Meet the Young European Ambassadors

Europe for me means peace, freedom and equality. As a Young European Ambassador (YEA), I aim to share these values every day with young people of my country and beyond. So, being a YEA for me, first of all means SHARING. Europe also means diversity and friends from different countries, cultures and backgrounds. As a YEA, I am every day communicating and cooperating with young people. So, being a YEA also means COMMUNICATION and COOPERATION. Communication is a two-way interaction. So, being a YEA means MUTUAL EXCHANGE: exchange of knowledge, of views, of information, ... and the result is truly rewarding: you offer and gain new skills, knowledge and a broadened worldview. Last but not least, being a YEA means CONTRIBUTION: by helping young people get actively engaged in the opportunities offered by the EU, I invest in the process of making them better future leaders.

Ani Khachatryan,25 years old.

 

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Abbas Babayev

Abbas Babayev

Residence:
Baku, Azerbaijan
Occupation:
Project Administrative Assistant
Country of origin:
Azerbaijan

As a graduate of international relations, I have always been eager to join initiatives related to my field of study in order to learn more about real decision-making processes and to contribute to the development of society. The YEAs’ network is one such initiative, aiming to develop youth by allowing us to learn more about how our peers in other EaP countries are working towards developing our respective countries’ relations with the EU. As a returning YEA, I am now more acquainted with the structure and activities of the network, and enthusiastic to contribute to its development in Azerbaijan.
 

Abdul Mustafazade

Abdul Mustafazade

Residence:
Baku, Azerbaijan
Occupation:
I am a student.
Country of origin:
Azerbaijan

I am a senior student at the Baku Engineering University (previously Qafqaz University). I am engaged in student affairs as a young professional in the National Assembly of Youth Organisations (NAYORA), the umbrella youth organization in Azerbaijan. Moreover, I am currently doing an internship at the United Nations Office of Azerbaijan. I also attended various trainings and events during my student years and am particularly interested in initiatives that integrate economic considerations within diplomacy and international relations. I took part in a winter school on the topic of “Sustainable Development Cooperation – Top Down, Bottom Up” approach. I am interested in gaining insight into the theoretical basis of development cooperation. I was part of the International Legal Research Group on Migration Law as a National Academic Coordinator. I am also part of Model United Nations community, which has showed me the complexity of international relations and politics.

Abutab Abbasova

Abutab Abbasova

Residence:
London, United Kingdom
Occupation:
I am a young professional
Country of origin:
Azerbaijan

I have recently graduated with an MSc in Development Studies at SOAS, University of London, I also have a background in International Relations (BA), which I previously studied ADA University in Azerbaijan. However, my first international experience was through an exchange programme at the University of Glasgow (the UK). As a Young European Ambassador since 2016, I have done internships at different organizations including the Embassy of Azerbaijan in Brussels, ADA University, Caucasus Research Resource Center Azerbaijan, and International Eurasia Press Fund. Currently, I am an intern at an NGO in London.

Adil Safarli

Adil Safarli

Residence:
Baku, Azerbaijan
Occupation:
I am a young professional
Country of origin:
Azerbaijan

I am studying International Studies at ADA University and am working as part of the British Council's exam team in Azerbaijan. I have until now been part of many great activities and events. In this summer, I had a chance to intern at the Embassy of Azerbaijan in Germany, where I became familiar with the essence of diplomacy by engaging with different sections of the embassy. Moreover, I am an Education Officer at Erasmus Student Network in Baku, where I help to share educational opportunities with Azerbaijani youth, thus building bridges between local and international students. Last year, I have also been chosen as a Youth Ambassador by the Azerbaijani umbrella youth organisation, NAYORA, in order to represent Azerbaijani youth at international and local events. Besides that, I have been part of different internships, conferences and events, where I developed my public speaking and networking skills. I am more than honored to have been chosen as a Young European Ambassador for…

Agil Guliyev

Agil Guliyev

Residence:
Baku, Azerbaijan
Occupation:
Sales and Reservations Agent at Fairmont Baku Flame Towers / Senior undergraduate student
Country of origin:
Azerbaijan

I am an undergraduate student in business technologies at Azerbaijani State Oil and Industry University. Alongside my studies, I have also been working in different positions, for instance at the Fairmont Raffles International Hotel, which has given me the opportunity to broaden my professional knowledge in an international environment. Moreover, I have acquired study abroad experience at the University of Leicester in the UK through an Erasmus+ grant. I am a student member of the Operational Research Society based in UK.

Arzu	Abbasova

Arzu Abbasova

Residence:
London, United Kingdom
Occupation:
BA International Relations at SOAS, University of London
Country of origin:
Azerbaijan

I am a BA International Relations student at SOAS, University of London. Prior to moving to London I was studying International Studies at ADA University between 2016 and 2017. My previous experience includes being a Research Intern at the Embassy of Azerbaijan to the United Kingdom and a radio presenter at SOAS radio. I have also completed an online assignment for the United Nations Volunteering (UNV) programme for the Regional office of Arab States, Europe and the CIS. Moreover, I am engaged in musical composition as a secondary profession.

Ayhan Satiji

Ayhan Satiji

Residence:
Baku, Azerbaijan
Occupation:
Student (BA in International Relations, ADA University)
Country of origin:
Azerbaijan

I am a fourth-year student at ADA University, majoring in International Relations. I would describe myself as an enthusiastic, self-motivated, and hardworking individual always seeking for opportunities to develop my skills and broaden my knowledge. During my studies, I have been a part of various international youth forums and internship programs including Erasmus+ exchange programmes, a summer course on Romanian language, civilization and culture, the International Forum of Responsibility for Europe’s Youth in Germany, the 2nd International Youth Forum of EYP in Azerbaijan, the International Train the Trainers within the educational programme GROW in Romania. In addition to that, I have completed a Certificate Programme in EU Studies and attended courses on “EU Energy Policy” and “European Common and Security Policy". Besides that, I volunteered as a member of the PR Department in the ASAN’ Volunteer Organization in Azerbaijan. My experiences as an undergraduate teaching…

Ayshan Aghayeva

Ayshan Aghayeva

Residence:
Baku, Azerbaijan
Occupation:
I am a young professional.
Country of origin:
Azerbaijan

İ am a graduate of the Philology and Journalism Department at the Azerbaijan University of Languages and currently work as a Consultant at the Strategic Development and Project Management Unit at the State Examination Center of Azerbaijan. So far I have volunteered in various organisations and events in the field of culture, education, environment and sport. Moreover, İ am an active member of the Common-Sense youth organisation where my main responsibility includes managing international cooperation and assisting the coordination and adaptation of members. Through the organisation, I have taken part in Erasmus+ and other international programmes in foreign countries.

