PhD in Microelectronics, Academy of Sciences of Ukraine. 1991-2000, Director, Institute of Information Technologies, National Academy of Sciences, Azerbaijan; 2000-04, Rector, Azerbaijan State Economic University; concurrently, Member of the National Parliament; 2001-04, Member, Parliamentary Assembly, Council of Europe; since 2004, Minister of Communications and Information Technologies of Azerbaijan, responsible for the acceleration of transition to the information society and formation of the digital economy, application of e-government solutions and new technologies, development of broadband services and human recourses. Lecturer and researcher in the fields of digital economy, network design and application, and artificial intelligence. Professor of Information and Computer Sciences, Azerbaijan University of Technologies. Member: Strategy Council, Global Alliance for ICT and Development; National Academy of Sciences of Azerbaijan; Fellow, IEEE. Commissioner, Broadband Commission for Digital Development. Author of over 160 scientific and technical works, monographs and textbooks. Named International Man of the Year, in Engineering and Technology, Cambridge Biography Centre (1996).