Dr. Abulfas Garayev is the Minister of Culture and Tourism of the Republic of Azerbaijan since 2006. 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 is chair of the National Organizing Committee of the UNAOC 7th Global Forum. 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. 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.