Hana Ahmed Raza was born and raised in Iraqi Kurdistan on April 28th 1987. She studied Biological Sciences at the University of Sulaimani and proceeded to work in a fast and upscale environment with the NGO Nature Iraq as an expert in the field of wildlife Conservation with special expertise in Mammals. Raza will be one of the five speakers at the virtual event that celebrates the 20th anniversary of the IUCN NL Land Acquisition Fund.
Raza's responsibilities have included field and survey work on other fauna, specifically mammals, writing technical reports, developing grant proposals, writing papers, coordinating mammal training courses, volunteering at site cleanup projects, and English translation and interpretation. She has been involved in coordinating international convention meetings and workshops, overseeing education and outreach programs through presentations for students and academics throughout Kurdistan region.
Raza was a team member in the surveys and studies aimed at the environmental conservation that Nature Iraq carried out since 2009 through data collection, monitoring and discovering the faunal species. She has carried out dozens of environmental and biodiversity field surveys in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq, and has a very deep knowledge of the whole area. She was the leader of Nature Iraq’s survey team in Kurdistan from 2010 to 2017, including the inventory of the KBA data and publishing of the book “Key Biodiversity Areas of Iraq, 2017”.
Raza and her team rediscovered the once thought to be extinct Persian leopard in the mountains of Kurdistan in 2011 and she dedicated her career to establish a program for conserving this globally endangered species. She was a team member and coordinator of the Future Conservationist Award project in Iraq supported by the Conservation Leadership Program (CLP) for Conserving the Wild Goats Capra aegagrus on Peramagroon and Qara Dagh Mountains from 2011 to 2012. She is a member of the IUCN Cat Specialist Group and Sustainable Use and Livelihoods Specialist Group, and a Committee member of the Ornithological Society of the Middle East (OSME) Conservation Fund.
We rediscovered the once thought to be extinct Persian leopard in the mountains of Kurdistan in 2011 and I dedicated my career to establish a program for conserving this globally endangered species.
Future for Nature Award
Raza is also a Chevening scholar and Newcastle University Alumna, where she completed her Master’s degree with merit and her dissertation with distinction. Raza is a lobbyer for Protected Areas’ establishment in Iraq, and program manager of the most recent conservation project for Iraq, namely the “Safeguarding the Long Term Persistence of Persian Leopards through the Establishment of a Protected Area in Qara Dagh, Kurdistan Region- Iraq” project, with support from the IUCN NL Land Acquisition Fund. In 2017, Raza was awarded the prestigious Future for Nature Award and was recognized by the international institutes as one of the promising young nature heroes who has the leadership to make changes for the benefit of the environment. Raza’s latest conservation endeavor is a new collaborative project between Nature Iraq and the Future4Leopards Foundation to safeguard the transboundary conservation of the Persian leopard between Iraq and Iran funded by the Future For Nature Foundation.
Hana is one of the five speakers during IUCN NL's inspirational online journey around the world on Thursday November 19, from 15.00 to 16.30 CET. Join this online event to discover the unique conservation stories of five passionate nature conservationists.