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Sami Al-Araji
Alumnus, 1967, 1973
Baghdad, Iraq
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Sami Al-Araji

Rebuilding Iraq and a better future.

Alumnus, 1967, 1973
Baghdad, Iraq


Spartan alumnus Sami Al-Araji has a special place in his heart for the Michigan State University campus and community as well as his native Iraq, which he is working to help rebuild.

Al-Araji leads the Iraqi National Investment Commission— the official promoter and facilitator of private investment in the country— which is creating opportunities for foreign and domestic investors as well as for Iraq’s more than 30 million citizens.

Born and raised in Baghdad, Al-Araji, earned a scholarship to study engineering at Michigan State. He went on to earn a master’s degree from the University of Connecticut and returned to MSU for his doctorate in mechanical engineering in the early 1970s. Since then, he’s dedicated more than 30 years to working in various government agencies in Iraq.

“I’m an Iraqi who is educated in one of the fine institutions of America, which is Michigan State University,” says Al-Araji. “And I use part of my education for the service of Iraq.”