Ahmed Tabaqchali, Assistant Professor | The American University of Iraq Sulaimani

Ahmed Tabaqchali, Assistant Professor

 
 
Office: B-F1-14
 
 

Ahmed Tabaqchali, the Chief Investment Officer (CIO) of AFC Iraq Fund, is an experienced Capital Markets professional with over 25 years experiences in US and MENA markets.  Currently a Fellow at the Institute of Regional and International Studies (IRIS), and advisor to the AUIS Entrepreneurship Initiative (AEI). He is a board member of the Credit Bank of Iraq, and of Capital Investments, the investment banking of Capital Bank in Jordan.

He is a former Executive Director of NBK Capital, the investment banking arm of the National Bank of Kuwait as head of Brokerage. Prior to that a Managing Director and Head of International Institutional Sales at WR Hambrecht + Co. based in London, New York and San Francisco. This followed on from roles as a Managing Director at KeyBanc in London charged with international sales, and before that Director & Head of Capital Markets & Institutional Sales at Jefferies Int’l in London. He started his career at Dean Witter International in London. 

Ahmed has an M. Sc. in Mathematics from Oxford University in the UK, a B.Sc. (Hons, 1st class) in Mathematics from Victoria University in New Zealand and a B.Sc. in Mathematics from University of Canterbury in New Zealand.

His research at IRIS focuses on the development and sustainability of the post-ISIS economies of Iraq and Kurdistan, and on the economic roots for the rise of extremism.

 

PUBLICATIONS

Iraq (General)

Will COVID-19 Mark the Endgame for Iraq’s Muhasasa Ta'ifia?
In English: https://www.arab-reform.net/publication/will-covid-19-mark-the-endgame-for-iraqs-muhasasa-taifia/ 
In Arabic: https://www.arab-reform.net/ar/publication/هل-سيؤرّخ-كوفيد-19-لنهاية-لعبة-المحاصصة/  

On Iraq’s Power Conundrum: How to Secure Reliable Electricity While Achieving Energy Independence
In English: https://blogs.lse.ac.uk/mec/2020/03/24/iraqs-power-conundrum-how-to-secure-reliable-electricity-while-achieving-energy-independence/ 
In Arabic: http://www.bayancenter.org/2020/03/5775/  

On Iraq’s Political Class’ Dilemma between Budget Realties and Protestor Demands
In English: https://blogs.lse.ac.uk/mec/2020/03/11/between-a-rock-and-a-hard-place-iraqs-political-class-dilemma-between-budget-realties-and-protestor-demands/ 
In Arabic: http://www.bayancenter.org/2020/03/5704/  

On the effects on #Iraq’s economy from  possible US sanctions or the loss of waivers on the purchase on Iranian gas, & the most likely outcome.
In English: https://blogs.lse.ac.uk/mec/2020/01/27/us-sanctions-and-the-illusion-of-power/
In Arabic: http://www.bayancenter.org/2020/02/5646/  

Fintech in Iraq “Iraq banks its future on Qi Card”
https://www.chathamhouse.org/publications/twt/iraq-banks-its-future-qi-card?fbclid=IwAR13-RbfN3yTnzjIKRehEM8PUrTOJjzn93QVx0BtQ2YjKwFUsdcmjBCw6Eg

The debate over Iraqi Kurdistan’s share of the federal budget
In English http://www.bayancenter.org/en/2019/06/1940/ 
In Arabic : http://www.bayancenter.org/2019/07/5383/

On Iraq’s Investment Spending Deficit
https://auis.edu.krd/iris/sites/default/files/Investment_Spending_Deficit_Final_for_Publication.pdf

A review of Iraq’s 2019’s Budget Law
http://1001iraqithoughts.com/2018/11/18/a-review-of-iraqs-2019-budget-proposal/

A Parallel Iraq – A thriving entrepreneurial culture has taken root
http://bite.tech/news/parallel-iraq-thriving-entrepreneurial-culture-has-taken-root

On the effects on Iran’s sanctions on Iraq’s economy
https://www.iraqincontext.com/single-post/2018/08/17/Iran-Sanctions-and-Iraq-The-Bigger-Picture-1

An overview of Iraq’s debt
In English : http://www.bayancenter.org/en/2018/08/1592/
In Arabic :  http://www.bayancenter.org/2018/08/4672/

On the new dynamics on the reconstruction of Iraq
http://www.iraq-businessnews.com/2018/06/15/forget-the-donations-stupid-new-dynamics-in-funding-reconstruction/

On the recent Iraqi Elections, the Economy and the Stock market
http://www.iraq-businessnews.com/2018/05/23/market-review-elections-the-economy-and-the-stock-market/

On the Kuwait conference for the Reconstruction of Iraq
http://www.iraq-businessnews.com/2018/02/22/its-not-the-donations-stupid-key-points-from-kuwait-conf/

