Our staff

AMAR employs more than 1000 local doctors, nurses, medical professionals, engineers, teachers, educators and administrators in Iraq. Three field offices in Erbil, Baghdad and Basra support work across the country. AMAR’s staff work within their own communities, ensuring that local skills and capacity are developed and maintained, and allowing work in challenging security environments. The unique local knowledge of AMAR’s field team means that the services provided are always culturally appropriate and tailored to individual communities’ needs.

Andrew Methven, Chief of Staff

Andrew is the AMAR Chief of Staff, based in the London office.  His responsibilities, as AMAR grows, are to lead the Staff Management Team, provide the link to the Board, and coordinate across the AMAR family, most importantly with the Field Team in Iraq.  Andrew previously worked as Strategy & Commercial Director and Bid Team Leader for various International security firms, specialising in Iraq (including the Kurdistan Region), Afghanistan and Nigeria, and maritime security in the Indian Ocean and West Africa.

Prior to this he served in the British Army (The Life Guards) for 20 years.  His tours included running a Reserve officer training unit in London, and various staff roles in the Ministry of Defence.  He spent a very enjoyable 16 months on exchange with the Canadian Army, most of which was spent in the Balkans.  His operational service includes the UN and NATO in Bosnia, and several tours of Iraq, which was his first exposure to reconstruction, development and the people of Basra.

Andrew’s first degree was in sciences from Cambridge.  He holds Masters degrees from Cranfield, KCL and Imperial College Business School.  He lives in London with his young family.  His hobbies include ancient Greek history and playing the piano

Date of birth: 18 January 1969

Christopher John Frost

Chris Frost is AMAR’s Treasurer.  He recently stepped down from the Board of Trustees and his role as Chairman of the Finance and Operations Committee to take on this new position within the Senior Management Team.

Specialising in organisational change and operation’s management, Chris has extensive international experience and became a founder board member of AMAR’s sister organisation, the Iraq Britain Business Council (IBBC) in 2010.

Chris formerly worked as a partner with the leading international professional services firm, PwC, and was based in London. He has worked in the Middle East and on projects in several fragile states, including Kosovo, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Burundi and Pakistan.

Date of birth: 4 January 1956


Dr. Ali Jawad
Iraq operations director

Dr. A. Jawad is an experienced medical practitioner and plays key role in driving the quality of AMAR’s work in Iraq. His medical experience is summarized below:

  • Specialized Rheumatologist in AL shaheed Khaled hospital Erbil 2011-2014.
  • High diploma in Rheumatology from Ternopol medical university, Ukraine 2009-2011.
  • General practitioner in Baghdad and Basra 1998-2009.
  • General Practitioner in Mesan 1996-1998.
  • Post qualification he worked as doctor in Ibn Majed hospital in Basra.
  • He graduated from the college of Medicine, University of Basra 1993.

Aziz Shwan Ahmed
Head of Strategic Relations

Shwan is AMAR’s Head of Strategic Relationships. Prior to joining AMAR, Shwan was the   Chief of Staff, Office; Office of Iraqi Deputy Prime Minister from Jan 2010 to March 2020. 

Prior to this, he worked for the United National Development Programme (UNDP) in several countries including Iraq, Jordan, Sri Lanka, Kenya and Somalia. His last posting with UNDP was as the Head of UNDP Office in Puntland- Somalia & UN Area Security Coordinator from December 2006 to November 2009. 

Before this he held the following positions with UNDP; Chief Technical Advisor (Somalia), Tsunami Recovery Coordinator (Sri Lanka), Programme Advisor/ Cluster Manager (Jordan/Iraq), and Senior Programme Officer (KR Iraq).

He has a BSc. degree in Systems and Control Engineering, 1983. University of Technology- Baghdad, and High Diploma certificate in Project Management. 

Date of birth: 27 June 1959

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