ADA
Leadership

ADA University is proud of its success. We strive to provide quality education in Azerbaijan, where public and private sectors’ expanding needs for young, well-trained professionals paves the way for our pursuit of academic excellence.

Rector Hafiz Pashayev

Meet the Rector

Meet the Rector

The founding Rector of ADA University, Ambassador Hafiz Pashayev is also the Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Azerbaijan. After 13 years of tenure (1993-2006) as the country’s first Ambassador to the United States, Hafiz Pashayev found himself with the unexpected career of launching Azerbaijan’s first academy for young diplomats. The goal of this training institute was to recruit a crash course in modern diplomacy new to the country and to give them skills for the advancement of foreign policy goals. Rector Pashayev’s vision for ADA extended beyond education, however, he imagined this place as an intellectual epicenter with responsibilities to Azerbaijani society, largely to cultivate innovative leaders with a global perspective, who will, in turn, offer fresh insights and solutions to the challenges the country faces. Thus, short-term training programs grew into full undergraduate and graduate interdisciplinary programs attracting the brightest applicants and molding the generation with the new mentality. A scholar himself, Professor Pashayev received his degrees in Physics from Azerbaijan State University over time and joined the Physics Institute of the Azerbaijan National Academy of Sciences, advancing from the position of  researcher to the head of the Metal Physics laboratory. Although sharing two offices - at ADA University and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs-Rector Pashayev spends most of his time on campus and in close interaction with the University community. You can often spot him dining with students at the Student Center and discussing global affairs, life and his passion for jazz music.

Board of Trustees

ADA University Board of Trustees is comprised of accomplished and influential leaders who come from government and private sectors. The permanent and elected members oversee the University’s mission and guide and steer its operations according to University by laws. The board advises on the best trends and practices in the field of education, supports fundraising activities and promotes the University brand.

University Senate

The governing body of the University is the University Senate. It is the primary venue for discussion of University-wide issues and enables communication between various constituencies at ADA University. The University Senate provides a forum for considering matters directly related to the well-being of ADA University. The University Senate has the authority to discuss and express its views on any matter of interest to the University and to make recommendations to the Rector, Vice Rectors and to faculty. The Senate conducts its functions as a body and via committees and persons duly delegated to act on its behalf. 


Current University Senate Membership

Permanent Members


Dr. Hafiz Pashayev, Rector (Chairman of the Senate)
Dr. Vafa Kazdal, Vice Rector of Academic Affairs
Fariz Ismailzade, Executive Vice Rector
Dr. Anar Valiyev, Dean, School of Public and International Affairs
Dr. Elkin Nurmammadov, Dean, School of Business
Dr. Araz Yusubov, Dean, School of IT and Engineering
Elchin Mammadov, Director, ADA Library
Gunay Ziyadova, Director of Admissions and Student Records

Elected Members

Dr. Kavus Abushov, Assistant Professor, School of Public and International Affairs
Dr. Vener Garayev, Assistant Professor, School of Public and International Affairs
Dr. Farhad Huseynov, Associate Professor, School of Business
Dr. Azar Abizade, Associate Professor, School of Business
Dr. Ulviyya Mikayilova, Assistant Professor, School of Education
Aykhan Nasibly, Instructor, School of Education
Emil Abbasov, Instructor, School of IT and Engineering
Farid Ahmadov, Instructor, School of IT and Engineering
Irada Vahabova, Instructor, English for Academic Purposes Program