1982, degree then 1985, PhD in History, Moscow State University of International Relations; 1985-90, Lecturer, Moscow State University of International Relations; 1991-94, led group of private industrial-commercial enterprises; 1994-2003, Vice-President then First Vice-President, State Oil Company (SOCAR), Azerbaijan; 1995 and 2000, elected Member of Parliament; Azerbaijan. 1999, Deputy Chairman, 2001, First Deputy Chairman and 2005, Chairman, New Azerbaijan Party. With Parliamentary Assembly of Council of Europe: 2001-03, headed Azerbaijani Parliamentary Delegation; 2003, Deputy Chairman and Member of Bureau. August 2003, appointed Prime Minister of Azerbaijan; October 2003, elected President of Azerbaijan. Since 1997, President, National Olympic Committee, Azerbaijan. Author of numerous works on geopolitical aspects of oil strategy in Azerbaijan. Recipient of numerous awards and honours, including: Heydar Aliyev Order, Azerbaijan; highest order, International Olympic Committee; Grand Cordon, Order of Merit, International Military Sport Council; medal and diploma, Parliamentary Assembly of Council of Europe, for participation in its events and commitment to European values.