Leyla Aliyeva

Leyla Aliyeva was born on 3 July 1985, in Moscow. In 2000 she graduated from Queen’s College in London, and entered the European Business School (EBS). From 2006 until 2008 Leyla Aliyeva studied for her Master’s degree at MGIMO (Moscow State Institute for International Affairs) in Moscow. She remained the President of the MGIMO Azerbaijan Club until 2010. Since the 10th of May 2007 Leila Aliyeva has headed the representation of the Heydar Aliyev Foundation in the Russian Federation. On 19 December 2007 Leyla Aliyeva first launched the glossy magazine BAKU in Moscow, and has remained its Chief Editor since then. From 8 May 2008 Leyla Aliyeva launched the social initiative “Justice For Khojaly” – a campaign on behalf of the bereaved and those left destitute as a result of hostilities during the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict. Also in May 2008 she became the General Coordinator of the O.I.C. Youth Forum for international dialogue. Leyla Aliyeva was made the Chair of AYOR – the Azerbaijan Youth Organisation of Russia – in April 2009. Since 2011 Leyla Aliyeva has been the Vice-President of the Heydar Aliyev Foundation.

On 12 July 2011 Leyla Aliyeva launched “International Dialogue for Environmental Action (IDEA)” –  an international campaign   in Baku, Azerbaijan. The reason behind this campaign was prioritizing the environment issue and concern for young people in Azerbaijan as it is in the region and the world. IDEA is a key partner of UNEP for promoting environmental projects in Azerbaijan. Leyla Aileva was awarded the Tereggi Medal, on the same month, for her achievements in inspiring Azerbaijanis living abroad, and bringing information about today’s Azerbaijan to the attention of the wider world community.

In November 2011 in New York, Leyla Aliyeva was granted the “Key To Life” award – recognition of her continued involvement in humanitarian projects benefiting children.

On 22 November 2011 Leyla Aliyeva received a special Certificate and Commendation from the United Nations.

On 7 October 2013, at the behest of Patriarch Kirill of All Russia, Mrs Leyla Aliyeva was bestowed with the honour of the Holy Order of St Olga, Apostelian Princesss (Third Class).

Leyla Aliyeva was decorated with the Order of Princess Olga of 3rd Grade, and the “For Services to the Volgograd Region” Medal, on 20 December 2013.

In May of 2015, Leyla Aliyeva was awarded the title of Goodwill Ambassador by the Food & Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations – for her role in the fight against hunger, and her achievements in goals including food security, increased performance in the fields of agriculture, forestry and fisheries, and the creation of healthy systems of food.

She is a mother of three kids.

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