Aliyeva Mehriban Arif gizi
Aliyeva Mehriban Arif gizi was born in the city of Baku.
In 1982 she graduated from the secondary school number 23 in the city of Baku with gold medal and admitted to the preventive-treatment faculty of the Azerbaijan State Medical Institute named after N.Narimanov.
In 1988 she obtained the distinction diploma from the 1st Moscow State Medical Institute named after M.Sechenov.
In 1988-1992 she worked at the Eye Diseases Scientific-Research Institute in Moscow under the leadership of academician Krasnov.
In 1995 "Friends of Azerbaijani Culture" Charitable Foundation was established by the initiative of Mehriban Aliyeva and is being run by her at present time.
In 1996 Mehriban Aliyeva founded "Azerbaijan - Heritage" magazine, which is published in three languages (Azerbaijani, English and Russian) with a view to promote widely the Azerbaijani culture.
In 2002 Mehriban Aliyeva was elected the President of Azerbaijan Gymnastics Federation and demonstrated herself as a skillful organizer in that position. Her growing prestige in international level played an important role in adoption of the decision by the International Gymnastics Federation to hold 2003 and 2004 World Cup competitions, as well as 2005 World Championship on Rhythmic Gymnastics in Azerbaijan.
Mehriban Aliyeva is leading the Heydar Aliyev Foundation which was founded to study the rich legacy of nationwide leader of Azerbaijan and transmit the national Statehood ideas forged by Heydar Aliyev to new generations. An official opening of the Heydar Aliyev Foundation has been held on May 10, 2004.
As the recognition of her relentless efforts in protection and development of Azerbaijan's intangible folk literature and music heritage, Mehriban Aliyeva was awarded the title of Goodwill Ambassador of UNESCO on August 13, 2004.
In 28 December 2004 Mehriban Aliyeva was elected the member of Executive Committee of NOC during IV General Assembly of the National Olympic Committee of the Republic of Azerbaijan.
Mehriban Aliyeva has been member of the New Azerbaijan Party’s Political Board since 2004.
Mehriban Aliyeva has been awarded the title of "Woman of Year" according to the sociologic poll held in Azerbaijan in 2005.
In 9 June 2005, she was elected as the recipient of “the Ruby Cross” order of “Philanthropists of the Century” International Charity Foundation of Russia for her public, philanthropic and charity activity, as well as support to the educational and cultural institutions, significant contributions to the consolidation of friendship between Russian and Azerbaijani peoples.
In 2005 Mehriban Aliyeva was obtained an academic degree of PhD in philosophy.
Mehriban Aliyeva, whose candidacy was initiated by Yeni Azerbaijan Party on November 6, 2005 elections to the Milli Majlis of Republic of Azerbaijan from Azizbeyov second constituency number 14, has been elected MP with 92,12% vote (23106 votes).
The Fund of National Hero Chingiz Mustafayev and ANS Group of Companies have declared Mehriban Aliyeva, the President of Heydar Aliyev Foundation and "Friends of Azerbaijani Culture" Charitable Foundation, UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador and the member of the Milli Majlis as “the Person of 2005” for her services in development of the education system of our country, protection and promotion of our national cultural heritage, her works fulfilled to strengthen the positive image of Azerbaijan in the world, organization and realization of The World Rhythmic Gymnastics Championships in Azerbaijan, as well as large scale philanthropic activities.
In 24 November 2006, Mrs. Mehriban Aliyeva was awarded the title of Goodwill Ambassador of ISESCO for her wide and brave activities in different fields of life, including the dialog among civilizations, the attention to the children in need, her solid support to the improvement of their living conditions, education, and the projects implemented in Islamic world.
M.Aliyeva was awarded the prize of World Health Organization for her great contributions to the protection and strengthening of mother, child and family health upon the unanimous decision of the 120th session of Executive Committee of the Organization held in Geneva, January 29, 2007.
Mehriban Aliyeva was presented in May 2007 with Golden Heart International Award for wide-scale charity activities and high achievements in field of service to the higher ideals of mankind.
M.Aliyeva was awarded the Heydar Aliyev Prize for fruitful action in public-political and cultural life of the Republic of Azerbaijan by the Order of the President of the Republic of Azerbaijan of 5 May 2009.
September 14, 2009 Mrs Mehriban Aliyeva was awarded the Grand Commander’s Cross of the Order of Merit of the Polish Republic for contributions to development of friendly ties between Azerbaijan and Poland.
February 15, 2010 Mrs Mehriban Aliyeva awarded the Officer Class of the National Order of Legion of Honor by the order of the President of the Republic of France for outstanding service and loyalty to France.
NESCO`s Mozart Gold Medal was presented to Mehriban Aliyeva on July 30, 2010.
Nominated for the elections to the Milli Majlis to be held on November 7, 2010 by the New Azerbaijan Party from Constituency No.14 in the Khazar District, Mehriban Aliyeva was elected a deputy, winning 94.49% (31797 votes) of the votes.
On June 24, 2011, Mehriban Aliyeva was awarded the Gold Medal and, on June 29, 2012, the “Prix de la Fondation” Prize of the Crans Montana Forum.
