Khalil Karimov

Home address: St. Turakul Zekhni 10, Shohmansur district, Postal index 734013, Dushanbe, Tajikistan

Telephone: (+992) 933-011-014. 


Nationality: Tajikistan

Deputy Director General   


Republic of Tajikistan, 

Dushanbe city, Rudaki ave., 127

tel.: +992555555082, Post 734003



University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences (BOKU), Institute of Wildlife Biology and Game Management (IWJ), Vienna, Austria.

Dates: 2013-2018

Address: Gregor Mendel-Haus Gregor-Mendel-Straße 33, 1180 Wien

Study course: Master of Science in Wildlife Ecology and Wildlife Management.

Principal subjects: The master degree curriculum in “Wildlife Ecology and Wildlife Management” at BOKU focuses predominantly at the ecology and management of mammals and birds in the framework of their sustainable use (i.e. hunting, fishing and fisheries, nature conservation, tourism, sustainable agriculture and forestry, water management, land use planning, etc.). These are typically game, endangered and protected species, and invasive species with a high conflict potential. In addition to basic research on habitat selection, feeding ecology or population dynamics the curriculum pays special attention to applied aspects related to management practices, such as monitoring concepts, management plans, sustainable hunting, or prevention of damages caused by wildlife.

Master thesis: “Responses of snow leopards, wolves and wild ungulates to livestock grazing in the Zorkul Strictly Protected Area”


Shirinsho Shotemur Tajik Agrarian University (TAU)

Dates: 2006 – 2011

Address: Rudaki 146, Dushanbe, 734003, Republic of Tajikistan. 

Study course: Diploma Degree in Veterinary Sciences.

Principal subject: TAU is the only educational and research institution in Tajikistan that focuses on veterinary sciences. The diploma programme in veterinary science provides theoretical and practical educations in all disciplines required for veterinary professionals. The program is designed to convey well-founded fundamental knowledge in all fields of veterinary medicine and facilitate competence and problem-solving capacity by means of practice-oriented instruction.

Diploma thesis: “Veterinary practice in the context of Tajikistan”.




Mother tongues: Russian and Tajik

Other languages:

English: Proficient understanding, speaking and writing

German. Proficient understanding, speaking and writing

Farsi/Dari: Proficient speaking

Organizational and managerial skills:

  • Project planning, budget planning and fundraising
  • Team leadership
  • Project implementation and day-to-day staff and implementation management
  • Writing of scientific and popular reports and publications, presentation and facilitation.
  • Technical, administrative and financial reporting

Technical skills:

  • Biological and ecological knowledge – Thanks to 10 years of field experience in mountains of Central Asia (mainly in Tajikistan and Kyrgyzstan) I have a good knowledge of the ecology of Central Asian wildlife species, understand ecological complexities, conservation requirements and approaches.
  • Knowledge and experience in management of natural resources, in particular in sustainable use of wildlife, eco-tourism and pasture management for livestock and wildlife.
  • Successful experience in the development of community-based wildlife conservancies in Tajikistan and sustainable use of their natural resources.
  • Familiarity with legislation for conservation and natural resource management in Tajikistan and neighboring countries.
  • Proven track record of working with international organizations with particular focus on biodiversity conservation and natural resource management.
  • Familiarity with international environmental agreements and conventions and their implementation, in particular CITES, CMS and CBD.

Other skills and competences:

  • Negotiation skills in complex situations and successful experience in working with high level officials, government agencies, civil society organizations, private partners and communities.
  • Proven ability to work in dynamic and ethnically complex environments, with international teams and under time constraints. 
  • Excellent in networking and communication, supported by very good spoken and written command of Russian and English as well as Tajik and German languages.
  • Experience in fundraising and proven record in successfully attracting private donors for conservation funding (details available upon request).
  • All common PC office softwares (Word, Excel, Power Point etc.), video software.
  • Good capability to familiarize fast with new fields of work and new duties.
  • Result-oriented with focus on impact in terms of set goals and objectives.
  • Driving license.




The Committee of the Environmental Protection under the Government of the Republic of Tajikistan

Dates: 17.06.2019-04.03.2020.

Objectives: Protection of Flora and Fauna and its rational use through sustainable use.

