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Theme: Empowering

This event occurred on
March 4, 2023
Erbil, Arbīl

In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. TEDxNishtiman event is forging ahead towards a bright future, focusing on empowering individuals and the community through technology, innovation, and education. The central theme of TEDxNishtiman 2023, "Empowering," aims to provide people with the tools and resources they need to improve their lives, utilizing technology to create positive change in communities and drive progress worldwide.

Saad Abdullah Hall
Next to Divan Hotel
Erbil, Arbīl, 44001
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Buhar Sulaiman

Teacher & programmer
Buhar has a bachelor’s degree in computer and financial accounting and a diploma in computer technology. Buhar worked with Stirling schools as a web developer, coder, robot creator, and computer teacher for the past 9 years Buhar is from Amediyah and lives in Duhok.

Chapka Osman

Principal and founder of CIS
Born in Kurdistan in October 1978 Chaka Othman is a successful businesswoman committed to raising the standards of both Education and welfare for all Youths in the region. She graduated in 2000 from Salahaddin College of Science with a degree in Chemistry and quickly gained experience working in a government laboratory that was part of the Directorate of Construction. That was before joining the UNITED NATIONS-Habitat section to contribute to rebuilding the country where she worked for 3 years. Mrs. Othman gained various experiences from working at the UN, later working in the Amal Compound, and also joining USAID as Evaluation Coordinator. She was later awarded the position of Post-Graduation Admissions officer and finally Acting Registrar at the University of Hawler (UKH). Mrs. Othman now owns and supervises 6 Cambridge School branches. There are approximately 5000 students and 600 staff members. Her main passion is improving Education for all.

Dawar Fuad

TV host and Entrepunuer
Dawar Fuad is a young tech entrepreneur and consultant who works in Tech Entrepreneurship Ecosystem in Iraq. He is a graduate of Information Technology with more than 6 years of experience in the Tech industry in the Middle East. Dawar currently works as a co-founder of Electronify. store, which is an electronic showroom chain and e-commerce. He also works as a host of a weekly tech TV show "The Tech Show" on Kurdsat Broadcasting Corporation.

Dr. Azad Najar

Senior physician
Senior physician in urology, inventor, and researcher in the field of cardiac physiology. He also has extensive experience in innovation strategies, regulation, patent strategies, and development of industrial products and technology companies. Azad Najar has technical and innovative skills in addition to his medical knowledge in surgery. The combination of these three skills has been essential to the development of the artificial heart and other innovations. He is the founder of the Swedish companies Scandinavian Real Heart and Laprotech.

Faraydoon Namdar

Faraydoon Namdar is a Kurdish farmer. He was born in the city of Halabja, has a bachelor in the English language from the University of Sulaimani in 2007, and in 2018 he got a bachelor's degree in diplomacy and international relations from the University of human development.

Hanaa Edwar

Women’s rights activist
Hanaa Edwar was born to a Christian family in the Southern city of Basra, Iraq. She earned a degree in law from Baghdad University in 1967. During her 50 years as an advocate, she has led countless campaigns for gender equality, including efforts to advance women's role in drafting the country's new constitution in 2005. Alongside allies, she secured a minimum 25 percent women's quota in the parliament and in the local governments. She was also a member of the expert team tasked with drafting a law addressing domestic violence in Iraq

Hussein Hassani

Assistant professor at UKH
Hossein Hassani is an Assistant Professor at the University of Kurdistan Hewlêr (UKH). He holds a Ph.D. in Computer Science. He has been with UKH since 2007. Prior to joining academia as a full-timer, he was in the software industry for about 17 years. He holds a Ph.D. in Computer Science and is primarily interested and focused on Natural Language Processing and Computational Linguistics, particularly on the Kurdish language. He founded the Kurdish BLARK as a venue for publicizing the outcomes of the Kurdish processing projects he conducts or supervises.

Hussein Saadun

Researcher and writer
Hussein Saadun is a researcher and writer, He published a book on reading secrets about the laws and secrets of reading Interested in thoughts in general and philosophy and sociology, in particular, He published several articles and studies in Iraqi newspapers, including Al-Mada newspaper He, participated in conferences, including the recent World Government Summit in Dubai Member of the New Media Academy in Dubai He continuously publishes cultural knowledge content on social networking sites.

Jegr M. Darbandi

Entrepreneur and Dentist
Experienced in dental education, training, events, and conferences as well as dental products business & medical tourism specialist with a demonstrated history of working in healthcare management & medical travel values. Skilled in Management, Marketing, branding, sales, and event organizing. Strong healthcare business development professional with a B.D.S in Dentistry from TIU and an EMBA Master in Business & Administration candidate University of Kurdistan Hawler UKH.

Nibras Basitkey

Program assistant at the Atlantic Council's empowerME Initiative
Nibras Basitkey, a well-recognized education advocate and Yezidi refugee from Kurdistan, Iraq, possesses a strong track record of advocating for gender equality and female education. Nibras holds a Bachelor of Science in business administration and economics from Creighton University. Basitkey has several years of demonstrated academic and professional experience in economics and international development. Currently, she is employed at the Atlantic Council, where she focuses on the Middle Eastern economy, women's empowerment, and entrepreneurship. Prior to that, she worked for international organizations such as the Malala Fund and the Free Yezidi Foundation. Basitkey has been a keynote speaker at the United Nations and has received recognition from prominent media outlets.

Payam Foad

Psychologist and Entrepreneur
Payam Fuad Muhammad graduated from the Department of educational psychology, and she is a volunteer social researcher in many different sectors of Kurdistan region child protection such as the unsupervised children's cells, the sector of children with disabilities, and autism also children with cancer.

Speda Kardo

Speda Kardo born in 2006 is an active Kurdish YouTuber from the Kurdistan region and IYLEP alumni. Speda wants to spread positivity and hope through her YouTube videos and will join us on stage to talk about the power and leadership in teenagers.

Tala Al Khalil

Tala Alkhalil, Bachelor of Pharmacy, from Iraq-Basrah. Certificate of Leadership and Teamwork from Washington State University in Pullman, Rudolf Steiner schools graduate. Established two schools for children with cancer and special needs. known as the mother of the South and a mother of nearly 200 children,

Zana Ahmad

Psychologist and self-development trainer
Zana Ahmed has a Bachelor's degree in General Surgery and Internal Medicine and a doctorate in Psychiatry. Dr. Zana worked with more than 13 NGOs as a program manager, marketing manager, and general manager. For the time being Dr. Zana is living in the Kurdistan region and has his own psychological clinic.

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Erbil, Iraq