By Robert Tollast.
For a new series for Iraq Business News, I will be interviewing Iraqi and foreign professionals and asking them about their experiences working in Iraq.
For the first edition I spoke with Hameed Abid, an architect who has worked on some 600 projects in Europe and the MENA region. Hameed’s first project in Iraq was in 1969 and he returned to Iraq to work on projects there in 2008.
I met Hameed at a superbly organised conference in London, put together by the Al Kindi Society for Engineers. The conference had a number of Iraqi expert speakers discussing the applications of IT in the fields of engineering, education and security in Iraq.
It was striking to see the ongoing efforts of Iraqis within the UK, building bridges to their homeland and building new bonds of commerce and knowledge transfer. Nobody at the conference was ignorant of Iraq’s challenges, but the focus was firmly on a better future, and how to get there.
Robert Tollast is a consultant at Noorbridge, a Helsinki based consultancy with staff in London and Nasiriyah, Iraq. He has written extensively on security, politics and economic issues in Iraq for various publications, and is currently researching a modern history of Iraq with support from The Middle East Forum. email: [email protected] twitter: @roberttollast