Ahmed Tabaqchali joined IRIS as a non-resident fellow in September 2017. 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. He also serves as an Adjunct Assistant Professor in the Business Administration Department and Senior Fellow at the Institute of Regional and International Studies at the American University of Iraq, Sulaimani.