Bios of the Board of Directors (BOD) and staff

Botanists and environmentalist run the KBF from the region and abroad. The Board of Directors includes four scientists each in a different disciplinary but related field of botany:

1.Ihsan A. Al-Shehbaz
Born in Basrah, Iraq in 1939. Top-ranked student in College of Education, Baghdad University (1962). Obtained both M.Sc. (1969) and Ph.D. (1973) from Harvard University. Taught in Iraq in both Baghdad and Sulaimani Universities. Currently a senior scientist at the Missouri Botanical garden, adjunct professor at the University of Missouri St. Louis, and associate editor of six international botanical journals. Editor of all botanical entries of the American Heritage Dictionary, third edition (1992). Supervised many graduate and post-doctoral botanists. Conducted fieldwork in 27 countries of all continents except Antarctica. Gave seminars and conducted workshops in numerous countries. Published 325 scientific papers in international, peer-reviewed journals. Currently recognized worldwide as the ranking authority of the mustard family in which (As of December 2015) over 960scientific plant names carry his name as their author (links:

2.Ali A. Askari
Born in Kurdistan in 1935. Received his M.Sc. in pharmacy in 1966, from the University of Connecticut, and Ph.D. in pharmacy- pharmacognosy in 1970 from the University of Rhode Island, USA. Founder and director of Pharmacognosy and medicinal plant research center within Iraqi scientific foundation from 1977-1986. Founder and Dean the Collage of Pharmacy, University of Sulaimani 2005-2008. Supervised 21 M.Sc.-Ph.D. students at both colleges of Pharmacy and Agriculture. A winner of Saddam Hussien Prize for Agriculture Development 1988-1989 discovering new exogenous plant hormone which increases yield in agricultural crops.

3.Azzam Alwash
Alwash was born in Kut, Iraq. Received his Ph.D. from the University of Southern California (USC), 1988. Founded Nature Iraq (NI) in 2004 . Member of the Board of Trustees of the American University of Iraq-Sulaimani (AUIS) Received several international awards, including Takreem of 2011, and Goldman award of 2013.

4.Sarbagh Salih
Born in Iraqi Kurdistan, the city of Koysinjaq/Erbil. Acquired B.Sc. in horticulture from the University of Baghdad (1980), and Ph.D. from the University of Bath, UK (1987). Specialized in plant tissue culture. Worked for 13 years for USDA/Agriculture Research Service in Beltsville, Maryland (US). Has published 15 papers. Founder of an NGO named Hataw in Kurdistan to help people to go back to their villages to work in the fields after they were forced to move to the cities. Member of the Board of Director for Nature Iraq and Sakran-Halgurd National Park organization. Member of the committee of the Kurdistan National Herbarium. Recently, appointed as president of the newly established Kurdistan Botanical Foundation.



Bios of Staff

1. Program Director: Saman Abdulraham Ahmad
Saman A. Ahmad. born in Sulaimani, Kurdistan. Received his Ph.D. in plant taxonomy (Plant systematic), University of Sulaimani, 2013. Works on several projects like Key biodiversity Area in Kurdistan Iraq, Flora of Iraq. Discovered 28 species new to Iraq. Several novelties to science, of which Ferula shehbaziana S.A.Ahmad (Apiaceae), and Petrorhagia sarbagiae S.A.Ahmad (Caryophyllaceae) are published, and several others are in press.


2. Communication Officer : Shokhan Babarasul
Born in Sulaimani, Kurdistan at 1986. Graduated from Field Crop department- Agriculture College, University of Sulaimani. In addition,  worked for Nature Iraq from 2009-2013 as Administrative Assistant and  also worked as a Sub-project manager at Darwin Project(School Education and Outreach Awareness)  for about one year( Then employed by General Directorate of Agriculture in 2013; now working at the botanical garden and a team member of Azmer-Goizha Flora project.


3. Herbarium Assistant; Khoshii Faraidun Omer
Born in Sulaimani, Kurdistan at 1992. Graduated from Field Crop department of Agriculture college, University of Sulaimani .


4. Field Assistant;Kaziwa Mustafa Ahmad 
Born in Sulaimani, Kurdistan at 1991. Graduated from  Agriculture college, University of Sulaimani.


5. Herbarium Assisstant; Parzhin Kamal Sharif
Born in Sulaimani, Kurdistan at 1992. Graduated from  Agriculture college, University of Sulaimani.


6. Field Assistant; Mardin Khidir Abdulla 
Born in Sulaimani, Kurdistan at 1992. Graduated from  Agriculture college, University of Sulaimani.