BAGHDAD, IRAQ - NOVEMBER 28: Dr. Ali al-Dabbagh, spokesman of the Iraqi government talks to reporters during a press conference with Spokesman for Baghdad's security plan Brigadier General Qasim Ata on November 28, 2007in Baghdad, Iraq. The officials provide an update on the security operations and discuss the Political Situation in Iraq. (Photo by Ali Abbas/EPA-POOL/Getty Images) Image Credit: Getty Images

Dr Ali Mehdi Jawad Al Dabbagh was born in Karbala on July 18, 1955.

Fluent in English, French, Persian, and Urdu, Al Dabbagh obtained his Bachelors in Civil Engineering in 1977 from the University of Baghdad, where he also obtained his Masters in Environmental Pollution. 1983, he studied his PhD in the UK, in Business Administration-2003

Dr Al Dabbagh also has 30 years’ experience in development and management of contracting and trading companies in the UAE, Europe, Canada, Japan and the Far East where he ran his own business. He has also held several governmental positions. Outside of his responsibilities as the Iraqi Government’s Spokesman, Dr Al Dabbagh is a human rights activist, politician and researcher.