Address: Shamsi street 5/1; 734034 Dushanbe, Tajikistan

Position: Head of the State Unitary Enterprise Sustainable Hunting and Tourism “Saidu Sayohat”. 

Main activities:

  • Promote best practices of sustainable conservation
  • Promote sustainable hunting and tourism
  • Create partnership with the International Conservation NGOs 
  • Advise hunting and tourism sector on the development of sustainable operations


IUCN CEESP / SSC Sustainable Use and Livelihoods Specialist Group

Dates: 1.10.2018-present. (Pro-bono work)

Objectives: IUCN Sustainable Use and Livelihoods Specialist Group (SULi SG) is a global network of experts uniquely placed to provide credible, sound technical advice on sustainable use and livelihoods.

Address: IUCN Headquarters, Gland, Switzerland.

Position: Chair of SULi SG for Central Asia. 

Main activities:

  • Establishing, mobilizing and leading the group.
  • Sharing information with the members.
  • Support members in any topics related to SULi.
  • Provide other institutions / organizations / civil society organizations with technical advice on SULi CA related topics.
  • Support of the global SULi Chairperson and the Steering Committee of global SULi.
  • Support to organize SULi regional and international meetings.
  • Attend conferences and meetings on behalf of SULi to present and to promote the key mission of SULi and help to integrate sustainable use based conservation approaches into nature management plans.


Association of Nature Conservation Organizations of Tajikistan

Dates: 11.10.2016-present.

Objectives: ANCOT is a consortium of community-based wildlife conservation NGOs. It is a civil society organization dedicated to conserving wildlife species in Tajikistan through science, community-based management and wildlife-based sustainable livelihood (e.g. sustainable trophy-hunting) approaches.

Address: Village Darshay, District Shitkharv, Ishkashim district, GBAO, Tajikistan. 

Position: Science and technical advisor.

Main duties: 

  • Advising ANCOT strategies of wildlife conservation and management.
  • Capacity building of ANCOT member organizations.
  • Implementation of conservation projects with partner organizations: ZGAP, NABU, CIC, WSF.
  • Networking with the government and aligning conservation actions with the country’s National Biodiversity Strategy and Action Plan (NBSAP) and other national policies and international conventions. 
  • Promoting ANCOT and its actions nationally and internationally.
  • Establishing long-term business partnership between private sector and ANCOT member organizations.
  • Developing project proposals for ANCOT member organizations.
  • Fundraising for conservation and capacity building projects.
  • Implementation of snow leopard conservation project “Vanishing treasures” (UNEP/Government of Luxembourg).


Institute of Zoology and Parasitology under the Academy of Sciences of Tajikistan 

Dates: 2016 – 2018

Objectives: Governmental institution implementing research and education in the fields of zoology and parasitology. 

Address: 734025, Dushanbe city, Republic of Tajikistan, P.O. Box 70.

Position: Senior scientist, department of large mammals. 

Main activities:

  • Leading research on Caprinae, snow leopard and striped hyena.
  • Planning and developing conservation action plans for these species.


NGO “Panthera” 

Dates: 2014 – 2016

Objectives: An international non-profit organization, based in the USA devoted to preserving big cats and their ecosystems around the globe.

Address: Panthera 8 West 40th Street, 18th Floor, NY 10018, US.

Position: Senior scientist / Deputy Director, Snow Leopard Programme in Tajikistan (Dushanbe and Khorog).

Main activities: 

  • Leading the management of the program.
  • Leading and conducting research on snow leopard.
  • Resolving human-wildlife conflicts.
  • Supporting conservation of snow leopards in protected areas of Tajikistan.
  • Writing reports / developing conservation strategies.
  • Promoting the program at national and international levels


DFS – Deutsche Forstservice GmbH for GIZ Regional Programme “Sustainable Use of Natural Resources in Central Asia 

Dates: 2012–2013

Objectives: A consulting company implementing the component “Wildlife management” of the GIZ Regional Program in Tajikistan on behalf of the German Government and the European Union.

Address: Ayni/Nazarshoev Street, German House, 734042 Dushanbe, Tajikistan (GIZ).

Position: Field biologist. 

