Mehriban Aliyeva

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Mehriban Aliyeva
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1st Vice President of Azerbaijan
Assumed office
21 February 2017
President Ilham Aliyev
Preceded by Position established
First Lady of Azerbaijan
Assumed office
31 October 2003
President Ilham Aliyev
Preceded by Zarifa Aliyeva
Personal details
Born (1964-08-26) 26 August 1964 (age 53)
Baku, Azerbaijan SSR, Soviet Union
Nationality Azerbaijan
Political party New Azerbaijan Party
Spouse(s) Ilham Aliyev (m. 1983)
Children 3
Alma mater Azerbaijan Medical University

Mehriban Aliyeva (Azerbaijani: Mehriban Arif qızı Əliyeva, Меһрибан Ариф гызы Әлијева, مهربان عارف قىزى علیوا; born 26 August 1964) is the Vice President and First Lady of Azerbaijan, the head of Heydar Aliyev Foundation, the chairperson of Azerbaijani Culture Friends Foundation, the President of Azerbaijani Gymnastics Federation, the goodwill ambassador of UNESCO and ISESCO.[1]

Early life and marriage[edit]

Mehriban Aliyeva (née Pashayeva) was born in Baku and is from a family described in leaked US Embassy cables as "the single most powerful family in Azerbaijan". Her grandfather was noted Iranian-born Azerbaijani writer Mir Jalal Pashayev. Her uncle Hafiz Pashayev was Azerbaijan's first Ambassador to the United States. Aliyeva's father Arif Pashayev is Rector of the National Aviation Academy in Baku,[2] and her mother, Aida Imanguliyeva (1939–1992) was a prominent philologist and Arabist.[3]

Mehriban Aliyeva finished secondary school in 1981 and married Ilham Aliyev, the son of Heydar Aliyev, in Baku on 22 December 1983.[3] She continued her studies, in which she excelled,[4] at the Azerbaijan Medical University and later at the Sechenov Moscow Medical Academy, from which she graduated in 1988.[3][5] From 1988–92, Mehriban Aliyeva worked at the State Research Institute of Eye Diseases of the Russian Academy of Medical Sciences in Moscow, which was led by Dr. Mikhail Krasnov.[3][6] Two articles in The Times in 2005 described her as a "qualified physician"[4] and "former eye doctor."[5]

The Aliyevs have two daughters, Leyla (born 3 July 1984) and Arzu (born 23 January 1987) and a son Heydar (born 2 August 1997). Leyla is the editor of Baku magazine, published by Azerbaijani Russian businessman Aras Agalarov, and was married to his son Emin Agalarov.[7]


In 1995, she established the Azerbaijani Culture Friends Foundation.[3] In 1996, with financial support from Chevron, the foundation gave lifetime awards to six representatives of Azerbaijani art and culture. The foundation also sponsored performances in Baku of music by Antonio Vivaldi and George Gershwin.[8]

After the death of her father-in-law Heydar Aliyev in 2003, Aliyeva established, in 2004, the Heydar Aliyev Foundation, which focuses on studying and holding events to promote Heydar Aliyev's political ideology. In Azerbaijan, according to a recent news article, "The HAF builds more schools than Azerbaijan's Ministry of Education, more hospitals than the Ministry of Health, and conducts more cultural events than the Ministry of Culture."[9] The Heydar Aliyev Foundation also sponsors projects outside Azerbaijan, including helping to finance renovations at the Louvre Museum, Palace of Versailles, and Strasbourg Cathedral.[9][10][11]

In 2004, Mehriban Aliyeva became a designated UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador, to honor her safeguarding of the cultural heritage of Azerbaijan and promoting its oral and musical traditions.[12]

On 24 November 2006, Aliyeva was awarded the title of Goodwill Ambassador of ISESCO for her attention to the children in need and help to improve their living conditions and education.[1]

In Azerbaijan's 2005 parliamentary elections, she was elected to the National Assembly of Azerbaijan. She had previously broken with tradition to help campaign for her husband in 2003, when he ran for President of Azerbaijan.[13] The Sunday Times, writing in 2005 about Aliyeva's decision to run for the Azerbaijani parliament, described her as already wielding "considerable influence," and the Heydar Aliyev Foundation as "a powerful and wealthy institution set up to safeguard the late president’s legacy and support a number of educational and charitable projects."[5]

