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Mehriban Aliyeva First Lady

Aliyeva Mehriban Arif was born on 26 August 1964 in the city of Baku to a family of intelligentsia.

Having finished Secondary School №23 with a gold medal in 1982, she entered the Preventive-Treatment Faculty of the Azerbaijan State Medical University named after N.Narimanov.

In 1988, Mehriban Aliyeva graduated from the 1st Moscow State Medical Institute named after M.Sechenov with honours diploma. During 1988-1992, she worked at the Eye Diseases Research Institute in Moscow under the leadership of academician Krasnov.

In 2005, Mehriban Aliyeva received the degree of a doctor of philosophy, having defended a thesis on “Euthanasia and humanism issues in medicine”

Mehriban Aliyeva
In 1995, the Azerbaijan Culture Foundation, which is currently led by Mehriban Aliyeva, was established upon her initiative.

In 1996, with the objective of broadly promoting the Azerbaijani culture, she founded the “Azerbaijan — Irs” Magazine, which is published in three languages (Azerbaijani, English and Russian).

For her tireless endeavours towards preserving and developing Azerbaijan’s folklore and music legacy, Mehriban Aliyeva was awarded the title of UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador.
In 2002, Mehriban Aliyeva was elected president of the Gymnastics Federation of Azerbaijan. Her excellent organizational skills and growing prestige in the world played a decisive role in making a decision by the International Gymnastics Federation to hold the “A” category phase of the world cup competitions on rhythmic gymnastics (2003), the World Cup (2004), 27th World Championship (2005), and 23rd (2007), 25th (2009) and 30th (2014) European championships in Azerbaijan.

On December 28, 2004, Mehriban Aliyeva was elected a member to the Executive Committee of the National Olympic Committee of the Republic of Azerbaijan at the 4th General Assembly of the Organization.

On December 8, 2012, the European Olympic Committee’s General Assembly took a decision to hold the 1st European Games in Baku. With a view to holding the first European Games at a high level, an Organizing Committee was established on January 17, 2013, and Mehriban Aliyeva was appointed chairperson of the Committee.

For the services to promotion
of the Olympic values, Mehriban Aliyeva
was conferred on “Olympic Excellence”
special honorary award by the
International Olympic Academy.
Mehriban Aliyeva is the president of the Heydar Aliyev Foundation, which was founded to study the rich legacy of Azerbaijani people’s national leader Heydar Aliyev, and cultivate his national statehood ideas in new generations. On 10 May 2004, inauguration of the Heydar Aliyev Foundation took place.

Mehriban Aliyeva is a member of the New Azerbaijan Party since 2004, and deputy chairperson of the party since 2013.

Nominated by the New Azerbaijan Party from Khazar Constituency No.14 for the elections to the National Assembly of the Republic of Azerbaijan held in 2005, 2010 and 2015, Mehriban Aliyeva was elected MP, gaining 92,12% (23 106 votes), 94,49% (31 797 votes) and 96,7% (38 029 votes) of the votes respectively.

On February 21, 2017, by an order of President Ilham Aliyev, Mehriban Aliyeva was appointed First Vice-president of Azerbaijan.

As a result of this appointment, as of March 6, 2017, the authorities of Mehriban Aliyeva, a deputy of the National Assembly of the Republic of Azerbaijan of the 5th convocation, were terminated as a deputy.

For the fruitful activity associated with the development of culture, education and healthcare in the Republic of Azerbaijan, broad promotion of the Azerbaijani people’s cultural heritage on an international scale, and great services to the organization of the 1st European Games, Mehriban Aliyeva was conferred on the Heydar Aliyev Order.
Mehriban Aliyeva married Ilham Aliyev in 1983. They have three children named Leyla, Arzu and Heydar, and five grandchildren.
President Ilham Aliyev
and Mrs Mehriban Aliyeva
Mehriban Aliyeva is the daughter-in-law of Azerbaijani people’s national leader Heydar Aliyev and doctor of medical sciences, academician Zarifa Aliyeva.

Heydar Aliyev is an eminent state person of Azerbaijan. Thirty five-year period of our history starting late 1960s and ending early in the 21st century is associated with the name of Heydar Aliyev. During all these years, he carried the responsibility for Azerbaijan on his shoulders, and ensured that Azerbaijan, as a state, and the people, as a nation, withstood difficult and severe tests of the history. He created an independent country that we call today contemporary Azerbaijan, and laid a reliable foundation for its bright future.

Heydar Aliyev, his grandson Heydar
and Mehriban Aliyeva
Honoured scientist of Azerbaijan, doctor of medicine, academician Zarifa Aliyeva has made exclusive contribution to the development of ophthalmology in Azerbaijan. She is the author of a number of weighty researches related to study, prevention and treatment of eye diseases, as well as contemporary problems of ophthalmology. In 1981, for the great contribution made to the development of ophthalmology – researches conducted in the field of visual organs’ professional pathology – she was conferred on the highest award in the sphere of ophthalmology – the Academician M.I.Averbakh Award of the USSR Academy of Medical Sciences. Zarifa Aliyeva was the first woman to have been conferred on this award.
Heydar Aliyev and Zarifa Aliyeva
Mehriban Aliyeva is a granddaughter of professor Mir Jalal Pashayev — a writer, philologist, Honoured scientist of Azerbaijan, doctor of philology (1947), and eminent journalist, pedagogue, honoured person of science Nasir Imanguliyev.

Her father, professor Arif Pashayev, is Azerbaijan’s eminent scholar, pedagogue, public person, academician of the National Academy of Sciences, laureate of the State Prize, doctor of physics and mathematics. Since 1996, Arif Pashayev has been the rector of the National Aviation Academy under the Azerbaijan Airlines State Concern.

Mehriban Aliyeva with her father Arif Pashayev
Her mother – orientalist, philologist, critic, translator, doctor of philology, professor Aida Imanguliyeva — was the first doctor of science in Arabic literature and first professor-woman in Azerbaijan. Her numerous scientific works (3 monographs, over 70 research papers) analysed a synthesis of western and eastern cultural traditions, development of creative style and formation of new artistic trends, which has laid a foundation for future studies of not only Arabic, but also all new Oriental literature.

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