Mukhtar Haba



Dr. Mukhtar Khamis Haba is a highly experienced biologist with a PhD in Biology since 2005. He currently serves as the CEO of the Iraqi Green Climate Organization, an NGO dedicated to climate change and biodiversity preservation. Dr. Haba is actively involved in various projects and committees related to environmental conservation and climate change adaptation. Notably, he works as a National Consultant for the Iraq National Adaptation Plan, in collaboration with UNEP and the Iraqi Ministry of Health and Environment. He is also a National Consultant for the GEF 7 project in Iraq, focusing on biodiversity conservation and land degradation neutrality. Dr. Haba's extensive contributions to climate initiatives include his participation in the national committee of Climate Change and work on Iraq's Intended Nationally Determined Contribution (INDC) for COP21. He has represented Iraq at UNFCCC COP21 in Paris and COP23 in Bonn. Furthermore, he has authored several publications related to biology, biodiversity, and climate change. Dr. Haba's long-standing dedication to environmental studies and expertise in the field make him a valuable asset to Iraq's conservation efforts.

Nadheer Fazaa


Dr. Nadheer Abood Fazaa, a distinguished scholar, holds a Ph.D. from Newcastle University, a renowned academic institution in the United Kingdom, where his expertise lies in the domain of Environmental Studies and Climate Change. His illustrious career spans over two decades as a dedicated educator at the University of Baghdad, demonstrating his commitment to higher education from 1996 to 2023. Dr. Fazaa's remarkable professional journey includes a prestigious association with the United Nations program, where he served as a certified expert specializing in national carbon markets and the green economy from 2015 to 2022. Furthermore, he has actively engaged with various civil society organizations operating in the environmental sector, accumulating valuable experience from 2005 to 2022. Dr. Fazaa's pivotal role in founding the Iraqi Green Climate Organization in 2013 underscores his commitment to environmental causes. Between 2017 and 2022, Dr. Fazaa also made significant contributions to academic research as a member of the online research team at the School of Natural and Environmental Sciences, Newcastle University. His extensive publication record, replete with research papers, underscores his profound impact on the field of environmental studies. Dr Fazaa no longer works for the organisation and appointed Dr Haba as the CEO.

Omar Al-Sheikhly

Dr. O. F. Al-Sheikhly is a prominent biologist, ecologist, and conservationist in Iraq. His academic journey began with a Bachelor's degree in Biological Science from the University of Baghdad, progressing to an M.Sc. in Animal Ecology, and currently a Ph.D. focused on Birds of Prey Ecology. Dr. Al-Sheikhly has dedicated years to the Department of Biology at the University of Baghdad, where he serves as a Researcher and Teacher. He actively participates in ecological and conservation initiatives, notably representing Iraq within the IUCN Species Survival Commission SSC (Otter Specialists Group) and functioning as the International Coordinator for the Middle East with the International Otter Survival Fund. His diverse career also includes roles as a technical director for the Iraqi Green Climate Organization and as a consultant, project manager, and wildlife expert on various conservation projects. Recognized with the Erick Hosking Award of Wildlife Photography in 2007, Dr. Al-Sheikhly has an extensive publication record, covering wildlife and conservation topics, often focusing on specific species. His skills extend to wildlife fine art, digital media, and proficiency in software like Microsoft Office and Adobe Photoshop. Dr. O. F. Al-Sheikhly's career showcases his steadfast dedication to wildlife preservation and scientific exploration, particularly in Iraq's challenging ecological context.

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