Col. Harry Schute (Ret)
Mr. Schute has a great deal of experience in the Kurdistan Region. He entered Kurdistan in April 2003 as the commander of a US Army Reserve Civil Affairs battalion and within two months was the senior US Army commander responsible for the three governorates of the Kurdistan Region. He later served with the Army as the Chief of Staff for the Coalition Provisional Authority Northern Region Office in Erbil.
In these capacities, he travelled to all parts of Kurdistan getting to know people at all levels of society, from the most senior leaders, to the man in the street. Mr. Schute has a B.S. from the US Military Academy at West Point, where he was a History major.
He speaks Sorani Kurdish and is conversant in German.