Startup Weekend Erbil 2016
Friday, November 18 - 19, 2016
Friday, November 18 - 19, 2016
Event starts at 6:30 pm
Cristal Erbil Hotel
Thursday November 17th
Friday November 18th
Saturday November 19th
He started working as an activist with civil society in Iraqi in the early 1990’s. In 1994 he was one of the founders of one of the most active student unions in Kurdistan, The Kurdistan Students Development Union, with more than 10,000 members. He served as branch director and went on to be elected general secretary of the union. Salam joined NDI in February 2005 in Iraq where he provided capacity building and leadership development trainings to Iraqi activists and civil society organizations (CSOs). Between 2005 and 2009, Salam trained domestic observation networks working in Iraq in the elections, constitutional referendum and voter registration processes. In 2008 he worked with a group of youth in Kurdistan to advocate for a law preventing smoking in public places. The group gathered 5,000 petitions and the team convinced more than 50 MPs in Kurdistan parliament to pass the law. He also participated in drafting some laws in Kurdistan (Anticorruption Act - Journalism Law – NGOs Law – Iraqi Personal Status Law – Organizing Volunteerism in Kurdistan Act).
Salam is also a published author. He has written five books and more than 700 articles in local Iraqi and international newspapers and magazines about developing democracy, civil society and developing leadership skills. He also served as a lecturer at multiple universities in Iraq and had his own TV and radio shows.
Salam is doing consultancy work with international NGOs to conduct trainings and facilitate events inside and outside Iraq.
Salam now is an adviser for the Deputy Prime Minister of Kurdistan Regional Government on Civil Society and Youth issues.
People know Salam as, AbdulSalam Medeni, the pseudonym that he used as a writer and lecturer.
Coaches and Mentors
Pasha has experience in youth engagement, international development, the Middle East, and public-private partnerships for a dozen years, most recently serving as Senior Advisor to the Middle East Bureau of USAID, and prior to that as Chief of Operations of global health at Peace Corps. He was also with the United Nations in Iraq, part of the drafting of the Iraq UN Development Assistance Framework (UNDAF) section on Inclusive Economic Growth, and had worked in and managed 34 countries programs in youth education and vocational training (TVET). He has his Master’s of Science in Policy, and went to the University of Virginia for his BA.
Pasha has been invited to represent Iraq’s ecosystem and/or for speaking roles on multiple occasions including by the White House for the Global Entrepreneurship Summit, Nexus Global Youth Summit, Concordia, Rockefeller, Wamda, and many other engagements.
They are entering their third year of the magazine, and currently have more than 40 companies advertising with the magazine on over 70 outlets. They are currently the only premium English Magazine in the region, and produce up to 10,000 copies for distribution quarterly.
Additionally, Jeremy has a minority interest in over 10 local companies in Erbil through trade and investment. After 10 years in Iraq, and 8 Years in Erbil. Kurdistan has become my home. In 2013, he paid cash for a house to be built for my family to stay here. He believes that he can't find a better place on earth for greater opportunity.
Event Sponsors, and Partners
The Startup Weekend Erbil 2016 team is grateful for the support of local community partners without whom this event would not be possible.
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She was the co-organizer of Startup Weekend Erbil in 2013 and 2014. She has initiated and participated in a number of community development activities and projects, and leadership and global issue workshops.
Sana has volunteered for multiple events and projects; like Erbil Food Festival, Slemani Forum, Kurdistan Careers, MERI Forum, and other small projects such as nature clean ups and cook offs. She also encourages community empowerment in all capacities, especially youth empowerment.
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