Born and raised in Baghdad, Dr. Mowaffak Al Rubaie has worked as a medical doctor, entrepreneur, activist and politician, both in his native Iraq and abroad in the United Kingdom. In 2013, he was named a Senior Statesmen in Residence at The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University.
After his political activism saw him tortured by the Ba’ath Government in the 1970’s and later sentenced to death in absentia during the rule of Saddam Hussein, Dr. al-Rubaie returned to his home country in 2003 to become a member of the Iraqi Governing Council. He served on the council from its foundation in July 2003 until its dissolution in May 2004. Beginning in March of that year, he held the position of National Security Advisor to the Iraqi Executive, serving with Prime Ministers in the Interim Government, Transitional Government and the Constitutional Government until April 2009.
In his position of National Security Advisor, Dr. al-Rubaie held a number of roles that helped shape Iraqi security policy. He created and managed the Iraqi national security decision making and crisis management systems, chaired governmental committees on governance and transition of responsibility to Iraqi Security forces, and developed and promulgated the Iraqi National Security Strategy in 2007, the first of its kind in the region.
Dr. al-Rubaie’s work in facilitating and managing national and international reconciliation and human rights initiatives on behalf of all elements in Iraqi society has earned him many plaudits, including the Peace Prize of the Foundation for Relief and Reconciliation in the Middle East in 2009.
Following primary and secondary education in Baghdad, Dr. al-Rubaie received a degree in medicine (MD) from Baghdad Medical School. He then continued his education in the United Kingdom, earning a doctorate in neurology and membership in the Royal College of Physicians (MCRP, Edinburgh, Scotland, UK).
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