Aziza Khalilova

Aziza Khalilova

Residence:
Baku
Occupation:
I am a student
Country of origin:
Azerbaijan

I am a senior student at Baku State University majoring in International Relations. I am a socially active person who always try to take advantage of different opportunities. I have participated in a number of conferences, forums and trainings. I was a coordinator of the Debate Club of BSU. I also participated at several Model United Nations (MUN) conferences. I am currently involved in the Youth Ambassadors' programme launched by the Azerbaijani umbrella youth organisation Nayora. Thanks to it, I have been a part of various trainings and meetings. I also participated at the 2018 edition of Euroschool, which was a great experience for me.

Bakhtiyar Heydarli

Bakhtiyar Heydarli

Residence:
Baku, Azerbaijan
Occupation:
I am a student.
Country of origin:
Azerbaijan

I am a final-year student in International Relations at the Academy of Public Administration under the President of Azerbaijan. I am engaged in student affairs, voluntarily working in the Azerbaijan Student Youth Organizations’ Union (ASYOU), the largest student youth organization in the country. I work as an events coordinator at International Relations department. I also participated in various forums and trainings. I also had the great opportunity to experience an interactive learning environment through my participation in the 2018 edition of EuroSchool. For me, discovering new opportunity and properly analyzing different situations are the main priorities in the life of every young person.

Dilara Pirkishiyeva (prev. Salimli)

Dilara Pirkishiyeva (prev. Salimli)

Residence:
Baku, Azerbaijan
Occupation:
I am a student
Country of origin:
Azerbaijan

In may 2019 I will graduate from Baku State University with a B.S. in Geography. As a passionate environmentalist and human rights defender I have implemented several projects at BSU THIK organisation. Currently I am working as an IELTS instructor. Furthermore, I have experience in the tourism sector. In addition to my professional experience I have been involved in different volunteering programs e.g. AITF, AARC

Elmir Mukhtarov

Elmir Mukhtarov

Residence:
Baku, Azerbaijan
Occupation:
I am a student
Country of origin:
Azerbaijan

I am a FLEX alumnus, working for more than a year at the Centre for Economic and Social Development (CESD) as a researcher. I regularly share my opinion on economic issues from my personal blog, www.economir.com. For the past three years, I have been actively involved in the Model United Nations (MUN) community and have been the co-organizer of Model U.S. Senate (MUSS) in 2017 and 2018.

Elza Alizada

Elza Alizada

Residence:
Baku, Azerbaijan
Occupation:
I am a student
Country of origin:
Azerbaijan

I hold a BA with honours in International Relations from the Academy of Public Administration under the President of Azerbaijan (95% GPA). I am currently studying at the same academy for my MA degree. In 2018, I did an internship at the Parliament of Azerbaijan. In 2015, I gained volunteering experience in Baku in 2015. In addition, I participated in several regional trainings as part of the Conflict School organised in the framework of the “Peacebuilding through Capacity Enhancement and Civic Engagement” (PeaCE) programme. After that, I was one of 10 who got the chance to take place in a conference in Tbilisi. During the third edition of EuroSchool 2018 which took place in Shabran, Azerbaijan, I got the opportunity to participate in several interactive learning sessions and social activities to learn more about the EU, its economy, energy policy, history and also about its partnership with Azerbaijan.

Fazilat Samadova

Fazilat Samadova

Residence:
Malmö, Sweden
Occupation:
I am doing my internship at Culture and Integration Organizations of Skåne.
Country of origin:
Azerbaijan

My academic backround is based on political science. I got my Bachelor's degree at Western University and studied Political Communication for one year at Vidzeme University of Applied Science in Latvia. This summer I graduated with a master's degree in Global Politics and Societal Change at Malmö University in Sweden. During my academic years in Azerbaijan I worked with Dalga (Wave) Youth Movement and was part of many projects in the field of human rights, democracy and other political and social issues. Moving from member to Chairman (2011-2015), I have been representing the movement in local and international events and actively participating in civil society issues advocating for youth empowerment. I also worked with local and international organizations to develop projects about human rights, democracy, gender, and tolerance. I am currently also working at a Swedish organisation focused on women's rights and multiculturalism.

Firangiz Gulizada

Firangiz Gulizada

Residence:
Cluj Napoca, Romania
Occupation:
Volunteer EVS
Country of origin:
Azerbaijan

I obtained a B.A. in International Relations from the Academy of Public Administration under the President of Azerbaijan. During my bachelor's studies, I interned at the Department on Social Political Issues within Azerbaijan's Presidential Administration. While I was pursuing my master's, I worked as a research assistant at the Caspian Strategy Institute in Istanbul, simultaneously volunteering inside one of the largest philanthropic NGOs, the Foundation for Human Rights and Freedoms and Humanitarian Relief. Since then, I held various positions at a variety of institutions like the American Culture Association Language Schools and the British Council. Since November 2017, I am a member of the Emergency Mobile Team of Azerbaijan Red Crescent Society. Alongside my studies and professional endeavors, I take part in numerous local and international events. I am currently volunteering in Cluj Napoca, Romania.

