Zekra Alwach

Thikra or Zekra Muhammed Jaber Alwash Al-Abayachi (Arabic: ذكرى محمد جابر علوش العبايجي‎) was the mayor of Baghdad from February 2015 until September 2020, superseding Naim Aboub al-Kaabi, and preceding the current mayor, Manhal Al-Habbobi.[1][2] [3]Alwach has a Bachelor in engineering from Baghdad University of Technology, a Master in construction project management from University of Baghdad and a PhD in construction project management from Baghdad University of Technology.[4] She started her career in 1993 as an engineer in construction projects and was responsible for administrative responsibilities until she was appointed director general of the Ministry of Higher Education, and is regarded as highly skilled technocrat. Alwach reported directly to the former Prime Minister, Haider al-Abadi. In her only interview with an English-language publication Alwach talked about the challenges of governing a war-torn city, the weight of responsibility she feels to succeed and the struggle for women’s rights in Iraq.[5] She was married to Major General Ali Araji.[6]

Zekra Muhammed
ذكرى محمد جابر علوش العبايجي
Mayor of Baghdad
In office
22 February 2015 – 20 September 2020
Preceded byNaim Aboub al-Kaabi
Personal details
Alma materUniversity of Baghdad


  1. ^ "Baghdad's First Female Mayor Takes Office". Muftah. Retrieved 27 February 2015.
  2. ^ "Baghdad set to get first female mayor". Middle East Eye. Retrieved 21 February 2015.
  3. ^ نت, طه العاني-الجزيرة. "نافس زها حديد.. لهذا احتفى العراقيون بالحبوبي أمين بغداد الجديد.. فهل يعيد للمدينة العريقة مجدها؟". www.aljazeera.net (in Arabic). Retrieved 2020-09-26.
  4. ^ "السيرة الذاتية لامين/ امينة بغداد الجديد ذكرى علوش" (in Arabic). Retrieved 18 February 2015.
  5. ^ Baghdad’s Trailblazing Female Mayor Zekra Alwach Faces Tough Times Ahead, Glammonitor.com, 2015-7-8
  6. ^ "امينة بغداد وزوجها في فرنسا لاستلام هدية عصام الاسدي عن ماء الرصافة" (in Arabic). Sumer News. Retrieved 21 March 2016.

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