President of IFSPD

Current President

DIMITAR KOSTOV - President of IFSPD since June 2017.

Brief autobiography

Dimitar Kostov was born on September 8, 1932 in Staroselets, Pleven, Bulgaria.

Graduated from the Faculty of Law of Sofia University and the Diplomatic Academy in Moscow.


  • In the Ministry of Foreign Affairs from 1964 to 1992
  • 1964-1968 - Member of the Bulgarian Delegation at the Conference on Disarmament in Geneva
  • 1968-1972 - Second Secretary in the Permanent Mission to the United Nations in New York
  • 1977-1982 - Ambassador, Deputy of the Permanent Representative to the United Nations in New York
  • 1982- 1988 - Director of the Department "UN and Disarmament" in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs
  • 1988-1992 - Ambassador, Permanent Representative to the United Nations in Geneva and New York.
  • 1995-1999 - Secretary of the Legislative Council of the People's Assembly
  • 2002-2006 - Member of the Presidential Council for European Integration
  • 2002-2012 - Chairman of the Bulgarian Diplomatic Association
  • Since 2012 the Honorary Chairman of the Bulgarian Diplomatic Association
  • Chairman of the UN Commission on Disarmament
  • Deputy of the Chairman of the UN Economic and Social Council and Chairman of the Social Committee
  • Deputy of the Chairman of the UN Committee on the Non-Use of Force.

CHINGIZ ABDULLAYEV – President of BSCSIF since May 2015

Brief autobiography

Chingiz Abdullayev Akifovich was born on April 7, 1959, in Baku, Azerbaijan.


  • Member of the USSR Union of Writers and a member of Union of Azerbaijani Writers since 1989. Vice-president of the Azerbaijan PEN-Club since 1990.
  • In March 1991, at the IX congress of the Union of Azerbaijani Writers was elected as a Secretary of Board of the Union of Azerbaijani Writers.
  • In October 1997, at the X Congress of the Union of Azerbaijani Writers was re-elected as a Secretary of Board of the Union of Azerbaijani Writers.
  • In May 2004, at the XI Congress of the Union of Azerbaijani Writers was re-elected as a Secretary of Board of the Union of Azerbaijani Writers.
  • The national writer of Azerbaijan – since July, 2005.
  • Professor of the Department of Criminal Law of the Azerbaijan International University – since November, 2006.
  • In March 2009 – one of the founders of the International Fund for Cooperation and Partnership of the Black Sea and the Caspian Sea.
  • From February 2010 to December 2013 – Member of the Board of State Prizes of the Republic of Azerbaijan on science, culture and literature.
  • In January 2011 was elected as a President of the PEN – Club of Azerbaijan.
  • Since July 2011 – member of the Coordination Council of World Azerbaijanis.
  • In 2011-2012, Chingiz Abdullayev acted as an Executive producer of the documentary film by Andrew Thompson and Lucy Bailey “The Waiting” / United Kingdom, 2012.
  • Since September 2013 – Member of the Board of Directors of the International Fund for Cooperation and Partnership of the Black Sea and the Caspian Sea.
  • Since December 2013 – Member of the Board of State Prizes of the Republic of Azerbaijan on science, technology, architecture, culture and literature.
  • In June 2014 at the XII Congress of the Union of Azerbaijani Writers reconfirmed as a Secretary of the Union of Azerbaijani Writers.
  • Since October 2014 – Honorary Doctor of the University of Library Science and Information Technology (Sofia, Bulgaria).
  • Since March 31, 2015 – Chairman of the Supervisory Board of the professional football club “Neftchi” (Baku).
  • Since May 23, 2015 President of the International Fund for Cooperation and Partnership of the Black Sea and the Caspian Sea.

Dr. ISMAIL SAFI - President of the BSCSIF since September 2013

Brief autobiography

Dr. ISMAIL SAFI was born on January 20 in 1968 in Rize, Turkey.


He graduated from the Hacettepe University , the Department of Public Administration in 1994 and received his Master's and PhD degree from the University of Ankara in the field of Political Science.

