Ilham Heydar oglu Aliyev was born in December 24 of 1961 in Baku.
He attended a secondary school in Baku from 1967 until 1977.
In 1977 he entered the Moscow State University of International Relations (MSUIR).
In 1982 after graduation Mr. Aliyev continued his education as the postgraduate student in MSUIR.
In 1985 he finalized his research works and received a PhD degree in history.
During the years of 1985-1990 he lectured at the Moscow State University of International Relations.
From 1991 to 1994 he led a group of private industrial-commercial enterprises.
During 1994-2003 he was the Vice-President, and later the First Vice-President of the State Oil Company of the Republic of Azerbaijan (SOCAR). He has been actively involved in the implementation of Heydar Aliyev's oil strategy.
He is author of many research works on geopolitical aspects of oil strategy of sovereign Azerbaijan. He is the doctor of political sciences.
In 1995 and 2000 he was twice elected to the Milli Majlis (Parliament) of the Republic of Azerbaijan.
In 2003 he ceased his activity as the Member of Parliament due to his appointment to the post of Prime Minister of the Republic of Azerbaijan.
Since 1997 Mr. Ilham Aliyev has been the President of the National Olympic Committee of Azerbaijan. For his great contribution to the development of sports and Olympic movement Mr. Aliyev was awarded the highest order of International Olympic Committee and "Grand Cordon" Order of Merit of International Military Sport Council.
In political career, he was elected Deputy Chairman of the New Azerbaijan Party in 1999, First Deputy Chairman in 2001 and Chairman of the Party in 2005.
From 2001 to 2003 he was the head of the Azerbaijani Parliamentary delegation to the Parliamentary Assembly of Council of Europe (PACE).
In January 2003 he was elected as Deputy Chairman of the Parliamentary Assembly of Council of Europe and member of the PACE Bureau.
In August 4 2003, following the approval of the Milli Majlis (Parliament) he was appointed as the Prime Minister of the Republic of Azerbaijan.
In October 15, 2003 he was elected as the President of the Republic of Azerbaijan. More than 76% of voters supported Ilham Aliyev's candidacy during the elections. He assumed his post in 31 October 2003.
In April of 2004 Mr. Aliyev was awarded a medal and diploma of honorable member of PACE for his active participation in PACE events and commitment to European values.
Ilham Aliyev has been elected to the second term of the President of the Republic of Azerbaijan by gaining 88% of votes of electorate in the elections held on October 15, 2008. He started to execute the Office of the President of the Republic of Azerbaijan since October 24, 2008.
He was re-elected President of the Republic of Azerbaijan for the third time by gaining 84.54% of vote in the presidential elections held on October 9, 2013 and took office after the swearing-in ceremony on October 19.
Mr. Aliyev is fluent in English, Russian, French and Turkish.
Mr. Aliyev is married, has three children and three grandchildren.
President Aliyev’s decorations and awards include: Heydar Aliyev Order (the Republic of Azerbaijan), Ihsan Dogramacı Prize for International Relations for Peace (Turkey), The Star of Romania Order (Romania), King Abdul Aziz Order (Kingdom of Saudi Arabia), Order of Honor (Georgia), Grand Cross of the Legion of Honor (France), Sheikhulislam Order (Republic of Azerbaijan), Prepodobniy Sergiy Rodonejskiy first degree Order of Russian Orthodox Church, Grand Cordon Order of Merit (International Military Sport Council), Honorary decoration of International Confederation of Sport Organizations of CIS countries, highest order of FİLA Sport legend, Grand Cross of Order of Merit of the Republic of Poland (Republic of Poland), Order of Prince Yaroslav Mudry of 1st Class (Ukraine), Mubarak Al-Kabeer Order (Kuwait), Gold medal of the Hellenic Republic (Greece), Badge of Honor of European Fair Play Movement, Order of the Three Stars (Commander of the Grand Cross) (Latvian Republic); The National Order "Faithful Service" in rank of Grand Cross Special Order (Romania), Order of “İsmoiliSomoni” (Tajikistan), Order of the State of Republic of Turkey (Turkey);
Honorary Doctor of Lincoln University (USA), Honorary Doctor of the Moscow State University of International Relations, Honorary Professor of L.N.Gumilev Eurasian National University (Kazakhstan), Honorary Doctor of Bilkent University (Turkey), Honorary Doctor of National Academy for Taxes (Ukraine), Honorary Doctor of Petroleum and Gas University of Ploesti (Romania), Honorary Professor of University of National and World Economy (Bulgaria), Honorary Doctor of Kyung Hee University (South Korea), Honorary Doctor of Jordan University (Jordan), Honorary Doctor in Social Sciences of the Corvinus University (Republic of Hungary), Honorary Professor of Moscow State University (Russian Federation), Honorary Doctor of the Kiev National University named after Taras Shevchenko (Ukraine), Honorary Professor of the Turkmenistan State University after Makhtumkuli (Turkmenistan), Honorary Doctor of the Baku State University (Azerbaijan), Honorary Professor of the Belarus State University (Republic of Belarus), Honorary Doctor of the Ankara University (Turkey), Honorary Doctor of Cukurova University (Turkey), Honorary Professorship in History by Renmin University (China).