Champion of the IUCN World Parks Congress 2014

Leyla Aliyeva is passionate about conservation. In 2011 Leyla founded IDEA  the International Dialogue for Environmental Action which aims to promote public awareness and action on environmental issues in Azerbaijan and around the globe.  IDEA focuses on young people and working with them to find solutions to the environmental problems that we face.  In April this year IDEA hosted the Caucasus Cat Summit in Baku to discuss steps to help protect one of the areas most under threat species – the Caucasian leopard. Leyla Aliyeva is also Vice President of the Heydar Aliyev Foundation. The Foundation, which was set up in honour of her Grandfather, promotes cultural and artistic projects in Baku and around the world.  In 2010 Leyla created the 'Fly to Baku' exhibition of contemporary Azeri art that was launched in London and has since travelled to Paris, Berlin, Vienna, Rome and Moscow. Leyla is Editor-in-Chief of Baku Magazine. Baku Magazine was founded in Moscow in Russian in 2007 and has since been developed, in collaboration with Conde Nast, into an English language version which launched in London in October 2011 and is on sale around the world.  The magazine is a chance to explore art, culture and Azerbaijan.

Leyla has been involved in a number of organisations which promote intercultural dialogue. In 2008, Leyla Aliyeva became the General Coordinator of the OIC Youth Forum on Intercultural Dialogue and in 2009, she was elected Chairwoman of the Azerbaijani Youth Organization of Russia – AMOR.  In July 2011, the 'Taraggi' award was conferred upon Leyla Aliyeva for her contributions to the development of Azerbaijani-Russian relations. She was also given the 'Key To Life' award in New York in November 2011, for her involvement in humanitarian projects benefiting children.

Leyla Aliyeva was born on July 3 1985 in Moscow. She has twin sons.

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