9th WIEF Global Leaders

THE HON. DATO SRI MOHD NAJIB
TUN ABDUL RAZAK

Prime Minister of Malaysia


Najib Razak was born into politics. Both his father and uncle were Prime Minister. When his father died he became the youngest MP in Malaysia’s history in 1976, and has since held many major ministerial portfolios. When he became Prime Minister in April 2009, critics called him the ultimate insider. But he has taken many by surprise, implementing the most far-reaching political and economic reforms since Malaysia’s independence.

REFORMS
The Prime Minister has, for example: repealed the colonial-era Internal Security Act, which permitted indefinite detention without trial; ended Malaysia’s 60-year State of Emergency; introduced measures to increase media freedom, such as scrapping restrictions on newspaper publishing licenses; reformed the Universities and University Colleges Act to allow undergraduates to participate in political activities; created the Peaceful Assembly Act, for the first time enshrining in law the right to peaceful protest; announced the repeal of the Sedition Act to strengthen freedom of speech; repealed the Banishment Act; repealed the Restricted Residences Act; and implemented various electoral reforms.

His Government Transformation Programme has fundamentally changed the provision of government services – improving education, widening access to healthcare, developing rural infrastructure, expanding public transport, reducing poverty, cutting crime and corruption and bringing down the cost of living. Alongside this, his Economic Transformation Programme has significantly liberalised the economy – creating more than 300,000 jobs, raising living standards, encouraging foreign investment and turning Malaysia into one of Asia’s most dynamic and successful economies.

1MALAYSIA
The Prime Minister has also introduced the ‘1Malaysia’ concept, stressing the importance of national unity regardless of race or religious belief. 1Malaysia has also delivered improvements on the ground. For example, more than 1.5 million people have passed through new 1Malaysia health clinics, where anyone can receive treatment for any condition for about 30 cents.

MOVEMENT OF THE MODERATES
In terms of foreign policy, the Prime Minister has called for a new global Movement of the Moderates to combat extremism, attracting support from President Barack Obama and Prime Minister David Cameron, among others. In 2011, Najib Razak became the first Muslim head of government to unequivocally condemn suicide bombing and label it as un-Islamic. He has also contributed to the coalition effort in Afghanistan by sending in female Muslim doctors.

Prime Minister of the United Kingdom

THE RT HON. DAVID CAMERON MP
Prime Minister of the United Kingdom
 


David Cameron became Prime Minister in May 2010, leading a Conservative and Liberal Democrat coalition government. He has been the Conservative MP for Witney in West Oxfordshire since 2001.

EDUCATION David studied at Eton College before graduating from Oxford University with a first class degree in politics, philosophy and economics.

POLITICAL CAREER Before being elected as an MP, David worked for the Conservative Party Research Department and then as a special adviser in government, first to the Chancellor of the Exchequer and then to the Home Secretary.

In Parliament he held a number of positions on the Opposition Front Bench, including Shadow Deputy Leader of the House of Commons, Front Bench Spokesman for Local Government Finance, and Head of Policy Coordination in the run-up to the 2005 General Election. He was also a member of the influential House of Commons Home Affairs Select Committee from 2001 to 2003.

He was appointed Shadow Secretary of State for Education and Skills after the 2005 General Election and, on a mandate to change and modernise the Party, he was elected Leader of the Conservative Party in December 2005.

In 2010 the Conservative Party and Liberal Democrats formed a coalition government. David became Prime Minister, making him the youngest Prime Minister in 198 years.

CAREER OUTSIDE POLITICS David spent 7 years at Carlton Communications where he served on the management board.

CAMERON MP, Prime Minister of the United Kingdom PERSONAL LIFE David is married to Samantha. They have 3 children and live in London and West Oxfordshire. Sadly, their eldest child, Ivan, who suffered from cerebral palsy and severe epilepsy, died in February 2009.

PRIME MINISTER The Prime Minister is head of the UK government and is ultimately responsible for the policy and decisions of the government.

As head of the UK government the Prime Minister also: • oversees the operation of the Civil Service and government agencies • appoints members of the government • is the principal government figure in the House of Commons
MINISTER FOR THE CIVIL SERVICE The Minister for the Civil Service is responsible for regulating the Civil Service. The Civil Service (Management Functions) Act of 1992, allows the Minister for the Civil Service to delegate power to other ministers and devolved administrations. This role was created in 1968 and is always held by the Prime Minister.

