In recent years I have been able to expand into publishing. I have established what has now become Azerbaijan’s leading publishing house and the Libraff book shop franchise with nine branches in Baku and Ganja and planned expansions at home and abroad. I began publishing cultural and historical books authored by academics but have since expanded into children’s books.

The business has grown to include translations of major international works and commissions of new books by Azerbaijani authors, also published in English, Russian and Turkish. The success of these publications prompted me to make the move into another domain of culture – filmmaking. TEAS has made several documentaries, receiving multiple prestigious awards.

Over the next five years, I hope to build on these successes and continue promoting education and literacy in Azerbaijan.