Masrour Barzani was appointed Prime Minister of the 9th cabinet of the Kurdistan Regional Government on July 10, 2019.
Since 2019, Masrour Barzani has embarked upon a rigorous campaign of reform and economic revitalization. Despite the challenges of the novel Covid-19 pandemic and terrorist threats, the Prime Minister has been able to unlock potential in sectors outside of energy and implement the first export initiative of agricultural goods from the KRI.
Barzani has been one of the key figures in the fight against ISIS, widely recognized internationally for reversing a threat that shook regional states and committed genocide against minorities. Under his supervision as Chancellor, some of the most vulnerable communities in the Middle East have been liberated and protected. Erbil, the region's capital, has become home to a thriving community of Middle Eastern Christians who have been granted long-term refuge.
Mr. Barzani is a senior official of the Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP). He has an extensive resume in the Kurdish resistance, having joined the Peshmerga, which translates as “those who face death,” in 1985 at the age of just 16. He actively participated in the Battle of Khwakurk against Saddam Hussein's army in 1988. He also participated in the 1991 uprising against Saddam after the first Gulf War.
His childhood and youth were spent at the height of the Kurdish resistance, which was detrimental to life in Iraqi Kurdistan, and Barzani completed his secondary education in Iran. In 1992, he traveled to London for a one-year English course. After completing the course, he received an honors degree in international studies from the American University in Washington, D.C. He continued studying for a master's degree in peace and conflict resolution.
In 1998, Mr. Barzani returned to Kurdistan and was elected by the 12th KDP congress to the central committee. Later this year, he was appointed director general of the security agency. In 2010 he was re-elected to the leadership council and then selected as one of the KDP politburo members. In 2012, he was appointed by Kurdistan Region President Masoud Barzani as the first chancellor of the Kurdistan Region's security council to oversee security, military operations and intelligence services.
In 2005, he founded the NGO Barzani Foundation in Iraqi Kurdistan. This non-profit charity provides aid to internally displaced people, refugees and vulnerable locals, and is based on the life, struggle and principles of Mustafa Barzani. He is also the chairman of the board of trustees of the American University of Kurdistan (AUK).
Mr. Barzani is married and has four children. He speaks fluent Kurdish, Persian and English, as well as understanding Arabic. In his free time he likes to paint, ride horses and swim.
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