Class 12 (2013-2015)

Geysar Gurbanov, Azerbaijan

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill – Russian & Eastern European Studies

Geysar Gurbanov is a human rights activist who advocates for a peaceful resolution of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict between Azerbaijan and Armenia. He graduated from Baku State University with a degree in law. In 2005-2006, he studied Administration of Law and Justice in Washington State through a fellowship program of the U.S. Department of State. Before running for 2009 Municipal Elections, he was employed as an executive director at the NATO Information Centre. His professional portfolio includes work with OSCE-ODIHR, EPF-CRRC, British Council, and IREX. As a consultant and legal expert he was advising Council of the European Union in matters concerning human rights and political issues in Azerbaijan from 2008 till 2011. Meanwhile, he was a president of the Rotaract Club of Baku International and a vice-chairman of the U.S. Educated Azerbaijan Alumni Association. He also administered various projects in the field of human rights, intercultural dialogue, and conflict resolution.

Applied Field Experience

Harvard University, Massachusetts, USA