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American Councils for International Education has been administering the Professional Fellows Program (PFP) since 2012.


Fall 2019

Farid Adilov

Farid Adilov

Position: Assistant to the Chairperson, State Committee for Family, Women and Children Affairs of the Republic of Azerbaijan
PFP Placement: The City of Boston Office of Health and Human Services, Boston, Massachusetts
PFP Outbound project: Placement of Children who are Experiencing Homelessness


Nurana Gafilli

Position: Inspector, State Migration Service of the Republic of Azerbaijan
PFP Placement: Upwardly Global, Washington, D.C.
PFP Outbound project: Developing Capacity for Vocational Training and Employment Support for Professional Migrants


Nazim Jafarli

Nazim Jafarli

Position: Assistant to the Minister, Ministry of Communication and New Technologies of Nakhcivan Autonomous Republic

Placement: The Office of the Chief Technology Officer, Washington, D.C.



Spring 2019


Fariz Ahmadov

Current position: Head of Division for Regional Affairs, The Ministry of Economy of The Republic of Azerbaijan

PFP Placement: Office of Small Business Assistance, Oregon Secretary of State, Salem, Oregon.



Nurana Hasanova

Position: Senior Advisor, Department of Social Protection Policy, Ministry of Labour and Social Protection of Population of the Republic of Azerbaijan

PFP Placement: Chicago Metropolitan Battered Women’s Network, Chicago, Illinois



Fall 2018

Ruslan photo for PFP

Ruslan Nuriyev

Position: Senior Advisor, Department of Agrarian Policy Issues, Administration of the President of Azerbaijan

PFP Placement: USDA’s Risk Management Agency, Saint Paul, Minnesota.

PFP Outbound Project: The Risk Management System in the US Agriculture: studying the US practices in the crop insurance, subsidy and funding mechanisms for agricultural entities



Shola Eminbayli

Position: Maker Space Programs Coordinator, Baku American Center

PFP Placement: CoMotion Maker Space, Washington University, Seattle



Ulkar Zaidzade

Position: Leading Specialist, The Institute of Education of the Republic of Azerbaijan
PFP Placement: Easterseals, Chicago, Illinois
PFP Outbound project: All together for Inclusion



Spring 2018



Leyla Aliyeva

Position: IT Engineer, Proton Technologies Inc.
PFP placement: Massachusetts State House, Boston, Massachusetts



Nargiz Aliyeva
Position: Adviser, The Foreign  Relations and Protocol Service Department, The State Committee for Family, Women and Children Affairs
Placement: Maryland Commission for Women, Rockville, Maryland



Fall 2017

AZ Eldar Babazade

Eldar Babazade

Position: Head of Division, International Cooperation and Tax Monitoring in Financial Institutions Department, Ministry of Taxes of the Republic of Azerbaijan

PFP Placement: Cook County Treasurer, Chicago, Illinois

PFP Outbound Project: Integrated Property Tax System Implementation



AZ Sevinj Mammadova

Sevinj Mammadova

Position: Executive Director, Junior Achievement Azerbaijan

PFP Placement: Operation HOPE, Aurora, Colorado

PFP Outbound Project: Assistance with the planning and implementation of various programs, including Banking on our Future (financial literacy), HOPE Business in a Box (entrepreneurship), and Cities United Initiative(providing resources for 18-24 year old men of color).




Aydan Rzayeva

Position: Chief Adviser, State Agency for Public Service and Social Innovations under President of the Republic of Azerbaijan

PFP Placement: Sequim City Government in Sequim, Washington

PFP Outbound Project: Working with local media, and participate in meetings with the local Civil Service Commission, HR department.


Spring 2017

AZ Babyeva, Aysel

Aysel Babayeva

Position: Senior Advisor, Ministry of Ecology and Natural Resources

PFP Placement: City of Atlanta, Office of Sustainability, Atlanta, Georgia

PFP Outbound Project: Work on a variety of projects under any of five teams: Resilient Atlanta, Energy Team, Urban Agriculture Team, Waste Diversion Team, and Water Team.


AZ Mammadzada, Ziya

Ziya Mammadzada

Position: Vice Principal, ISTAK International School

PFP Placement: DC Public Schools, Global Education Team, Washington, D.C.

PFP Outbound Project: Work on various projects, including, but not limited to, the DCPS Study Abroad program, the Embassy Adoption Program (EAP), and the International Food Days Program.



