A renowned politician and current Deputy Prime Minister of Iraq, Mr. Zebari was born in 1953 in Aqra, Iraqi Kurdistan, and earned a BA in Sociology from The University of Jordan in 1976, and an MA in Sociology of Development from the University of Essex, UK, in 1980.
Mr. Zebari was responsible for the Kurdish Student Society in Europe and Chairman of the Overseas Student Committee in the UK between 1978 and 1980, and was elected to the Kurdistan Democratic Party’s Leadership (Central Committee) in 1979. He became an elected member of the Kurdistan Democratic Party’s (KDP) Political Bureau and Chief Representative of the Kurdistan Front in Europe in 1989. He was the foreign spokesperson for the Kurdistan Democratic Party in the 1990s and represented the party to both the United Kingdom and the United States.
Mr. Zebari was first appointed Minister of Foreign Affairs of Iraq in 2003 by the Iraqi Governing Council, a position he held several times through 2014 when he was appointed Deputy Prime Minister of Iraq.