Lukman Faily served as Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Republic of Iraq to the United States from 2013 to 2016. He has been a high-profile spokesperson for his government, engaging with members of Congress, academia, and think tank communities. He has made regular appearances on TV and radio programs and is particularly active on social media. He speaks frequently at public events in Washington, and across the United States and United Kingdom. He served previously as Iraq’s ambassador to Japan.
Ambassador Faily represents a rising generation of professionals, business leaders and civic activists who have returned to Iraq to help build the country’s fledgling free-market democracy. He brings to his position extensive experience in diplomacy, leadership, negotiation, stakeholder management, crisis management, political analysis, policy recommendations, strategic planning, communication, business organization management and development, marketing, information technology and civic activism, as well as familiarity with Middle Eastern, oriental and Anglo-American traditions and institutions.
Ambassador Faily lived in the United Kingdom for 20 years and held management and leadership roles in the British affiliates of two American companies for over a decade. An active leader in the large Iraqi diaspora community, Ambassador Faily has served as a trustee of several Iraqi NGOs. He was an outspoken opponent of Saddam Hussein’s dictatorship and a very strong advocator for democracy, dialogue, development, and rule of law in Iraq.
Fluent in English, Arabic, and Kurdish, Ambassador Faily was born in Baghdad on February 6, 1966. He is married to Lameis Faily and is the father of four boys and a girl. An avid runner, Ambassador Faily participated in marathons in Tokyo in 2012 and 2013, and in the Boston and New York Marathons in 2014.