Born in Baku four years before Azerbaijan gained its independence, Elvin grew through political and economic crisis witnessing war and hostilities, which, he believes, shaped his philosophy and vision. Elvin is an alumnus of Edmund S. Muskie Fellowship program, which is the program of the US Department of State Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. During the two years spent in the USA studying towards his MBA within the framework of this fellowship he also worked for the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas assisting the Chief Policy Adviser in his research of DFW metro-area mortgage market. Upon his graduation from the Neeley School of Business at TCU, he returned back to his home country to make positive changes happen. He taught management science in two of the major universities in Azerbaijan and participated as a trainer in various youth organizations, such as AIESEC Azerbaijan. Elvin has extensive experience in telecommunications industry, and lead marketing departments and product development teams in two telecommunications companies in Azerbaijan. Moreover, together with his lead researcher, he co-authored a paper on “Effects of Managerial Practices on Knowledge Production in Think Tanks”, and was invited to present at the CESS conference at Harriman Institute, Columbia University. Elvin currently resides in Canada where he is involved in pricing and product strategy of Bell Canada, one of the oldest telecom companies in the world. Outside of professional interests he likes photography, reading and clubbing. His motto in life is “Striving for excellence and value creation”.