Fall 2016


Emil Ahmadov

Position: Leading Adviser, Department of International Cooperation. The Ministry of Transport, Communications and High Technologies of the Republic of Azerbaijan

PFP Placement: American Public Transportation Association, Washington, DC





Nargiz Ibrahimova

Position:  Director of the Division on Management of international projects, Department on Cooperation with International Organizations, The Ministry of Economy of the Republic of Azerbaijan

PFP Placement: Elevate Energy, Chicago, Illinois




Seymur Valiyev

Position: 1. Chairperson, Bridge to the Future Youth Public Union

                    2. Supervisory Board Member, Azerbaijan Youth Foundation

PFP Placement: Little Rock Workforce Development Board, Little Rock, Arkansas

PFP Outbound Project: Civic Engagement, Entrepreneurship, Youth Employment 




Spring 2016


Seymur Aliyev

Position: Director, “DOST” Center No1

PFP Placement: Sequim City Government, Sequim Washington

PFP Outbound Project: Style of Management 


Sabuhi Rzayev

Position: Leading Adviser, Division on Work with Foreign Mass Media and NGOs, Public and Political Affairs Department, Administration of the President of the  Republic of Azerbaijan

PFP Placement: Boston Centers for Youth and Families: Division of Youth Engagement and Employment, Boston, Massachusetts

PFP Outbound: New Model of Active Citizenship and Empowering Youth


Fall 2015


Anar Mirzayev

Position: Head Teacher, Education Center of the Ministry of Taxes of the Republic of Azerbaijan

PFP Placement: City of Chicago Board of Ethics, Chicago, IL

PFP Outbound Project: Establishment of Ethics Control Board and determination of requirements for Ethic Attorneys 


Spring 2015

Baybala Aghayev
Position: Senior Financial Analyst, Molbulak NBCO LLC
PFP Placement: Wisconsin State Representative John Macco, Madison, Wisconsin
PFP Outbound Project: Introduction of Manufacturing Tax Credit as a Major Incentive to Boost the Non-oil Sector

Elvira Ismayilova
Position: Public Relations Manager, “ASAN” Volunteers Youth Organization
PFP Placement: Youth Guidance, Chicago, IL

Vusal Mammadov
Position: Head of Organizational and Legal Department, Trade Union of State Organization and Public Service Workers
PFP Placement: Office of Human Resources, Rockville, Maryland
PFP Outbound Project: Implement Alternative Dispute Resolution in Azerbaijan

Fall 2014

Fegan Huseynov

Fagan Huseynov
Position: Head of Non-formal Education and Social Activities Department, Istak Lyceum
PFP Placement: Girls in the Game in Chicago, IL
PFP Outbound Project: “Young Ladies Union”

Spring 2014


Firdovsi Aghashirinov
Position: Senior Specialist, Financial Markets Supervision Authority of the Ministry of Finance of the Republic of Azerbaijan
PFP Placement: United States Department of Agriculture Risk Management Agency St. Paul Regional Office located in St. Paul, Minnesota.
PFP Outbound Project: “Enhancing crop Insurance system in Azerbaijan”

Ilkin Hajiyev
Position: Third Secretary/Election Officer, Permanent Mission of Azerbaijan to the United Nations in New York
PFP Placement: Global Kids in New York, NY
PFP Outbound Project: “Youth Leadership Program Development”

Rashad Huseynov

Rashad Huseynov
Position: National Director, SOS Children Village Azerbaijan
PFP Placement: Quality Trust for Individuals with Disabilities, Washington DC
PFP Outbound Project: “Situation Assessment of Azerbaijan Republic Deinstitutionalisation State Program (2006-2015) which targeted Persons with Developmental Disabilities”

Fall 2013

Tural Ahmad

Tural Ahmad
Position: Migration manager, Baker Hughes GE Company
PFP Placement: Election Division, Colorado Department of State located in Denver, CO.
PFP Outbound Project: “Assistance to electoral initiatives and reforms in the Republic of Azerbaijan in 2014”

Anar Rzayev

Anar Rzayev
Position: Member, Khatai Municipality
PFP Placement: City of Sacramento, Office of City Councilmember Jay Schenirer, located in Sacramento, CA.
PFP Outbount Project: “Local self-governments: similarities, differences, challenges and new trends for future development”

Spring 2013

Murad Mammadov

Murad Mammadov
Positon: Design, Monitoring and Evaluation Manager,World Vision International, Baku.
PFP Placement: Minnesota State Council on Disability, Saint Paul, Minnesota.
PFP Outbount Project: “Let’s include all children.”

Spring 2012


Orkhan Musayev 

Position: Head of the International Relations Department. Ministry of Taxes of the Republic of Azerbaijan
PFP Placement: US Congress. Office of the Senator Dan Coats. Washington DC

Fuad Mayilov 

Fuad Mayilov
Position: Head of Strategic Development Department, Exam Center of Azerbaijan Republic
PFP Placement: Law Library of Congress in Washington, D.C.