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August 24, 2019
Erbil, Arbīl

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Saad Abdullah Hall
Gulan Street
Next to Divan Hotel
Erbil, Arbīl, 440001
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Adnan Karim

Adnan Karim was born in 1963 in Kurdistan region of Iraq. He graduated from Sulaimania’s institute of art. The beginning of his career in art goes back to 1979. Since 2010 he's is a lecturer in University and institute of Art in Suly. He recorded many songs during those years. In 1992, he reached Sweden. After that, he released many songs and albums including (Birt Akam, Raz, Shawi Yalda, Shnai Ba, Tavgeyek Le Ishq, Amshaw..). He studied sounds and music recording technique in Sweden. He had many concerts in Europe, Canada, US and Middle east. His last music album is “Shaw Ba”. For last 10 years, Adnan became one of the most famous arts in the region, Iraq.

Barikan Solecki

Barikan Ismaeeli Solecki is a Lecturer, Keynote speaker and consultant. She’s an external lecturer at department of Business and Management at Aalborg University. She helps public organizations, private companies, educational institutions and individuals to overcome challenges regarding the integration of refugees into the work force and the everyday life through motivational speeches and consultancy.

Berivan Hatam

Berivan Hatam Saeed, She's a high school graduate. She has worked as Taekwondo trainer in Iraq national team and she has a black belt in Taekwondo. She also has worked as a fitness trainer and a physical education teacher in many sport centers and schools. Berivan is very passionate about helping others achieve their fitness and weight-loss goals. She provides high-energy programs, combining the latest techniques in nutrition and exercise science. Her fitness skills include (Zumba, Acrobatic dance, Mix step, Stretching, Trampoline..). She has earned 28 medals for first rank in Iraq, Iran, Qatar and Turkey.

Heja Sindi

Dr. Heja Sindi is born in Baghdad in 1969, is originally from Zakho, Kurdistan. He holds a PhD in Business Administration. He's a faculty member of the Kurdistan Business School at the University of Kurdistan Hewler. He is also a professional trainer and advocator in areas of leadership, human resource, strategic thinking, career path, entrepreneurship and Kurdish diaspora studies.

Jan Ilhan Kizilhan

Professor, Dr Jan Ilhan Kizilhan. Psychologist, psychotherapist, trauma expert, orientalist, Director of the Institute for Transcultural Health Science at the State University in Baden-Württemberg, Germany, He's the Dean of the Institute for Psychotherapy and Psychotraumatology at University of Duhok/ Iraq. He's been working for 20 years with traumatized people in war and crisis regions. He's Author of 25 books, 160+ publications in international journals.

Manar Shubbar

Manar holds a bachelor's degree in Arabic language and literature, She's also a fashion designer and director of a fashion house. She's the head of Manar Fashion Agency and a writer of fashion and short stories. She's writing a fashion book. Manar has experience in fashion design, corporate management and media office management. She took part in the Expo Milano in Italy to see the latest findings from the world's leading manufacturers of fashion accessories and also participated in textile fashion fairs in Turkey. Conducted tailoring and decoration courses to support segments of society And carried out sports activities such as the shift drift competition sponsored by a racetrack for sports and attend the first international arbitration (referee Red Bull) Drift as the first sporting event of its kind in Iraq. She also works to prepare costumes that include the features of Iraq in a 3D.

Mohamed Jesus

He was born in Mosul in 1993. He fled to Duhok for safety. His music helped spark rap’s popularity in Duhok. He graduated with a BSc. Degree in Water Resources Engineering and Environmental Management in UKH - Erbil, then graduated with a M.A. degree in Business Management. In 2015, with a group of fresh graduates, they established an online media organization called “Yalla”. They maintained Yalla as the only neutral source of information and online content in Iraq "the voice of the youth" In his social media platforms, he focuses on topics of human rights, women equality, social reform and psychology. He published his book “Hamqa’a” in 2017 in Erbil.

Sazan Amin

Sazan Amin is a makeup artist, entrepreneur, and influencer. She is from Erbil, Iraq, she lives in Copenhagen, Denmark. She overcame all the obstacles and successfully launched her own makeup brand, Sazan is the ambassador of both Green Kids, And the Lotus Flower organization, And a teacher at a makeup academy. She was a refugee, and now she is continuously working to help refugees. She uses her job as an influencer for empowering women and children. In 2019 she have started her own business in Erbil.

Suzan Abdulhadi

She's born in 1989 and she lives in Deraluk, iraq. Her specialties are poetry and art. She has organized more than 5 fairs and festivals in Duhok and also in Erbil. She has earned many certificates of appreciation from the government and also several organizations. She has more than 90 art paintings and lots of poems still haven't published. She's the author of "Khawn u Khozi" a poetry book, And she's in the process of writing another.

Zana Ahmad

Zana Ahmad Qasab, born in Kurdistan region of Iraq, he holds a bachelor degree in general surgery and internal medicine (MBChB) - University of Sulaimani, Iraq. He’s a doctoral student in psychiatry. Dr. Zana is the executive manager of (Al Rawad) project for building leadership academies in the Middle-East. Co-owner and head-staff official of Training academy for consulting and training. A member of (Omran) project founders staff for leadership. He is the founder of more than 8 charity and investment projects. He is a trainer in the fields of: leadership skills, ingenuity, expression, studying and getting high scores in High-school’s 12th grade exams. He is the president and co-founder of IFMSA - Suly.

Organizing team


Erbil, Iraq
  • Thamer Alyas