FIRST LORD OF THE TREASURY The First Lord of the Treasury is one of the Lords Commissioners of the Treasury. This role is usually held by the Prime Minister.

Since the 17th century, the Lords Commissioners of the Treasury have collectively carried out duties that were previously held by the Lord High Treasurer (head of Her Majesty’s Treasury).

The Lords Commissioners of the Treasury also include: • the Second Lord of the Treasury - the Chancellor of the Exchequer, who has most of the functional financial responsibilities • Junior Lords Commissioners of the Treasury - other members of the government, usually government whips in the House of Commons

H.M. SULTAN HAJI HASSANAL BOLKIAH
MU’IZZADDIN WADDAULAH

Sultan of Brunei Darussalam


His Majesty Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah Mu’izzaddin Waddaulah, the 29th Sultan of Brunei was born on the 15th of July 1946. He ascended the throne on October 5th, 1967 following the voluntary abdication of his father, the late Al-Marhum Sultan Haji Omar Ali Saifuddien Sa’adul Khairi Waddien.

His Majesty started his early education in Brunei Darussalam and then went on to Malaysia to further his studies. He then trained as an officer at the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst, UK and was commissioned as Captain in 1967. His Majesty also has been awarded with honorary degrees from various institutes of higher education namely University of Oxford, King’s College London and the University of Aberdeen in the United Kingdom; the National University of Singapore; Gadjah Mada University in Indonesia; and Chulalongkorn University in Thailand. His Majesty is currently the Chancellor of Universiti Brunei Darussalam.

As the head of state, His Majesty is also the Prime Minister, Minister of Defence, Minister of Finance, and Head of the Religious Council.

Under His Majesty’s leadership, Brunei introduced Islamic Banking in the early 1990s and has since seen tremendous growth. As of Q2 2013, it held a significant role in Brunei Darussalam’s banking industry with total assets and deposits respectively accounted for 40.7% and 39.7% of the total market. Similarly the Takaful industry has been able to penetrate the insurance market with a sizeable market share of 59.8% (gross premiums) and 33.3% (assets). Further to this, Short Term Sukuk Al-Ijarah Money Market Programme was also introduced.

King of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan

H.M. KING ABDULLAH II
King of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan
 


His Majesty King Abdullah II is the 43rd generation direct descendant of the Prophet Muhammad.King Abdullah assumed his constitutional powers as King of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan on February 7,1999, the day his father, the late King Hussein, passed away.

Born in Amman on January 30, 1962, His Majesty is the eldest son of the late King Hussein and has four brothers and six sisters. King Abdullah began his education at the Islamic Educational College and received his secondary education at St. Edmund’s School in Surrey, England, Eaglebrook School in Massachusetts, then at Deerfield Academy in the United States of America. In 1980, King Abdullah entered the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst in the United Kingdom, where he received his military education.

King Abdullah attended Oxford University in 1984, undergoing a one-year Special Studies course in International Politics and World Affairs. Upon returning home, His Majesty continued his military path, gaining experience and working his way to the rank of Captain and the Commander of a Tank Company in the 91st Armored Brigade. From 1986-1987, also as Captain, His Majesty was attached to the Royal Jordanian Air Force’s Helicopter Anti-Tank Wing as a Tactics Instructor, where he received qualification as a Cobra Attack Helicopter Pilot.

In 1987, King Abdullah attended the School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University in Washington, D.C., and was in residence as a Mid-Career Fellow. He undertook Advanced Study and Research in International Affairs under the auspices of the Master of Science in Foreign Service Program.

Upon returning home, His Majesty was assigned to the 17th Tank Battalion, 2nd Royal Guards Brigade and in the summer of 1989, he became Battalion 2nd-in-Command, with the rank of Major. In 1991, King Abdullah was the Armor Representative in the Office of the Inspector General. He was promoted to Lt. Colonel at the end of the year and assumed command of the 2nd Armored Car Regiment in the 40th Brigade.

Upon handing over the battalion in January 1993, King Abdullah was promoted to full Colonel and assigned as deputy commander of the Jordanian Special Forces. In June 1994 he was promoted to the rank of Brigadier General, and assumed command of the Royal Jordanian Special Forces, after having served as Deputy Commander for six months. His Majesty was appointed Commander of the Special Operations Command on October 1997, and in May 1998, he was promoted to the rank of Major General.

