Zabta Khan Shinwari got Ph.D. from Kyoto University followed by several Post Doc. Fellowships in Japan. He served Pakistan Science Foundation, National Agricultural Research Centre, WWF-Pakistan, COMSTECH before his appointment as Vice Chancellor of Kohat University of Science & Technology. One of his major achievements is to extend higher education facilities to the neglected communities of Pakistan especially to female. He also established University of Science & Technology, Bannu. He is the founder of KUST Institute of Medical Sciences (KIMS). Dr. Shinwari also served private sector as CEO of Qarshi Research International and Vice Chancellor Qarshi University-Lahore. He was tenured Professor and Dean of Faculty of Biological Sciences in Quaid-i-Azam University, Islamabad and President, National Council of Tibb. Also served as Secretary General, Pakistan Academy of Sciences, Islamabad. 

Dr. Shinwari interest is Molecular Systematics & Medicinal plants, Bioethics; Biotechnology and Sustainable Development. Dr. Zabta K. Shinwari reported genes for drought, cold, and stress tolerance. His publications: 9 books authored; 8 international proceedings edited; >500 research articles;> 18000 citations; H index 65, i10-index 283; has mentored more than 100 M.Phil & PhD students; Patents 3. Research Presented/Invited Lectures Delivered (451 including national and International). Member, National/International Scientific Bodies (65); Grants/Funds Secured (60)

He is a fellow of the Pakistan Academy of Sciences and of the Islamic World Academy of Sciences. Government of Pakistan awarded him two civil awards (Tamgha-e-Imtiaz) in 2012 and Sitara-e-Imtiaz in 2018. While recognizing his efforts in Ethics in Science and Technology UNESCO awarded him (Avicenna Gold Medal in 2015). He remained Vice Chair of (UNESCO-COMEST) and treasurer of AASSA.

Currently, Prof. Shinwari is Distinguished National Professor/Prof. Emeritus at Quaid-i-Azam University, Islamabad-Pakistan and Vice President of Islamic World Academy of Sciences.