Gamar Alizade

Gamar Alizade

Residence:
Bologna, Italy
Occupation:
I am a student.
Country of origin:
Azerbaijan

I hold a BA in Law from Baku State University and I am now pursing a master's degree in International Cooperation on Human Rights and Intercultural Heritage in Italy. Over the past several years, I have been active in the civic life of my country by organizing, volunteering and participating in a number of local and international events related to sports, culture, human rights and peacebuilding, among others. I am a Global UGRAD 2013 alumna. I have participated in several Erasmus+ projects (Young Activists for Peace and Dialogue Youth Exchange in Germany in 2017; Global Youth Exchange 2016 preparatory meeting in Russia in 2016; Sport for Change Youth Exchange in London in 2017, etc.), and in many other youth events, camps and training programmes organized by international NGOs and the Council of Europe. In 2017, I worked for the Organizing Committee of the 4th Islamic Solidarity Games and Baku City Circuit. I am also a very adventurous traveler!

Gozal Sultanova

Gozal Sultanova

Residence:
Baku, Azerbaijan
Occupation:
I am a young professional
Country of origin:
Azerbaijan

I have graduated Master of Business Adminstration at UNEC with Honor diploma (96 % GPA). In 2018, while I was a last year master student at Azerbaijan State Economic University, I applied to the Erasmus+ scholarship programme, I was selected as one of the scholarship winners from Azerbaijan to take part in a half year student exchange in Vilnius, Lithuania. I graduated my Erasmus with Certicificate of Gratitude . I have graduated Bachelor’s degree also with Honor diploma (92%) at Azerbaijan University of Languages. I am former reporter in Azerbaijan Television. I have attended  in several Erasmus + projects and volunteer projects  such as EVS team leader in Baku 2015 European Games, Rio 2016 Summer Olympic Games. I have participated in internship program of Center for Analysis of Economic Reforms and Communication, United Nations SDGs Summer School 2018  etc. I am winner of Student Science Society research competition in AUL (2014-2015). I am very proud to be a YEA. 

Gullu Huseynli

Gullu Huseynli

Residence:
Baku, Azerbaijan
Occupation:
I am a student
Country of origin:
Azerbaijan

I am a 2nd year student in Chemical Engineering at Baku Higher Oil School. I am currently a volunteer for AIESEC as part of the Incoming Global Volunteer Department and before that as Team Leader for the Outgoing Global Volunteer Department. Between June-August 2017, I volunteered in Transylvania, Romania where I helped organise trips and events for children.

Gumru Aliyeva

Gumru Aliyeva

Residence:
Baku, Azerbaijan
Occupation:
I am a social activist
Country of origin:
Azerbaijan

I am a post-graduate student at the Azerbaijan University of Languages. I previously did my Erasmus at Hacetteppe University in Ankara, Turkey. Besides that, I have been working in youth-led NGOs for more than three years. Currently, I am the National Representative of the Erasmus Student Network in Azerbaijan and I am working as a social activist in the fields of human rights education and gender equality. I work with people in the regions and in Baku.

Gunel Salayeva

Gunel Salayeva

Residence:
Baku, Azerbaijan
Occupation:
I am a young professional
Country of origin:
Azerbaijan

I graduated from the Azerbaijan University of Languages with a bachelor degree in English language and literature in 2016. Currently, I work as an English teacher at school No. 224. Besides that, I am a civil society activist. I have been a volunteer at One Caucasus festival where I had a chance to interact with local children from villages in Georgia. Moreover, I worked as a Team Leader in AIESEC Azerbaijan. As a team, we created social projects for young people with less access to quality education. At the same time, I have been a Project Director at AEGEE-Baki(European Students Forum). Feeling responsible for the environment, I started to work as a volunteer for the "Eco Baku" social initiative. Additionally, having gained experience as a trainer, I now run a project on gender equality in cooperation with UNAG to empower young people to be the voice of their communities. As a young leader of the Rotary Club, I always try to make positive changes in my community.

Humay Mammadova

Humay Mammadova

Residence:
Baku, Azerbaijan
Occupation:
I am a student
Country of origin:
Azerbaijan

I was born in Omsk, Russia. I studied at school No. 200 in Baku. At university, I realised it was never too late to become socially active. I therefore began attending MUN conferences and volunteering at the ASAN Service and Formula 1. I am now an intern at the Yarat! Contemporary Art Space and Red Crescent Society. I participated in the “Time for development” programme and implemented a project called “ Immortal thoughts”, which aimed at raising literacy levels. I have been a trainer in the legal discussion forum “Illegal migration” and organized a simulation of the OSCE Minsk group.

Ilhama Gasimzade

Ilhama Gasimzade

Residence:
Budapest, Hungary
Occupation:
MA student
Country of origin:
Azerbaijan

I am currently an Erasmus Mundus Master's student at the Central European University and the University of York. My major is European Public Policy. I completed my BA degree at the Academy of Public Administration under the President of Azerbaijan with distinction. I was a Presidential Scholarship holder between 2012-2016. I did my 1st MA degree at the Azerbaijan State University of Economics in International relations. I am a youth worker/trainer. I have worked for the National Youth Council of Azerbaijan for 3 years as an International Relations Officer. In 2017, I was awarded with the "Youth of the Year" Award by the Minister of Youth and Sports because of my active participation in the formation of civil society. I represented the voice of Azerbaijani youth in different European youth events in 2017-2018. Additionally, I am a youth…

Ilyas Farhadli

Ilyas Farhadli

Residence:
Baku, Azerbaijan
Occupation:
Young professional (Digital Baku social entrepreneurship)
Country of origin:
Azerbaijan

I am a young entrepreneur and co-founder of "Digital Baku" - social entrepreneurship, which is committed to creating an enabling environment, which is conducive to and facilitates universal access to information and knowledge. Through multiple initiatives, we want to help create capabilities to identify, produce, process, transform, disseminate and use information to build and apply knowledge for human development. My major is in International Relations, but I have volunteer and work experience with governmental authorities, civil society and the private sector. I can be considered good at project management, entrepreneurship, marketing and public relations.

Jamila Zeynalzade

Jamila Zeynalzade

Residence:
Baku, Azerbaijan
Occupation:
I am a young professional.
Country of origin:
Azerbaijan

I work as a youth worker at the Aran Humanitarian Regional Development Organization and I am a graduate of Azerbaijan State University of Economics and Riga Graduate School of Law.