In addition to his career as an army officer, King Abdullah has served his country many times in the official capacity of Regent in the absence of His Majesty King Hussein, and he regularly traveled with the late King Hussein. Before his accession to the throne, King Abdullah represented Jordan and his late father on visits to many countries throughout the world, and developed close relationships with leaders and officials of a number of Arab countries during the course of his career.

King Abdullah is committed to building on the legacy left by the late King Hussein to further Jordan’s democratic institutionalization and political pluralism, while working for a just and comprehensive peace. Following in his late father’s footsteps, King Abdullah has placed great emphasis on improving Jordan’s economy and streamlining the government which will lay the foundations to allow Jordan to enter the next century with confidence.

King Abdullah married Queen Rania on June 10, 1993. Their Majesties have one son, Prince al-Hussein, born June 28, 1994, and one daughter, Princess Iman, born September 27, 1996.

King Abdullah is a qualified frogman, pilot and a free-fall parachutist. His other interests include car racing (he is a former Jordanian National Rally Racing Champion), water sports, scuba diving and collecting ancient weapons and armaments.

President of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan

H.E. HAMID KARZAI
President of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan
 


Hamid Karzai was born on the 24th of December, 1957 (Quaus 9th, 1336) in the village of Karz, near Kandahar, Afghanistan.

His grandfather, Khair Mohammad Khan, had served during Afghanistan’s war of independence and as the Deputy Speaker of the Senate. His father, Abdul Ahad Karzai, was a tribal (Popalzai) elder and a significant national political figure, who served as the Deputy Speaker of the Parliament during the 1960s. Abdul Karzai moved with his family to Kabul upon his election to the Parliament.

After graduating from high school, he traveled to India as an exchange student in 1976, and was accepted to study for his Masters Degree in International Relations and Political Science from Simla University. He obtained his Master’s Degree in 1983, shortly after the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan (which began in 1979).

Hamid Karzai then traveled to Pakistan, joining the Mujahideen fighters resisting the Soviet occupation of his homeland. In 1985, he traveled to Lille, France, to attend a three-month journalism course. When he returned to Peshawar, Pakistan, he served as the Director of Information and later as the Deputy Director of the Political Office of the National Liberation Front led by Professor Sebghatullah Mujadidi. After the formation of the transitional government of the Mujahideen in 1989, he was appointed Director of the Foreign Relations Unit in the Office of the President of the Interim Government. When the Mujahideen Government was established in Kabul in 1992, Hamid Karzai was appointed Deputy Foreign Minister. Two years later, when the civil war between the various Mujahideen groups began, he resigned from his post, and began to work actively for the organization of a national Loya Jirga (Grand Council). A devoted Muslim and Afghan patriot, he believed that only through a Loya Jirga could Afghanistan’s difficulties be overcome, and the differences between the competing parties resolved peacefully. This belief was borne out by the Emergency Loya Jirga of 2002 and the Constitutional Loya Jirga in 2003.

In August 1999, Abdul Ahad Karzai, who was organising resistance to the Taliban from his base in Quetta, Pakistan, was assassinated by the Taliban and their foreign supporters.

Hamid Karzai with other three like-minded men returned to Uruzgan Province in October 2001, and worked to coordinate local efforts to rid Afghanistan of the Taliban. On December 5th, 2001, while he was still in Afghanistan leading these efforts, he was elected Chairman of the Interim Administration of Afghanistan, by participants at the UN-sponsored Bonn Conference. He, along with the appointed Cabinet, took his oath of office on December 22nd of that year.

During Afghanistan’s first Presidential Election, on October 9th, 2004, Hamid Karzai won the majority of the votes, and was elected to a 5-year term as President of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan. He took his oath of allegiance at Salam Khana Palace on December 7th, 2004, in the presence of dignitaries and officials from around the world. Hamid Karzai run for the second term in 2009 Presidential Elections and was elected as the President of Afghanistan. He took oath of allegiance at Salam Khana Palace on November 19, 2009 in presence of dignitaries and high level foreign officials.

Hamid Karzai has been awarded many honors, among them a Honorary PhD Degree from Simla University of India (2002), Honorary Knighthood from Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth (2003), the Philadelphia Liberty Medal (2004), World’s Most Successful President (2004), Indira Gandhi Prize for Peace, Disarmament and Development (2005) and the American Bar Association-Asia Rule of Law Award (2003).

