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    Introduction

    Together For Iraq (TOFIQ) is a non-governmental nonprofit organization as recognized under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code.

     

    TOFIQ provides access to higher education, incentivizes research, and promotes business opportunities to those talented individuals who emanate from Iraq and the United States.

     

    TOFIQ is holding its first conference on March 12, 2015 in Washington DC, Fairmont Hotel. The conference will focus on the role of Iraqi American Academic and Professional Community, international organizations and nongovernmental organizations in helping address Iraq’s current humanitarian crisis.

     

    Discussions will explore current   needs   and opportunities in the areas of higher education, science, health services and   business development   in Iraq. Addressing these needs and pursuing these opportunities   will entail major collaborative and sustained efforts.

     

    The program will include participation from the Ambassador of Iraq Mr. Lukman Faily, Ambassador James Jeffrey, and many accomplished leaders in the Iraqi community, representatives of Major academic institutions in the U.S. and leading international organizations.

     

    About

    TOFIQ Together For Iraq (TOFIQ) is a non-governmental nonprofit organization as recognized under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code.  TOFIQ provides access to higher education, incentivizes research, and promotes business opportunities to those talented individuals who emanate from Iraq and the United States.

     

    History of TOFIQ The ideas behind TOFIQ originated with Dr. Abdul Hadi Al Khalili, the Iraqi cultural attaché for the Embassy of the Republic of Iraq. Dr. Khalili held Iraqi Diaspora conferences hosted by the Library of Congress in 2008, and The National Academies in 2009.  After the 2009 conference, we created a prototypical “Together For Iraq” project that laid some of the groundwork for the current organization that was established in 2011.

     

    The name TOFIQ has dual meanings. ‘TOFIQ’ is both an acronym for the organization’s name ‘Together For Iraq’, and is an Arabic word توفيق that translates to ‘success and good luck’. We have an informational website at (www.tofiq.org) and an open access medical sciences journal at (TJMS.tofiq.org). We are currently looking for volunteers who are interested in contributing to both our journal and general website.

     

    Please email us at info@tofiq.org to inquire about our organization and volunteer opportunities.

     

     

     

     

    TOFIQ Conference Addressing Iraqi Humanitarian Crisis

     

    March 12, 2015

     

    Venue: Fairmont Hotel, 2401 M St. NW, Washington, DC 20037  

     

     

    On March 12th, 2015, TOFIQ convened for the first time in Washington, D.C. to share ideas on addressing Iraq’s Current Humanitarian Crisis. With the main objective of helping the Internally displaced people (IPDs).

    The conference was attended by 109 attendees with 9 more through the video conferencing. The conference was supported by the Iraqi Embassy in Washington, DC.

     

    The conference began with remarks from Dr. A Hadi Al Khalili, President of TOFIQ on the organization; its ambitions and the importance of utilizing the expertise among its members with their eagerness to help Iraq. Dr. al-Khalili emphasizes was on the current humanitarian crises.

     

    Ambassador Faily spoke about the current crises in Iraq and the need for support the great efforts of Iraqis in Iraq to combat terrorists and stabilize Iraq while developing Iraq to serve the people of Iraq.

     

    Mr. James Jeffrey, former U.S. Ambassador to Iraq, addressed the conference with emphasis on the importance of Diaspora help to their home countries, which can help in reforming the future of the country. He cited the Greek Diaspora and how they help Greece as an example.

     

    The first panel was moderated by Dr. Adil Shamoo. Prof. Jennifer Brinkerhoff of George Washington University talked about her experience with the diaspora in many countries. She specifically elaborated on the Ethiopians and Chad Diasporas with many success stories where investments in these countries amounted in the billions of Dollars.

     

    After the break, the second panel began with Dr. Ali Al Attar as the moderator. Three panelists were on the stage;  Manuel Lannaud, Operational Advocacy Advisor, Doctors Without Borders (MSF), Ivana Vuco, Regional Advisor, Middle East, Europe and Central Asia, Office of Foreign Disaster Assistance (OFDA), US Agency for International Development (USAID) and Francois Stamm, Head of Regional Delegation, United States and Canada, International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC). The presentation was focused on the need they saw among Iraqi IPDs and what they have offered.

     

    This was followed by presentation by Dr. Adil Humadi about his trip to Iraq  followed by a presentation by Dr. Aryan Jaff (presented by Dr. Joane Jaff) on his training opportunity at NYU neurosurgical department. Dr. Majeed Al Sikafi gave the closing remarks and urged the conference attendees to support TOFIQ financially and materially.

     

    Dr. A Hadi Al Khalili gave the final remarks. During the whole conference Dr. Hani Haider organized and managed the online video conferencing overcoming many technical difficulties with participants from different parts of the U.S., Iraq and Canada. One clear outcome of the conference was a shared enthusiasm among the attendees to engage in helping Iraq and especially among the young generation.

     

    While the conference generated a wealth of ideas and debate, it is clear that there a lot to do in formulating priorities and means of implementing our tangible goals for now and on the long term.

     

    There were some differences of opinions as how to approach our goals but in the near future with additional new members, we hope to be on firmer grounds to achieve our goals. 

     

     

     

    Agenda

     

    TOFIQ conference March 12, 2015

     

    5: 30 – 6:30         Registration and Buffet Dinner

     

    6:30 – 6:40          Opening Remarks 

                                  Dr. A. Hadi al-Khalili,  President, TOFIQ

     

    6:40 – 6:50          Remarks  The Honorable Lukman Faily, Ambassador of the Republic of Iraq

     

    6:50 – 7:00          Remarks  The Honorable James Jeffrey, Former Ambassador to Iraq and Philip Solondz

                                  Distinguished Fellow, the Washington Institute for Near East Policy

     

    7:00 – 7:40         Panel I

                                 Moderated by Dr. Adil Shamoo Professor, Department of Biochemistry and Molecular

                                 Biology, the University of Maryland, and Chair, Medical Ethics Subcommittee,

                                 Defense Health Board

     

                                 Ms. Sonia Plaza Senior Economist at the World Bank, And on mobilizing diaspora

                                 resources as agents of social and economic change (KNOMAD) 

     

                                 Dr. Jennifer Brinkerhoff Professor of Public Administration and International Affairs

     

    7:40 – 8:00         Break

     

    8:00 – 8:40         Panel II

                                  Moderated by Dr. Ali al-Attar Plastic surgeon

                                  Manuel Lannaud Doctors Without Borders (MSF)

                                  Ivana Vuco US Agency for International Development (USAID)

                                  Francois Stamm International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC)

     

    8:40 – 8:45         Remarks: Success story

                                 Dr. Adil al-Humadi,  Colon and rectal surgeon, Buffalo University, volunteered in Iraq

     

    8:45 – 8:50         Remarks:  Success story

                                 Dr. Aryan Ali, Sulaimani, Iraq Young neurosurgeon in training NYU

     

    8:50 – 9:00        Closing Remarks Dr. Majeed Alsikafi, Professor Emeritus of Political Science,

                                the University of Alabama

     

     

    OUR CONFERENCE DETAILS

     

    When?

    March 12, 2015 Time: 5:30-9:00pm

     

    Where?

    Fairmont Hotel, Washington, DC 2401 M Street,

    NW Washington, District of Columbia, United States 20037

    Maps & Directions

     

    TEL +1 202 429 2400

    FAX +202 457 5010

    International Numbers

     

    Toll Free (Room Reservations only): 1 866 540 4505

    washington@fairmont.com

     

    Food and refreshments are available.

     

    Hotel guestroom accommodations reservation with special rate due date is

    Wednesday February 25th, 2015

     

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