Javanshir Bayramov

Javanshir Bayramov

Residence:
Baku, Azerbaijan
Occupation:
Student / Youth Worker
Country of origin:
Azerbaijan

I started my studies in International Relations, focusing on the field of public and cultural diplomacy. I have been actively involved in several major projects, including the Erasmus Student Network, American Chamber of Commerce, Ireli Public Union, as an NOCs of the 7th UNAOC Global Forum and 4th World Forum on Intercultural Dialogue, and as a Protocol Team Leader for 4th Islamic Solidarity Games, among others. In parallel, I participated in many international projects including those within Erasmus, TOTs, forums and many local activities organized by the Ministry of Youth, Ministry of Culture and Azerbaijani Youth Foundation. Alongside these activities, I am also a Young Ambassador (Group of 25) of the Baku Expo 2025, the youngest Senior Marshall for BMC, an Emergency Volunteers Team member and trainer of the Azerbaijani Red Crescent Society, and a trainer on topics related to gender, environment and society.

Kamala Hashimova

Kamala Hashimova

Residence:
Baku, Azerbaijan
Occupation:
I am a young professional
Country of origin:
Azerbaijan

I hold a bachelor's degree in American studies from the Azerbaijan University of Languages (2010-2014) and a master's degree in Diplomacy and International Affairs from ADA University (2015-2017). I've previously done internships at the National Assembly of Azerbaijan in 2014, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Azerbaijan in 2016, and the Centre for Economic and Social Development (CESD) in 2017. As part of my master's, I worked for a Capstone project on Sustainable Development Goals in cooperation with UNICEF Azerbaijan and ADA University. In 2017, I participated in EuroSchool, II MilliMUN-National Model UN Conference, and the International Scientific Conference on Sustainable Development. I also took part in many MOBILAZE Migration Studies weekends in 2017-2018 and have been selected as the participant of an International Summer School on Migration in 2018. I am the author of three articles on economic topics that have been published on the CESD website.

Kanan Rahimli

Kanan Rahimli

Residence:
Baku, Azerbaijan
Occupation:
I am a student
Country of origin:
Azerbaijan

Between January and April 2017, I volunteered as a Sales Manager at AISEC , which entailed working with participants, preparing a budget, and ansewering questions from the international audience. Secondly, between May and August, 2017, I interned in the Treasury Department of Unibank CB. Finally, between March and May, 2018, I interned at the Export Promotion Department at AZPROMO.

Lala Rzazade

Lala Rzazade

Residence:
Baku, Azerbaijan
Occupation:
Marketing Manager @ CHELEBI LLC
Country of origin:
Azerbaijan

I'm a smartworking, flexible, ambitious, responsible, imaginative, courageous, enthusiastic and easy going individual with a wide range of interests and experiences. In addition to the cross-cultural experience with EU culture, I have also got the chance to get to know my colleagues' experiences, which are very different from my own. I am passionate about meeting different people and discovering new outlooks which I'm sure will also help me to contribute to our activities more effectively in the future. My wish is for people to be more open to dialogue and to try to change the world in their own small way. Currently I'm in charge of Marketing Activities at CHELEBI LLC, a company specialising in Azerbaijani interior design. Merging old and new is at the core of the business. And so ongoing collaborations with local and international artists, illustrators, designers and crafty people are key to producing their beautiful, original and limited-edition homewares.

Lala Safarli

Lala Safarli

Residence:
Baku, Azerbaijan
Occupation:
Project Coordinator at ICYF-DC
Country of origin:
Azerbaijan

Starting the university years, I participated in various local and international projects where I gained numerous practical and theoretical knowledge. According to my own experiences, such international organizations do not only broaden our perspective but also motivates us to be more involved in society. Three years ago, I went to India as a global volunteer through AIESEC. There, I gained a lifelong experience and understood how much I love and enjoy to work with youth. Since that time I have been involved in various international and local projects that most of them are about social transformation and how to make a positive impact in our community.  

I believe the butterfly effect that even a small action done by any of us can contribute to the big development of the community. Because I know we humans have that power to make the world a better…

Mahammad Kekalov

Mahammad Kekalov

Residence:
Baku, Azerbaijan
Occupation:
I am a student
Country of origin:
Azerbaijan

I am a Harvard educated FLEX alumnus studying Business Administration at the University of Economics in Baku. I'm interested in peacebuilding and cross-cultural dialogue in the South Caucasus region as well as sustainable social equality in Azerbaijan. I work closely with such alliances and organizations trying to come up with innovative and original solutions for these problems. In my free time I casually read or work on film scripts. I'm an amateur filmmaker - I shoot experimental short films.

Nargiz Hajiyeva

Nargiz Hajiyeva

Residence:
Baku, Azerbaijan
Occupation:
I am a young professional
Country of origin:
Nargiz Hajiyeva

I am a PhD candidate, and an International Relations Officer at the Department of International Relations at Azerbaijan State Univeristy of Economics, UNEC. I am a graduate student with honor from Vytautas Magnus University and Institute D'etudes de Politique de Grenoble, Sciences PO. I worked as an independent researcher and research analyst at Corvinus University of Budapest, Cold War History Research Center. I am also a successful participator of International Student Essay Contest, Stimson Institute, titled “how to prevent the proliferation of the world's most dangerous weapons”, held by Harvard University, Harvard Kennedy School and an honored alumnus of European Academy of Diplomacy in Warsaw Poland, between 2014 and 2015.

Narmin Zeynalli

Narmin Zeynalli

Residence:
Baku, Azerbaijan
Occupation:
I am a student
Country of origin:
Azerbaijan

I am currently one of the core members of the "Earthpreneur Azerbaijan" local community. I have previously interned for the United Nations Population Fund in Azerbaijan and a Twinning Ombudsman project. During my exchange experience, I interned as a researcher at a project called “Industrialization and Urban Growth from the Mid-Nineteenth Century Ottoman Empire to Contemporary Turkey in a Comparative Perspective 1850-2000”. In terms of social activities, as a chairperson of the "Sustainable Environment Club" at ADA University, I endeavor to do my best for the community.

