New Permanent Representative of Azerbaijan Presents Credentials to the Director-General of the United Nations Office at Geneva
Galib Israfilov, the new Permanent Representative of Azerbaijan to the United Nations Office at Geneva, today presented his credentials to Tatiana Valovaya, Director-General of the United Nations Office at Geneva.
Prior to his appointment to Geneva, Mr. Israfilov had been serving as Azerbaijan’s Ambassador to Austria, Slovenia and Slovakia, as well as the Permanent Representative of Azerbaijan to the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe and Vienna-based United Nations organizations from July 2011 to July 2021. He also served as third and then second secretary at the Embassy of Azerbaijan to Austria and the Permanent Mission of Azerbaijan to the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe from November 1999 to December 2002. He served as a Counsellor for political affairs at the Embassy of Azerbaijan in Washington, United States from July 2009 to May 2011. From January 2003 to January 2005, Mr. Israfilov served as second secretary, then first secretary at the Permanent Mission of Azerbaijan to the United Nations in New York.
A career diplomat, Mr. Israfilov joined the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Azerbaijan in 1996. Among other positions, he was the Deputy Director of the Department of Security Affairs at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs from August 2007 to June 2009, and Head of Division at the same Department from May 2005 to August 2007.
Mr. Israfilov has a degree in international relations from Baku State University in Azerbaijan (1991-1996) and another in international relations from Georgetown University, Washington D.C., United States (1997). He was born on 9 May 1975 in Azerbaijan and is married with three sons.