Tag Archives | American University of Iraq Sulaimani (AUIS)

Iraqi Business Accelerator Hunts for Next Big Thing

Iraq's First Business Accelerator Is on the Hunt for the Next Big Thing! Takween, Iraq's first business accelerator, has announced that applications for its first cohort are now open. The 12-week program will run online with 10-15 innovative, growth-stage Iraqi ventures, and end with a virtual demo day where startups will pitch their ideas to […]

Iraq's Economy: Spotlight on Oil and Gas

On April 20, 2020, IRIS held a webinar entitled Iraq's Economy: Spotlight on Oil and Gas. The discussion focused on Iraq's economy amidst falling oil prices and additional pressures from the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Speakers included IRIS Senior Fellow and AFC Iraq Fund Chief Investment Officer Ahmed Tabaqchali, Iraq Correspondent for Associated Press (AP) Samya Kullab, […]

Euphrates Advisors and AUIS announce new Scholarship

Euphrates Advisors LLC and AUIS announce establishment of Euphrates Fund Scholarship Euphrates Advisors LLC and American University of Iraq, Sulaimani (AUIS) announced today the establishment of the Euphrates Fund Scholarship (EFS), a generous grant that will cover the tuition of one University student each year. Euphrates Advisors is an investment firm that manages the Euphrates […]

Market Review: A Tale of Two Halves & Liquidity

By Ahmed Tabaqchali (pictured), CIO of Asia Frontier Capital (AFC) Iraq Fund. Any opinions expressed are those of the author, and do not necessarily reflect the views of Iraq Business News. The market in January was a tale of two halves. The first half started with a whimper with turnover declining 40% from December’s levels […]

Experts discuss Future of Iraq’s Economy at IBBC Retreat

The Iraq Britain Business Council (IBBC) held its annual weekend retreat on 7-9 July at Cumberland Lodge, Windsor Park, a venue dedicated to the advancement of international societal issues through constructive dialogue. Around 60 IBBC Members and guest speakers attended this unique event to discuss pressing issues on the future of Iraq’s economy, prospects and […]

IMMDF, AUIS Announce New Scholarship Program

The Iraq Middle Market Development Fund (IMMDF) will provide two full year scholarships for students interested in and committed to development, finance, business and entrepreneurship at The American University of Iraq, Sulaimani (AUIS). The partnership agreement was signed at AUIS today in a ceremony attended by officials from IMMDF, AUIS faculty members and students, and […]

Making Ends Meet in Iraqi Kurdistan

By Mark DeWeaver. Last November I was back at the American University of Iraq’s Institute of International and Regional Studies in Sulimaniyah, researching a report on the KRG’s latest economic reform initiatives. I was surprised to find that the KRG now has some promising programs underway to increase revenues and cut expenses. Given the dire […]

A Case for Cash

By Mark DeWeaver. Nowadays one reads with increasing frequency that high-denomination bank notes should be eliminated. (Take this NY Times editorial as just one example.) Hundred dollar and five-hundred euro bills, it seems, are for cocaine cowboys and terrorists. Honest people use credit cards and checks or maybe their mobile phones. Some commentators even look […]

Kurdistan's Great Recession

By Mark DeWeaver. In October I had the good fortune to spend some time in Sulimaniyah, at the American University of Iraq’s Institute for International and Regional Studies, where I worked on a research project with a group of student assistants. Our objective was to document the effects of the KRG budget crisis on the […]

Turkish Foreign Minister visits Kurdistan to boost mutual relations

Turkey’s Foreign Minister, Ahmet Davutoglu visited Kurdistan during the week, where he met with President Masoud Barzani and the KRG Prime Minister, Nechirvan Barzani to discuss further strengthening relations between Turkey and the KRG; and to attend the Second Sulaimani Forum at the American University of Iraq – Sulaimani (AUIS). The Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet […]