Chairman of the State Committee on Urban Planning and Architecture of the Republic of Azerbaijan
He started his career as a specialist at the State Committee on Property of the Republic of Azerbaijan in 1999 and served as a Specialist and Senior Specialist at the Ministry of the State Property of the Republic of Azerbaijan in 2000-2001. Held the positions of the Chief Specialist and Senior Consultant at the Ministry of Economic Development of the Republic of Azerbaijan in 2001-2005. Directed investment promotion activity of the Azerbaijan Investment and Export Promotion Foundation in 2005-2009.
Served as Deputy Chief of Department in 2009-2016 and later as Chief of Department at the "Icherisheher" State Historical-Architectural Reserve under the Cabinet of Ministers of the Republic of Azerbaijan. Held the post of Advisor to the Director and Chief of Staff at the State Housing Development Agency under the President of the Republic of Azerbaijan in 2016-2018.
In 2018-2019, has worked as Chief of Staff of the State Committee of Urban Planning and Architecture of the Republic of Azerbaijan.
By the Order of the President of the Republic of Azerbaijan of 19 June 2019, Anar Adil oglu Guliyev was appointed First Deputy-Chairman of the State Committee of Urban Planning and Architecture of the Republic of Azerbaijan.
Director of Chapman Taylor, UK
Marcelina has extensive experience of all design stages on a diverse range of projects of various scales, from individual buildings to large urban masterplans.
She has a particular passion for high street regeneration, with a talent for anticipating future trends in retail and leisure and the impact they will have on town centres. Her current projects include heritage-sensitive masterplans for historic city centres.
As an architect and urban designer, Marcelina understands the importance of placemaking and of combining uses to create socially, commercially and environmentally sustainable communities, both in the UK and internationally.
Marcelina has been with Chapman Taylor since March 2007, when she joined the company to help deliver St. David’s 2 in Cardiff.
Group Board Director of Chapman Taylor, UK
Adrian joined Chapman Taylor in 1986 and was promoted to the Group Board in 1998. As an architect and urban design specialist, he is recognised internationally for his expertise in the masterplanning of major complex mixed-use developments which are key drivers in the regeneration of our town and city centres.
Adrian is conscious of the fact that the developments we build today create the societies of tomorrow, recognising the responsibility the profession has in influencing the quality of people’s lives. He regularly speaks at conferences and prepares papers which promote the benefits of mixed-use developments as a sustainable model for the long term. Adrian leads the Concept Design Team in the UK.
Founding Partner of sa_partners, Switzerland
Director and coordinator of Ipogea, Italy
Human Settlements Officer, Iraq Program, UN-Habitat
Ms. Anna Soave, urban development practitioner with more than 20 years of international experience in urban planning and the development of rehabilitation strategies, particularly in post-conflict contexts, low-income informal settlements and dilapidated historic neighborhoods.
With a passion for urban explorations, mapping and learning how cities change over time, Anna is currently leading for UN-Habitat an interdisciplinary team implementing a set of area-based urban recovery plans and projects in Iraq.
Georg Redlhammer (1966) is a well experienced TV and radio journalist (ORF, CNN) as well as Marketing Executive in international automotive industry (Audi, Volvo). Georg graduated at Johannes Kepler University Linz/ Austria, in economics (Marketing and Finance). His premium network covers different industries and countries. The author published his first book 2020.
He is advisor of Emin Agalarov and works as a consultant on international projects in different areas as automotive, retail, entertainment always with focus on SDG´s. With the technology festival MOBILISTIC´18 he invented for Crocus Group the first exhibition on electro mobility in Russia, with Hollywood action hero STEVEN SEAGAL as ambassador.
The UN Resident Coordinator in Azerbaijan
Vladanka Andreeva brings 21 years of experience in international development, humanitarian coordination, advocacy, and partnership building, which she has acquired within the United Nations and externally through multiple assignments across Europe and Asia. In July 2021, Ms Andreeva was appointed as UN Resident Coordinator in the Republic of Azerbaijan.
At the United Nations, she most recently held the position of Country Director for the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) in Cambodia and led the United Nations Country Team Task Force for COVID-19 preparedness and response. Before that she led efforts, as Strategic Intervention Adviser for the UNAIDS Regional Office for Asia-Pacific, to strengthen implementation of evidence-informed, human rights-based and gender-sensitive country programmes. She served as Monitoring and Evaluation Team Lead for UNAIDS Viet Nam prior to that. Ms. Andreeva also worked with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) as Policy Advisor for Europe and the Commonwealth of Independent States and was Advisor to the United Nations Resident Coordinator in North Macedonia. She took this position after serving with the World Health Organization (WHO) and the Office for the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) also in North Macedonia.
Prior to joining the United Nations, Ms. Andreeva worked with the non-profit organization Pharmaciens Sans Frontières and coordinated humanitarian relief for refugees.
She holds a bachelor’s degree in dental medicine and a master’s degree in public health, from the University of Ss. Cyril and Methodius in Skopje, North Macedonia.
Architect, Kurylowicz & Associates Company
Dr. Kristian Mjoen
Co-founder of United Cities Organization
Dr. Kristian Mjoen is currently heading a national Pilot, University City TRD3.0, developing a new way of integrating universities and cities to promote societal innovation and sustainable value creation across sectors.
The work has been recognized as a Geneva UN Charter Centre of Excellence on SDG City Transition. Kris is heavily invested in finding new ways to inform and develop public sector innovation and works closely with the UN U4SSC Implementation Program to set up a national U4SSC backed project for Norway. He has a particular interest in play and playfulness, and the role of cities and communities as playgrounds in the mobilization of intellectual, social and financial capital towards the realization of the UN 2030 agenda for sustainable development.
Dr. Goshtasb Mozaffari
Interim Director in Turkey, Urban Economy Forum
- Senior Expert in charge of Healthcare Services, Iran University of Medical Sciences (IUMS)
- Researcher, Director of Research Group and Member of Research Board, Social Security ResearchInstitute (SSRI)
- Researcher, Deputy Director General for Research Affairs, Mehr Research Institute (private sector)
- Deputy Director General for Research Affairs and member of Research Board, Cultural and Social Studies Center, Tehran Municipality
- Vice-President, Communication and International Affair Center, Tehran Municipality
Programme Officer, UN-Habitat
Urban planner within the Urban Lab of UN-Habitat’s Planning Finance Economy Section
Senior Urban Planner, Urban Practices Branch, Global Solutions Division, UN-Habitat
President, The Society of Polish Urban Planners, Poland
Deputy-Chairman of the State Committee on Urban Planning and Architecture of the Republic of Azerbaijan
In 1987, started his career at the Master Plan Department of Baku State Design Institute. In 1987-1998, served at the Baku State Design Institute as an Architect and Senior Architect. In 1998-2002, worked as a Group Director and Chief Design Architect at the Head State Design Institute "Azerdovlatlayiha" and, in 2002-2008, directed Fenix-AA Limited Liability Company.
In 2008, served as Director of the Baku State Design Institute under the State Committee of Urban Planning and Architecture of the Republic of Azerbaijan.
By the Order of the President of the Republic of Azerbaijan of 19 June 2019, Ilgar Aydin oglu Isbatov was appointed to the post of Deputy-Chairman of the State Committee of Urban Planning and Architecture of the Republic of Azerbaijan.
By the Order of the President of the Republic of Azerbaijan of 9 April 2010, Ilgar Isbatov was awarded the “Taraggi” Medal. By the Presidential Order of 10 April 2012, he was awarded a title of “Honored Architect” and, following the Presidential Order of 18 December 2017, his merits were recognized by the “Order of Glory.”
Special Representative of the President of the Republic of Azerbaijan in the liberated territories of the Karabakh Economic Region (except Shusha district)
First-deputy-minister of the Ministry of Economy of the Republic of Azerbaijan
1998 got admitted to the faculty of Law at Baku State University. In 2002 graduated with distinction and received his Bachelor degree. In 2006 received his Master’s degree and graduated with distinction from the same faculty. In 2008-2009 within the framework of the “State Program on Education of Azerbaijani Youth Abroad in 2007-2015” pursued his Master’s degree in International Business Law at King’s College London, UK.
2002-2003 served in the Azerbaijani Army.
Started his career at the Ministry of Economic Development, in 2005-2009 he worked as an adviser, leading adviser, head of department in the ministry.
