Spring 2001 (9.1)
||Valeh Alasgarov, General Manager of SOCAR's Foreign
Investment Division, has been involved with Azerbaijan's oil
contracts with foreign companies since the very beginning - in
1994, when the "Contract of the Century" (Azeri-Chirag-Gunashli)
was signed. Valeh has more than 30 years of experience in the
oil industry and one of the brightest minds to match it. Read
his thoughts about some of the current developments in SOCAR's
||At 21, Vafa
Mastanova, Baku Office Manager for Azerbaijan International,
is probably the youngest manager in all of Baku. She's also one
of the most capable. In her past four years with the magazine,
she has been a dynamic, driving force behind our operations,
especially in management and marketing. She is truly indispensable.
In 1998, as Founding Webmaster, Vafa put up the first 1,000 works
of art on our Web site: AZgallery.org.
Currently, 1,700 works by 115 artists are on display.
Journalist Khayal Taghiyev hosts three popular TV shows
in Azerbaijan, including "Firing Line", a talk show
that brings Azerbaijanis and Armenians together to talk about
issues related to the Karabakh war. Based on his experiences,
Khayal is surprisingly optimistic about the possibility that
both sides will eventually be able to arrive at peace together.
"Of course, it will take time," he adds.
If there's a new development in Azerbaijan's entertainment industry
- whether it's a cutting-edge TV program like "Firing Line"
or a new pop sound like Industrial Mugham or Dayirman - chances
are, Vahid Mustafayev has had a hand in it. Vahid owns Azerbaijan
News Service (ANS), the most respected independent TV station
in Azerbaijan, along with VVS Studio, which produced the Industrial
Mugham and Leyla and Dayirman CDs that are featured in this issue.
||As an AI Staff
Member, Narges Abadi is known for her enthusiasm, patience
and willingness to learn. She's also the only one of us who can
read the Azeri language in three different scripts - Cyrillic,
Latin and Arabic. Narges' expertise in converting Azeri Latin
to Azeri Arabic has been especially helpful in building up the
Arabic section of our Web site at AZERI.org,
which offers selections from Azeri literature in both scripts.
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