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Ali Al-Rifai, Ph.D.

Professor Ali Al-Rifai, Ph.D.





Dr. Taher Al-Bakaa, Scholar

Dr. Taher Al-Bakaa, Scholar


Dr. Taher Al-Bakaa is a visiting scholar at Harvard University. In 2004, he was named minister of higher education in Iraq. After 2003, Al- Bakaa was appointed president of Al-Mustansiriya. A year later, in the mid- 1990s, Al- Bakaa was chair of the history department at Al-Mustansiriya University, the second-largest university in Iraq.

“Life without hope has no value,” Al-Bakaa says. “He who loses hope cannot live. But to be optimistic you always have to see a light in the end of the tunnel.”


Denise Calabria
Communication and Public Affairs Specialist




Shakir Alousi Painter

Shakir Alousi, Painter







Dr. Montazer Kamel Mensoor

Researcher, biologist and public health specialist. Director of the International Center for Training, Research, and Development (ICTRD) in Baghdad.