Directorates

The Washington based Office of the KRG Representative features several Directorates that facilitate opportunities and provide information for those interested in the Kurdistan Region or KRG-U.S. relations. Please feel free to contact a Directorate if we can be of service to you.
DIRECTORATE OF POLICY AND ADVOCACY - Mr. Karwan Zebari
The Director of Policy and Advocacy steers KRG initiatives in the US through their lifecycle. In this capacity, Mr Zebari helps shape policy positions and works with KRG US Directorates, KRG Ministries, and a variety of US and Kurdistani organizations in support of advocacy campaigns. For additional information, please call +1 202 821 1860 or email Karwan ZebariYou can read Mr. Zebari’s biography here
DIRECTORATE OF PUBLIC AND ACADEMIC AFFAIRS - Mr. Alex Ebsary
The Director of Public Affairs initiates, develops and executes public messaging and media outreach for the KRG Representative, visiting KRG officials, Kurdish dignitaries and other officials from Kurdistan Region, and facilitates relationships between the KRG and American, international and Kurdish media outlets. In his capacity as Director of Academic Affairs, Mr. Ebsary serves as the contact point for think tanks, universities, and academic institutions on a range of issues. For additional information, please call: +1 202 821 1851 or email Alex Ebsary. You can read Mr. Ebsary’s biography here.
DIRECTORATE OF HUMANITARIAN AND CULTURAL AFFAIRS - Mr. Najat Abdullah
The Director of Humanitarian and Cultural Affairs is the main contact point on humanitarian issues in the Kurdistan Region. Mr. Abdullah also works to promote Kurdistani arts, culture, and heritage in the United States through exhibitions and events. For additional information, please call +1 202 821 1853 email Najat Abdullah. You can read Mr. Abdullah’s biography here.
DIRECTORATE OF INVESTMENT AND ADMINISTRATIVE AFFAIRS - Ms. Tara Hamawandi
The Director of Investment and Administrative Affairs promotes trade and investment in the region through delegations, conferences, and advocacy. Ms. Hamawandi is also responsible for the day-to-day operations of the Representation office. For additional information, please call +1 202 821 1853 or email Tara Hamawandi. You can read Ms.Hamawandi’s biography here.
DIRECTORATE OF DIVERSITY AND GENOCIDE AFFAIRS OUTREACH - Mr. Dasko Shirwani
The Director of Genocide and Diversity Affairs is the main contact point for issues related to the rich ethnic, religious, and linguistic diversity of the Kurdistan. In this capacity, Mr. Shirwani contributes to the lobbying efforts to recognize the Kurdish genocide by the former Iraqi regime, as well as the ongoing genocide of Yezidis, Christians, Shabak, and other groups at the hands of ISIS. For additional information, please Dasko Shirwani. You can read Mr. Shirwani’s biography here.
DIRECTORATE OF CONSULAR SERVICES AND COMMUNITY AFFAIRS - Mr. Barzan Ardalan
The Director of Consular Services processes all legal documentation, including proof of life, power of attorney, visa applications, document authentication, and company registration. For additional information, please call +1 571 354-5006 or +1 202 821 1850 or email Barzan.Ardalan@us.gov.krd. You can read Mr. Ardalan’s biography here.
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