The Kurdistan Regional Government High Representative to the United Kingdom

Mr Karwan Jamal Tahir took up post as the KRG High Representative to the UK in June 2015. He endeavors to further develop and maintain close ties between the KRG and the United Kingdom, as well as advocating his government’s position on a range of matters including, political, security, cultural, economic, and humanitarian. Mr. Tahir was born in the city of Sulaimani on 11th January 1971. Mr Tahir followed the footsteps of his father by entering in the world of politics. He joined the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK) in 1991, becoming a member of His Excellency Jalal Talabani’s Special Bureau. He continued to work in a number of departments within the PUK until 1998, when he travelled to the United Kingdom for his undergraduate studies. On July 2003 he completed his BSc in Computer Science and Management, at the University of Manchester Science and Technology (UMIST).

Previously, Mr. Tahir served as an Adviser to the General Enterprise for Special Projects, at the Kurdistan Regional Government’s Council of Ministers, from 2004 to 2007. He became a Senior Advisor to the Minister of Natural Resources for three years. He played a pivotal role in the Ministry of Natural Resources strategic plans and relations with the IOCs. In addition, he also led three Management Committees, while participating as a member in many more.

During his tenure, he transferred to the Department of Foreign Relations (DFR) in 2009 and held the position of the Deputy Head of DFR. Mr. Tahir promoted the Kurdistan Region’s relations with the international community on a political and cultural level, through participating in numerous conferences around the world and engaging with the diplomatic community in Erbil.