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Mon, Feb 8, 2021

Atlantic Council’s Middle East Programs deepens expertise with addition of nonresident fellows

New fellows will contribute to the Atlantic Council’s leading work on security, human rights, and economic development in the Middle East

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Economy & Business English

Wed, Jan 6, 2021

Gone with the Muhasasa: Iraq’s static budget process, and the loss of financial control

A new Iraq Initiative report, authored by Ahmed Tabaqchali, chief investment officer at AFC Iraq Fund, outlines the inefficiencies inherent in Iraq’s current budget process and recommendations for a revamped, dynamic, and transparent budget mechanism.

In-Depth Research & Reports by Ahmed Tabaqchali

Economy & Business Iraq

Mon, Nov 2, 2020

The irrefutable logic of numbers and the inevitability of reform in Iraq

While, on the surface, the White Paper might appear to be yet another economic reform package in response to a fiscal crisis brought about by falling oil revenues, the lofty goals are likely to be forgotten as soon as rising oil prices rescue the state from its current quagmire.

MENASource by Ahmed Tabaqchali

Iraq Middle East

Ahmed Tabaqchali is a nonresident senior fellow at the Atlantic Council. He an experienced capital markets professional with over 25 years’ experience in US and MENA markets, and the Chief Investment Officer (CIO) of AFC Iraq Fund. He is also an Adjunct Assistant Professor at the American University of Iraq-Sulaimani (AUIS), and a Senior Fellow at the Institute of Regional and International Studies (IRIS) at AUIS. He is a board member of the Credit Bank of Iraq-Iraq, and of Capital Investments, the investment banking arm of Capital Bank-Jordan.

He is a former Executive Director of NBK Capital, the investment banking arm of the National Bank of Kuwait, Managing Director and Head of International Institutional Sales at WR Hambrecht + Co., Managing Director at KeyBanc in London and Director & Head of Capital Markets & Institutional Sales at Jefferies International in London. He started his career at Dean Witter International in London. 

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