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Entrepreneur & CEO

Rafael Azizov is an entrepreneur and chief executive officer, and also an investor and judge at Idea Wins TV Project (Azerbaijani version of Shark Tank).

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Rafael Azizov is an entrepreneur and chief executive officer, and also an investor and judge at Idea Wins TV Project (Azerbaijani version of Shark Tank).

Education

  • Azerbaijan National Academy of Sciences

    Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.), Law

  • Baku State University

    Master of Laws (LLM), Criminal Law

  • Azerbaijan National Academy of Sciences

    Bachelor of Laws (LLB), Law

Professional Experience

Chief Executive Officer

COOL Agency

Mar 2013 – Present

New York based design and development agency that creates stories.

  • Built the first Social Media Marketing agency in Azerbaijan with $1M revenue in the first year
  • Created 200 customers portfolio (including McDonald's, UBER, Maserati, Ferrari, Hyundai, etc)
  • Made the company an Exclusive Member of SMAK (for Social Media Agencies network), a global network of leading independent social media agencies around the world, aimed at responding to the need of building international campaigns for world-class brands
  • Started international expansion, opened an office in New York in 2017.
Chairman & Chief Executive Officer

Internet Holding

Nov 2013 – Aug 2017

Internet Holding creates, incubates and invests in technology companies with big growth potential.

  • Founded first and the biggest InsurTech company (online insurance platform) in Azerbaijan
  • Was awarded Luxury Lifestyle Award as a Best Fintech Project Creator, Middle East & Africa in 2016
  • Founded popular e-commerce (www.shop.az) and car classified platform (www.auto.az), up to 50% market share. Auto.az was selling 500 cars per day, more than all car dealers in the country together
  • Founded FRIDAY - #1 online lifestyle journal for millennials (www.friday.az). Strategic partnership with UBER.
Managing Partner

Head & Partners

Apr 2008 – Aug 2017

Management consulting company, founded in 2008 with a headquarter in Baku, Azerbaijan.

  • In a short period, the company attracted several large customers from the insurance, healthcare, and retail industry
  • Built 50 permanent customers portfolio and made the company one of the leading management consulting companies for small and medium enterprises in Azerbaijan.

Investor & Judge at Idea Wins TV Project (Azerbaijani version of Shark Tank)

Dec 2013 – Sept 2014
  • Evaluated presentations from aspiring entrepreneurs – critically examining their concepts, business models, product ideas, and commitment to innovation
  • Evaluated 60 proposals covering a wide range of ideas and opportunities.
Vice President, Deputy Chairman of the Board, Chief Sales & Marketing Officer

Buta Insurance

Jul 2012 – Apr 2014
  • Created the company from scratch, built a strong 400 people sales and marketing team, new sales channels and sales management system. Achieved $10M sales plan in 2013 (first year)
  • Made the company one of Top 5 auto insurance companies in the country within 2 years.
Vice President, Member of the Board, Chief Business Development Officer

Garant Holding

Nov 2011 – Apr 2012

Multinational financial holding company with 4000 employees and $1B annual revenue.

  • Integrated all holding companies across different countries (Azerbaijan, UK, UAE, Russia) and different sectors (insurance, banking, real estate, construction, logistic) in one holding company. Built an efficient cross-selling system, increased the revenue up to 15% within 6 months
  • Built corporate governance and quality management system, the company received ISO 9001 certificate.
Chairman of the Board of Directors

Andrew Lloyd Insurance Broker (Moscow, Russia)

Sep 2010 – Oct 2011
  • Built strong underwriting and sales team, and efficient sales channels
  • Increased reinsurance portfolio of the shareholding company up to 30%.
Vice President, Deputy Chairman of the Management Board, Chief Sales & Marketing Officer

Qarant Insurance

Jul 2009 – Oct 2011
  • Designed a strong sales and marketing team, new sales channels. Made the company one of Top 8 insurance companies in the country within 2 years
  • Opened office in Moscow and started the expansion of the Russian insurance and reinsurance market.
Head of Legal & Business Development Department, Chief Quality Officer

Qarant Insurance

Sept 2008 – Jul 2009
  • Created business development and marketing strategy focused on the retail insurance market that led to winning the National Award for a successful marketing strategy
  • Implemented quality management system, the company received ISO 9001 certificate
  • Built Corporate Social Responsibility Strategy, joined the UN Global Impact CSR initiative.
Corporate Lawyer

Qarant Insurance

Jan 2008 – Sept 2008
  • Created whole company legal documentation from scratch and transformed the company from LLC to Open Joint Stock company
  • Built corporate governance in the company and mutual project with World Bank Corporate Governance Team.

Membership in associations

Rafael Azizov is an active member of the Legal Committee of the Azerbaijan Insurers Association since July 2012. He is the main expert of the Association in the creation of a legislative basis in the sphere of application of new technologies in the insurance market of the Republic of Azerbaijan.
The main criteria for admission to the Azerbaijan Insurers Association are deep knowledge and experience in the sphere of business development in the insurance market, in the development of insurance conditions, insurance legislation and in the application of new technologies in the insurance market of the Republic of Azerbaijan. The decision to admit to membership of the association refers to the powers of the Supervisory Board of the Association.