Crown Prince of the Kingdom of Bahrain

H.R.H. PRINCE SALMAN BIN HAMAD
BIN ISA AL KHALIFA

Crown Prince of the Kingdom of Bahrain


H.R.H. Prince Salman bin Hamad bin Isa Al-Khalifa was born on October 21, 1969. He completed his primary education in Bahrain, followed by higher studies abroad. H.R.H. obtained a Bachelor's degree in political science in 1992 from the American University in Washington, US.

He then went on to obtain a Master's degree in history and philosophy from Cambridge, England, in 1994.

Prince Salman was appointed Vice-Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Bahrain Centre for Studies and Research (BCSR) in 1992, then chairman in 1995. In 1995 he was also appointed Defense Under-Secretary.

H.R.H. Prince Salman bin Hamad Al-Khalifa Sworn in as Crown Prince and Appointed Bahrain Defense Force Commander-in-Chief.

His Royal Highness Prince Salman bin Hamad Al-Khalifa was appointed Crown Prince of the State of Bahrain by H.M. King Hamad bin Isa Al-Khalifa then, Amir of the State of Bahrain, on March 9, 1999. The Cabinet held an extraordinary session at the Riffa Palace, during which H.R.H. Prince Salman was sworn in as Crown Prince.

H.R.H. Prince Salman's various interests include the environment, culture, sports and education. Prince Salman is fluent in Arabic and English. He is married and has two sons and two daughters.


Member of the Presidency
of Bosnia and Herzegovina

H.E. BAKIR IZETBEGOVIC
Member of the Presidency
of Bosnia and Herzegovina


President Bakir Izetbegovic was elected to a four-year term as the Bosniak Member of the Presidency of Bosnia and Herzegovina on October 3, 2010 and was sworn into office on November 10, 2010. Prior to his election to the Presidency, President Izetbegovic served as a member of the House of Representatives of the Parliamentary Assembly of Bosnia and Herzegovina from 2006 to 2010 and was the head of the delegation of Bosnia and Herzegovina in the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe. President Izetbegovic also served as a member of the House of Representative of the Parliament of the Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina from 2002 to 2006 and was a member of the Sarajevo Canton Assembly from 2000 to 2002. President Izetbegovic was born in 1956 and graduated from the Faculty of Architecture at the University of Sarajevo in 1981.

President of the Republic of Kosovo

H.E. ATIFETE JAHJAGA
President of the Republic of Kosovo
 


President Atifete Jahjaga was born on the 20th of April 1975 in Rashkoc – Gjakova.

Mrs Jahjaga was Deputy General Director of the Police of Kosovo from February 2009 until her election as President of the Republic of Kosovo, on April 7, 2011. Since the establishment of the Kosovo Police in early 2000, initially she served as a policeman, progressing at a regional level and that of the General Headquarters.

Atifete Jahjaga is the first woman President of the Republic of Kosovo, elected by the Parliament of Kosovo on April 7, 2011. President Jahjaga is the youngest female world leader to be elected, born on 20 April 1975, in Rashkoc – Gjakova. She is also the first female head of state in modern Balkans. Since March 2012, President Jahjaga is member of the Council of Women World Leaders (CWWL).

Mrs Jahjaga had been the Deputy General Director of the Police of Kosovo from February 2009. She had served as a police officer since the establishment of the Kosovo Police in early 2000, progressing to responsibilities at a regional level and then to General Headquarters.

Early in her career, President Jahjaga served in different positions in the implementation of law and order, among others in the professional standards unit, human resources department, personnel and training department, administration of the Kosovo Police and border police.

She completed her studies at the Faculty of Law of the University of Prishtina in 2000. In 2006-2007, she attended a postgraduate certification program in Police Management and Penal Law at the University of Leicester in the United Kingdom, Postgraduate Certification in Crime Science at the University of Virginia in the United States in 2007.

President Jahjaga has also attended professional and research programs at the European Centre for Security Studies “George C. Marshall” Germany, at the National Academy of the FBI in the USA and at the Department of Justice in the USA.

In addition to her native Albanian, President Jahjaga also speaks Serbian and English. She is married to Mr Astrit Kuçi and lives in Prishtina.

President of the People’s Republic of Bangladesh

H.E. MD. ABDUL HAMID
President of the People’s Republic of Bangladesh,
 


His Excellency Mr Abdul Hamid had his IA and BA from Guru Dayal College in Kishoregunj. Later on he was graduated in Law form Dhaka Central Law College and joined the Bar for legal practice.