  • 2002 - 2010 - Held office as the chief of Eurasian Democracy Association
  • 2010 - 2017 - Held office as the chief of Eurasian Civil Society Cooperation Association
  • 2013 – 2015 - Held office the President of the International Fund for Cooperation and Partnership of the Black Sea and the Caspian Sea
  • 2015 – 2017 - As the head of Advisory Committee of Turkish American Business Association
  • 2008 - 2016 - As OSCE Electoral Observer, he attended the elections in Azerbaijan, Kirghizstan, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan.
  • 2012 - He was invited to the United States within the framework of “Visitor Leadership” program hosted by the American Ministry of Foreign Affairs. He watched the American Presidential Elections and researched on American Electoral System
  • 2001 - He is a founding member of the Justice and Development Party (AK Party)
  • 2002 – 2007 - Held office as the vice chairman of AK Party Foreign Affairs
  • 2002 – 2010 - Member of the AK Party Foreign Affairs Advisory Committee
  • 2008 – 2011 - Assistant Secretary -General of AK Party
  • 2011 – 2015 - He was elected as Istanbul Member of Parliament in the Grand National Assembly of Turkey
  • 2011 – 2015 - He was assigned as the member of Foreign Affairs Commission of Grand National Assembly of Turkey
  • 2013 – 2015 - Member of NATO Parliamentary Assembly
  • 2011 – 2013 - chairman of the Turkish Group of Black Sea Economic Cooperation Parliamentary Assembly (KEİPA)
  • 2011 – 2015 - He was elected as the member of inter – parliamentary friendship group; and held office as the vice chairman of friendship groups of Russia, Kazakhstan, Holland and Italy

Prof. Dr. ELDAR HASANOV - Secretary-General, Vice-president IFSPD since March 2013

Brief autobiography

Prof. Dr. Eldar Hasanov was born on October 10, 1955 in Kelbajar, Azerbaijan Republic.


He graduated from the Azerbaijan Technical Institute in 1972-1977 and Academy of

Ministry of Internal Affairs of USSR, law faculty in 1978-1983.

  • 1977-1990 - Ministry of Internal Affairs, inspector, chief inspector, chief of the Criminal Investigation department, head of polis department, head of criminal investigation department of Baku;
  • 1990-1992 - Head of Police Department of Ganja city (second city of Azerbaijan) of the Republic of Azerbaijan;
  • 1992-1993 - Head of National Bureau of INTERPOL in Azerbaijan;
  • 1993 - First Deputy Minister of Internal Affairs of the Republic of Azerbaijan;
  • 1993-1995 - General Prosecutor’s Office of the Republic of Azerbaijan, First Deputy of General Prosecutor;
  • 1995-2000 - General Prosecutor of the Republic of Azerbaijan;
  • 2000 - Azerbaijan Pedagogical University, assistant professor;
  • January 1, 2001 - Coordinator of International Council on Alcohol and Addictions and UN programmes for CIS countries and Turkey;
  • March 28, 2013 - Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Republic of Azerbaijan to Romania;
  • September 14, 2009 - Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Republic of Azerbaijan to Republic of Serbia with residence in Bucharest;
  • July 28, 2010 - Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Republic of Azerbaijan to Montenegro with residence in Bucharest;
  • August 30, 2010 - Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Republic of Azerbaijan to Bosnia and Herzegovina with residence in Bucharest;
  • 2001-2011 - Official representative of the Republic of Azerbaijan to the South-Eastern Cooperation Initiative Regional Center for Trans-border Crimes (Bucharest, Romania);
  • Since March 28, 2013 - Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Republic of Azerbaijan to the Republic of Serbia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro with residence in Belgrade;
  • Vice-Chairman of the International Union of Lawyers (Moscow, Russian Federation);
  • Member of the European Association of Lawyers for Democracy and World Human Rights (Dusseldorf, Germany)
  • Member of International Council on Alcohol and Addictions (ICAA) and Director of regional office of ICAA for Eastern Europe and Central Asia (Bucharest, Romania);
  • Honorary member of the National Anti-Drugs Agency (Bucharest, Romania);
  • Vice-President and Secretary-General of the International Foundation for Sustainable Peace and Development (central office Bucharest, Romania)

Mrs. ELMIRA UYGUN - Executive Director of IFSPD since June 2017.

Brief autobiography

Elmira Uygun was born on October 5, 1985 in Samarkand, Uzbekistan..


She graduated from Istanbul University, Institute of Social Sciences, Department of Political Sciences and International Relations in 2008-2012 (Master’s Degree). Samarkand State Institute of Foreign Languages, Translation Department in 2003-2007 (Bachelor’s Degree).

  • 2005 - 2007 - Teacher of Turkish for adults
  • 2005 - 2007 - Teacher of English in General education school No. 67 in Samarkand
  • 2008 - 2010 - Simultaneous translation for TIKA (Turkish Cooperation and Coordination Agency) Istanbul
  • 2009 - 2010 - Translation of documentary films from Turkish into Uzbek for TV channel TRT AVAZ
  • 2014 May - 2017 June - Coordinator of Istanbul Office of Black Sea - Caspian Sea International Fund (BSCSIF) International Center for Support and Coordination of Economic Cooperation (ICSCEC)
  • 2016 August - 2017 July - Project Coordinator in Infoline Guidance and Call Center Services Joint-Stock Company
  • 2017 June - to this day - Executive Director of International Foundation for Sustainable Peace and Development (IFSPD)

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