Asian Affairs Dinner Club: “What future for Kurdistan & Iraq?”
Ms Bayan Sami Abdul Rahman,
Kurdistan Regional Government High Representative to the UK
will speak on
“What future for Kurdistan & Iraq?”
Ms Abdul Rahman was born in Baghdad. Her family briefly lived in Iran in the mid-1970s before moving to Britain in 1976. She is a history graduate from London University. She began her career on local newspapers in London and won the Observer Newspaper’s Farzad Bazoft Memorial Prize in 1993, which led her to work at The Observer and later at the Financial Times. She worked for the FT in Britain and in Japan, where she was Tokyo Correspondent.
Key to her role as High Representative are strengthening ties between Kurdistan Region and the UK. Under her leadership, the KRG UK Representation has helped to increase exchanges between the Kurdistan Region and the UK in education, culture, sport, humanitarian and social affairs, as well as to strengthen ties between the Kurdish and British parliaments, various government departments, and with the British political parties. She was an active member of the UK’s Kurdish community from her youth, and continues to support the work of community groups and professional associations in the UK.
Her late father, Sami Abdul Rahman, was a veteran of the Kurdish movement, joining the Kurdistan Democratic Party in 1963 and playing a critical role in the Kurdish and Iraqi opposition to Saddam Hussein’s regime. He held the post of Deputy Prime Minister of the Kurdistan Regional Government and General Secretary of the Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP). Sami Abdul Rahman was killed alongside his elder son Salah and 96 others in a twin suicide bombing in 2004.
1 October 2014
Where: The meeting will be held in the David Lloyd George Room of the National Liberal Club. Members are asked to arrive in good time to allow dinner to be served promptly at 7.30 pm. Drinks will be available from the cash bar from 7.00 pm. Dress is Lounge Suit/equivalent. Members may bring guests but they must be informed that the Club’s proceedings are conducted under the “Chatham House Rule”: “When a meeting or part thereof, is held under the Chatham House Rule, participants are free to use the information received, but neither the identity nor the affiliation of the speaker(s) nor that of any other participant, may be revealed.”
Tickets: RSAA Members only: £50 payable in advance plus membership of the Asian Affairs Dinner Club (£10 single, £15 couple)