Main activities:

  • Leading wildlife surveys in Tajikistan and Kyrgyzstan, including mountain ungulate surveys and camera trapping surveys.
  • Capacity building for community-based wildlife conservation NGOs and small businesses in Tajikistan and Kyrgyzstan.
  • Developing management plans for conservancies.
  • Cooperation with government agencies on transboundary wildlife conservation in Tajikistan and Kyrgyzstan.


NGO “Nature Protection Team” for GIZ Regional Programme “Sustainable Use of Natural Resources in Central Asia 

Dates: 2010–2012

Objectives: Tajik NGO commissioned by GIZ with the implementation of the component “Wildlife management” of the GIZ Regional Program in Tajikistan on behalf of the German Government.

Address: 24 Bukhara street, 734042 Dushanbe, Tajikistan.

Position: Field biologist and community mobilizer 

Main activities:

  • Mobilization and facilitation of local communities, assisting them in the development of local organizations for wildlife conservation and the determination of suitable game management areas.
  • Capacity building for community-based wildlife conservation NGOs and small businesses in Tajikistan.
  • Carrying out wildlife surveys in Tajikistan, including mountain ungulate surveys and camera trapping surveys.
  • Participation in the “One Health” transboundary program of WCS in Tajikistan, assessing transmissible diseases of domestic livestock sharing habitat with wildlife.
  • Contributions to management plans for conservancies.
  • Cooperation with government agencies (local and national) on wildlife conservation.


Organic farming „Landwirtschaft und Oekologisches Gleichgewicht mit Osteuropa (LOGO e.V.)“  Germany

Dates: 2009–2010

Objectives: Ecological farming in Germany

Address: Schwarzer Weg 35 49536 Lienen, Deutschland.

Position: Trainee 

Main activities: 

  • Veterinary care of horses, cattle and pigs in the organic farms. 
  • Using organic methods to enhance the health of farm animals.
  • Involving in management of of organic farms.
  • Feeding / cleaning / various task in the farm.



2019 7th World Mountain Ungulate Conference, Bozeman, USA

  • Sustainble Use of Caprinae and Conservation.

2019 Wild Sheep Foundation’s Public Conservation Meeting, Reno, USA

  • Tajikistan’s community-based conservation case study.

2019 The International Council for Game and Wildlife Conservation, roundtable, Dallas, USA

  • Tajikistan’s community-based conservation case study. 

2018 Illegal Wildlife Trade, International Conference, London, UK 

  • Podium discussion on IWT in Central Asia.

2018 IUCN SULi Central Asia, Technical Meeting in Kyrgyzstan

  • Steering committee
  • Facilitating the meeting.

2016 International roundtable on sustainable use and conservation of wildlife in Tajikistan

  • Steering Committee
  • Academy of Sciences of the Republic of Tajikistan

2015 Wildlife management and conservation in Central Asia: Regional cooperation and international partnership, Ashgabat, Turkmenistan

  • Conservation of snow leopard and mountain ungulates in Tajikistan and  Kyrgyzstan.



  • Michel S., Rosen-Michel T., Karimov Kh., Alidodov M., and Kholmatov I. (2014) Heptner’s markhor in Tajikistan: Population status and challenges for conservation. Oryx. 49(3): 506-513. doi:10.1017/S0030605313000860 
  • Karimov Kh., Kachel S., and Hackländer K. (2018) Responses of snow leopards, wolves and wild ungulates to livestock grazing in the Zorkul Strictly Protected Area, Tajikistan. PLoS ONE 13 (11): e0208329.



  • Head of Tajikistan Delegation of International Council for Game and Wildlife Conservation (CIC). 
  • Conservation advisory board of Dallas Safari Club.
  • Conservation advisory board of a snow leopard project in Tajikistan for Aga Khan Foundation. 
  • Technical Advisory Group IUCN SOS – Save Our Species: Central Asia
  • Chair of Central Asian Mammals Initiative of the Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals



  • Peter Capstick Hathaway Hunting Heritage Award 2018 (individual nomination)
  • Kaplan Graduate Awards Program 2014 (individual nomination)
  • CIC Markhor Award 2014 (project nomination) 
  • Mendeleev scholarship award “The Best Students of the post-Soviet countries” 2008 (individual nomination).