Dr. Al-Araji assumed his post as the Chairman of the National Investment Commission in March of 2009. Prior to his new position as Chairman, Dr. Al-Araji was the Deputy Minister at the Ministry of Industry and Minerals where he held numerous positions including Director General (DG) of Planning, DG of Engineering Inspection and Quality Control, and prior to that he was the Head of the Nuclear Safety Authority at the Atomic Energy Commission (IAEC).
In 1991, Dr. Al-Araji participated in the construction program of the Oil and Electrical industries. He also led the engineering safety and quality works for a number of projects. He participated in the rehabilitation of the damaged factories of the Ministry of Industry and coordinated and supervised the ministry’s projects. He actively participated in State Owned Enterprise (SOE) restructuring and reform. Dr. Al-Araji plays an active role in the development of the Iraqi private sector.
Dr. Al-Araji is a member of many reputable committees and professional societies and organizations worldwide including the American Society of Aeronautics & Astronautics, American Society of Mechanical Engineers, American Nuclear Society, North American Research Society and others.
Dr. Al-Araji has over 80 publications to his credit and holds a BSc in Mechanical Engineering from the Michigan State University, an MSc in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Connecticut and a Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from Michigan State University.