Dr. Iqrar Ahmad Khan is a horticulturist/botanist by profession. Dr. Khan has a distinguished career spanning over 40 years. He is a graduate of the University of Agriculture, Faisalabad and the University of California, Riverside. He has supervised more than 70 graduate students including 14 PhDs. His students and research associates have achieved significant positions in the academia and industry. He has undertaken 44 research projects and published 375 articles and books. He served as a Vice Chancellor of two universities for over 9 years and founded five new universities and district campuses (2008-2017). He has also established several national and international research centers and institutes, including a Chinese Confucius Institute and a Bio-Energy Institute. He was COP/Director US-Pak Center of Advanced Studies (2017-2019) and Ela Bhatt Professor at the University of Kassel, Germany (2020). His research on wheat, potato, citrus, mango and dates has benefitted the industry and significantly improved the life and livelihood of farmers and rural communities. He is a recognized industry leader within Pakistan and abroad. He is also known for his policy advocacy in higher education. He has worked overseas for over 15 years and represented Pakistan in 55 events as a delegate and head of delegations. He has been a member and office bearer of 21 professional societies and associations. He is a Distinguished National Professor and a Fellow of the Pakistan Academy of Sciences. He was awarded Sitara-e-Imtiaz for his services by the President of Pakistan and Ordre des Palmes Academiques by French Government for his international contribution to education.