Salah Babakr Hussein
Salah graduated in 2012 from the University of Northumbria at Newcastle with an MA in Applied Linguistics for TESOL and is currently a PhD candidate at the University of Salahaddin-Erbil. Prior to becoming Director of the Language and Development Centre, Salah was a secretary for the Swedish Tonesglare organization. Working within the Kurdistan Region of Iraq, the organization’s purpose was to build secondary schools in order to increase public access to civic education. Tonesglare’s aim was not only to boost educational standards, but to offer students the opportunity to broaden their experience, increase levels of social awareness and to bring about a wider and stronger commitment to participation in the democratic process. Between 2012 and 2014, Salah founded the Kardonya Institute for the Development of the English Language, with offices in five of the Kurdistan Region’s towns, and the Private Computer Institute of Ranya. In order to help bring global attention to the genocide suffered by Kurdish people under the previous Iraqi dictatorship, Salah has developed a close working relationship with the organization American Genocide Watch (International Alliance to End Genocide) and its president, Dr. Gregory H. Stanton. Additionally, he has worked as a fundraiser for such agencies as the Heartland Alliance, the Iraqi Al-amal Association, and the Public Aid Organization, groups that have demonstrated a commitment to promoting and supporting initiatives concerning issues of education, gender equity, human rights, and the protection of women and children Salah’s interests include improving the quality of learning and teaching in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq, civic and social engagement, and travel. In both his professional and private life, he considers himself a lifelong learner. Salah has been Director of the Language and Development Center at the University of Raparin since 2013. His responsibilities include the following: • Coordinate with teachers and staff in the administration of the Language and Development Center (LDC). • Ensure teachers and staff meet their job requirements. • Keep up to date with language development strategies, especially those specifically pertaining to the teaching and learning of English. • Maintain and improve the LDC's learning and teaching standards and to provide an educational environment that is appropriate, stimulating and disciplined • Assist the LDC in developing its overall aims and to achieve policy and administrative objectives. • Approve teaching staff hires. • Monitor and the promote LDC events and extra-curricular activities.
Mohammed Ali Abdalla
Mohammed Ali Abdalla studied four years at university while working as an apprentice in a shop for computer and Internet services. The world of information of technology (IT) was helpful for improving English language skills due to the fact that most useful IT sources are in English. He was employed as an assistant researcher and earned his license to translate legal documents.
Sardar A. Hussein
Sardar A. Hussein is a graduate of Koya University. He is a BA holder in English. He started working at the UoR Language Center in 2015. Since that time, he has been the key person working as the course coordinator, tech savant and social media manager. Currently, he is working as the Academic Course Manager at the Language center. As a journalist and writer with more than 8 years of experience, he worked for IT Magazine, Byte Magazine, Kurdpro.net and kitn.net. Therefore, He is founder and CEO of kitn.net, the most trusted tech source in Kurdistan. In his career as a writer and journalist, he has translated and published hundreds of articles and a few books. In fact, he is very keen on learning and new experiences and he loves taken on adventures in life. In his leisure time, he likes to relax and be in outdoors and work on new and future projects.
Aram Haji Aziz
Aram was born in Chwarqurna sub-district where he finished School stages, then he got BA in Arabic language at Koya University and he worked for two years as assistant researcher in Admission Office at aforementioned University. Aram currently is second stage student from English department at Raparin University in the evening study and he is staff member of Language and Development Center.
Sirwan Hassan Khidhir
Sirwan is from the beautiful village of Gulan. Finishing both primary and high school successfully, Sirwan continued by graduating from Koya University as the top student in 2012. At Koya University, he studied English Language and Literature. Now, he is a graduate student of American Literature at Yüzüncü Yıl University in Van/Turkey. The history of his career at the University of Raparin dates back to the 2013.
Bewar Ahmed Abdalla
Bewar Ahmed Abdalla graduated from the University of Sulaimania with a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration. After being an assistant researcher for two years in both the University of Sulaimania and the University of Raparin, she gained a scholarship from the Higher Committee for Education Development in Iraq (HCED), where she was provided with an opportunity to continue with her studies in the United Kingdom. Thus, she got her Master’s degree from the University of Bradford in 2016 in Specialist Human Resource Management (HRM).
Elke was born in Germany but has spent more than half of her life abroad: in the US, nearly 20 years in Australia and Turkey, and now Kurdistan. She has qualifications in Pedagogy issued in Germany, and diploma degrees in both Multimedia and E-learning. She has worked in various teaching, curriculum development and consultancy roles. She gained a Graduate Certificate in Management (Learning) from the University of Tasmania. She has a particular interest in teaching in the Kurdistan region.
Kanyaw Qadir Ali
Kanyaw was born in Chwarqurna sub-district where she graduated Primary, Secondary and high school. She got BA in Kurdish language at the University of Raparin-College of Basic Education and she could take third place out of sixty eight students. As a result, she was awarded and employed as assistant researcher in the office of Vice- President for Administration Affairs after her graduation. Getting good experience in field of administration was the main factor to give her the responsibility of office director for one year.
Currently, Kanyaw is a candidate for master‘s degree and working at Directorate of Language and Development Center at the same time. She also has intensified her efforts to learn English and she is doing her best to gain new experiences and more knowlege. She has great desire to test difficult ways because she thinks nothing is beyond human determination and everything is doable and nothing is impossible.