Dr. Mariwan Baker, Chairman and Founder of Bring Hope Humanitarian Foundation (BHHF), has been involved in various humanitarian efforts since the late 1990’s. A PhD graduate from Technical University of Denmark (DTU), Copenhagen, he has two Master’s Degrees in Sweden, in Physics and Radiation Oncology.
Dr. Baker was born in Northern Iraq in 1973 at the height of the oil crisis. As a result of the Kuwait war, he became a Kurdish refugee, trapped in the mountain area between Iraq and Iran. At age 19, following his struggle for survival he managed to migrate to Sweden. For three years and living in eight different refugee camps outside of the city of Stockholm, he remained a refugee.
In 1995 Dr. Baker was awarded an asylum permanent residence by the Swedish Government. Seeking higher education, Dr. Baker studied during the day and worked at night. In 2001 he received an MSc in a joint collaboration between the University of Florida and the Royal Institute of Technology (KTH). In 2004 he received a second MSc from Karolinska Institute and Stockholm University. He received his PhD in 2016.
Dr. Baker’s life experiences had a profound impact on him personally. Seeking to create change and improve lives for others he started Bring Hope Humanitarian Foundation which was a culmination of work he started as early as 1999 when he became more established and improved his economic condition. As a personal witness and survivor of the 8-year Iran-Iraq war, the chemical attack on Halabja, the Kuwait war and massive Kurdish exodus during the first Gulf War, Dr. Baker sought to always provide assistance to others in need.
Vowing to help those struggling, not just the social victims of poverty but the ill and infirm and especially vulnerable children and women; people with cancer or students whose schooling was in jeopardy for lack of funding, Dr. Baker did all he could to come to the aid of people who were in desperate need, in one way or another.
In 2015, Dr. Baker abandoned a decade of clinical career in treating cancer patients in Scandinavia, and dedicated his full-time work to helping less fortunate worldwide through the foundation of BHHF.