Nigar Alizada

Nigar Alizada

Residence:
Baku, Azerbaijan
Occupation:
I am a young professional
Country of origin:
Azerbaijan

Currently, I am studying Master of International Relations and Regional Studies at the University of Tartu in Estonia. In May 2018, I have graduated from Bachelor of Arts and Public Affairs at ADA University in Baku, Azerbaijan. During my academic years, I have become an active member of several student clubs including ADA Model of United Nations, Oikos, and ADA Toastmasters. Later in my studies, I participated in the bilateral exchange program and studied one semester at Vytautas Magnus University in Lithuania. Regarding my work experience, I have attended the internship program at the Embassy of the Republic of Azerbaijan to the Czech Republic. In addition, I have been a member of AIESEC in Azerbaijan as a team leader and the operational manager.

Nijat  Eldarov

Nijat Eldarov

Residence:
Lund, Sweden
Occupation:
I am an intern within a UK-based think-tank Emerging Europe, researching the democratic, social and economic development of Central and Eastern Europe region.
Country of origin:
Azerbaijan

I hold a BA in International Relations from the Academy of Public Administration in Azerbaijan. I am currently pursuing a Master's in European Affairs at Lund University in Sweden through the Visby scholarship programme provided by Swedish Institute. My primary research/interest areas include enlargement and EU Neighbourhood policy and EU migration policy, in particular, visa liberalisation and visa suspension mechanisms, international migration law and international human rights law. I have hitherto undertaken internships at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Azerbaijan, Emerging Europe (a UK-based think tank), Europe without Barriers, (Ukranian civic organisation on visa and migration issues) and enriched my understanding on the social and humanitarian policies at national and international levels. Moreover, I have worked as a researcher in a Council of Europe project on human rights aspects of integration of migrants and a UNODC project on the prevention of drug…

Nurana Verdiyeva

Nurana Verdiyeva

Residence:
Debrecen, Hungary
Occupation:
I am a student
Country of origin:
Azerbaijan

I am a 2nd year Computer Science student at the University of Debrecen. Alongside my academic focus, I dedicate my time to different extracurricular activities. I have previously attended different workshops, including “Promoting Engineering” organized by GəncMİİB in cooperation with BP in Azerbaijan and eTwinning Plus by Erasmus+ to improve my social skills. I have also attended different Erasmus+ programmes in Denmark, Macedonia and Hungary. I am a representative of a local NGO in my city.

Nuray Shahvaladli

Nuray Shahvaladli

Residence:
Xirdalan, Azerbaijan
Occupation:
I am a recent graduate.
Country of origin:
Azerbaijan

I am a recent graduate of a Bachelor's degree in English Language and Literature. Following my graduation, I started my European Voluntary Service hoping to benefit from one of the main objectives of the programme: cultural exchange and experiencing the EU spirit. I am a member of a local NGO and I was previously a member of the board.

Nuriyya Hasanova

Nuriyya Hasanova

Residence:
Baku, Azerbaijan
Occupation:
Project Manager Assistant at Eurasian Partnership Foundation Azerbaijan (EPF)
Country of origin:
Azerbaijan

I hold a BA in International Relations from Baku Engineering University which includes an exchange in Hacettepe University in Turkey. I am also an alumna of the study of U.S. Institutes (SUSI) on Local, State and Federal Public Policymaking in the Southern Illinois University and the Viadrinicum BorderLab programme at the European University of Viadrina in Germany. In addition, I've done an internship in Russia and participated in several Erasmus+ projects. These exchange programmes and training courses contributed greatly to my life and helped me to broaden my horizons and gain experience. I mainly work with youth by organizing project development and management, confidence and capacity building trainings in order to help them to make a positive change in their communities. My main areas of interest is youth engagement, peacebuilding…

Nurlan Suleymanov

Nurlan Suleymanov

Residence:
Baku, Azerbaijan
Occupation:
I am a student
Country of origin:
Azerbaijan

I am a professional tennis and chess player and I am currently a senior student in International Studies at ADA University. I received several awards in honour of my outstanding academic performance. In Spring 2018, I had the chance to experience Erasmus+ exchange life in Budapest, Hungary. I participated in NAYORA's Youth Ambassador programme, where I represented the youth of my country. I was part of the WFYS 2017 in Sochi, where I made many new friends and partners.

Nurlana Dunyamaliyeva

Nurlana Dunyamaliyeva

Residence:
Baku, Azerbaijan
Occupation:
I am a young professional
Country of origin:
Azerbaijan

I graduated from Baku State University's Faculty of Law (magna cum laude) in 2016. As an open-minded young person, I have been involved in several local and international projects. In 2017, I attended the International Development Youth Forum in Tokyo, which helped me to shape my aspirations regarding sustainable development. Together with my team, we developed a project aiming to help garment industry workers in Bangladesh. This project was selected as a winner by a panel of judges. Moreover, during my term in office as Vice-President for Seminars and Conferences at ELSA (European Law Students’ Association) Azerbaijan, I organized several international and local events, such as law schools, trainings and informative sessions for law students and young lawyers across Europe. I am currently working as a lawyer at “AzerGold” CJSCo, and am at the same time, Vice-President for academic activities at ELSA Lawyers' Society.

Orkhan Khanlarov

Orkhan Khanlarov

Residence:
Baku, Azerbaijan
Occupation:
I am a teacher
Country of origin:
Azerbaijan

I graduated from Dunya School with an IB Diploma in 2018. Before that, I've been a part of several debates including the EYP and ADA Highschool Debate Tournament. At the moment, I am taking a gap year and working as a conversation club teacher at BBTK.

Parvin Aghayeva

Parvin Aghayeva

Residence:
Baku, Azerbaijan
Occupation:
I am a young professional
Country of origin:
Azerbaijan

I am very happy to join the Young European Ambassadors' network as I believe it will provide me with the opportunity to put my knowledge into practice. I obtained my BA in Regional Studies on Americe and I am currently working at UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, as a Protection Unit Intern. Furthermore, I am an active member of the Common Sense Youth Organization as part of the international and EVS Coordination Team. I faciliate the application and interview process of national applicants as well as coordinate various local and international projects. I also agined experience in recent years by undertaking an Erasmus+ Training Course and a Youth Exchange. I volunteer with the Youth Power Initiative Group and I have organized local activities within the "Speak For Inclusion" campaign established by Council of Europe.

