Nemir A. Kirdar, president and chief operating officer of Investcorp, speaks at Columbia University's School of International and Public Affairs, Wednesday, March 26, at 5:00 p.m. on Iraq: Its Past and Future -- A Personal Perspective.
Kirdar was born in Iraq to a family prominent in the politics of the late Ottoman Empire and interwar Iraq. After a military coup deposed the monarchy in 1958, he came to the United States to study, returning to Iraq in 1960. Later the same decade, after the Ba'thist coup which eventually produced the regime of Saddam Hussein, Kirdar left the country once again.
In New York, Kirdar began a successful banking career, covering Southeast Asia and Japan for Allied Bank International. He later joined Chase Manhattan as vice president and between 1976 and 1981, was posted to the Middle East to direct Chase's activities in the Gulf. Today, Investcorp, the global investment company Kirdar founded in 1982, acts as both a principal and an intermediary in international investment transactions. Currently, Kirdar serves on the advisory boards of SIPA, the World Economic Forum in Geneva, the Eisenhower Exchange Fellowship in Philadelphia, and the Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington, D.C.
Kirdar is expected to address the current crisis, and his personal impressions of Iraq, in SIPA's inaugural Investcorp lecture in international finance and business. The event will be held at in the Kellogg Center, on the 15th floor of the International Affairs Building.