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  • Rövnag ABDULLAYEV

    Chairman of the Board of Directors
    Rövnag ABDULLAYEV

    Rovnag Ibrahim Abdullayev Rovnag İbrahim Abdullayev was born on April 3, 1965 in Nakhchivan. He graduated from the Infrastructure and Civil Engineering Institute of the Moscow State University of Civil Engineering. He has been working as an engineer, department chief and senior engineer at the “Oil Rocks” and “28 May” Oil and Gas Production Departments and “Xazardenizneftgasinshaat” (Caspian Sea Oil Gas Construction) Trust since 1989. He became the Director of the Trust in 1997 and director of the Baku Oil Refinery named after Heydar Aliyev in 2003. In 2004-2008, he was the President of the “Neftchi” Football Club. He has been the President of the State Oil Company of the Republic of Azerbaijan (SOCAR) since 2005 and the President of the Association of Football Federations of Azerbaijan (AFFA) since 2008. In 2015, he became the President of Judo Federation of Azerbaijan. That year, by the Order issued by the President of the Republic of Azerbaijan he was awarded the “Glory” Medal. He is the member of New Azerbaijan Party and was elected the member of Milli Majlis (Parliament) for third, fourth and fifth callings. He is the member of Milli Majlis Committee on Natural Resources, Energy and Environment, head of the Azerbaijan-Norway inter-parliamentary working group and member of the working groups on relations with the British, Georgian and Russian parliaments. Married and has a son and a daughter.

  • Süleyman GASİMOV

    Member of the Board
    Süleyman GASİMOV

    Born in 1961, Suleyman Gasimov graduated from the Azerbaijan National Economic Institute in 1982 and from Academy of Public Administration under the President of the Republic of Azerbaijan in 2003. In 1991-2003s, he was a chief accountant at Khazardenizneftgas (Caspian Sea Oil and Gas) Production Unit of Azerineft (Azeri Oil) Oil and Gas Production Department, Offshore Oil and Gas Production Unit.

    From 2004 to 2006, he worked as chief of division of Economics and Accounting Department of SOCAR, deputy chief of the Department, and chief of the Department. In 2006, he became the Company’s vice-president of economic issues. In 2006, he was awarded “Taraggi” (Progress) Medal, and in 2011 – “Shohrat” (Glory) Order. He is a Doctor of Economics and author of more than 15 scientific articles. 

  • Farrukh GASİMOV

    Member of the Board
    Farrukh GASİMOV

    Born in 1959 in Baku, Farrukh Gasimov graduated from Baku State University’s Law School in 1981 and received a doctorate from the Moscow Public Studies and Law Institute in 1985.

    From 1985 to 1991, he served as a Lecturer and Associate Professor at the Baku Public Administration and Politics University. Since 2006, he has been Deputy Head of the Legal Department at SOCAR and since 2009, a Member of the Board of Petkim.

  • Kenan NAJAFOV

    Member of the Board
    Kenan NAJAFOV

    Kenan Najafov was born in 1975. He graduated from Baku State University with a bachelor's degree in international law and international relations in 1997, international business law at the American University Washington College of Law in 1999, business administration at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania in 2003.

    He began his career in 1996 as an operations specialist at the World Bank Office in Azerbaijan, and in 1999 worked in the Washington and Baku offices of the Baker Botts global law firm. He worked in BP PLC's London and Aberdeen offices for commercial analysis and business development in 2003-2008, an investment analyst at EXANE BNP PARIBAS and CITIGROUP, as well as vice president at CITIGROUP in 2008-2012, Chief Strategy Administrator and Deputy Chief Executive Officer of NOBEL OIL in 2012-2015. For the next five years, he was engaged in private business and since 2020 he has served as Chairman of the Board of the Business Development Fund of the Ministry of Economy.

    On August 11, 2021, he was appointed Vice President of SOCAR by the Order of the President of the Republic of Azerbaijan.

  • Elshad NASSIROV

    Member of the Board
    Elshad NASSIROV

    Elshad Nassirov was born in 1960 in Baku. Graduated from Moscow State Institute of international relations in 1982 and joined Academic Institute of Oriental Studies in Moscow. In 1987 started his career in the Soviet Foreign Ministry and served in Embassies in Kabul and New Delhi.

    After the restoration of independence of Azerbaijan he became a member of the Permanent Mission of Azerbaijan to the UN in 1992. In 1997 he joined SOCAR, State Oil Company of Azerbaijan, as General Manager, Marketing and Operations. In 2005 he was appointed Vice-President of SOCAR for Investments and Marketing responsible for foreign investments in oil and gas industry of Azerbaijan, SOCAR’s investments beyond Azerbaijan – Georgia, Turkey, Ukraine, Switzerland, Malta, Romania and other countries, as well as marketing and sales of oil and gas.

    In this capacity on behalf of SOCAR he led negotiations on the Sothern Gas Corridor and other investment projects. He is also Vice-president of AFFA – Association of Football federations of Azerbaijan, since 2004. Speaks English, Russian, Turkish, Persian, Hindi. Married, has three children.

  • Zaur GURBANOV

    Member of the Board
    Zaur GURBANOV

    Zaur Gurbanov was born in 1982 in Mingachevir. He served in Azerbaijani Armed Forces and participated in peace keeping operations in 2000-2005. He graduated from Odlar Yurdu University with a bachelor's degree in Business Organization and Management in 2010, master's degree in Finance from the Azerbaijan University of Economics in 2012.

    He had labor activates in various local and foreign companies in 2005-2010. He held senior positions at “Ernst & Young” international audit and consulting firm as advance staff, senior consultant, manager, senior manager and director in 2010-2020. He has attended a number of trainings over these years. Since 2020, he served as Deputy Chief Executive Officer of Azerbaijan Investment Holding.

    On August 11, 2021, he was appointed Vice President of SOCAR by the decree of the President of the Republic of Azerbaijan. He serves as Supervisory Board member in “Azerbaijan Caspian Sea Shipping” CJSC, “Azerbaijan Airlines” CJSC and “Baku Metropolitan” CJSC based on the decree of the President of the Republic of Azerbaijan.

  • Anvar GASİMOV

    Member of the Board
    Anvar GASİMOV