Adviser at the Ministry of Trade from 2009-2014, and has worked in contracting and general trade since 1987. He has been an adviser in investment management (including trade, naval and real estate) in UAE and Jordan and has 21 years of experience in forming credits and investing banking facilities. He has provided a study to some Iraqi and foreign banks concerning the role of Iraqi and foreign banks in investment in Iraq.
He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in electrical engineering.
Mr Eyre is the Director of Middle East and Asia Office for the State Department’s Energy Bureau, where he ensures strategic energy considerations are integrated into U.S. policy for these regions. In over 30 years of government service Mr. Eyre’s major professional focus has been on the Middle East.
He is widely acknowledged as one of the U.S. Government’s foremost experts on Iran, and was a member of the U.S. Government team who negotiated the July 2015 Iran nuclear agreement. He has served in Nigeria, Syria, UAE, Azerbaijan and the UK, and speaks Farsi, Dari, Azeri and limited Arabic.
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 as 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 Adviser 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 Adviser for the International Centre 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 Centre of Administration for Development, Argentinian Centre for Foreign Relations, Aspen Institute, universities and research centres on issues of international cooperation, democratic governance and international relations. Ambassador Blecua Casas holds a M.A in history from Madrid Complutense University, and has studied 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.