Vusal Gasimli Afras

Born on April 7, 1975, in Imishli region of Azerbaijan Republic.


In 1992-1997, he received higher education at the Azerbaijan State University of Economics.

In 2004, he received a second master's degree in Journalism at the Institute of Public Relations of Georgia.

In 2009, he received his PhD in Economics and in 2017 he got Degree on Doctor of Economic Sciences.

In 2021, he graduated from Harvard Kennedy School’s Executive Education program "Leading Economic Growth".

In 2022-2023 Vusal Gasimli graduated from the University of Oxford's master’s-level qualification - Postgraduate Diploma (PGDip) in Strategy and Innovation

Pedagogical activity

In 2013 Vusal Gasimli was given the title of Associate Professor.

V.Gasimli was engaged in pedagogical activity in the UNEC Special Talented Group and MBA program in 2010-2014.

V.Gasimli provided public lectures at Harvard University, Washington University, California University, Cairo University, Seoul Hanyan and Hankuk Universities, and Rio de Janeiro University.

He worked as a guest scholar at Korea International Economic Policy Institute in 2013.

Vusal Gasimli is professor at the Azerbaijan Public Administration Academy under the President of the Republic of Azerbaijan since 2020.

He has 10 books and about 500 scientific and publicist articles in Azerbaijani, Russian, Korean and English.


Labor Activity:

During the 12.05.2000-06.12.2003, the economic consultant in Express newspaper edition,

15.02.2005-19.11.2005, Economic columnist at ANS-PRESS Publishing House LLC,

19.11.2005-30.04.2007, President of ANS-PRESS Publishing House LLC,

09.02.2009-11.05.2011, Deputy of head of the Department at Azerbaijan Socio-Political University,

In 2007-2011, he worked on projects implemented by the European Union, the World Bank, the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) and several international organizations.

In 2011-2016, he worked as Head of the Department for Economic Analysis and Globalization of the Center for Strategic Studies under the President of the Republic of Azerbaijan.

In 2016, he became an economic development consultant for the Asian Development Bank.

In 2015, he represented Azerbaijan at the T20 platform of brain centers of the G20.

From 10.05.2016 to present he is the Executive Director of the Center for Analysis of Economic Reforms and Communication of the Republic of Azerbaijan.

Vusal Gasimli was appointed Focal Point of UNESCAP in 2021.



Vusal Gasimli got the award of Astana Economic Forum for outstanding research achievements in 2012.

He was awarded the "Progress" Medal in 2018.

He was awarded the "15th anniversary of the Ministry of Defense Industry of the Republic of Azerbaijan (2005-2020)" jubilee medal in 2022


Vusal Gasimli speaks Azerbaijani, English, Russian and Spanish at A1 level

Married, has three children.