Joseph is recognized for his unwavering and passionate commitment, creative advocacy as a community organizer and for his international expertise on human and religious affairs and on the plight of the Aramaic speaking Christians of Iraq. To continue his 30 years community’s commitment to meet the pressing political and humanitarian needs and aspirations of Iraqi religious minorities and refugees, recently Mr. Kassab launched humanitarian nonprofit NGO; the Iraqi Christians Advocacy and Empowerment Institute (ICAE), www.advocatestoempower.org.
Joseph Kassab was born in Telkaif- Nineveh, Northern Iraq in 1952 to a Chaldean Catholic family. In 1975 Joseph Kassab earned his undergraduate degree with excellence from College of Science-University of Baghdad. This esteem qualified him for graduate studies program at College of Medicine-University of Baghdad to again become the first on his class and earn in 1979 Master of Science degree in Medical Microbiology and Immunology under the auspices of the Royal College of Medicine-UK . He was hired as assistant professor at the same college, but the regime in Iraq demanded that he joined the ruling party, when he refused he was threatened and his position was downgraded. When the threats continued and the intimidations intensified he decided to flee Iraq and join in Rome -Italy his two brothers a pharmacist and an engineer who earlier faced similar challenges to seek asylum. Later on in 1980 they were resettled in the U.S as refugees.
In the U.S, Joseph continued his education with determination and persistence to assist the helpless by acquiring Graduate Certificate (GC) in Community Education Leadership from Wayne State University, under the auspices of the Institute for Educational Leadership (IEL) in Washington D.C in addition to finishing intensive curriculum in political science at Wayne State University. While doing all of this he worked for 25 years as Bio-medical researcher and instructor at Wayne State University’s School of Medicine. He is currently the Chief Science Officer of Nano-Engineering and Consulting Company.