Ahmed Tabaqchali joined IRIS as a non-resident fellow in September 2017 and as an Adjunct Assistant Professor in the Business Administration Department in September 2018. Mr. Tabaqchali is the Chief Investment Officer (CIO) of AFC Iraq Fund and a board member of the Credit Bank of Iraq with over 25 years of experience in US and MENA markets. He formerly served as the Executive Director of NBK Capital, the investment banking arm of the National Bank of Kuwait, and Managing Director and Head of International Institutional Sales at WR Hambrecht + Co. based in London, New York and San Francisco. Prior to these roles, he worked as Managing Director at KeyBanc in London and Head of Capital Markets & Institutional Sales at Jefferies Int’l in London. He started his career at Dean Witter Int’l in London. His research at IRIS focuses on the development and sustainability of the post-ISIS economies of Iraq and Kurdistan. He writes frequently for the Institute of Regional and International Studies at AUIS, Iraq Business News and Iraq in Context.