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This event occurred on
December 13, 2014
10:00am - 5:00pm AST
(UTC +3hrs)
Erbil, AR

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Peshawa Hall
Erbil 60 meter street
Erbil, AR
Event type:
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Rojgar Hamed

He is a lecturer at Hawler medical university – collage of pharmacy. Along with his professional career as a lecturer and many other achievement, his passion has always been about astronomy. His desire and dream for astronomy ended him to publish a book about the same subject “Your Gate to the Night sky” in Kurdish which is first of its kind.

Rebar Jaff

Born in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq and raised in Canada. He was in an internship at the United Nations Headquarters in New York for 6 months, where he worked in the Senior Leadership Appointments Section of the Office of the Under-Secretary-General (DFS), then the Executive Office of the Secretary-General (EOSG), and later worked on post-conflict reconstruction and public service delivery in the UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA). Following that in 2009 he landed a job in the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) in Paris, where he was a Consultant for the OECD Middle East and North Africa Governance Programm. Following his first year experience at the OECD, he was hired as Program Manager of the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) in Erbil, Iraq, where he was in charge of implementing and overseeing UNFPA’s youth and juvenile development programs in the country. Moreover, he dealt with a wide range of relevant issues across Iraq in coordination with other governmental and non-governmental agencies and organizations.

Hiwa Osman

Hiwa Osman is an Iraqi Kurdish journalist and columnist for Rudaw and runs the blog Thoughts from Iraq. His column is also published in Arabic in the respected Baghdad-based newspaper Alaalem. He is IWPR Iraq’s country director, previously served as Iraqi president Jalal Talabani’s media adviser.


Hamko (Mohammed Gorge) was born in 1971 in Erbil. He grow up in mosques and cemeteries, he has never seen his mom. He worked as a baker after being a soldier in the Iraqi Iranian war. Comedy has found him in 1992, when he had TV show on Gullan TV. He was the first comedian in the region who tried to involve politics and social problem in his comedy. He stayed in UK for ten years. In 2011 he came back and had small series on Byaban TV. Now he has the first and the only show of its kind (Hamko Show).

Alan Ali

Alan Ali was born in 1982 he is a designer and plastic artist. Has lot of private and shared exhibitions. He worked in animation field for 7 years، he designed lot of posters for cinema, theaters and for government sector. And he is working as digital artist. In his works he always use (monopolization-suryali-abstract-creative). Alan has a great effect on introducing digital art to Kurdish audience. His works now focuses on media especially Kurdish media and Kurdish individuals and how the wars and tragic past had effect on them.

Dashni Morad

Born in the city of Sulaimanya, raised in Netherlands, lost between two cultures and struggling between accomplishing dreams. Dashni Morad, a Kurdish/Dutch Pop singer and a TV personality who was known for her show on Kurdistan TV “Bi Control”, flee Kurdistan at the age of eleven to become a refugee in Netherlands due to the unstable political situation in Iraq and Kurdistan. Since moving to the Netherlands, Dashni, worked hard to accomplish being a musician and a TV presenter to entertain the Kurdish audience since it was much needed at the time in Kurdistan. Today, she is recognized as a national and international artist who broke through the impossible to give the gift of modern music to Kurdistan and presenting it outside of the Middle East region. Her songs presented messages such as women empowerment, peace, and the love for Kurdistan. She, however, didn’t stop at making music and TV presenting, she also founded a small non-profit under the name “Green Kids” supporting education to the kids of Kurdistan, as well as, raising funds for refugees and IDPs in Kurdistan, and also many group and student participation to clean the mountains of Kurdistan.

Eman & Dastan

18 year old high school students, born and raised in Kurdistan – Erbil have taken it upon themselves to design a sophisticated system to detect bombs and chemical weapons, after questioning their existence and what they’ve done to save lives. Participating in a national science competition they earned the top prize over many projects that participated from Iraq. They could then participate in the INESPO science fair held in Netherlands and they were awarded medals. The judges there were interested by their project and led them some companies and the Dutch police who would want to use it. Refusing the offers, the two have promised to bring it back to their own country first – free of charge. The terrifying atmosphere that they’ve been raised in & the fear of attacks but mostly the twin bombing at the Interior Ministry in September 2013 is what prompted them to think about developing a better accurate system. They’ve got too many other ideas for providing a safer community they are willing to design a system to address the scourge of landmines in their homeland, mainly affecting children. And to reduce the number of traffic accidents.

Omar Ali

Omar Ali was born in Baghdad in 1995, he is a student at college of Engineering . an expert magician who started his magic-art career in 2009 and he did 4 stage shows in classy hotels and performed more than 100 hours of street magic.

Organizing team


Zwijndrecht, Netherlands
  • Suhad AlFartousi