Karwan Zebari

Director of Policy and Advocacy

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Mr. Zebari is a Director of Policy and Advocacy at the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) Mission in Washington, DC, in charge of monitoring and analyzing relevant activity on Capitol Hill [Congress], in the executive branch, and with Diplomatic Missions in Washington, DC by providing strategic analysis and background for the development of Kurdistan’s policy and agenda with respect to the interests of the Kurds and the Kurdistan Region in the United States. Mr. Zebari also oversees the developing and implementation of strategy for advancing policy goals with key decision-makers in the legislative and executive branches; communicating with and briefing members of Congress, their staff and agency officials through in-person meetings, written communications, and phone calls;

Prior to his current position, Mr. Zebari was the Director of Political and Diplomatic Affairs where he worked closely with the US Administration, including White House, State Department, Pentagon, and other Departments and Agencies belonging to the cabinet on all matters relating to Kurdistan Region of Iraq; strengthening the ties between the US executive branch and the Kurdistan Regional Government. Additionally, Mr. Zebari oversees all diplomatic interactions relating to the Kurdistan Region of Iraq and other international Missions based in Washington, DC. Mr. Zebari earned a Bachelor degree from the State University of New York Institute of Technology and a Masters degree from Binghamton University, both based in New York.

Prior to joining the KRG Mission in Washington, Mr. Zebari worked for several Department of Defense’s Aerospace and Defense contractors. He is also the co-founder of the American Kurdish Council, New York Chapter and was the director of the New York Chapter from 2009 to 2011 where he mobilized the upstate New York Kurdish communities to become active in local, state, and national grassroots efforts. Being fluent in Kurdish and English he often delivers speeches at leading governmental and non-governmental institutions. Mr. Zebari has appeared on many local, national, and international media outlets.

You can reach Karwan Zebari by email at karwan.zebari@gov.krd or by phone at +1 202 821 1860.

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