Mr Hamid has a dedicated career in politics and social welfare. He involved in politics in 1959 as a member of Chattra League.

Mr Abdul Hamid participated at the glorious war of liberation in 1971. He went to India and led the independence struggle as the Chairman of Meghalaya recruiting camp in Agartala and Sub-Sector Commander of Bangladesh Liberation Force (Mujib Bahini) for the then Sunamgunj and Kishoregunj Sub-Divisions..

Immediately after his return to the newly liberated land, he administered the chair of Kishoregunj Relief and Rehabilitation Committee and was entrusted with responsibilities of the Vice President of Kishoregunj Awami League in 1974. After the cruel assassination of the Father of the Nation, Mr Hamid was arrested by the then Gen. Zia’s autocratic military regime during 1976-78. He served as the President of District Awami League from 1978 to 2009. As a social activist and patron of cultural and educational initiatives.

He has a luminous political trajectory. He was the youngest member elected for the Pakistan National Assembly in 1970 from Mymensingh, member of the Constituent Assembly 1972, elected MP for the National Parliament of Bangladesh in 1973, 1986, 1991, 1996, 2001 from Bangladesh Awami League. Mr Hamid was the Deputy Speaker of the National Parliament from 1996 to 2001 and became the Speaker of the House from July to October 2001. He was the Deputy Leader of the Opposition from 2001 to 2006. Mr Abdul Hamid became the Speaker of the Parliament again in 2009. He became the Acting President of the Republic on 14 March 2013. Mr Abdul Hamid has been elected the 20th President of the People's Republic of Bangladesh unopposed on 22 April 2013.

Mr Abdul Hamid is married with 3 sons and a daughter. His interests rest on International Politics, Contemporary History and Comparative Study of Constitutions around the world.

Prime Minister of Kingdom of Morocco

H.E ABDELILAH BENKIRANE
Prime Minister of the Kingdom of Morocco
 


Mr Abdelilah Benkirane, Head of Government, was born in 1954 in Rabat.

He is the Secretary General of the Party of Justice and Development (PJD), which came first in legislative elections of 25 November 2011 with 107 seats. He has been member of Parliament for four terms and was elected in 2008 as Secretary General of the Party of Justice and Development in replacement of Saad Eddine El Othmani. The Head of Government, who joined Shabiba Islamiya Movement in1976, was President of the Reform and Renewal Movement and ofthe National Council of the PJD. He was also editor of "AI Islah", "Arraya" and "Attajdeed" newspapers. Abdelilah Benkirane is also a member of the High Council of education and former member of the special education-training commission.

He graduated with a bachelor degree in physics in 1979. He was also was a teacher at the teacher training school of Rabat.

He is married and has six children

Prime Minister of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan

H.E. MUHAMMAD NAWAZ SHARIF
Prime Minister of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan
 


The eldest of three siblings of Late Mian Muhammad Sharif, Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif was born on December 25, 1949 in Lahore. Mr Muhammad Nawaz Sharif got his early education from prestigious schools and earned his graduation from the famous Government College, Lahore. After completion of his academics, he joined the family business and also participated actively in social and charitable activities.

Muhammad Nawaz Sharif started active politics when he joined the Punjab Cabinet as Finance Minister in 1981. He also held the portfolio of Minister for Sports.

In the 1985 general elections, he was elected to both the National and Punjab Provincial Assemblies. On April 9, 1985, he was sworn-in as Chief Minister of Punjab. He also served as caretaker Chief Minister of Punjab. After winning majority in the 1988 Provincial Assembly Elections, he was re-elected as Chief Minister of Punjab.

He was elected as Prime Minister of Pakistan and held the office from November 1, 1990 to July 18, 1993 when President Ghulam Ishaq Khan (late) arbitrarily dissolved the National Assembly. The Supreme Court annulled the former President’s unconstitutional act and reinstated the National Assembly and Nawaz Sharif’s government on May 26, 1993. However, Muhammad Nawaz Sharif resigned from his office on July 18, 1993 to facilitate fresh elections in the country.

He remained leader of the Opposition in the National Assembly from October 19, 1993 to 5th November 1996.

