1986, BA, MA (Hons), Arabic, Azerbaijan State Univ.; 1993, MBA, Univ. of Texas, Austin; 2005, PhD, Int'l Econ., Institute of Econ., Russian Academy of Sciences. 1993-95, Dept Head, Ministry of Foreign Economic Relations. Since 1995, with Int'l Bank of Azerbaijan: 1995-2001, Chairman, Credit Cttee & Director, Credit & Investments; since 2001, Chairman, Board. Chairman, Supervisory Board, Baku Stock Exchange. VP, CIS Finance & Banking Council. Int'l Council Member, Belfer Center for Science and Int'l Affairs, Harvard Univ.; Int'l Advisory Council, Asia House, UK; Co-Chairman, Britain-Azerbaijan Business Council. Board Member, US-Azerbaijan Chamber of Commerce.