Designation: Vice President
Mehriban Arif qizi Aliyeva (24 October 1964) is an Azerbaijani politician and physician who is currently the Vice President and First Lady of Azerbaijan. She is married to Ilham Aliyev, the President of Azerbaijan.
Aliyeva was born in Baku, the capital of Azerbaijan. She completed her secondary school in 1982 and entered the Preventive-Treatment Faculty of the Azerbaijan Medical University. She then continued her studies at the Sechenov Moscow Medical Academy, from which she graduated in 1988.
From 1988 to 1992, Aliyeva worked at the State Research Institute of Eye Diseases of the Russian Academy of Medical Sciences in Moscow. In 2005, she got her Ph.D. after defending the thesis on “Euthanasia and humanism issues in medicine.”
In 1995, Aliyeva established the Azerbaijani Culture Friends Foundation, and in 1996, she founded the magazine Azerbaijan – Heritage magazine published in three languages to promote Azerbaijani culture.
On 10 May 2004, Aliyeva established the Heydar Aliyev Foundation, focusing on studying and holding events to promote Heydar Aliyev’s political ideology.
She is also a UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador and Goodwill Ambassador of ISESCO.
Since 2004, Aliyeva has been a member of the Political Board of the New Azerbaijan Party. She was then selected as the deputy chairperson of the Party and was appointed by her husband as chairperson of the Organizing Committee for the 1st European Games in Baku.
On 21 February 2017, Aliyeva was appointed First Vice President of Azerbaijan by her husband, the President and authoritarian leader of Azerbaijan. The office was created through a constitutional referendum in 2016, which Ilham Aliyev had ordered.
Aliyeva has received several awards and honors, including Russia’s Golden Heart International Award and France’s Legion of Honour.
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