He was again elected the Prime Minister of Pakistan on February 17, 1997 after his party won an overwhelming majority in the general elections. General (Retd) Pervez Musharraf staged a coup and overthrew his democratically elected popular government on Oct 12, 1999. He was sentenced for life and underwent 14 months of imprisonment before being forced into exile by General (Retd) Pervez Musharraf.

During previous tenures of his government, a number of mega development projects were completed including South West Asia’s first 367km motorway, linking Lahore with Islamabad. Efforts were made to strengthen the economy with the help of private sector and projects like Ghazi Barotha, Gwadar Mini port, JF-17 Fighter Jet, international airports in Karachi and Lahore, Optic Fibre Project and opening up of Telecom sector are some of the hallmarks of his economic policies. Land was distributed among landless peasants in Sindh.

Relations with the Central Asian Muslim Republics were strengthened and ECO was given a boost. His most important contribution was success in re-invigorating the economy of the country by pursuing a policy of liberalization, privatization and deregulation despite economic sanctions. He succeeded in repealing the controversial Eighth Amendment unanimously and the adoption of anti-defection Fourteenth Amendment Bill.

In an attempt to end the Afghan civil war after the withdrawal of Soviet Forces, he succeeded in convincing Afghan factions to unite and sign “Islamabad Accord “for establishing peace in Afghanistan and the region.

Mr Nawaz Sharif gained in stature when his government conducted nuclear tests on May 28, 1998 in response to India’s nuclear blasts. This raised Pakistan’s prestige globally and its security was made impregnable.

In May, 2007, he signed the Charter of Democracy (CoD) with leader of PPP Shaheed Mohtarma Benazir Bhutto and other prominent political leaders in London for strengthening and sustaining democracy in the country.

Since 2008, he has played the role of a statesman by committing to uphold democratic values and traditions and work for the welfare of the people of Pakistan. His strict adherence to these ideals paved the way for completion of the constitutional term by the elected Assemblies.

Pakistan Muslim League-N President Muhammad Nawaz Sharif created history when he was elected as the 27th Prime Minister for the third time by securing 244 votes in the National Assembly.

Mr Nawaz Sharif is a family man, devoted son and an affectionate father. He is God fearing; and his love for the people is manifest when he reaches out to the poor and the oppressed to redress their grievances in their hour of distress.

Mr Nawaz Sharif and Begum Kalsoom Nawaz Sharif have two sons and two daughters who are all married and well settled in life.

Deputy Prime Minister of the Republic of Turkey

H.E. ALI BABACAN
Deputy Prime Minister of the Republic of Turkey
 


Ali Babacan was born in Ankara in 1967. He graduated first in the Class of 1985 from the TED Ankara High School. In 1989, he received a Bachelor of Science Degree (BS) in Industrial Engineering from the Middle East Technical University in Ankara, where he ranked first among the graduates of that year.

In 1990, he was awarded a Fulbright Scholarship and attended the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois, where he received his Master of Business Administration (MBA) in Marketing, Organizational Behavior and International Business in 1992.

From 1992 to 1994, he worked at a Chicago-based company providing financial consulting services to top executives of major banks in the United States. Subsequently, he returned to Ankara to run his family business from 1994 until 2002. In 2001, he became a Founding Member and Board Member of the Justice and Development Party (AkParti), a position which he still retains.

At the general elections held in November 2002, he was elected to Parliament and appointed as the Minister of Treasury, a cabinet position he retained throughout the 58th and 59th Governments of the Republic of Turkey until August 2007.

In addition to his tenure as Minister of Treasury, on June 3, 2005, he was appointed as Chief Negotiator in Turkey’s accession negotiations with the European Union.

At the general elections held on 22 July 2007 he was re-elected to the Parliament. On August 29, 2007, he was appointed as the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the 60th Government of the Republic of Turkey. Regarding change in Cabinet in 2009 he was appointed as Deputy Prime Minister, in charge of Finance and Economy. After the 2011 general election he was appointed as Deputy Prime Minister For Economic and Financial Affairs.

He is married with three children.

Deputy Prime Minister of Iraq

H.E. DR ROWSCH NORI SHAWAYS
Deputy Prime Minister of Iraq
 


His Excellency Dr Rowsch Nori Shaways was born in Sulaimaniya on the seventh of January 1947.

He finished his graduate study in the city of Mosul, College of Engineering in 1971, and then in 1976 completed post-graduate study in Germany to earn a master's degree followed by doctorate in 1985.