Rafael Azizov also is an active member of the Information & Communication Technologies Committee of the National Confederation of Entrepreneurs (Employers) Organizations of the Republic of Azerbaijan since April 12, 2016. The National Confederation of Entrepreneurs (Employers') Organizations of the Republic of Azerbaijan (hereinafter the “Association”), being the active member of United Nations Global Compact, unites about 5000 business persons and experts from over 16 countries. In accordance with paragraph 4 of the Bylaws of the Association, the membership in the Association may be awarded only to a person, who has outstanding achievements in business and recognized expert in his field, which is determined by the Board of Trustees the Association. Members of the ICT Commission of the Association can only be people who have made a significant contribution to the development in the field of high technology. The Board of Trustees is composed of the nationally and internationally recognized experts and investors, supporting the Association financially.

Participation in exhibitions

In December 2013, Rafael Azizov’s Internet projects were presented at the most respected exhibition of the Caspian Region – BakuTel 2013.

Business projects

Rafael Azizov is the founder of many successful business projects both in the field of online insurance, marketplaces, e-commerce, new media, management consulting, and projects for the development of entrepreneurship among youth.

Internet Holding

Internet Holding (formerly Raphael Group) is a investment company with a primary focus on e-commerce, fin-tech, and new media.
The mission of the company is to build projects that make people's lives easier. Internet Holding was founded in 2013.

Shop.az

Shop.az is an Online Shopping Center of Azerbaijan. We are the website that everybody needs: both sellers and buyers. Website where shops are placing theirs products for sale, and buyers using the search system can filter and find the desired products. Products are sold by the stores, not by us. We help the Buyers to make a choice and select the product.

shop.az

Amigo.az

Amigo.az is the online platform for travel insurance and compulsory third party liability insurance for car owners. You can now get an insurance certificate without leaving your home or office. Save time, get insured at any time and anywhere.

When using Amigo.az, you choose the type of insurance and get the same insurance coverage by making an online payment via the credit card.

amigo.az

Auto.az

Auto.az helps to buy or sell a car. This is not just a site where everyone can find or place an advertisement (although, of course, everyone can). The task of Auto.az is to protect a person from the trouble of buying and selling a car.

We want the car market to become safer and more comfortable for the average person. Auto.az, to which we aspire, is a place where you can come without much experience and be sure that you will buy the desired car in good condition or sell yours at a good price.

auto.az

Friday.az

FRIDAY.az is a website for active people of the city, for young people whose interests are as multifaceted as FRIDAY. For those who are not fixated only on night parties, but are interested in culture. Who do not attend only social events, who can be met at a global event and a big festival. FRIDAY users lead an active lifestyle, have a wide range of communication, know and understand what they want from today. They do not just follow the brightest events of the city, they set the pace and movement of the metropolitan life.

friday.az

COOL Agency

COOL is a digital agency that reaches, connects and builds an effective relationship with your customers on the Internet.

COOL Agency is a digital agency specializing exclusively in analysis and work in social media and mobile messengers. The main areas of the company are the individual strategy, promotion, creativity, reputation, viruses, monitoring, and technology.

The company is a member of SMAK. SMAK is the only worldwide network of locally leading independent social media agencies. Its aim is to provide world-class level social media services to international brands, with the same quality in each country.

cool.agency

Urban.az

URBAN is a stethoscope that allows you to feel the depth of the city's pulse. It is a metronome of urban rhythm. URBAN is an information portal, which acquaints you with the latest, most vivid, the most recent and interesting events of our city.

We do not just find something new and interesting. We are the source of inspiration and events. We generate and create information. And as Winston Churchill, Earl of Marlborough said, who owns the information, he owns the world.

urban.az

Head & Partners

Head & Partners is a management consulting company. The main directions of the company's activity are consulting in the sphere of strategy, digital, business processes, product development, development of sales channels, human capital. The company was founded in 2008 with a headquarter in Baku, Azerbaijan.

headandpartners.com

Ideya Qazandi Project (Reality Competition Series)

As a judge and the investor of the most popular business reality show in Azerbaijan Idea Qazandi, Rafael Azizov was a member of the judging panel, which examined the achievements of young entrepreneurs across the nation.

As a member of the Ideya Qazandi (Shark Tank) investment team, he evaluated presentations from aspiring entrepreneurs – critically examining their concepts, business models, product ideas, and commitment to innovation. This has been a great vehicle to encourage the entrepreneurial spirit across Azerbaijan. In the first season, Rafael had the opportunity to evaluate 60 proposals covering a wide range of ideas and opportunities.

ideyaqazandi.az

Awards

For Amigo.az project, Rafael Azizov was awarded with internationally famous Luxury Lifestyle Awards prize as the best fin-tech project creator.

Luxury Lifestyle Awards is an international Award granted to the companies in luxury segment for their initiatives and outstanding achievements. Companies and brands of luxury class participate in the contest in different categories.

Dubai / May 26, 2016

Luxury lifestyle Awards 2015

Rafael Azizov also was honored with the Ideya Qazandi Award of Excellence for the great contribution to the development of entrepreneurship among young people and for highly qualified expert coaching.

Baku / December 22, 2014

Ideya Qazandi Award of Excellence