TEDxDuhok Speakers

Bahha M. Ilyas

Bahha M. Ilyas

Phisicist

Physicist Bahaa Ilyas was born on April 29, 1990, in Bashiqa, Duhok, Kurdistan Region-Iraq. At age of 12 He was awarded the science medal of the Sinjar young talented minds.
Bahaa is a lecturer of Physics for the University of Duhok, where he teaches various subjects of physics. He holds B.S. and M. S. degrees in Theoretical physics from the University of Dohuk. Bahaa is the author of some published physics papers in various scientific journals. He is interested in understanding the universe and the way it behaves at its smallest of scales.
Much of Bahaa’s work has been devoted to the search for the hidden dimensions that can unite Albert Einstein’s earlier findings with quantum physics through Loop Quantum Gravity.
Bahaa has also contributed to 2 international theoretical physics journals, He was a member of the 13th Planck night-sky workshop.
In the past, He has also contributed to humanitarian support during his work for 4 organizations giving aid to the displaced families from mount Sinjar.

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Wahid S.Chicho

Wahid S.Chicho

Wahid, also known as (Wahid the dwarf) was born on the 28th of August, 1986 in Duhok, Kurdistan region of Iraq from a very poor family. Wahid had been struggling ever since his birth. Being a dwarf, he suffered a lot and experienced many social and physical difficulties. Nonetheless, he did not surrender, but kept moving on. He finished his studies and could get a diploma from the School of Commerce and Technical Institute. He always believed he could do more, so he and his friends established Kurdistan Dwarf Association – Duhok Branch, which could gather all the dwarfs in the city of Duhok. Wahid didn’t stop here. He established Kurdistan Paralympic Committee / Duhok Representativity Office and Duhok Disabled Network. Currently, Wahid has dedicated much of his work to giving speeches, workshops and seminars on never giving up and always fighting to achieve your dreams.

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Karwan Tahir Mohammed

Karwan Tahir Mohammed

Karwan was born on the 21st of March 1996 in Duhok, Kurdistan Region Iraq. Karwan has loved Astronomy ever since he was a child. Learning more about the Earth has been a main concern for him. Having many inquiries unanswered, Karwan has spared most of his time reading about Astronomy and the Earth. He studies Mechanical Engineering at University of Duhok. Karwan is mainly concerned with the fact that life on Earth is endangered, and loves sharing his ideas with people working on saving the Earth from future catastrophes.

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Bina Qaradaxi

Bina Qaradaxi

Bina Qeredaxi was born on 1988 in Duhok, Kurdistan Region of Iraq. As a kid, she lived her childhood in Baghdad for the first 10 years and then moved to Duhok. She studied School of Law and Politics/College of Arts at University of Duhok and earned her Bachelor’s Degree there. However, Bina had interests in other fields. At 2007, and while still studying for her Bachelor’s Degree, she started her media career by writing and directing a very popular social awareness-raising show called “Tik Tak”. Following her successful start, she directed and worked on many other effective TV shows in lead Kurdish channels. At 2015, she was awarded the Kurdistan Journalists Union’s Honorary Award for strong presence in the Media sector. Improving Kurdish Cinema has been a main concern for her. In the past nine years, she worked in different positions in award-winning films such as “Bekas” and “Before Snowfall”. One of Bina’s biggest achievements was co-founding Duhok International Film Festival (Duhok IFF) at 2009, which was an uplift to the Kurdish Cinema. And ever since, as a cultural manager, she has been an effective ambassador for the Kurdish cinema worldwide by celebrating Kurdish films in the region and promoting them in international film festivals too. At 2013, she was awarded the Ministry of Culture and Youth’s Honorary Award for best female filmmaker.

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Levi Clancy

Levi Clancy

Levi was born and grew up in 1990 in Los Angeles in the United States. When he was still a kid, he started taking college courses and when he was only thirteen years old he transferred to the University of California! When he was fifteen, he was abandoned by his family and had to leave university, and started working in medical research as well as web development and graphic arts in order to support himself and make it month to month. When he was eighteen, he received a scholarship to return to university, and reconnected with his family. He visited Kurdistan as a tourist for spring break a few years later and devoted his life to eventually return to live and work in Kurdistan. After finishing his baccalaureate in Microbiology, Immunology and Molecular Genetics (MIMG) with a minor in Mesopotamian history, he moved to Erbil. Levi has worked for University of California as a researcher in electron microscopy, oncology and flow cytometry. He has also worked in marketing for clients including the LA Lakers, NCAA, Verizon and AT&T. Currently, he works as a software developer and as a freelance journalist. Levi has been featured on CBS News and LA Times. Levi is focused on mass media and accessible technology as a powerful means of effecting change, through his journalism and software development.

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Mohammed Hikmat

Mohammed Hikmat

Mohammed Hikmat was born on the 11th of June 1988 in Duhok, Kurdistan Region of Iraq. Growing up as a kid, Mohammed has loved programming. When he finished high school at 2007, he chose to study Computer Science at University of Duhok. Through his studies there, he developed his knowledge of programming and software. He earned his Bachelor’s Degree at 2015. Mohammed has devoted his time working in his field of study. He is one of the administrators of University of Duhok/College of Nursing website. Currently, he works as the Technical Manager of the IT department of University of Duhok. He has been managing the technical works of many conferences and workshops held in University of Duhok. Mohammed is a great example for the graduates to work hard on their qualifications and skills. He spends much of his time working on projects and initiatives that serve the community. He will be presenting one at TEDxDuhok!

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Kovan Rashid

Kovan Rashid

Kovan Rashid Kovan Rashid was born on the 14th of February 1988 in Zakho, Duhok and spent his childhood there. He finished high school at 2007 and chose to study Information Technology/Zakho Technical Institute. He earned his diploma at 2009 and was honored as one of the top students. Beside his passion as a freelance programmer and developer, he finds himself a young entrepreneur. At 2016, he started his own start-up company as a programming and production company that gathers young entrepreneurs in one place and works on making ideas real! Kovan is currently studying for his Bachelor’s Degree in Information Technology Management at Duhok Polytechnic University.

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