He was the chairman of the Kurds Students Society in Europe for the period 1975-1982.

Dr Shaways was one of the vibrant members of the Political Bureau of the Kurdistan Democratic Party since 1979 until today and was one of the active figures in opposition of the Baath regime, until the withdrawal of the ex-regime forces and governmental institutions from Kurdistan after the uprising of March 1991.

In 1992, he became president of the Kurdistan Democratic Party bloc in the Parliament of Kurdistan. In the same year he was selected as Minister of Interior and Deputy Prime Minister of the first Kurdistan government until 1996.

He became the Prime Minister of the Kurdistan government in 1996.

For the period 1999 to 2004, Dr Rowsch Nori Shaways served as President of the Kurdistan Parliament. After 2003 and during the Iraqi interim Governing Council, Shaways was alternate member of the Governing Council and the Commission for drafting the Iraqi constitution. Short after, he became the Iraqi Vice President and Deputy Prime Minister.

In 2006, Dr Shaways became a member of the Iraqi Parliament.

Between 2006-2010, he served as a member of the Political Council for National Security.

In 2010, he was selected once more as principle Vice Prime Minister and Chairman of the Kurdish Delegation of negotiators in Baghdad.

Dr Shaways is the grandson of Sadiq Shaways, officer and engineer in the Ottoman army and one of the founders of the Kurdish political movements, including the Kurdistan Democratic Party and a member of the presidency of the Iraqi National Peace Council in its first formation.

His grandfather from his mother' side, is the Kurdish poet Sheikh Ahmed Salam Alaazibani, a Kurdish politician who took part in the Derbandikhan battles along with Sheikh Mahmoud Alhafeed.

Deputy Prime Minister of the Republic of Kazakhstan

H.E. ASSET ISSEKESHEV
Deputy Prime Minister of the Republic of Kazakhstan
 


In 1994, he graduated from the Al-Farabi Kazakh State National University with a degree in law; in 1998 he graduated from the Higher School of Public Administration under the President's Administration.

In 1995-1997 he worked as the Assistant and Senior Assistant Attorney in Medeu District in Almaty.

In 1998-1999 he held the post of the Chief Officer at the Agency for Strategic Planning and Reforms.

In 1999-2000 A. Issekeshev headed the Department for Registration and Enforcement of Central and Local Agencies’ Regulations of the Ministry of Justice.

From 2000 to 2001 he was the President of the National Legal Service CJSC under the Ministry on Justice ; later he worked in the private sector.

From November 2002 to June 2003 he served as the Advisor to the Minister of Economy and Budget Planning.

From 2003 he held the portfolio of the Vice Minister of Industry and Trade.

From 2006 he held the post of the Vice President of the Board at "Kazyna" Fund for Sustainable Development.

From 2007 to 2008 he was the Director for Marketing of financial projects in "Credit Swiss" JSC (Kazakhstan).

From February 2008 to May 2009 he served as the Aide to the President of Kazakhstan.

From May 2009 A.Issekeshev was the Minister of Industry and Trade.

In March 2010 he was appointed Vice Prime Minister – Minister of Industry and Trade.

On January 20, 2012, he was appointed Deputy Prime Minister – Minister of Industry and New Technologies of Kazakhstan.

Premier of Bermuda

H.E. CRAIG CANNONIER
Premier of Bermuda,
 


The Hon. Craig Cannonier was born and raised in St David’s. Cannonier was educated at St George's Preparatory school and the Bermuda Institute. After obtaining his high school diploma, he attained a Bachelor of Science in Industrial Psychology from Towson State University in 1986. Shortly after graduating from university, Cannonier acquired retail management experience in a number of different areas.

Cannonier began his career at the MarketPlace Group where his responsibilities entailed human resources, training and purchasing. He also served as the General Manager of People's Pharmacy for ten years during which time he helped the pharmacy become one of the Island’s premier independently owned pharmacy. Prior to beginning his association with Esso Bermuda, Cannonier served as a Relationship Manager for Cable & Wireless. Craig Cannonier currently runs Esso City Tigermarket, Collector’s Hill Esso and Warwick Esso.Craig and his wife Antoinette are members of Marsden First United Methodist Church and enjoy spending time with family and friends. They have four children and a Yorkshire terrier puppy. Craig’s hobbies include sports, travelling, boating, as well as tackling various DIY projects around the house.

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