Ilham Aliyev was "born in Azerbaijan in 1961. Mr. Aliyev is the son of the current President of Azerbaijan and is Vice President of the State Oil Company of the Azerbaijan Republic (SOCAR). He graduated from Moscow University with a degree in International Affairs and a Master Degree in History. Mr. Aliyev taught at the university from 1985 until 1990 following graduation when he then became a private entrepreneur in his native country. He is in charge of Foreign Economic Relations for SOCAR as well as being one of the principal negotiators for all agreements."
Aliyev is a member of the Board of Trustees of the US-Azerbaijan Chamber of Commerce.