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Zekra Alwach

Zekra Alwach Amina Baghdad Al-Hisham (Arabic: ذكرى علوش‎‎) is the current mayor of Baghdad since February 2015, replacing Naim Aboub al-Kaabi. Alwach has a Bachelor in engineering from Baghdad University of Technology, a Master in construction project management from University of Baghdad and a PhD in construction project management from Baghdad University of Technology. She started her career in 1993 as an engineer in construction projects and was responsible for administrative responsibilities until she was appointed director general of the Ministry of Higher Education, and is regarded as highly skilled technocrat. Alwach reports directly to the Prime Minister, Haider al-Abadi. In her only interview with an English-language publication Alwach talked about the challenges of governing a war-torn city, the weight of responsibility she feels to succeed and the struggle for women’s rights in Iraq. She was married to Major General Ali Araji.


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