Igor Ashurbeyli

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Igor Ashurbeyli
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Native name
İqor Rauf oğlu Aşurbəyli
Born (1963-09-09) 9 September 1963 (age 55)
Baku, Azerbaijan
EducationAzerbaijan State Oil Academy
Known forChairman of the Board of Socium Holding,
Founder of Asgardia
AwardsState Science and Technology Prize, UNESCO Medal
Scientific career
InstitutionsScientific Production Association (SPA) Almaz

Igor Raufovich Ashurbeyli (Azerbaijani: İqor Rauf oğlu Aşurbəyli;, Russian: Игорь Рауфович Ашурбейли; born 9 September 1963, Baku, Azerbaijan) is a Russian-Azerbaijani scientist, businessman, and Head of Nation of Asgardia, the Space Nation. He was the CEO of Scientific Production Association (SPA) Almaz from 2000 to 2011. He is also the founder and Chairman of the Board of Socium Holding. He has a Doctorate of Science in Engineering and a PhD in Engineering, with a specialization in Computer Science. The founder of the 'space nation' of Asgardia, he was inaugurated as Head of Nation on 25 June 2018.[1]


Ashurbeyli was born on 9 September 1963, in Baku, Azerbaijan, a descendant of the Azerbaijani noble family of Ashurbeyov. He graduated from the Azerbaijan State Oil Academy in 1985.

In 1988, under the Soviet Union's then-new economic policies, he founded Socium, a small software company, serving as its first General Manager.[2] It later become became Socium Holding, a holding company with over 10,000 employees at over 30 companies, where Ashurbeyli services as Chairman of the Board.[3]

In 1990, Ashurbeyli moved to Moscow. Starting in 1994, he held the positions of Deputy General Manager, First Deputy General Manager, and Chairman of the Board at SPA Almaz (later rebranded as GSKB Almaz-Antey), later becoming its Chief Executive Officer (CEO) from 2000 to 2011. Ashurbeyli resigned from SPA Almaz in 2011. From 2011, he was the Chairman of the Board and Scientific Supervisor of KB-1 (Design Bureau-1), a privately held company.

From 2004, Ashurbeyli was the Chairman of the Board of the Nonprofit Non-Government Expert Society on Space Threat Defense (ESSTD). In 2014, ESSTD was granted special consultative status with the United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC). He was awarded Russia’s State Science and Technology Prize in 2010.[4] On February 5, 2016, Ashurbeyli was awarded the UNESCO Medal for contributions to the development of nanoscience and nanotechnologies during a ceremony held at UNESCO headquarters, Paris.[5]

Ashurbeyli founded the Aerospace Independent Research Center in Vienna, Austria, in 2013. In 2014, the Aerospace Independent Research Center began publication of an international space journal, ROOM, of which Ashurbeyli is the editor-in-chief.[6]

On 12 October 2016, Ashurbeyli announced in a press conference in Paris, "The birth of the new space nation Asgardia."[7] Since that time, the nation has grown to exceed 1,000,000 members from around the world.[8]

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  1. ^ "Asgardia - The Space Nation". asgardia.space. Retrieved 2019-01-11.
  2. ^ "О холдинге «Социум»". www.socium-a.ru. Retrieved 2019-01-11.
  3. ^ "О холдинге «Социум»". www.socium-a.ru. Retrieved 2019-01-11.
  4. ^ "Официальное сообщение в соответствии с п. 4 Ст. 69 Федерального закона «Об акционерных обществах»" (PDF). Raspletin.com. Retrieved 11 August 2017.
  5. ^ "Fifth UNESCO Medals for contributions to the development of nanoscience and nanotechnologies ceremony". United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization. 5 February 2016. Retrieved 7 June 2017.
  6. ^ "Третий и четвёртый полки С-400 поставят в армию в 2012 году". Ria.ru. Retrieved 11 August 2017.
  7. ^ "Scientists plan to create 'Asgardia' nation state in space". BBC News. 2016-10-13. Retrieved 2016-10-21.
  8. ^ "Asgardia - The Space Nation". asgardia.space. Retrieved 2019-01-11.

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