Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Azerbaijan to the Russian Federation, Dr. Sc. (Art History), Professor, Azerbaijan SSR National Artist, Honored Art Worker of the Republic of Dagestan. Composer, singer, actor. Minister of Culture of Azerbaijan (1988–2006). Author of the book “Cultural Policy in Azerbaijan” (co-authored) and other publications. Professor Emeritus of A. Huseinzadeh Azerbaijan State University of Culture and Arts, full member of the Europe-Asia International Humanitarian Academy. Awarded the Honorary Diploma of the President of the Russian Federation, the Orders of Friendship and Honor (Russia), Independence and Honor (Azerbaijan), Honor (Georgia), and received many other foreign awards.