2010-2013 worked as an assistant to the Head of the "Icherisheher" State Historical-Architectural Reserve Department under the Cabinet of Ministers.
2013–2017 continued his career at the Ministry of Education, served as an assistant of the Minister, Head of department, and Chief of staff.
From December 2017 to May 2020 served as an Adviser to the Minister of Taxes.
May 13th 2020 was appointed as the Deputy Minister of Economy by the Decree of the President of Azerbaijan Republic
Appointed as the first deputy minister of economy by the Order of the President of the Republic of Azerbaijan, dated February 10, 2022.
Engaged in pedagogical work at Baku State University.
Deputy-chairman of the Board of the ANAMA-Mine Action Agency of the Republic of Azerbaijan
Mr.Samir Poladov was born April 14,1977. He graduated from faculty of international relations Baku State University. In 1997-1999 years has worked in private sector. In 1999-2006 years he started his career in Mine Action Agency of Azerbaijan Republic as translator, plans and contracts officer, senoir operations officer, has been promoted to the position of the Head of operations department.
In 2019-2021 years has worked in private sector.
March 12, 2021 Mr.Samir Vagif Poladov has been appointed Deputy Chairman of the Board of the Mine Action Agency of the Azerbaijan Republic (ANAMA) by the order signed of the Prezident Ilham Aliyev.
In 2016 Mr.Samir Poladov has been awarded `Tereggi` medal by the Prezident of the Azerbaijan Republic
Duk Hwan, Son
Senior programme Officer, Planning Legislation and Governance Section, UN-Habitat, Nairobi
Deputy-minister of the Ministry of Energy of the Republic of Azerbaijan
Special Representative of the President in Zangilan district
Director General of Spatial Planning, Ministry of Agrarians Affairs and Spatial Planning/National Land Agency of the Republic of Indonesia
Minister of Culture of the Republic of Azerbaijan
Anar Karimov began his diplomatic career in 2000 as attaché and third secretary in the Department of Human Rights, Democratization and Humanitarian Affairs of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Azerbaijan. From 2004 to 2008 he worked as the third and second secretary of the Embassy of the Republic of Azerbaijan in the Kingdom of Belgium and the Representation to the European Union. From 2008 to 2009, he served as First Secretary of the Department of Humanitarian and Social Issues of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Azerbaijan. In 2010-2014, he worked as consultant and chargé d'Affaires to the Permanent Representation of the Republic of Azerbaijan to UNESCO.
On May 23, 2014, by orders of President of the Republic of Azerbaijan, Anar Karimov was awarded the diplomatic rank of Envoy Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary and he was appointed Permanent Delegate of the Republic of Azerbaijan to UNESCO.
On July 9, 2019, Anar Karimov was awarded the diplomatic rank of Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary. On July 20, 2020, by orders of the President of the Republic of Azerbaijan, Anar Karimov was appointed First Deputy and Acting Minister of Culture of Azerbaijan. On January 5, 2021, he was appointed Minister of Culture of Azerbaijan.
Assistant to the director of Heydar Aliyev Center
Director, MEng Dip Arch RIBA Architect Engineer
Deputy-minister of the Ministry of Digital Development and Transport of the Republic of Azerbaijan
1979-He was born in Baku city.
2000-He graduated from Baku State University with a Bachelor’s degree in Law.
2002-He graduated with a Master’s degree in International Law.
2003-He received a Master’s degree in International Human Rights from the University of Essex, England, as a Chevening Fellow.
2009-He was admitted to the University of Oxford in England as a Weidenfeld Fellow to study for a doctorate.
2016-He received a Ph.D. in Law from Oxford University.
2006 –2007-He worked as a consultant at the Department of Administrative and Military Legislation of the Office of the Milli Majlis.
2015 – 2017-He was rector of Azerbaijan University.
2017 – 2020-He served as Deputy General Director of Baku International Sea Trade Port CJSC.
2021-He was appointed Adviser to the Minister of Transport, Communications and High Technologies.
2022-He was appointed Deputy Minister of Digital Development and Transport by the Order of the President of the Republic of Azerbaijan dated May 24, 2022.
