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IF Welcomes New Board Members



DATE OF BIRTH:    31st August 1944 / PLACE OF BIRTH: Baghdad, Iraq WEBSITE:    


  • Graduated from Durham University, UK, 1965 with a degree in Electrical Engineering.
  • Postgraduate Apprenticeship in Computing from English Electric Company, Leicester, England, 1966


  • Worked in Iraq in both the public and private sectors for six years. Was one of the first computer professionals in Iraq.
  • Left Iraq in 1973 to work in Europe and in the United Kingdom as a consultant, and then established own business in 1978.
  • From 1978 to 2003, entrepreneur, consultant and designer based in London, UK, and then Beijing, China.
  • Returned to Iraq after the removal of the regime of Saddam Hussein, and in July 2003 became a member of the Governing Council.
  • Became Minister of Interior of Iraq in April 2004.
  • Appointed as Ambassador, First Permanent Representative of the New Iraq to the United Nations in August of 2004.
  • In April 2006 became the first Ambassador of the New Iraq to the United States of America, and submitted credentials to President George Bush on the 30th of May, 2006.
  • Retired from government service on January 1st 2012.
  • Resumed Business activities through Sumar International llc, and Blue Bay International llc as of November 2012.


  • Engaged in opposition to the Baathist regime for many years; founded several political organizations, and was considered one of the leaders of the Opposition movement of Iraq in the nineties and early 2000’s.
  • Attended the Beirut Iraqi Opposition Conference in March 1991 and contributed to its work.
  • Attended the Vienna Iraqi Opposition Conference in October 1991 and contributed to its work.
  • Attended the Salahuddin inaugural Iraqi National Congress (INC) in October 1992 and contributed to its work –Worked with Dr. Hassan Chalabi in the “Constitutional Committee”.


  • Active in the cultural field, particularly traditional music, calligraphy and poetry. Helped launch the Iraqi Cultural Center in Washington DC, during tenure as ambassador.
  • Active poet with published poetic works in Classical Arabic form. 
  • Pioneered computer design applications in Islamic architectural decoration, and Arabic Calligraphy, with works in Saudi Arabia, UK, U.A.E and Pakistan.


  • Married with five children.


  • Speaks fluent English and Arabic, basic Chinese.

Susan Dakak was born in Baghdad, Iraq and immigrated to the United States in 1978. She graduated from Tennessee Tech with a B.S. in civil engineering in 1983.  She has worked for the U.S. Navy, the Cobb County, Georgia Utility Board, and ARCADIS, an international engineering company.  For six months in 2004, she worked for the Coalition Provisional Authority to rehabilitate water and sewer systems in Iraq and the empowerment of the Iraqi women. Currently she is President of Intuitive Technologies, Inc., a Knoxville-based firm that evaluates sewer systems for municipalities, utility companies, and other engineering firms. Ms. Dakak is an active member and past president of the Women's Alliance for a Democratic Iraq. She took part in the ceremonial signing of Iraq's interim constitution.  She has lectured and written articles on life in Iraq and, especially, the challenges facing Iraqi women. She is a board member of the University of Tennessee Political Science Advisory Board, member of the St. John Neumann Church Finance Council, and the Sertoma International organization.

Last Update: Monday, November 26, 2012



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