February 20, 2019

H.E. Dr. Hisham Al-Alawi: Ambassador of the Republic of Iraq

By Guido Lanfranchi.

H.E. Dr. Hisham Al-Alawi is the new Ambassador of the Republic of Iraq to the Kingdom
of the Netherlands. A diplomat and a medical doctor, H.E. Dr. Al-Alawi succeeds to H.E.
Mr. Saywan Barzani
Just a few days before Koningsdag, H.E. Dr. Hisham Al-Alawi presented the diplomatic
credentials to His Majesty King Willem-Alexander, thus formalizing his role as the new
Iraqi Ambassador to The Netherlands. H.E. Dr. Al-Alawi, who arrives to The Netherlands
after a post as Ambassador to Turkey, will represent Iraq to both the Dutch government
and the many international organizations based in The Hague, such as the OPCW.
In his dense career, H.E. Dr. Al-Alawi has been able to combine different roles and
professions. On the one hand, he has pursued a high level diplomatic career. Since
2010, H.E. Dr. Al-Alawi has worked for the Iraqi Ministry of Foreign Affairs, holding
relevant positions not only in Baghdad (as Head of Policy Planning Department and
Medical Insurance Department), but also abroad (as Ambassador of Iraq to South Africa
and Turkey).
On the other hand, H.E. Dr. Al-Alawi has also pursued a long-lasting career as a medical
doctor. After his successful studies and early working experience at the College of
Medicine, University of Baghdad, the Ambassador decided to move abroad. After three
years in Libya, H.E. Dr. Al-Alawi spent more than fifteen years as a medical doctor in the
United Kingdom, holding several positions across the UK.
In his private life, H.E. Dr. Al-Alawi is an open, affable, and active person. The
Ambassador is married, and he and his wife have two sons and one daughter.
Diplomat Magazine and the whole diplomatic community of The Netherlands warmly
welcome H.E. Dr. Al-Alawi, and wish all the best of luck to him for his forthcoming
enterprises!
In his private life, H.E. Dr. Al-Alawi is an open, affable, and active person. The
Ambassador is married, and he and his wife have two sons and one daughter.
Diplomat Magazine and the whole diplomatic community of The Netherlands warmly
welcome H.E. Dr. Al-Alawi, and wish all the best of luck to him for his forthcoming
enterprises!

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