Parvin Rahimli

Parvin Rahimli

Residence:
Baku, Azerbaijan
Occupation:
I am a young professional
Country of origin:
Azerbaijan

I firmly believe that building bridges lays the foundations for a better future. This motto led me to pursue my BA in International Studies. I remained engaged in student affairs by working for the Azerbaijan Student Youth Organisations’ Union (ASYOU) - the biggest student youth organisation not only in Azerbaijan, but also in the South Caucasus. During my almost six years of service, I worked as Coordinator of the Public Relations department, then as Director of the International Relations department. My term concluded in 2015, and from then on I voluntarily work as a trainer and facilitator for various projects for ASYOU. I also completed a number of internships, most notably at the Youth Foundation under the President of Azerbaijan, which serves as the biggest donor organization to Azerbaijani youth. I provided strategic support to international organizations such as the OIC (Islamic Conference Youth Forum for Dialogue and Cooperation) as well as both participated in several…

Rahila Aghababayeva

Rahila Aghababayeva

Residence:
Baku, Azerbaijan
Occupation:
I am a student
Country of origin:
Azerbaijan

I study Public Administration at ADA University and I am currently an intern at the U.S. Embassy in Baku working in the Protocol section. My volunteering experience started in 2016. Since then, I have volunteered in YARAT, National Club of Automobile in Azerbaijan and the 5th Global Baku Forum. I also participate in various Model of United Nations and European Youth Parliament conferences. I have previously done internships in Avirtel and Aztelecom telecommunication companies. I also work in the External Affairs section at the European Azerbaijan Club at ADA University.

Rana Bayramova

Rana Bayramova

Residence:
Baku, Azerbaijan
Occupation:
I am a student
Country of origin:
Azerbaijan

I study International Relations at Baku State University and I am interested in human rights, politics, law and music. My volunteering experience started in 2014 when I volunteered for Eurovillage. Since then, I have participated in Model United Nations and Model United States simulations as well as the 2018 Euroschool edition.

Roman Gojayev

Roman Gojayev

Residence:
Baku, Azerbaijan
Occupation:
Amateur artist, moderator
Country of origin:
Azerbaijan

I am an amateur artist, young researcher and socially active citizen based in Baku, studying at the Azerbaijan State University of Economics. I am a leader of the Technology and Design Faculty and a representative of the Azerbaijan Science Association.
I am an active member of several organizations and have volunteered in numerous international and national festivals, events and organizations as an event manager, group leader, venue coordinator workshop facilitator and performing artist.
Finally, I am very interested in contemporary art and am therefore doing an internship as a moderator at the YARAT Contemporary Art Space since October 2017.

Rovshan Badalov

Rovshan Badalov

Residence:
Baku, Azerbaijan
Occupation:
Fairmont Baku Hotel, Royal Service and Reservation Agent
Country of origin:
Azerbaijan

I graduated from the Aviation Academy of Azerbaijan in 2016 with a degree in Ecology Engineering. Since childhood, I've had a tremendous interest in nature. Whilst studying at school and university, I realised that environmental protection is vital for the stability of our earth and the prosperity of mankind. I am an optimistic, ambitious and results-driven individual and my objective is to contribute to the fight against climate change. Namely, I believe increased usage of renewable energy can help to prevent further contamination. I have acquired immense international experience due to my involvement in different activities and volunteering experiences directly connected to the EU between 2016-18 years. What I really like about the Young European Ambassadprs' initiative is the possiblity of cross-cultural communication, which allows me to expand my world outlook. I was able to get to know many people and create lifelong friendships. As a returning Young European Ambassador, I am…

Rustam Isgandarov

Rustam Isgandarov

Residence:
Baku, Azerbaijan
Occupation:
I am a student
Country of origin:
Azerbaijan

I study International Studies at ADA University. Previously, I participated in an exchange programme at Michigan State University in the United States, where I was able to improvemy understanding of western values and the idea of being 'stronger together'. Moreover, I did an Internship at the European Parliament, where I expanded my knowledge about the EU Institution and EU values. My major is in European Studies. I am also interested in European Journalism and working for Euronews. I participated in various summer schools about the European Union and European culture. My aim is to promote that culture in Azerbaijan, so we can share the same identity as Europeans.

Saba Aliyeva

Saba Aliyeva

Residence:
Baku, Azerbaijan
Occupation:
I am a young professional
Country of origin:
Azerbaijan

Volunteering in various national and international projects has played a big role in my professional development. I volunteered in such institutions as the Ministry of Education, State Committee on Work with Diaspora, the Ministry of Sport and Youth, in the biggest NGO of South Caucasus – ASYOU, where I worked as the International Relations Coordinator, also worked as volunteer team leader in such departments as Venue Management, NOC and Protocol at the 1st European Games, 42nd World Chess Olympiad, Formula 1 races and other big international sports events. In addition, I led the Art Club in my academy, and in 2016, together with my team, won the Enactus National Championship (the sustainable business project competition) and represented Azerbaijan in World Cup in Canada. During the final course of my bachelor study I started working in Baku City Circuit OC where I was coordinating trainings, conversation clubs and misc. activities for volunteers, and “Accelerate” by Coca-Cola (a…

Sabina Sharifova

Sabina Sharifova

Residence:
Baku, Azerbaijan
Occupation:
I am a student
Country of origin:
Azerbaijan

I did a BA at the Azerbaijani University of Languages and graduated with a double-diploma (Azerbaijan-Essex,UK) as an English language expert. In my junior year, I applied for the Global UGRAD programme and became its finalist in 2016. I've previously studied in Michigan, U.S. for one semester, after which, I started to work as an English teacher. In parallel, I did an Internship at the U.S. Embassy in the Protocol section. I recently began my MA stuies at Kazar University (Linguistics major), and have started to work at the Division of Graduate studies and Research at Khazar. I am a founder of the Y&P youth organization, which stands for Young and Powerful. My NGO deals with local youth's cultural awareness and my project TinY (Talent in You) is sponsored by the US-educated Azerbaijani Alumni Association. I have written a thesis on neurolinguistics and linguistic impairements.

