• Azzam Alwash
    Dr. Azzam Alwash, BOD Member
  • KBF President
    Dr Sarbagh Salih, during the field survey in QaraDagh Mt.
  • Dr Ihsan El-Shehbza
    Dr Ihsan El-Shehbza, BOD member of KBF
  • KBF, Program Director
    Program Director, Dr. Saman A.Ahmad, at the QaraDagh Mountain during the field survey.
  • KBF Staff
    Parzhin Kamal and Kaziwa Mustafa, are making a checklist for all the families in Iraq based on the Flora of Iraq.
  • KBF Staff
    Field team leader, Amina Hama, and Field Assistant Mardin Khidir, working on the identification and making Database for the plant specimens.
  • Herbarium Assistant
    Khoshi Faraidun, Herbarium assistant, while organizing the plant specimens in the cabinet.
  • KBF President and Staff
    KBF Presidents and staff during the Suli Forum 2016, at the American University of Iraq, Sulaimani

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: http://www.mobot.org/MOBOT/Research/brassicaceae/welcome.shtml http://www.mobot.org/MOBOT/Research/curators/ihsan.shtml)

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 http://www.natureiraq.org/ . Member of the Board of Trustees of the American University of Iraq-Sulaimani (AUIS) http://auis.edu.krd/. 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 current 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, Accountant : 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(https://www.gov.uk/government/groups/the-darwin-initiative). Then employed by General Directorate of Agriculture in 2013; now working at the botanical garden as well.

3. Nariman Ahmad
Born in Sulaimani, Iraq on 15 April 1974.  He graduated from University of Sulaimani, College of Agricultural Sciences in July 1997.  Completed his Master of Science in Plant breeding in November 2003.  He has Joined The School of Biosciences, University of Nottingham, UK to complete his PhD in Plant Biotechnology on 15 March  2013. Nariman has developed a proposed project of ' National Plant Gene Bank of Kurdistan' and now working with Kurdistan Botanical Foundation to raise funds for this project in collaboration with the American University of Iraq Sulaimani. He is also working as a coordinator of the project “Rehabilitating the Transboundary Habitat of the Persian Leopard through the creation of a Peace Park- A Multi-stage Approach to Conservation” since September 2016, in collaboration between Nature Iraq (NI) and the Kurdistan Botanical Foundation (KBF).  

4. Amina Hama Mahmoud: 
Born in Sulaimani, Kurdistan at 1973. Graduated from Agriculture college, Soil and water department in Sulaimani University. Got employeed in General Directorate of Agriculture in 1998, has participated in different training and FAO projects. Trained women how to store vegetables and fruits. 


Former staff: 

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


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


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


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