Today, the Vice-President of the Heydar Aliyev Foundation, founder and director of IDEA Public Union Leyla Aliyeva celebrates her birthday.
Leyla Ilkham gyzy Aliyeva was born on 3rd 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 19th December 2007 Leila Aliyeva first launched the glossy magazine BAKU in Moscow, and has remained its Chief Editor since then.
From 8th May 2008 Leila Aliyeva launched the social initiative “Justice For Khojaly” – a campaign on behalf of the bereaved and those left destitute as a result of hostilities in the Daghlig Garabagh 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.
In July 2011 Leyla Aliyeva was awarded the Tereggi Medal for her achievements in inspiring Azerbaijanis living abroad, and bringing information about today's Azerbaijan to the attention of the wider world community.
In October 2011 Leyla Aliyeva launched the new English-language version of Baku Magazine in London.
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 November 22nd 2011 Leyla Aliyeva received a special Certificate and Commendation from the United Nations.
On October 7th 2013, at the behest of Patriarch Kirill of All Russia, Mrs Leyla Aliyeva was bestowed twith he 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, December 20, 2013.
In May of 2015, Mrs 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.