Our Founders

Our founders are experts in their fields, with a wealth of experience and a passion for creating a top notch facility. They work hard to provide individualized support, and to create a collaborative and inclusive learning environment. Our facilities are modern and state-of-the-art, offering students access to the latest technology and resources.

Professor Lindsay is a distinguished leader in vocational and higher education with an extensive career spanning over 25 years. Her previous roles include serving as the Chief Operating Officer at the British University of Egypt, as well as the Director of Quality at the UK Government’s Quality Assurance Agency. She also held the distinguished position of Country Director at the British Council Iraq, where she became the first woman in 80 years to hold the role. Additionally, Professor Lindsay has a strong commitment to women's education and served as a Governor (Trustee) for the UK's National Women's Residential College for five years. Her contributions were recognized by the Afghan Government with a National Award for her exceptional work in developing the National Accreditation Framework for Afghan Universities and mentoring future leaders, including the first women to work in the MOHESR.

Having served as a former senior diplomat and consultant to esteemed international organizations such as the European Union, USAID, the World Bank, and UNESCO, Professor Lindsay has acquired vast experience in operating across the Middle East. She has worked in several countries, including Bahrain, Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Lebanon, and Oman, and has also established educational projects in the UK, Europe, and North America. This extensive global exposure has equipped Professor Lindsay with a wealth of knowledge and expertise in international education and diplomacy.

Enhancing the standards of education in Iraq has always been a personal aspiration of Dr. Lindsay, and was a part of her mission as the country director of the British Council in Iraq. Her venture into founding the British University of Iraq was then a natural extension of the same mission, but with the capacity and responsibility to directly implement it as a private sector university. This ultimately allows her to steer the market towards better quality competition within Iraq’s private sector education system driving other institutions to improve the quality of their Universities as well.

Professor Victoria Lindsay 

Education is a transformative journey that can lead individuals to discover their true potential and contribute positively to the world. It enables individuals to acquire new skills and knowledge, broaden their horizons, and develop critical thinking abilities. Education empowers individuals to become change agents in their communities and promotes a sense of global citizenship.

Investing in education is investing in the future. By recognizing the importance of education and providing access to quality education, we can create a better world for all. Education is the key to unlocking human potential and creating a more equitable, prosperous, and sustainable world.

Mr. John Tucknott CMG MB

Professor Edwards is a distinguished academician who currently serves as the Director of the 5G Research Centre, Reader in Mobile Communications, and Principal Investigator of the Emergency Water Information Network research project at Loughborough University, UK. His research interests are primarily focused on mobile communications and 5G technology. In addition to his scholarly pursuits, Professor Edwards is also committed to enhancing the research capabilities of staff and students at the British University of Iraq. He believes in developing a robust research infrastructure that supports high-level research partnerships and projects, thereby advancing the academic landscape of the institution. Professor Edwards' leadership and expertise are invaluable assets to the university and its pursuit of academic excellence.

Professor Robert Edwards 

Professor Kirby is a renowned academic and enterprise expert who has been given The Queen's Award for Enterprise Promotion. He has contributed significantly to the field of enterprise and entrepreneurship, and his work and publications are regarded as seminal. Having held several prestigious academic positions, such as the Former Vice President of the British University in Egypt, Professor of Entrepreneurship at the University of Surrey, and Pro-Vice Chancellor and Dean of the Business School at Middlesex University, Professor Kirby brings a wealth of experience to the British University of Iraq. He currently serves as a Visiting Professor at the University of Wales Trinity St David. Professor Kirby is committed to fostering university and private sector partnerships, and he intends to lead efforts that engage the broader Iraqi community with the University. Professor Kirby's expertise and leadership skills will undoubtedly strengthen the university's academic prowess and reputation.

Professor David Anthony Kirby 

Professor Peters was President of the Open University USA, and Interim Vice Chancellor of The Open University - the UK’s largest University. He also served for many years as the Pro-Vice Chancellor of The Open University and as Head of the Open University Business School that offers AACSB, EQUIS and AMBA accredited MBA awards. Professor Peters also chaired JANET (the UK research and education network connecting UK universities, Further Education Colleges, Research Councils, Specialist Colleges and Adult and Community Learning providers). He brings his expertise in developing University Strategy, Capacity Building, Widening Participation and  Distance Learning.

Professor Geoff Peters 

Professor Pormann holds the position of Professor of Classics & Graeco-Arabic Studies at Manchester University and has made significant contributions to the upcoming publication, Routledge Handbook on Science in the Islamic World: Practices from the 8th to the 19th Century (2023). He possesses expertise in the regions of Iraq, Syria, and Ancient Mesopotamia, and is proficient in both written and spoken Arabic. His academic credentials include a Doctor of Letters from the University of Oxford, and he is the founding director of the John Rylands Research Institute.

Professor Peter E. Pormann 

Professor Waleed is Professor of Experimental Pathology at the University of Southampton. He holds a Fellowship of the Royal College of Pathologists, and is a Fellow of the Institute of Biomedical Sciences, as well as a Chartered Biologist and Fellow of the Society of Biologist, a Member of the British Society for Haematology and the British Society of Haemostasis and Thrombosis.   Professor Waleed is also a member of the Thrombosis Committee of Southampton University Hospitals as well as the Wessex Medical Research Scientific Advisory Committee.  For Southampton University he is the Strategic Lead for Middle East and North Africa and is a fluent Arab speaker.

Professor Bashir L. Waleed 

Professor Raban brings his experience from having been Director of Quality Development at University of Derby, Deputy Vice Chancellor University of Greenwich, a UK Quality Assurance Agency Reviewer and  Consultant for the UK Government Office for Students. Professor Raben is an expert in university governance, transnational education and quality assurance. He is the author of Prospects for Partnership: collaboration between British and Iraqi universities (2019) and was a speaker at the UK’s Department for Industry and Trade Iraq Road Show 2019/20 with former HMA Jon Wilks.

Professor James Colin P. Raban 

Professor Robinson held appointments as Director of Undergraduate Programmes in Arts, Computing, Engineering and Science at Sheffield Hallam University, Dean of Quality Enhancement and Director of the Graduate School at Edgehill University. Professor Robinson was awarded an OBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List 2021. He is an expert in academic quality assurance, student experience and international education.

Professor Ian Michael Robinson OBE 

Professor Sellers is Professor of Natural Science and Director of Internationalisation, School of Earth and Environmental Sciences at the University of Manchester. Professor Sellers is a Core Member of the UK Government Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) and a Council member of the Primate Society of Great Britain and Anatomical Society of Great Britain and Ireland. He also was President of the Anthropology and Archaeology Section of the British Science Association.  He is often invited to comment on scientific aspects of broadcast content on radio and television particularly in the areas of primates, dinosaurs and human evolution including BBC Breakfast, Newsround, ITN, BBC World Service, Sky News and documentaries for National Geographic and the History Channel.

Professor William Irvin Sellers

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