CEO of the Bilbao Arch!tecture Team (BAT)
Peru Cañada, CEO of BAT, with more than 25 years of professional experience, is an enthusiastic architect and urban planner, with experience in the design and development of projects of diverse nature and scale. His work is characterized by offering a strategic approach at all stages of the project, combining through an exhaustive management exercise, a personalized approach under a philosophy of collaboration.
With clients and project around the world, honors, awards and social recognition, BAT is building bridges through high-value design to improve people's lives through innovation in design and construction.
The more than 25 awards in national and international projects and the various publications in media around the world recognize the creativity, technical knowledge, and leadership capacity of his still short professional career.
Alias bin Rameli
General Director, Federal Department of Town and Country Planning, Ministry of Housing and Local Government Malaysia
Coordinator of UN-Habitat Sub-Programme 4 on Effective Urban Crisis Prevention and Response, Programme Development Branch, Global Solutions Division and Emergency Director, UN-Habitat
President of Union of Disabled People Organizations (UDPO) of the Republic of Azerbaijan
Deputy-minister of the Ministry of Ecology and Natural Resources of the Republic of Azerbaijan
He was born on May 5, 1961. In 1983, he graduated from the geography-biology faculty of the Azerbaijan State Pedagogical University. In 1988-1991, he was a graduate student at the Institute of Geography of the Academy of Sciences of the Republic of Azerbaijan. In 1991-1993, he worked as a junior researcher at the Institute of Geography of the Academy of Sciences of the Republic of Azerbaijan. In 1993-2000, he worked as a senior researcher at the Institute of Soil and Agrochemistry of the Academy of Sciences of the Republic of Azerbaijan. Candidate of Agricultural Sciences since 1994. He is a member of the New Azerbaijan Party Political Council. In 2000, he graduated from the law faculty of Baku State University. In 1995-2000, he was a deputy of the Milli Majlis of the Republic of Azerbaijan. In 2002, he worked as the head of the Department of Environmental Policy in the Ministry of Ecology and Natural Resources of the Republic of Azerbaijan, and in 2003 as the head of the Department of Expertise. Since 2004, he has been the Deputy Minister of Ecology and Natural Resources.
On May 22, 2021, by the Decree of the President of the Republic of Azerbaijan, the 2nd degree "For Service to the Fatherland" Order, on December 15, 2010, the 5th Anniversary Medal of the Ministry of Emergency Situations of the Republic of Azerbaijan, on June 22, 2019, "For Distinction in Public Service" awarded with a medal.
Mayor of Jelgava city
Programme Management Officer, Data and Analytics Section, External Relations, Strategy and Innovation Division, UN-Habitat
Senior Banker, Sustainable infrastructure group, European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, Georgia
Tea Melikadze has more than 15 years of experience of working in the infrastructure and energy sectors, for both the public and private sectors. She is an Associate Director in EBRD’s Sustainable Infrastructure Group, with specific responsibility for the Caucasus region. She is in charge of project development and portfolio management for various infrastructure sub-sectors, including transport, water, wastewater, and waste management.
Tea was one of the originators of the EBRD Green Cities, which offers more than € 5 billion of EBRD and donor support to cities in the EBRD region to address their most pressing environmental challenges through targeted investment, policy actions and capacity building. Launched in 2016, to date over 55 cities joined EBRD Green Cities, committed toward their transition to green, low-carbon and resilient futures.
Tea holds a BSc in Economics and MSc in Business.
Chairman of Azerbaijan Creative Industries Federation, Azerbaijan
Head of the division for cooperation and programs with international organizations in 2011-2012, Head of the International Cooperation Department from 2012 to 2018, Deputy head of administration - Head of the Department of International Cooperation and Innovative Development from 2018 to 2020 and the head of Administration between 2020 – 2022 at the Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Azerbaijan.
V.Eyvazzade was the President of the Culture Commission of the 41st General Conference of UNESCO in Paris, 2021. He was Secretary of the International Working Group of the Baku Process for intercultural Dialogue (www.bakuprocess.az) implemented in partnership with UNESCO, the UN Alliance of Civilizations, the World Tourism Organization, the Council of Europe and ICESCO since 2008, Member of the Executive Council and Secretary General of the National Commission of the Republic of Azerbaijan for ICESCO from 2015 to 2022, Head of the Working Group on the Development of Creative Industries under the Ministry of Culture from 2019 to 2022.
