Mina Esteghamat completed her B.Sc. & M.Sc. in Forestry and Forest ecology in Iran, and have a Ph.D. in Agroforestry, from India. She is currently the Managing Director of ZIPAK, the national NGO, and working asSenior Research/Project Associate in Ecosystem-based Natural Resource/ Protected Areas Management. She is also member of the regional IUCN Expert Assessment group for the Green List (EAGL) and WCPA, as well as being appointed as senior fellow in the Global Alliance of Evergreening.
She has fieldwork and research experience in sustainable/community-based natural resource management, GIS and participatory planning, sustainable livelihoods and bio-cultural diversity conservation. She has worked with NGOs, natural resources departments in academic environments and governmental organizations as well as UN agencies. she also worked part-time and voluntarily with the Forest, Rangeland and Watershed Organization (FRWO), the Forest Dept. as the Consultant for Forest Reserves, as well as DoE, Natural Environment Dept., Habitats and Protected Areas Office, as the Consultant for Biosphere Reserves & Peace Parks