Sama Karimova

Sama Karimova

Residence:
Baku, Azerbaijan
Occupation:
I am a young academic and ESL Instructor.
Country of origin:
Azerbaijan

I graduated from the Azerbaijan University of Languages in 2017 with an undergraduate degree in the Regional Studies of Great Britain. During my undergraduate years (from 2013 to 2017) I took part in various conferences and forums related to my field of study, including United Nations CA, Intercultural Dialogue Forum, Model UN Conferences, etc. Furthermore, between 2013 and 2017, I worked at AUL as a staff member of SYO. I am currently pursuing a master's degree on the Regional Studies of Scanadianvia at the Azerbaijan University of Languages At the same time, I am working at the British Academy as an ESL Instructor. Previously, I also worked as an FL trainer at the Port of Baku and SOCAR. I have also published a number of research articles related to my field of study. Last year, I was selected as a Youth Ambassador of NAYORA.

Samad Mirzayev

Samad Mirzayev

Residence:
Baku, Azerbaijan
Occupation:
Specialist at the Visa Division of Consular Department of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Azerbaijan
Country of origin:
Azerbaijan

I have been an intern at the Azerbaijani Ministry of Foreign Affairs on two occasions as part of the Press Service and Consular-Visa Issues departments. During my internship at the Press Service, I gained a lot of valuable knowledge regarding public diplomacy and public policy, as well as practical skills related to engaging with media, news monitoring and administering documents. One of the highlights was helping to prepare the press conferences between Azerbaijan's Minister of Foreign Affairs, Elmar Mammadyarov, and his counterparts from Turkey, Ukraine, Columbia, Germany as well as the OSCE Secretary General, Lamberto Zannier. Furthermore, I was also responsible for the organization of briefings by the Spokesperson of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Mr. Elman Abdullayev. During my internship at Consular-Visa Issues Department, I gained experience in consular-visa procedures. My knowledge of English, German and Russian gave me the opportunity to improve my skills as a Translator…

Samir Salimzade

Samir Salimzade

Residence:
Malmö, Sweden
Occupation:
I am a young professional
Country of origin:
Azerbaijan

I have a background in International Relations (BA) and Global Political Studies (MA), and have had the opportunity to study in Azerbaijan (ADA University), the United Kingdom (the University of Glasgow), and Sweden (Malmö University). Furthermore, I was honoured to be among eight scholarship recipients from Azerbaijan who were selected for the 'Visby Scholarship Programme'. Besides acquiring theoretical knowledge, I have also practiced my diplomacy skills through an internship at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Azerbaijan. Additionally, I have been involved in many EU-Azerbaijan activities, and participated in various conferences and study trips on democracy, human rights, peacebuilding, regional politics, research methods, etc. in Azerbaijan, Sweden, Belgium, Estonia, Denmark, and Georgia. Currently, I am a board member of Malmö…

Samira Gasimova

Samira Gasimova

Residence:
Baku, Azerbaijan
Occupation:
Economist/ International Bank of Azerbaijan
Country of origin:
Azerbaijan

I work as an Economist at the International Bank of Azerbaijan and I hold a BA degree in World Economics. Previously, I have been board member of the US-educated Azerbaijan Alumni Association and worked for the Public Affairs Section of the U.S. Embassy in Baku. I am a returning YEA. Last year I participated in European Youth event in Strasbourg representing Azerbaijan. I did an Erasmus exchange semester in L'Aquila, Italy and I am also an alumna of the American Councils Youth Leadership programme.

Sevil Suleymanova

Sevil Suleymanova

Residence:
Baku, Azerbaijan
Occupation:
Junior Expert/ UNDP-GEF KURA II Project
Country of origin:
Azerbaijan

Prior to being selected as a YEA, I worked at AIESEC in Azerbaijan. I implemented my own projects in gender equality and environment. I also volunteered for the EU Delegation in Azerbaijan as part of the "Imagine EuroTolerance Festival". Now, my main focus is peace and conflict studies. Currently, I work as an Azerbaijan Junior Gender Mainstreaming and Civil Society İnvolvement Expert at UNDP-GEF KURA II Project. Moreover, I am an Emergency Mobile Team Volunteer for the Azerbaijan Red Crescent Society. I am also working on a movie project about the rights of refugees in Azerbaijan.

Sevinj Novruzova

Sevinj Novruzova

Residence:
Baku, Azerbaijan
Occupation:
I am a student
Country of origin:
Azerbaijan

I am a senior student at ADA University, specializing in International Relations. I see myself as a lifelong student, since I always enjoy learning and experiencing new things, communcating with people from different backgrounds and reading extensively. I am an intern at the AvropadASAN project, implemented jointly by the EU Delegation to Azerbaijan, ADA University and ASAN Radio. Being a part of this project has enhanced my knowledge of the EU, youth affairs and media. Meanwhile, I am a scholar of an Erasmus+ project that gave me an opportunity to continue my studies for six months in Budapest, Hungary. My ERASMUS experience as an exchange student played a tremendous role in enhancing my worldview and developing my sense of multicultural awareness. Furthermore, my participation in an ERASMUS+ training project called ‘I Want To Be A Volunteer’ (2018, 4th-13th of June, Slovenia), which aimed to spread solidarity across various regional and international contexts, also helped me to…

Shafag Fatullayeva

Shafag Fatullayeva

Residence:
Lunteren, the Netherlands
Occupation:
I am a young professional
Country of origin:
Azerbaijan

I am currently an EVS volunteer in the Netherlands and I graduated with a Bachelor degree in Theology from the Baku State University. During my spare time and through my volunteering activities, I aim develop my personal and professional skills, in pursuit of a future diplomatic career. In addition, since 2014, I have been a coordinator of the 'One Caucasus' festival and a board member of the One Caucasus NGO (onecaucasus.org).

