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 1995, the Azerbaijan Culture Foundation, which is currently led by her, was established upon Mehriban Aliyeva’s initiative.
In 1996, with the objective of extensive promotion of the Azerbaijani culture, Mehriban Aliyeva founded the "Azerbaijan - Irs" Magazine, which is published in three languages (Azerbaijani, English and Russian).
In 2002, Mehriban Aliyeva was elected President of Azerbaijan Gymnastics Federation. Her growing prestige on the international arena has played an important role in making a decision by the International Gymnastics Federation to hold the Rhythmic Gymnastics World Cup Series already in 2003 and 2004, as well as the World Championship in 2005 in Azerbaijan.
Mehriban Aliyeva has been leading the Heydar Aliyev Foundation founded to study the rich legacy of Heydar Aliyev, the national leader of Azerbaijan, as well as deliver his national statehood ideas to new generations. The Heydar Aliyev Foundation was inaugurated on May 10, 2004.
Due to her hard efforts in protection and development of Azerbaijan's verbal folk literature and music heritage, Mehriban Aliyeva was awarded the title of Goodwill Ambassador of UNESCO on August 13, 2004.
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.
M. Aliyeva has been a member of the Political Board of the New Azerbaijan Party since 2004.
Mehriban Aliyeva was awarded the title of "Woman of the Year" according to the social poll held in Azerbaijan in 2005.
On June 9, 2005, she was awarded the 'Ruby Cross' Order of 'Philanthropists of the Century International Charity Foundation of Russia for her public, philanthropic and charity activities, support to the educational and cultural institutions, precious contributions to the consolidation of the friendly ties between the nations of Azerbaijan and Russia.
In 2005, she received an academic degree of a Candidate of Philosophy.
In the elections to the Milli Majlis of the Republic of Azerbaijan held on November 6th, 2005, Mehriban Aliyeva, whose candidacy was run by the New Azerbaijan Party from the Azizbeyov Second Constituency №14, was elected to the Parliament with 92.12% vote (23,106 votes).
The National Hero Chingiz Mustafayev Foundation and the ANS Group of Companies announced Mehriban Aliyeva 'Person of the Year 2005' for her services to the development of the education system of the country, protection of the national and cultural heritage, the works she has done for a positive image of Azerbaijan in the world, organization and realization of the World Rhythmic Gymnastics Championships in Azerbaijan, as well as the philanthropic activity.
In March 2006, for the contribution made to preservation of cultural and moral values, Mehriban Aliyeva was awarded the golden medal of the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO).
On November 23, 2006, Mehriban Aliyeva was awarded the title of Goodwill Ambassador of ISESCO for the wide-scale and selfless activity in different spheres, including the dialogue among civilizations, the attention towards the children in need of care - big support to improvement of their living conditions, education, as well as the works carried out in the Islamic world.
M. Aliyeva was awarded a prize of the World Health Organization for her great contributions to the protection and strengthening of mother, child and family health upon the unanimous decision of the 120th Session of the Executive Committee of the Organization held in Geneva, January 29, 2007.
In May 2007, Mehriban Aliyeva was honoured with the ‘Golden Heart’ international award for high achievements in the sphere of serving supreme ideals of the mankind.
Mehriban Aliyeva headed the Local Organizing Committee of the Rhythmic Gymnastics European Championships held in Baku in 2007, 2009 and 2014.
M. Aliyeva was awarded the Heydar Aliyev Prize for her fruitful actions in the public, political and cultural life of the republic by order of the President of the Republic of Azerbaijan dated May 5, 2009.
For her contribution to the enhancement of friendly relations between Azerbaijan and Poland, Mehriban Aliyeva was decorated, on September 14, 2009, with the ‘Senior Commander Cross’ Order of Merit of the Republic of Poland.
On February 15, 2010, Mehriban Aliyeva was honoured with Officer Degree of the ‘Legion of Honour’ Order by a resolution of the President of the Republic of France for her services to France and the loyalty demonstrated.
UNESCO`s Mozart Gold Medal was presented to Mehriban Aliyeva on July 30, 2010.
Nominated for the elections to the Milli Majlis to be held on November 7, 2010 by the New Azerbaijan Party from Constituency No.14 in the Khazar District, Mehriban Aliyeva was elected a deputy, winning 94.49% (31797 votes) of the votes.