He chaired the Operational Team of the World Forum on Intercultural Dialogue initiated by the President of the Republic of Azerbaijan which is organized on every two years since 2011, UNESCO Intergovernmental Committee for Intangible Cultural Heritage held in 2013, the 7th Global Forum of the Alliance of Civilizations of the United Nations held in 2016 and Chaired the Operational Committee of the 43rd session of the UNESCO World Heritage Committee held in 2019. V.Eyvazzade is a Program director of the “Heritage Management” Training Programme 2022 on UNESCO Conventions.
He attended more than 500 conferences, forums and meetings in around 60 countries. He led a number of important projects implemented jointly with UNESCO, the UN Alliance of Civilizations, the Council of Europe, the European Union, ICESCO, TURKSOY and other international organizations. V. Eyvazzade is the author of the “Creative Azerbaijan” (www.creative.az), “Talents Azerbaijan”, “Heritage Azerbaijan”, “Masters of Azerbaijan”, “CreaTalk”, “PeaceTalk” and the Global Call of Peace4Culture in partnership with the UN Alliance of Civilizations and ISESCO.
3rd degree "For Service to the Fatherland" order by the President of the Republic of Azerbaijan in 2016 and Honorary Diploma of the President in 2019.
"Honorary Culture Worker" Diploma of the Ministry of Culture (2016) and “New Leaders for Tomorrow” of the Crans Montana Forum (2012).
Head of mission, UNCHR-Azerbaijan
Deputy-chairman of the Management Board, The Small and Medium Business Development Agency of the Republic of Azerbaijan
Natig Namig oglu Hasanov was born in 1979.
Graduated from the State and Municipal Governance Faculty of the State Academy of Public Administration under the President of the Republic of Azerbaijan.
Earned his master’s degree at Azerbaijan State University of Economics. Currently, a Ph.D. student at the Scientific Research Institute of Economic Reforms. In 2001, he went to work in private sector and held various positions in several companies and organizations from 2001 to 2008. In 2008-2011, he was an advisor on the state regulation of business activity sector of business development department of the Ministry of Economy. In 2011-2012, headed the Sector of non-oil development of the economic policy, analysis and forecasting Department of the Ministry of Economy. From 2012 to 2018, was deputy head of the interstate economic cooperation Department of the Ministry of Economy. Participated in various trainings, workshops and courses abroad, and was involved in the organization and hosting of a number of international conferences in Azerbaijan. On 29 February 2018, was appointed First Deputy Chairman of the Management Board of the Small and Medium Business Development Agency of the Republic of Azerbaijan.
Education specialist, UNICEF-Azerbaijan
Her professional record also included 7 years of employment at the British Council Azerbaijan as Education Manager and Regional Business Development Manager.
Leyla Hasanova holds a Bachelor’s degree in Pedagogy and a Master’s degree in Law.
CEO, Bioropean company, Azerbaijan
Inter-Regional Advisor Urban Practices Branch, Global Solutions Division, UN-Habitat
As an Architect and Urban Development Practitioner, Katja Schäfer has more than twenty years of professional experience in teaching, research, analytical and advisory services, and programme administration in the fields of housing, urban development and management, institutional development, and capacity building. She has worked at global, regional, national, and local levels, ranging from development to fragile and (post) conflict environments, emergency support, disaster mitigation, and urban recovery. Her wide expertise is in innovative, participatory, and responsive solutions to urbanization challenges through socially and culturally acceptable, economically viable, and environmentally sustainable interventions that take into consideration physical, legislative, and financial aspects.
Katja Schäfer currently acts as the Smart Cities Flagship Programme Lead at UN-Habitat as well as the Programme Manager at United Nations Innovation Technology Accelerator for Cities (UNITAC Hamburg).
Special representative of the President of the Republic of Azerbaijan for Shusha Region
Head, Territorial rehabilitation and development department, Ministry of Economy of the Republic of Azerbaijan
Born in Baku on 24 April 1985
He holds bachelor and master of İnternational Economics Relations degree from Azerbaijan State University of Economics (UNEC) in 2003-2011.
Currently studying for Ph.D degree of World Economy at Economic Scientific Research Institute.
From 2021, He was appointed to Head of Restoration and Development Department at Ministry of Economy of Republic of Azerbaijan