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HE Ihsan Abduljabbar Ismaael Al-Saade

Mr Ismaael succeeded as the DG of the South Gas Company and brings more than 17 years of experience into the role.

He joined the SOC as an Operation and Shift Engineer at a Gas compressor station, then became a Technical Member in Commercial and Technical Committee at the SOC and afterwards he became the Director of Coordination Office for the Iraqi Ministry of Oil for the South Region. He then made it to Manager for Technical and Coordination in the Department at the SGC and then received the same position at Green Fields Project Department at the BGC. Later on Mr Ismaael made it to the Deputy Director of Project and Engineering Commission at BGC and then became a Member in JMC for Majnoon Field between (2012-2013). Afterwards then he became a member in the Gas Consultant Committee/South Region, before he became the Basra Gas Power and Investment Advisor and Head in Multi Commercial and Technical Committees for the last 10 years. After that position Mr Ismaael became the Basra Gas Company Project Manager between 2013 and 2015. He then became the South Gas Company Director General Assistant from 2015 until 2016 before he joined the South Gas Company as a Director General.

Mr Ismaael graduated with a Chemical Engineering Degree from Basra University in Iraq, achieved and completed a number of training programmes and researched a number of technical papers at the SGC. He speaks both Arabic and English.

Matthew M. Zais

Matthew Zais is the Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for the Office of International Affairs at the Energy Department.  Previously, Dr Zais served for two years in the White House as a Director on the National Security Council where, among other responsibilities, he coordinated U.S. interagency efforts to deliver energy independence and advocate for competitive energy markets across the Middle East.  Prior to this role, he served for over two decades as a career Army officer and strategist and his experience includes strategic roles in combating weapons of mass destruction (nuclear, chemical and biological), cyber, and Middle East policy.  He is the co-author of the two-volume official history of the United States Army in Operation Iraqi Freedom. He previously served as an Assistant Professor of International Relations and American Foreign Policy at the United States Military Academy and is currently an adjunct Professor in the Security Studies Program at the Walsh School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University. Dr Zais holds a Bachelor of Science in Economics from the United States Military Academy at West Point and an MPA and PhD (Security Studies) from Princeton University’s Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs.

HE Ulric Shannon

Ulric Shannon (BA Hons [History and Political Science], McGill University, 1997; MA [International Relations], Graduated Diploma in Security Studies, York University, 1998) joined the Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade in 1999. In Ottawa, he has served as director of the Media Relations Office. He also served as the regional Security and Peacekeeping Division and the Eastern and Southern Africa Division. Abroad, Mr Shannon has served as a political and public affairs officer in Cairo, senior political officer in Ramallah and first secretary in Islamabad. He was awarded the department’s foreign-language fellowship to pursue advanced studies in Arabic from 2012 to 2013, and during that time he also served as Canada’s first representative to the Syrian opposition. Since 2016 Mr Shannon has served as Consul General of Canada in Istanbul. Mr Shannon speaks four languages fluently French, English, Arabic, and Turkish.

HE Matthew H. Tueller

Ambassador Tueller, of the State of Utah, is a career member of the Senior Foreign Service.  His other overseas assignments have included Ambassador to Yemen, Ambassador to Kuwait, Deputy Chief of Mission at Embassy Cairo; Political Minister Counselor at Embassy Baghdad; Deputy Chief of Mission at Embassy Kuwait; Political Counselor at Embassy Riyadh; Chief of the U.S. Office in Aden, Yemen; Deputy Chief of Mission at Embassy Doha; Political Officer at Embassy London; and Political Officer and Consular Officer at Embassy Amman.  His Washington assignments have included Deputy Director in the Office of Northern Gulf Affairs and Egypt Desk Officer.

Ambassador Tueller holds a B.A. from Brigham Young University and a M.P.P. from Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government.  He was confirmed by the Senate to be Ambassador to Iraq on May 16.  Ambassador Tueller is married to DeNeece Gurney of Provo, Utah and they are parents of five children.



Ambassador Stephen Hickey

Stephen Hickey was appointed Her Majesty’s Ambassador to Iraq in September 2019. Prior to this appointment, he was the Ambassador and Political Co-ordinator in the UK Permanent Mission to the United Nations.

Stephen joined the FCO (Foreign and Commonwealth Office) in 2001 as a Desk Officer in the South East Asian Department. Some of his previous postings include Deputy Head of Mission to Egypt (2013 to 2015) and Syria (2010 to 2011); Political Counsellor in South Africa (2011 to 2012) and Head of Office and Deputy Special Representative for Libya (2011). He is an Arabic speaker and has made the Middle East a focus of his career.

Hon. MP Nadhim Zahawi

Nadhim Zahawi MP was elected as the Member of Parliament for Stratford-on- Avon in May 2010. He has a Bachelor of Science degree from University College London.

In 2000 Nadhim co-founded YouGov. As Chief Executive, until running for election in 2010, he floated the company on the London Stock Exchange in 2005 and was named Entrepreneur of the year by Ernst & Young in 2008.

Since becoming an MP, Nadhim has been elected onto the Business Innovation and Skills Select Committee and has sat on the Energy Bill Committee. In the 2013 reshuffle, Nadhim was promoted to the No10. Policy Board. In June 2014, Nadhim was elected to the Foreign

Affairs Select Committee. In 2011 he co-wrote the bestseller Masters of Nothing: The Crash and how it will happen again unless we understand human nature, with fellow Conservative MP Matthew Hancock.

Salem Chalabi

Salem Chalabi, the chairman and president of the State-owned Trade Bank of Iraq (TBI), Mr Chalabi, a Yale University graduate. Mr Chalabi brings to the role years of experience in business development, strategic planning and forming Iraqi government policies, including involvement in drafting the new Iraqi constitution after 2003. He was appointed General Director of the Iraqi Special Tribunal for Crimes against Humanity in 2004 and worked as an adviser to former Iraqi prime minister Adel Abdul Mahdi.

HE Nafaa Abdulsada Ali Al-Hmidawi

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

Dr Khalid Al-Yaqoobi is General Director at the Iraqi Presidency Office. From 2008 to 2016 he was adviser at the Iraqi Presidency Office and between 2001 and 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 years’ maritime experience at the Iraqi Trade Navy Fleet and international private companies.

Dr Al-Yaqoobi 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.

Husam Hussein Weli

Husam H. Weli Mohammed Al Asadi, Director General of the South Refineries, Ministry of Oil, Federal Government of Iraq, holds a BSC in Chemical Engineering from Basra University, Iraq, he worked as an Assistant Engineer at the South Gas Company at the Liquid Separation Plant in North Rumaila, he held several positions including: officer in charge of the Surplus  Gas Section, Manager of the Surplus Gas Department, then the Head of the Committee responsible of the NGL then the Deputy DG of the South Gas Company then the Chairman of the Board of the South Gas Company in April 2016, then in in October 2016 he became the DG of the South Refineries and the Chairman of the Board,   Mr Al Asadi  been awarded with numerous letters of appreciation for his excellent performance.

He attended a number of training industry courses and participated in a number of workshops and Conferences internally and externally.

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