Barham Ahmad Salih (Kurdish:بهرههم ئهحمهد ساڵح);Arabic: برهم أحمد صالح) born 1960) is a Kurdish politician. He is currently the prime minister of the Kurdistan Region of Iraq. He is married and has a daughter currently attending Princeton University and a son who graduated fromKing's Academy in Madaba, Jordan and currently attends Columbia.
Dr. Barham Salih was born in 1960 in the city of Sulaymaniyah in Iraqi Kurdistan. He was arrested in 1979 by the Baathist regime twice on charges of involvement in the Kurdish national movement and spent 43 days in detention in a Special Investigation Commission prison in Kirkuk where he was tortured. Once release he finished high school honors and was ranked the first in Kurdistan and the third in Iraq with a grade of 96.5%. He left Iraq for the United Kingdom because of continuous prosecution.
He joined the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK) in late 1976 where he became a member of the PUK department of Europe, and in charge of PUK foreign relations in London. Along with the political struggle, he finished his university studies and received a Bachelors degree in Civil Engineering and Construction in 1983 from the University of Cardiff in Britain. He then continued to study and obtained a Doctorate degree in Statistics and Computer Applications in Engineering in 1987 from the University of Liverpool.