On 21 February 2017 she was appointed Vice President of Azerbaijan. This was an office that was created through a constitutional referendum in 2016.[14] On 6 March 2017 Central Election Commission terminated Mehriban Aliyeva's deputy mandate per her request.[15]

High level visits[edit]

Mehriban Aliyeva, as the 1st Vice President of Azerbaijan, made her official visit to France[16][17][18] French President François Hollande during dinner party hosted for high officials of the Republic of Azerbaijan, "our countries came closer first of all thanks to trading and cultural relations".[19][20][18]

Awards and honours[edit]

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International organizations

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  1. ^ a b "Official web-site of President of Azerbaijan Republic - PRESIDENT » First Lady". 
  2. ^ "US embassy cables: Who owns what in Azerbaijan". London: The Guardian. 12 December 2010. Retrieved 5 July 2011. 
  3. ^ a b c d e "Azerbaijan's first lady Mehriban Aliyeva celebrating her birthday today (August 28, 2008)". Retrieved 6 July 2011. 
  4. ^ a b Mattin, David (8 November 2008). "The Face". The Times. Retrieved 6 July 2011. 
  5. ^ a b c Franchetti, Mark (6 November 2005). "First lady of oil is power in the land". The Sunday Times. London. Retrieved 3 July 2011. 
  6. ^ "Obituary of Mikhail Krasnov (PPT)". Academia Ophthalmologica Internationalis. Retrieved 6 July 2011. 
  7. ^ "The World's Billionaires: #962 Aras Agalarov". Forbes. 5 March 2008. Retrieved 6 July 2011. 
  8. ^ "Friends' Foundation Continues to Stimulate Azerbaijani Arts". Azerbaijan International. Retrieved 6 July 2011. 
  9. ^ a b Abbasov, Shahin. "Azerbaijan: Foundation Finances Renovations at Versailles, Strasbourg". Retrieved 28 June 2011. 
  10. ^ Zamejc, Anna. "Azerbaijani First Lady Given Prestigious French Award". Radio Free Europe. Retrieved 3 July 2011. 
  11. ^ Abbasov, Shahin. "Azerbaijan: Ex-Guggenheim Director Betting on Bilbao-Style Project for Baku". Retrieved 28 June 2011. 
  12. ^ Mehriban Aliyeva designated UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador for Oral and Musical Traditions. 13 August 2004. Retrieved 18 September 2006.
  13. ^ "CNN World View broadcasts report about Azerbaijan's first lady". Today.Az. 9 May 2011. Retrieved 8 July 2011. 
  14. ^ Holding, APA Information Agency, APA (2017-02-21). "Mehriban Aliyeva appointed first vice-president of Azerbaijan". Retrieved 2017-02-21. 
  15. ^ "CEC terminates deputy mandate of First Vice-President Mehriban Aliyeva - UPDATED". Report News Agency. Retrieved 11 March 2017. 
  16. ^ "Visit to France". Retrieved 2017-03-21. 
  17. ^ "Go up France or Visit of the third stage". Retrieved 2017-03-21. 
  18. ^ a b "French President Francois Hollande hosted dinner party for President Ilham Aliyev and first lady Mehriban Aliyeva". 2017-03-15. Retrieved 2017-03-21. 
  19. ^ République, Présidence de la. "Déclaration conjointe avec M. Ilham ALIYEV, Président de la République d’Azerbaïdjan". (in French). Retrieved 2017-03-21. 
  20. ^ "François Hollande: France remains open and honest partner for Azerbaijan". Report News Agency. Retrieved 2017-03-21. 
  21. ^ "Mehriban Aliyeva was presented the`Person of 2005` award". 
  22. ^ "Mehriban Aliyeva was announced "Woman of Year"". 
  23. ^ "Mehriban Aliyeva is presented “The Person of 2015” Award". 
  24. ^ "Meeting with UN Population Fund’s Executive Director Babatunde Osotimehin". 
  25. ^ "Mehriban Aliyeva awarded the World Health Organization’s High Prize". 
  26. ^ "Azerbaijan's first lady Mehriban Aliyeva named honorary doctor of Israel Medical Academy". 7 September 2016. Retrieved 4 April 2017. 

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Political offices
Preceded by
Zarifa Aliyeva
First Lady of Azerbaijan
Preceded by
Position established
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