Dr. Abulfas Garayev is the Minister of Culture and Tourism of the Republic of Azerbaijan since 2006. Is also the chair of the National Commission of the Republic of Azerbaijan for ISESCO and the chair of the Organizing Committee of the World Forum on Intercultural Dialogue. Previously, he held the position of Minister of Youth, Sport and Tourism from 2001 to 2006, Minister of Youth and Sport from 1994-2001. He was the chair of the National Organizing Committee of the 7th UNAOC Global Forum in 2015. He is vice-chair of the National Commission of Azerbaijan for UNESCO. Mr. Garayev is a President of the ISESCO General Conference for 2016-2018 and recently was appointed chair of the National Commission for ISESCO and also Executive Council of the World Tourism Organization (2016). A. Garayev received his PhD in philosophy and culture from the Academy of Social Sciences, Moscow-Russia (1992) and degree from University of Foreign Languages and Pedagogy in Baku Azerbaijan, in 1978. He is author of several books and is an Associate Professor of Azerbaijan Tourism Institute since 2006.