On February 13, 2012, Mehriban Aliyeva was honoured with the title of Honorary Professor of the Russian Federation’s I.M.Sechenov First Moscow State Medical University.
On April 13, 2012, Mehriban Aliyeva was presented the “Stars of the Commonwealth” Interstate Prize by the Humanitarian Cooperation Council (HCC) of CIS member states and the Interstate Humanitarian Cooperation Foundation (IHCF) of CIS member countries.
In 2012, Mehriban Aliyeva was awarded the prize "Cossack Glory" by the Union of Cossacks of Azerbaijan for her "kindness, benevolence and tireless work for the good of peoples, and support provided to Cossacks".
In January 2013, Pakistan's influential newspaper "Daily Times" and the Women Volunteers Association declared Mehriban Aliyeva "The Symbol of Humanism - The Person of 2012".
On 7 June 2013, she was elected deputy chairperson of the New Azerbaijan Party.
On December 27, 2013, Mehriban Aliyeva was honoured with the award "Martyr Benazir Bhutto Woman Perfection Prize - 2013".
According to the results of the survey conducted by the Arab Cultural Heritage Centre of France and “Nefertiti Media Productions” Company of Egypt from 8 March 2013 to 10 January 2014, Mehriban Aliyeva was honoured with the title of the Most Influential Woman of 2014.
In May 2014, for the contributions made to dialogue between civilizations, as well as for the services to promotion of the Turkic world in Germany and development of Azerbaijan-Germany relations, Mehriban Aliyeva was awarded an honorary prize of the Turkish-German Friendship Federation.
In May 2014, she was honoured with “First Lady of the Year” Award by “The Business Year” Magazine for her active role in Azerbaijan’s public, social and cultural life, contributions made to the society’s dynamic development, matchless services towards promoting our culture in the world, multilateral support provided for preservation of the world cultural heritage, and loyalty to the principles of social justice and humanism.
In June 2014, Mehriban Aliyeva was awarded the "Olympic Excellence" Special Honorary Prize of the International Olympic Academy for promotion of the Olympic values.
In August 2014, Mehriban Aliyeva was conferred on the Order of “For Services to Astrakhan Region” and an Honorary Diploma of the State of Kuwait for her worldwide promotion of the Islamic cultural heritage, noble activities both in Azerbaijan and beyond its boundaries, as well as great contribution she has made to education and healthcare.
On 11 February 2015, Mehriban Aliyeva was conferred on the order "Hilal-e Pakistan" of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan.
On 26 March 2015, Mehriban Aliyeva was conferred on a high state award of the Serbian Republic – the Sreten Order – for her special services before Serbia in public, cultural and humanitarian fields.
By a decree of President of the Republic of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev dated 29 June 2015, Mehriban Aliyeva was conferred on the Heydar Aliyev Order for her activity associated with the development of culture, education and healthcare in the Republic of Azerbaijan, broad promotion of the Azerbaijani people’s cultural heritage on an international scale, and great services to the organization of the 1st European Games.
Nominated for the elections to the National Assembly held on November 1, 2015 by the New Azerbaijan Party from Khazar Constituency No.14, Mehriban Aliyeva was elected MP, gaining 96,7% (38 029 votes) of the votes.
The National Hero Chingiz Mustafayev Foundation and ANS Group of Companies have announced Mehriban Aliyeva the “Person of 2015” for her exclusive role in high-level organization and holding of the Baku-2015 first European Games, large-scale activities towards worldwide promotion of Azerbaijan’s positive image, works she has done for mutual integration of Azerbaijani and world cultures, her contribution to the formation of a multicultural environment in the country, and consistent benevolent activity.
On 21 January 2016, Mehriban Aliyeva was conferred on the High Order - the highest award of the European Olympic Committee - by a decision of the European Olympic Committees’ Executive Committee, for her special services to the development of sport in Europe.
On 6 March 2016, Mehriban Aliyeva was conferred on Commander’s Cross Order of Merit of the Republic of Hungary.
At the 4th Congress of the World Azerbaijanis held in 2016 in Baku, she was elected a member to the World Azerbaijanis Coordination Board.
On September 22, 2016, for the services to preservation of a cultural heritage of the Bulgarian city of Veliko Tyrnovo, Mehriban Aliyeva was presented the diploma of an honorary citizen of the city, and a badge.
On September 22, 2016, for the great contribution to preservation and promotion of Bulgaria’s cultural heritage, and active participation in this work, Mehriban Aliyeva was conferred on a diploma of honorary doctor of the Veliko Tyrnovo University named after Saints Cyril and Methodius.
On February 21, 2017, by an order of President Ilham Aliyev, Mehriban Aliyeva was appointed First Vice-president of Azerbaijan.
As a result of this appointment, as of March 6, 2017, the authorities of Mehriban Aliyeva, a deputy of the National Assembly of the Republic of Azerbaijan of the 5th convocation, were terminated as a deputy.
Mehriban Aliyeva is married, has two daughters, a son and five grandchildren.