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Speaker Biography

Prof Dlawer Al'Aldeen

Professor Al'Aldeen is Minister, Higher Education and Scientific Research in the Kurdistan Regional Government.

He is Professor, Clinical Microbiology in Nottingham University, and was Founding Director of the MSc course in Clinical Microbiology at Nottingham University. In 1995 he founded the Meningococcal Research Group and in 1999 he founded the Molecular Bacteriology and Immunology Group. From 2007 to 2008 he was seconded to the Health Protection Agency as Deputy Director, Centre for Infection and, in 2009, was appointed Director of Research, Royal College of Pathologists, UK.

Professor Al’Aldeen has published extensively in peer-reviewed international journals and co-authored several books.

As a Kurdish writer he has published numerous articles on the impact of global politics on Kurdistan and on strategic issues relating to Kurdish human rights. After the 1991 Gulf war he persuaded the British Government to establish a safe haven for Iraqi Kurds.

He also investigated the use of chemical weapons in Kurdistan, and the poisoning of Kurdish refugees in Turkey.