Our people Board of Directors Adnan Ahmadzada Board Member View biography Elshad Nassirov Chairman of the Board View biography Arzu Azimov CEO View biography Emil Bayramli Vice President & CFO View biography Farrukh Gassimov Board Member View biography Vagif Aliyev Board Member View biography Zaur Gahramanov Board Member View biography close biography Adnan Ahmadzada Board Member Mr. Ahmadzada is currently Head of SOCAR Marketing & Operations. He started his professional career with SOCAR in 1997 and has occupied various positions within SOCAR Marketing & Operations since then. close biography Elshad Nassirov Chairman of the Board Mr. Nassirov was born in 1960, in Baku. In 1982 he graduated from Moscow State Institute of International Relations. He worked in 1981-1982 in USSR embassy in Afghanistan, in 1982-1985 in Institute of Oriental Studies of the USSR Academy of Sciences, in 1985-1989 at different positions in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of USSR. He worked in 1989-1992 in Soviet Embassy in India. As Azerbaijan gained its state independence, in 1992-1995 Mr. Nassirov worked in the Permanent Representative Office of Azerbaijan in the UN, and in 1995-1997 he was promoted to the position of chief of division in the administration of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Azerbaijan. In 1997-2003, Mr. Nassirov worked as a chief of the Foreign Economic Operations Department, and in 2003-2005, as a chief of the Marketing and Operations Department of SOCAR. By the Decree of the President of the Republic of Azerbaijan, in December 28, 2005, he was appointed as vice-president of SOCAR on investments and marketing. Elshad Nassirov is also the vice-president of Azerbaijan’s Football Federations’ Association. In 2010, he was awarded the Glory order, under the Decree of the President of Azerbaijan. He is fluent in Russian, English, Persian, and Indian. Mr. Nassirov is the member of Yeni Azerbaijan Party. close biography Arzu Azimov CEO Before joining SOCAR Trading in December 2008, Mr. Azimov has held a number of senior positions at SOCAR since he joined the company in 1994. He has a PhD in Chemistry since 1988. close biography Emil Bayramli Vice President & CFO Mr. Bayramli joined SOCAR from Exillon Energy plc (EXI:LSE), where he was Vice-President in charge of crude oil marketing and treasury (Russia and UAE). Prior to Exillon Energy plc, he was CFO at Aria Petroleum, commodities trading company. Between 1998-2010, Mr. Bayramli held various positions at UBS Investment Bank (New York), Prime Financial Solutions (Kazakhstan), SUAL (Russia), Arthur Andersen (Azerbaijan). He holds an MBA degree from New York University Stern School of Business and MA in Economics from Azerbaijan State Economics University. close biography Farrukh Gassimov Board Member Born in 1959 in Baku, Mr. Gassimov graduated with a Law Degree from Baku State University 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 Baku Public Administration and Politics University. Since 2006, he has been Deputy Head of the Legal Department at SOCAR and since 2009, Member of the Board of Petkim. close biography Vagif Aliyev Board Member Born in 1959, Mr. Aliyev graduated from the Azerbaijan Civil Engineering Institute’s Hydraulic Engineering program in 1981. Mr. Aliyev began his career at the Caspian Sea Oil & Gas Production Union’s Azer Sea Oil Construction Trust, successfully moving up the ranks from Engineer to Senior Engineer and then Section Manager. Since 2005, Mr. Aliyev has been Head of Investments at SOCAR and since 2008, a member of the Board of Directors at Petkim Petrokimya Holding A.Ş. In October 2009, he was named Chairman of the Board of Directors at Petkim. close biography Zaur Gahramanov Board Member Mr. Gahramanov is the Chief Executive Officer at SOCAR Turkey Enerji. Mr. Gahramanov began his career in the financial sector, he moved on to Statoil where he held various roles in auditing and performance analysis, and later on joined SOCAR Trading Geneva as the company's CFO.