The Kurdistan Regional Government High Representative to the United Kingdom

Mr. Karwan Jamal Tahir took up the post as the KRG High Representative to the UK in June 2015. He endeavours to further develop and maintain close ties between the KRG and the United Kingdom, as well as promote his government’s position on a range of matters including, politics, security, culture, economy, and human rights.

Mr. Tahir was born in the city of Sulaimani on 11th January 1971. He followed the footsteps of his father through entering the world of politics. He joined the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK) in 1991, becoming a member of His Excellency Jalal Talabani’s Special Bureau. He continued to work in various departments within the PUK until 1998 when he travelled to the United Kingdom for his undergraduate studies. On July 2003 he completed his BSc in Computer Science and Management at the University of Manchester Science and Technology (UMIST).

Formerly, Mr. Tahir served as an Adviser to the General Enterprise for Special Projects, at the Kurdistan Regional Government’s Council of Ministers from 2004 to 2007. He was a Senior Adviser to the Minister of Natural Resources for three years. He played a pivotal role in formulating the Ministry of Natural Resources’ strategic plans and relations with the IOCs. In addition, he led three Management Committees while participating as a member in many more.

During his tenure, he transferred to the Department of Foreign Relations (DFR) in 2009 and held the position of the Deputy Head of DFR. Mr. Tahir promoted the Kurdistan Region’s relations with the international community on political and cultural levels, through participating in numerous conferences around the world and engaging with the diplomatic community in Erbil. 

Mr. Tahir lives in London with his wife and two children.