Following the order of the President of Azerbaijan, Ilham Aliyev, there was established the Organizing Committee of the 2012 Eurovision Song Contest in May 2011, headed by M. Aliyeva.
On June 24, 2011, Mehriban Aliyeva was awarded the Gold Medal and, on June 29, 2012, the “Prix de la Fondation” Prize of the Crans Montana Forum.
On February 13, 2012, Mehriban Aliyeva was honoured with the title of Honorary Professor of the Russian Federation’s I.M.Sechenov First Moscow State Medical University.
On April 13, 2012, Mehriban Aliyeva was presented the “Stars of the Commonwealth” Interstate Prize by the Humanitarian Cooperation Council (HCC) of CIS member states and the Interstate Humanitarian Cooperation Foundation (IHCF) of CIS member countries.
In early 2013, the President of Azerbaijan, Ilham Aliyev signed a decree on “Establishment of the Organizing Committee of the 1st European Games to be held in Baku in 2015”, headed by M. Aliyeva
In January 2013, Pakistan's influential newspaper "Daily Times" and the Women Volunteers Association declared Mehriban Aliyeva "The Symbol of Humanism - The Person of 2012".
On 7 June 2013, she was elected deputy chairperson of the New Azerbaijan Party.
On December 27, 2013, Mehriban Aliyeva was honoured with the award "Martyr Benazir Bhutto Woman Perfection Prize - 2013".
In May 2014, for the contributions made to dialogue between civilizations, as well as for the services to promotion of the Turkic world in Germany and development of Azerbaijan-Germany relations, Mehriban Aliyeva was awarded an honorary prize of the Turkish-German Friendship Federation.
In May 2014, she was honoured with “First Lady of the Year” Award by “The Business Year” Magazine for her active role in Azerbaijan’s public, social and cultural life, contributions made to the society’s dynamic development, matchless services towards promoting our culture in the world, multilateral support provided for preservation of the world cultural heritage, and loyalty to the principles of social justice and humanism.
In June 2014, Mehriban Aliyeva was awarded the "Olympic Excellence" Special Honorary Prize of the International Olympic Academy for promotion of the Olympic values.
In August 2014, Mehriban Aliyeva was conferred on the Order of “For Services to Astrakhan Region” and an Honorary Diploma of the State of Kuwait for her worldwide promotion of the Islamic cultural heritage, noble activities both in Azerbaijan and beyond its boundaries, as well as great contribution she has made to education and healthcare.
On 11 February 2015, Mehriban Aliyeva was conferred on the order "Hilal-e Pakistan" of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan.
On 26 March 2015, Mehriban Aliyeva was conferred on a high state award of the Serbian Republic – the Sreten Order – for her special services before Serbia in public, cultural and humanitarian fields.
By a decree of President of the Republic of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev dated 29 June 2015, Mehriban Aliyeva was conferred on the Heydar Aliyev Order for her 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 is married, has two daughters, a son and four grandchildren.
1978 Graduated from Baku comprehensive secondary school No 6 and entered the Philological Faculty of Azerbaijan State University named after S.M.Kirov.
1980 Continued his education at Moscow State University named after M.V. Lomonosov and graduated from the Philological Faculty of the University in 1983.
1983-1989 Worked at the Institute of Literature and Language named after Nizami within Azerbaijan National Academy of Sciences of Azerbaijan SSR.
1984-1986 Practical training at the Institute of World Literature named after A.M. Gorky in Moscow.
1986-1989 Academic Secretary of the Literature, Language and Art Department of the Presidium of the Academy of Sciences of Azerbaijan SSR.
1989 Worked at the editorial board of "Khazar" magazine.
1990-2004 Engaged in entrepreneurship.
Altay Hasanov is the Vice President of Azerbaijan Gymnastics Federation since 2002.
Mr. Hasanov was the Vice President of the Local Organizing Committees of the World Cup Series (2003, 2004 and 2005), as well as the World (2005) and European Championships in Rhythmic Gymnastics (2007, 2009 and 2014). During the events of the 2014 European Championships, Altay Hasanov was a member of the Jury of Appeal at the European Union of Gymnastics.
2015 (June 29) Awarded with an order of “Fame” of the Republic of Azerbaijan by President Ilham Aliyev, according to the results achieved at gymnastics disciplines competitions within the framework of Baku 2015 1st European Games, as well as for contribution in development of gymnastics in the country.
