History of the Iraqi Committee
UWC Iraqi National Committee was founded in 2017 through shared interest and efforts of multiple UWC alum and other scholars. The structure of UWC Iraq is a combination of Iraqi, Italian, and Indian nationals forming the advising and operative body to the committee.
UWC efforts in Iraq prior to 2017 were led by Sir Hans Von Sponeck, who was German diplomat. Hans served as UN Assistant Secretary-General and UN Humanitarian Coordinator for Iraq. In October 1998, Sponeck took over, heading all UN operations in Iraq and managing the Iraqi operations of the Oil-for-Food Programme.