Elin Suleymanov, the Republic of Azerbaijan ambassador to the United States of America, will visit the University Monday, March 11.He will give a lecture on “Azerbaijan and U.S. Relations” at 11 a.m. in Rocket Hall Room 1530. UT students, faculty and staff are welcome to attend.
In 2011, Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev appointed Suleymanov as ambassador to the United States of America. Prior to that, Suleymanov had been the nation’s first consul general to Los Angeles and the Western states; he led a team that established an Azerbaijani diplomatic presence on the West Coast.
Earlier, Suleymanov served as senior counselor at the Foreign Relations Department, Office of the President, in Baku, Azerbaijan, and as press officer of the Azerbaijani Embassy in Washington, D.C.
His experience before joining diplomatic service includes working with the United Nations high commissioner for refugees in Azerbaijan, as well as with the Open Media Research Institute in Prague, Czech Republic, and Glaverbel Czech, a leading manufacturing company in East-Central Europe.
A graduate of the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy in Medford, Mass., Suleymanov also holds graduate degrees from Moscow State University and The University of Toledo.
The 1994 UT alumnus has authored numerous articles and is a frequent presenter at academic events. He speaks Azerbaijani, English, Russian and Czech languages.
Suleymanov’s visit is sponsored by the Center for International Studies and Programs, which supports internationalization efforts at the University by creating links among students, faculty and staff, visiting scholars, and the community that foster cross-cultural understanding and appreciation.