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Theme: Breaking the Mold

This event occurred on
November 24, 2023
Baku, Abşeron

Join us for "Breaking the Mold," an intellectual symposium aimed at young visionaries poised to challenge conventional wisdom and societal norms. This event invites trailblazers to share transformative ideas that inspire change and disruption in our ever-evolving world.

Azerbaijan British College (Assembly Hall)
Mikail Aliyev 20-41
Second floor
Baku, Abşeron, AZ1096
Event type:
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Aysel Suleymanova

Founder and Chairperson of Marketing, Communications and BD Committee of AmCham
Aysel is ex-Big4 and has a few years of experience in marketing and communications domain in multinational and multicultural organizations. Aysel is focused on strategic communications, functional transformation and value proposition for the C-suit. She supports stakeholders with reputation, brand and generation of demand.

Farhad Parvizi

Active economics blogger, news commentator, free market advocate.
Farhad Parvizi is a co-founder of iBloom consulting company. Prior to establishing iBloom, he spent 24 years in both private and government enterprises and has diverse experience in economics, finance, supply chain, and organizational behaviour. He holds a Master's degree from Arizona State University, an MBA in Operations Management, a Bachelor's in Management, and another Bachelor's in Aerospace Engineering. Farhad is also a Micromasters credential holder in Supply Chain Management from MIT. He is the author of the first popular book on economics in Azerbaijan - “Economic Self-Defence Lessons”.

Laman Aliyeva

A researcher at ADA University
Laman Aliyeva. Specialized in technology since the age of 13, and gained a solid background in the field of digital marketing for 4+ years.

Murad Najafaliyev

A year 13 A-level STEM student in this school.
Murad is an A-level student in ABC. Physics has always fascinated him, so much so that he has taken its courses in university summer programs and self-studied it intensely. This has always pushed him to think creatively and be curious about the underlying phenomenon of stuff that may seem very boring.

Nargiz Bagirova

A photographer meditator
Nargiz is a visionary photographer hailing from diverse artistic backgrounds, brings a unique perspective to the world of visual storytelling. With a creative journey shaped by a myriad of schools of thought, Nargiz seamlessly blends techniques and styles, creating a captivating narrative through the lens.

Nigar Arpadarai

Member of Parliament of Azerbaijan
Nigar holds both a Bachelor’s and a Master’s degree in Law & International Relations from Baku State University. Nigar actively engages in the protection of women’s and children’s rights. Her experience and knowledge have provided her with a deep understanding of issues around wellbeing of communities and contributed to Nigar’s active role as a member of 2 Committees of the Parliament – Committee on Foreign and Inter-Parliamentary Relations and Committee on Family, Women and Children. She is a PACE rapporteur on Integration of Refugees and Migrants through sport.

Nihat Abdullayev

A researcher at the Data Analytics Research Laboratory of ADA University.
Nihat Abdullayev is an Advanced Data Analyst of Azerconnect and a student ambassador of Huawei. In addition to winning local and international prestigious technology competitions such as "Seeds For The Future", "ABCC", "Battle Of Minds", he is co-author of scientific articles "Quantum Machine Learning", "Breast Cancer Detection", "Spectral Type Analysis of Stars". He is the co-founder and CTO of Tenter startup. His research studies about various aspects such as applied AI in medicine, smart glasses, and stars made him represent Azerbaijan in international areas and reputable scientific conferences such as IEEE, International Astronautical Congress. And recently, his applied AI in an engineering project made his team ''Top 5 World Champions'' which is for the first time in Azerbaijan history!

Orkhan Aslanov

A travellerç photographer
Orkhan traverse the globe, capturing the essence of diverse cultures, breathtaking landscapes, and the untold stories that unfold through the lens. He is unraveling the tapestry of our world, one snapshot at a time, and discovering the beauty that lies in every corner of this vast and enchanting planet.

Orkhan Guliyev

Winner of the country-wide competition Yuksalish,
Orkhan Guliyev is 34 years old. In 2008 he won the SOCAR Scholarship program and started education in Berlin Technical University, Bachelor and Master of Science in Industrial Engineering. He gained experience in several industries in Germany as an engineer. He came back to Baku 2015 and continued his career in digital and IT in SOCAR. He took the first place Winner of Yuksalish among 11760 candidates. -

Vueve Cross

Teacher & Mentor
Wave Cross is an educator who has dedicated over two decades to the transformative power of mentorship. Wave's journey as a mentor began 23 years ago with Big Brothers Big Sisters, an organisation where she has consistently demonstrated her belief in the life-changing potential of one-to-one mentoring relationships. However, her passion for mentorship extends beyond her work with Big Brothers Big Sisters. She is an advocate for the importance of mentorship in shaping individuals and communities, and she has been instrumental in developing mentorship programs that have positively impacted countless lives.

Yuksal Badalov

A 15-year-old 11th Grade IGCSE student at Azerbaijan British College
Yuksal has a thorough experience in public speaking and presentation proven through a plethora of recognised certificates. He is passionate about pursuing his upcoming educational endeavours in the field of Biomedical Engineering.

Organizing team


Baku, Azerbaijan


Baku, Azerbaijan
  • Leyla Guliyeva