Salahalddin Saeed Ali is the former president of University of Sulaimani. He holds a masters degree in Geology and Rock Mechanics and completed his Ph.D. in Hydrogeology from Belgrade University, Serbia, in 2007. Prior to his current position, he had also served as lecturer, professor, and dean of the college of science at University of Sulaimani. He has worked as an hydrogeological consultant with the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations (2003-04), Ministry of Agriculture (2004-06), and the Governorate of Sulaimani since 2007. He leads more than 30 academic and administrative committees at the University of Sulaimani, and supervises several M.Sc. and Ph.D. candidates at the university. He has attended and spoken at many local and international academic and technical conferences and workshops. Dr. Ali has also been published in both local and international journals. This year, his paper on the evaluation of a site for dam construction in Kurdistan was published in the Journal of Civil Engineering and Construction. Dr. Ali is currently member of the International Association of Hydrogeologists, Kurdistan Geological Society, Iraqi Geological Society, and Kurdistan Academician Society, in addition to the Board of Trustees of AUIS.