“Iraq's Economy after ISIS: An Investor's Perspective”.
http://auis.edu.krd/iris/sites/default/files/IRIS_Iraq%20Post-ISIS%20Economy%20AT_FINAL.pdf

On some of the economic implications for Iraq post Mosul.
http://www.iraq-businessnews.com/2017/07/17/economic-consequences-post-mosul/

AFC’s review of the Iraqi equity market in 2017 and an outlook for 2018
http://newsletter.asiafrontiercapital.com/archive/show/57135#IRAQ

 
Kurdistan 

The debate over Iraqi Kurdistan’s share of the federal budget
In English http://www.bayancenter.org/en/2019/06/1940/ 
In Arabic : http://www.bayancenter.org/2019/07/5383/

The Economic Future of the Kurds
 
“Statehood in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq through an Economic Lens”
 
The wider geopolitical dimension of Rosenft’s major investment in Kurdistan Region of Iraq
 
Historical background to the Kurdish referendum
 
 

Iraq Travel reports

For an idea of what life is like in Baghdad and Kurdistan as part of Asia Frontier Capital’s monthly country travel reports- in line with our process of being on the ground in the countries we invest in.
Baghdad: 
2019 08  https://newsletter.asiafrontiercapital.com/a/s/1277577-6b43972c8fdfb2a6d11fb6acd6a93490/62831 - afctravelreportiraq
2018 01  https://newsletter.asiafrontiercapital.com/a/s/1277577-1aa2cbf2c68df711a0fb384c95c2a958/125373
Kurdistan: 2019 02
https://newsletter.asiafrontiercapital.com/a/s/1277577-6ffddd1604631a78db07fadba2f86b41/67260 - AFCTRAVELREPORT

 

Videos & Webinars

IRIS: Erbil-Baghdad Budget Crisis: Political and Economic Implications for the Kurdish Region 2020 05 21
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=it4j1xSUHM4&fbclid=IwAR1eQyQe9R2xoDX193aIeA9NbC-AUKLEpbmr-RGwr85KVQAlRn08GaL3jek

Financing Iraq's Economy Post COVID-19 2020 05 13
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zSenp7okCDY&feature=youtu.be

Iraq’s Economy, organised by AL- Mustakella for Research, 2020 05 02
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=61HIboozSeY&feature=youtu.be&fbclid=IwAR2l0i4QuK1LVV1Hp65oLXBvNFaLJUQrSq1t2GqyHIUgITv6RL__8ORmna0

IRIS: "Iraq's Electricity Challenges: US Sanctions, Iran, and the future of Energy”. 2020 04 30
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Iakqvx0vqy0&list=PLouV9epRdE0WK1nczCJQHXG0CJ6PSuPKT&index=2&t=6s

Chatham House: Will COVID-19 Mark the Endgame for Iraq’s Muhasasa Ta'ifia?  2020 04 30
https://www.facebook.com/100390178165932/videos/240964097150535/

IRIS: Iraq's Economy: Spotlight on Oil and Gas,  2020 04 20
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M1uv91qpXcQ&feature=emb_logo&fbclid=IwAR2w7W5-e4S0DnU_dCKEAzfjKwGrOzejzFlpuI53ygDFRkfSGvOjx5vj6KI

Chatham House. Iraq in Uncertain Times, 2020 04 07
https://www.chathamhouse.org/event/virtual-roundtable-iraq-uncertain-times?fbclid=IwAR2DQ7f93fodKvGDZf8KthovNByd_wYiLnd9IKEHhGPEDg55cF3P_GoMScA#

Sulaimani Forum 2019 | Day Two | Financing Growth: Foreign Investment and the Private Sector .  2019 03 06
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wi77KAfh7Pg&t=0s&list=PLouV9epRdE0UIUmyknXR2vSz9rzBvYdwu&index=12
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1YRELQD7Dug

In Persian. On Iran & Iraq’s relationship:  Interviews with Iranian think tank “Rahborde Moaser”
https://rahbordemoaser.ir/fa/news/6532/فرصت-سرمایه%E2%80%8Cگذاری-ایران-در-بازسازی-عراق-بیرون-آمده-از-زیر-آوار-جنگ
https://rahbordemoaser.ir/fa/news/393/اکنون-دوران-رقابت-بازیگران-منطقه%E2%80%8Cای-برای-بازسازی-عراق-است
 

Articles on the Iraq Stock Exchange appear in Iraq Business News
http://www.iraq-businessnews.com/tag/ahmed-tabaqchali/

 
Other
 
On the entrepreneurial Spirit of Iraq’s Civil Movement
 
On the Economic Perils of Iraqi youth’s nostalgia for authoritarianism
 
 
On the Protest movement