Founder and Chairman, American University of Iraq, Sulaimani; Former Prime Minister of Iraqi Kurdistan
Barham Salih is the founder and chairman of the board of trustees of the American University of Iraq, Sulaimani. Salih served as prime minister of Iraqi Kurdistan most recently from 2009 to 2012. After the fall of the Baathist regime, he became deputy prime minister of the Interim Iraqi Government in 2004, minister of planning in the transitional government in 2005, and then deputy prime minister in Nouri Al-Maliki’s cabinet after the 2005 elections. Under Al-Maliki, he was also head of the economic committee.