Elshad works for Oxfam GB in Azerbaijan in Good Governance Programme. Elshad’s responsibilities is managing programmes and specific strategies on civil society development, local representation and good governance, building the capacity of local NGOs to enhance their capacities to play an active role as change agents in society. Throughout his professional career, he has worked with Caucasus Research Resource Centres, International Republican Institute and Social and Marketing Research Centre (SIAR) and was once a Board Member of the Economic Research Centre (ERC). Elshad is a John Smith Fellow (2009) and received Fiscal Decentralization Scholarship for MA studies in Public Policy at Central European University (2005-2006). While at International Republic Institute, Elshad was engaged in working with political parties providing them with sessions on leadership, advocacy-lobbying, organizational design, speech writing and public speaking, pr/communication and campaigning. He has authored a series of policy papers on Economic Crisis, pension reform, private-public partnership at the sub-national level. He speaks Azerbaijani, Turkish, English, Russian and Lezgi (ethnic language in Azerbaijan). Elshad’s scope of interests encompasses politics, policymaking, religion, social networking. His hobbies are reading books on identity, leadership and theology, travelling, swimming, and being his family.