An educator and innovator, Bruce Walker Ferguson is president of the American University of Iraq, Sulaimani.  With 1,600 students from diverse backgrounds, AUIS was founded in 2007 to provide an American-style liberal arts education in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq.  From 2012 to 2015, Ferguson was professor of practice, engineering systems, and management at the Masdar Institute of Science and Technology, a graduate research university in Abu Dhabi, where he founded and directed its Center on Innovation and Entrepreneurship.  

Ferguson was a co-founder and former chief executive officer of Edenspace Systems Corporation, a plant biotechnology company, and earlier served in several positions including chief operating officer at Orbital Sciences Corporation, now Orbital ATK, a NYSE company he co-founded with two friends from business school. From 1981-1983 he was an attorney in the Kirkland & Ellis law firm in Chicago.  He has been an angel investor in fourteen technology companies and has lived and studied abroad a total of nine years in East Asia, South Asia, Africa, and the Middle East.

Ferguson received his AB (government), EdM, MBA, and JD degrees from Harvard University.  He and his wife, Heather Rennie Sandiford, met in college and recently celebrated their 40th wedding anniversary.  They have two children.