"The greatness of nations and the power of governments are not only measured by territorial size and population count. Great nations and civilisations are measured by the cultural, scientific and technical capacities they curate to create better lives."

Dr. Dhia Jafar (1910-1992)


The Statesman

Dr. Dhia Jafar successfully led four ministries between 1947 and 1957, during the last decade of the Iraqi Monarchy. He sought education and technical expertise throughout his life and viewed politics as an enabler of national prosperity. He had no political affiliation despite the widespread political affiliations in Iraq.

As the Minister of Works and Transport, Dr. Jafar laid the foundations of most technical ministries that later branched out from his and conducted studies for developing five major dams in Iraq, including the Tharthar Dam, which saved Baghdad from flooding and expanded its agricultural lands.

In his capacity as the Minister of Finance, Dr. Jafar set the gold standard for the Iraqi currency, which was pegged to Pounds Sterling. As the Minister of Development, he helped nurture modern landmarks and amended development allocations considering increased oil revenues.

Dr. Jafar enabled the electricity sector to be led by Iraqis and sought maximum national benefit from the country’s oil assets through all his ministerial capacities.

Dr. Dhia Jafar as Minister of Development launching several major infrastructure projects with HM King Faisall II and Crown Prince Abdulilah, Iraqi Development Week 1957.


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Dhia Jafar is born to a prominent merchant family in Baghdad, Iraq.

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Dhia Jafar earns his PhD in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Birmingham, UK, the first holder of a scientific PhD in Iraq.

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Dr. Jafar holds several engineering positions in Iraq and helps launch the country’s first industrial school.

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Dr. Jafar is appointed by Prime Minister Nuri al-Said to head the Ministry of Works and Transport in Iraq, where he restructures all directorates and employ an all-Iraqi specialist cadre.

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Dr. Jafar is nominated as Minister of Economy and spearheads the nationalisation of the energy sector.

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Dr. Jafar leads the Ministry of Finance and sets a gold standard for the Iraqi currency.

1955- 1957
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Dr. Jafar heads the Ministry of Development, where he oversees major infrastructure projects that enhance flood control, water storage, irrigation, and drainage in Iraq.

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Dr. Jafar presides over the Society of Iraqi Engineers.

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Dr. Jafar moves to London, UK, where he remains after the fall of the Iraqi monarchy.

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Dr. Jafar returns to Baghdad to launch an architectural firm.

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Dr. Jafar moves to Beirut, Lebanon, then to Sharjah, United Arab Emirates, before settling in London.

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Dr. Jafar passes during heart surgery in London.