Dr.Ali Sindi was appointed Minister of Planning, Kurdistan Regional Government since 2009. Before this in 2003, he was the Senior Advisor to Kurdistan Region Prime Minister Nechervan Barzani. From 1996-2003 he was the Deputy Minister of Health and Social Affairs – Kurdistan Regional Government. Dr.Ali Sindi has studied Diploma in Leadership from Yale University, United States and completed Master in Public Administration from Harvard’s John Kennedy School, United States. He has also studied Master in General Surgery from Salahaddin University, Erbil, Iraq, while having completed Bachelor of Science in Medicine from Mosul University, Mosul, Iraq.