Altay Hasanov is married, has one daughter and two grandchildren.
1995 Graduated from Baku Secondary School No. 1 and entered the Business Administration Faculty of Azerbaijan Institute of National Economy Management under the Cabinet of Ministers of the Republic of Azerbaijan
1999 Obtained Bachelor Degree in Business Administration
2001 Obtained Master Degree in Business Administration
2000-2001 Worked at the storehouse of “Balakhanineft” Oil-and-gas Production Office of the State Oil Company of the Republic of Azerbaijan
2001-2003 Economist at the planning department of “Balakhanineft” Oil-and-gas Production Office of the State Oil Company of the Republic of Azerbaijan
2003-2005 Sports and Logistics Manager of Azerbaijan Gymnastics Federation (AGF) Actively participated in the Local Organizing Committees of 3 World Cup series (2003/04/05) and the 27th World Championships in Rhythmic Gymnastics held in Baku (2005), organization of International Judges’ Course in Artistic Gymnastics in Baku (2007).
2005-2006 AGF General Manager
2006 Elected as AGF Secretary General at its regular portback election conference of the organization
2006-2007, Executive Director (from Azerbaijan) within the Local
2008-2009 Organizing Committee of 3 European Championships in
& 2013-2014 Rhythmic Gymnastics held in Baku (2007, 2009 & 2014)
2008 Elected as the FIG Council Member (2008-2012 Olympic Cycle) at the 77th FIG Congress and General Assembly (Helsinki, Finland, October 17-19)
2010 Re-elected as AGF Secretary General at its Executive Committee’s Meeting (Baku, December 25)
2012 Re-elected as the FIG Council Member at the 79th FIG Congress and General Assembly (Cancun, Mexico, October 25-27)
2013 Elected as the Vice-President of the European Union of Gymnastics (UEG) at its 25th Congress in Portorose (Slovenia, December 6-7)
Elected as a member of the National Olympic Committee
2013 & 2014 Organizer of the FIG Coaches’ Rhythmic Gymnastics Academy Level 1 (2013) and Level 2 (2014) in Baku
2014 Obtained PhD at the National State University of Physical Education, Sports and Health named after P.F. Lesgaft (St. Petersburg, Russia)
2014-2015 Executive Director of the Local Organizing Committee of the Open Joint Azerbaijan Championships in 6 gymnastics disciplines held as a Test Event for the Baku 2015 First European Games
Adviser on gymnastics disciplines competitions held within the framework of the Baku 2015 First European Games
2015 Re-elected as AGF Secretary General at its Executive Committee’s Meeting (Baku, December 24)
2015-2016 Executive Director of the Local Organizing Committees of the FIG Artistic Gymnastics Individual Apparatus (“Challenge” in 2016) World Cup AGF Trophy, FIG Rhythmic Gymnastics World Cup AGF Trophy & FIG Trampoline Gymnastics World Cup AGF Trophy held in Baku in 2016 & 2017
2016 Awarded with the FIG Bronze Distinction as a twice elected member to the FIG Council (2008 and 2012) at the closing of the 81st Congress of the FIG in Tokyo (Japan, October 18-20).
2016-2017 Executive Director of the Local Organizing Committee of
• The Rhythmic Gymnastics Intercontinental Judges’ Course, Rhythmic Gymnastics International Judges’ Course, Men’s Artistic Gymnastics International Judges’ Course taken place in Baku in 2017
• FIG Council 2017 held in Baku
• Gymnastics events within the 4th Islamic Solidarity Games Baku 2017
2017 Awarded with FIG Recognition Medal
Gained great experience in sports events’ organization on national and international level in Rhythmic Gymnastics, Men’s Artistic Gymnastics, Tumbling & Acrobatic Gymnastics from 2003; Women’s Artistic Gymnastics, Trampoline Gymnastics and Aerobic Gymnastics from 2013.
Delegate of the UEG and FIG Congresses; member of the delegation for the Olympic Games (Beijing-2008, London-2012 & Rio-2016); head of Azerbaijani official delegations in different gymnastics disciplines during the Grand Prix and World Cup events, European and World Championships; President of the Appeal Jury at different European Championships in gymnastics disciplines (as assigned) starting from 2014.
Married, has two sons and a daughter.