Bayan Sami Abdul Rahman

Bayan Sami Abdul Rahman is the High Representative for the Kurdish Regional Government (KRG) to the United Kingdom. Key to her role as High Representative are strengthening ties between Kurdistan Region and the UK and encouraging inward investment which is important to the revival and stability of Kurdistan and Iraq as a whole.Under her leadership, the KRG UK Representation has helped to increase exchanges between the Kurdistan Region and the UK in education, culture, sport, humanitarian and social affairs, as well as to strengthen ties between the Kurdish and British parliaments, various government departments, and with the British political parties.  Ms Abdul Rahman was an active member of the UK’s Kurdish community from her youth, and continues to support the work of community groups and professional associations in the UK. 

 Before her appointment, Ms Abdul Rahman worked as a journalist for 17 years. She began her career on local newspapers in London and won the Observer Newspaper’s Farzad Bazoft Memorial Prize in 1993, which led her to work at The Observer and later at the Financial Times. She worked for the FT in Britain and in Japan, where she was Tokyo Correspondent.