Nesreen Barwari is a citizen of Iraq and resident of its Kurdistan Region. Barwari, a lecturer on planning and housing at Dohuk University, formerly served as minister of municipalities and public works in the government of Iraq (20032006) and the former minister of reconstruction and development in the Kurdistan Regional Government in Erbil, Kurdistan-Iraq (1999-2003). She is the founder and chairwoman of Breeze and Hope, a nongovernmental organization (NGO) that promotes democracy in the Kurdistan Region; the president and chairwoman of Tolerancy International, an NGO that strives to foster stable secular democracies; and the development director at Ranj Company, a development, investment, and construction company in Iraq. Barwari has also worked with various United Nations agencies in program and management positions. She holds a bachelor’s degree in architectural engineering and urban planning from Baghdad University and a Master of Public Administration in public policy and management from the Harvard University Kennedy School of Government. Barwari has also completed two years in a Ph.D. program at the University of British Columbia School of Community and Regional Planning and is finalizing her dissertation with the Faculty of Spatial Planning at Dortmund University.