Iraq’s Economy: Challenges and Prospects

Day 1
Jun 02 2016

Opening Remarks

Introduction by:

Toperich Sasha, Senior Fellow and Director - Mediterranean Basin Initiative, CTR - SAIS

Delaney Michael, Assistant U.S. Trade Representative for South Asia

Faily Lukman, Ambassador of the Republic of Iraq to the United States

Delaney Michael
Faily Lukman

Economic Mosaic of Iraq


Joseph S. Pennington, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Iraq, Bureau of Near Eastern Affairs, U.S. Department of State
Noori Abdulrahman, Chairman, Board of Investment and Minister of Coordination and Follow Up, Kurdistan Regional Government
James Parks, Financial Advisor to the KRG Deputy Prime Minister


Mark Kimmitt, Brigadier General (U.S. Army, ret.)


Andrew Parasiliti, Director, Center for Global Risk and Security, RAND corporation

Andrew Parasiliti
James Parks
Joseph S. Pennington
Mark Kimmitt
11:15 - 11:30

Coffee break

Centralization or Decentralization of Iraq’s Economic and Commercial policy


Hoger Shalli, Deputy Minister, Ministry of Electricity, Kurdistan Regional Government
Bayan Sami Abdul Rahman, Kurdistan Regional Government Representative in the United States
Sami Al-Araji, Head of the Iraq National Investment Commission (Via Skype)
Justin Carney, Regional Vice-President, Middle East North Africa at Business Impact Networks


Daniel Serwer, Professor and Director, Conflict Management Program, and Senior Fellow, Center for Transatlantic Relations, SAIS

Bayan Sami Abdul Rahman
Daniel Serwer
Dr. Sami Al-Araji
Hoger Shalli
Justin Carney

Doing Business in Iraq

Presentation by:

Iraq Commercial Office, Embassy of the Republic of Iraq in Washington D.C.

12:45 - 13:00  Speech:

Jasim Husein, Deputy of Attache', Iraq Commercial Office, Embassy of the Republic of Iraq

13:00 - 13:15  Presentation:

Qasim Basry, Executive Assistant, Iraq Commercial Office, Embassy of the Republic of Iraq

Jasim Husein
Qassim Basry
13:15 - 14:30

Lunch break

Business Challenges and Opportunities


Steve Lutes, Executive Director, Middle East Affairs, U.S. Chamber of Commerce
Ginger Cruz,CEO, Mantid International LLC
Rebwar Berzinji, Founder and President, Pericles Capital Advisors, LLC


Sasha Toperich

Ginger Cruz
Rebwar Berzinji
Sasha Toperich
Steve Lutes

Economic growth and Trade Competitiveness through job creation and SME’s


Zainab Allawi, Advisor to Executive Director, The World Bank
Marc Tejtel, Deputy Chief Counsel for the Commercial Law Development Program (CLDP), US Department of Commerce
Christopher Schroeder, Entrepreneur and author "Start-up Rising: The Entrepreneurial Revolution Remaking the Middle East"


Rebeen Pasha, Founder & President SDH/REBuild Iraq and Middle East Young Entrepreneurs' Dreams

Christopher M. Schroeder
Marc Tejtel
Rebeen Pasha
Zainab Allawi
17:15 - 17:30

Coffee break

Private Sector Growth – Strengthening Transatlantic Partnership


John J. Sullivan, Mayer Brown LLP
Jorge E. Restrepo, Managing Director, New Frontiers International FZ LLE
David M. Tafuri, Partner, Dentons US LLP


Sasha Toperich

David Tafuri
John J. Sullivan
Jorge E. Restrepo
Sasha Toperich