Fariz Ismailzade is Executive Vice Rector at the ADA University (since 2006), Board member of State Examination Center (since 2016), and visiting research fellow at Princeton University (2021). Mr. Ismailzade has a Doctoral Degree from the Maastricht School of Management. He holds an Executive MBA from IE Business School (Spain), a Masters Degree in Social and Economic Development from Washington University in St. Louis, and a BA in Political Science from Western University in Baku with one-year interim studies at Wesleyan University in Connecticut.
Mr. Ismailzade has done research at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) in Washington, D.C, and the Embassy of Azerbaijan in the US. His research interests include political affairs in the Caucasus and Central Asia, energy security, and development. He has presented papers at the symposiums at Heritage Foundation, MGIMO, Columbia University, Stanford University, Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, UCLA, and Vienna Diplomatic Academy as well as at international conferences such as Association for Study of Nationalities (ASN), Wilton Park Conferences, Middle East Studies Association (MESA), German Marshall Fund, and NATO Advanced Research Workshop. Mr. Ismailzade has regularly published with Eurasianet.org, Transitions on Line, Jamestown Daily Monitor, and Central Asia-Caucasus Analyst, Institute for War and Peace Report, East-West Institute, Analysis of Current Events, Freedom House, and Caucasus Context. Most recently he co-edited the books South Caucasus 2021: Oil, Democracy and Geopolitics (2011, Jamestown Foundation Press, 2012) and Azerbaijan in Global Politics: Crafting Foreign Policy (2009, ADA Press).