Born in Erbil in 1950, Dr Arsalan Baiz completed his education in his home city and received his BA in Kurdish Language from the University of Baghdad.
In 1970 he joined the Kurdish liberation movement when he became a member of the League of Marxism-Leninism.
In 1974 he joined the Kurdish Aylul Revolution.
His political activities led to his imprisonment in 1975 for three years. After his release in 1979, he joined the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK).
After the success of the Kurdish Uprising in 1991, he took on several posts in the PUK and its media, including Editor in Chief of Kurdistani Nwe (New Kurdistan) newspaper, which was the first daily newspaper published in Kurdistan in 1992. He was then elected to the PUK’s leadership committee.
From 1993-1996, he was the head of the PUK’s Third Branch in Erbil and then the head of the PUK organization. He was appointed as the Kurdistan Regional Government Slemani Administration’s Minister of Education.
He earned his MA from the University of Sulaimaniyah in 2000 and his PhD in Kurdish Literature in 2003. Dr Baiz is the author of many books, publications and political papers.
In 2009, he was elected to the Kurdistan Parliament in the Region’s elections and was elected as the Parliament’s Deputy Speaker, a post that he held until 2012. In February 2012, he became the Speaker of the Kurdistan Parliament.