Sheyda Karimova

Sheyda Karimova

Residence:
Baku, Azerbaijan
Occupation:
Student (BA in American Studies)
Country of origin:
Azerbaijan

My first Erasmus+ experience occurred when I was in my last year of high school, when I participated in a 10-day exchange in Berlin, Germany. That was the catalyst for my further activism when I began university. I've taken part in various national and international conferences, worked on multiple projects and joined a number of student organisations, trying to find my place in the student community. At the moment, I'm trying to balance my work life with university and the human need to socialise. I wish to make a lasting change in the world, or to ignite the mind that will, which is why I'm currently working as a teacher.

Shujaat Ahmadzada

Shujaat Ahmadzada

Residence:
Baku, Azerbaijan
Occupation:
I am a student
Country of origin:
Azerbaijan

As an International Relations student, I aim to pursue a career in the field of diplomacy and political science. As such, I’m trying to develop my skills and knowledge with the help of articles, books and conferences. I am passionate about learning different languages. I can speak Russian, English, Turkish and I’m learning French and Persian. I would like to specialize in conflict and peace studies. Since 2016, I have been involved in Model United Nations and other simulations. I also did an internship at the Parliament of Azerbaijan and was involved in the work of the OIC for 2 years as a volunteer. Last but not least, I am the UN Young SDG Ambassador focused on Goal 16: Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions. I hope that I will be able to see the whole world and my region as a peaceful and stable place to live in.

Suad Muradov

Suad Muradov

Residence:
Baku, Azerbaijan
Occupation:
I am a student
Country of origin:
Azerbaijan

My name is Suad Muradov, I am a student of Bachelor of Arts in International Studies at ADA University. I have chosen my major due to my prior interest in the field of politics and society as well as my communication skills and abilities in the aspect of conflict resolution. I would like to mention that Model United Nations conferences (I have participated in 8 domestic, one international MUN since November 2016) have helped me a lot to improve my debating and decision making skills enabling me to engage more in the activities of such type where Azerbaijani youth is actively participating. Head Organizer of the "I ADA Cycling Contest" (December 2016); Head of the Department of the Research and Development of the "Car-sharing project" (May, 2017); Intern at the 12th Baku Summer Energy School (July 2018); Intern at "American Chamber of Commerce in Azerbaijan" (present); Member of TESPAM Azerbaijan (present)

Tamara Mammadova

Tamara Mammadova

Residence:
Baku, Azerbaijan
Occupation:
I am a student
Country of origin:
Azerbaijan

I am currently running a student club called "Sustainable Environment". So far I have participated in several trainings, including the 'Basics of Business Journalism and How to prepare and Deliver a Training Session', a mini government conference on the "Nagorno-Karabakh Conflict”, the 2nd School Session of EYP Azerbaijan, a seminar on “EU Energy Policy”, and a research study on “Cognitive Academic Language Taxonomy". I have also interned at the Executive Education department of ADA University and at the Center for Economic and Social Development.

Tofiq Hüseynli

Tofiq Hüseynli

Residence:
Baku, Azerbaijan
Occupation:
I am working in a big company as a translator
Country of origin:
Azerbaijan

I graduated from Baku Eurasian University, majoring in English language and literature. Right now I am working in a big company as a translator. I have previously taught English as a second language(ESL) in Azerbaijan from 2015-2018 and continue to facilitate an open, consistent, and nurturing learning environment where students are motivated to learn and are driven by their own successes and accomplishments. I am an upbeat, positive person with lots of energy.

Tural  Jafarov

Tural Jafarov

Residence:
Baku, Azerbaijan
Occupation:
I am a young professional (TREND News Agency)
Country of origin:
Azerbaijan

I started my education at Baku State University, graduating with a bachelor's degree in International Relations in 2013. Four years later, I obtained an MA in American Studies at the same university. I was selected as `Youth Ambassador' of the National Assembly of Youth Organizations in Azerbaijan in 2018, and am happy to also become a YEA this year. My volunteering experience started in 2009 when I joined `The world of children and young students` NGO as press secretary, becoming the organisation's 'Chairman' in 2014. I started a blog in 2012 to improve myself and help my local community to overcome challenges. Moreover, I worked for three years in the Ministry of Education of Azerbaijan. I also arranged a number of international events, including the 13th International Conference on Management Science and Engineering Management in 2016 and the First Azerbaijan-Romania Inter-University Forum in 2017. This year I revived my career in media as a journalist with TREND News Agency.

Turkan Mammadli

Turkan Mammadli

Residence:
Baku, Azerbaijan
Occupation:
Translator / Correspondent
Country of origin:
Azerbaijan

I did my Bachelor's degree in Linguistics (translation) at the Azerbaijan University of Languages and have been working as a translator since 2011. I am also working as a correspondent/translator at a local news agency. I am an alumna of both AIESEC Azerbaijan and the European Youth Parliament of Azerbaijan. I worked as volunteer in the Netherlands as part of the PCs4Kids project, which aimed to donate computers to orphanages and refugee schools. Moreover, I have taken part in various international and local training programmes and seminars, including the “Youth Employment and Social Inclusion” training in Macedonia, the “Youth Peace Camp” organised by the Council of Europe in Strasbourg, France“, the Conflict School” by PeaCE program and EPF Azerbaijan in Baku/Tbilisi. I was also part of the "Youth Training on Civic Engagement" by UN Association of Georgia and the Young Leaders for a Social and Democratic South Caucasus training in Kvareli, Georgia.

I am a Young…

Zhala Rajabova

Zhala Rajabova

Residence:
Baku, Azerbaijan
Occupation:
I am a student
Country of origin:
Azerbaijan

I have been a volunteer in my small hometown "Khachmaz" for the Khachmaz American Corner, where I taught English to 12 pupils. I organized an event with my team members and have been the Foundation Specialist of the "Caucasus Youth Forum on Women's Role in Society" which was held in Baku and involved more than 72 youth, including university and high school students. The event was supported by Indiana University, the U.S. Department of State and the U.S.Embassy in Baku. There were a lot of discussions on the role of women in Azerbaijan, past and present, as well as in other countries, helping to raise awareness about this topic among young people.