Igor Ashurbeyli 

Igor Ashurbeyli (İqor Rauf oğlu Aşurbeyli - Ashurbekov or Asurbeyov – noble Azeri ancestral family name; born September 9, 1963) is an Azerbaijani-born Russian scientist, businessman, and philanthropist. In 1988 he became the founder and first general manager (GM) of Socium. Socium was originally a small software and consulting company and is now a large holding company with over 10,000 employees worldwide. Socium’s slogan is “Per Socium Ad Astra,” which emphasizes the need for community and cooperation in humankind’s path towards the stars and exploration of space. Active in business and science, Ashurbeyli is not affiliated with any political organization or movements. Rather, Ashurbeyli prefers to participate in expert communities of scientists, professionals and entrepreneurs.

In 2010, he was awarded the State Science & Technology Prize for his achievements in the development and use of a new generation of micro-technology communications systems and controls for mobile air defense systems and critical facilities. The State Science & Technology Prize is the highest honor a Russian scientist can achieve. In 2016, he was awarded Gold UNESCO Medal "For contribution to the development of nanoscience and nanotechnologies”.


DSc in Engineering, PhD in Engineering with specialization in Computer Science.

Professional Experience:

2017Founder Asgardia AG and Asgardia NGO.

2017Became one of the main shareholders of Seraphim Capital, a UK-based venture capital firm SpaceFund, London, UK.

2016Became the founder and Head of Nation of Asgardia, the Space Nation.

2014 - PresentEditor-in-Chief of ROOM, Space Journal, an internationally distributed publication. Also an Affiliated Member of the Royal Aeronautical Society, London, UK.

2013Founded Aerospace International Research Center, Vienna, Austria.

2004Chairman of the Board of the Nonprofit Non-Government Expert Society on Space Threat Defense (ESSTD), which has a special consultative status with the United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC).

2001Gold Member of the Executive Committee of the Russo-British Chamber of Commerce, London, UK.


2011 - Present Chairman of the Board and Scientific Supervisor of KB-1 (Design Bureau-1), a privately held company. Chairman of the Board and Owner of Socium Holding Company.

2011 Resigned from all positions in Open Joint-Stock Company (OJSC) Scientific Production Association (SPA) Almaz, and from 20111 is no longer affiliated with any government structure.

2001 Professor and Department Chairman at Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology and Moscow State Institute of Radio Engineering, Electronics and Automation.

1994 Held positions of Deputy General Manager, First Deputy General Manager, and Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) at SPA Almaz (later rebranded as GSKB Almaz–Antey). From 2000 to 2011 was CEO of SPA Almaz (Note: Because SPA Almaz was rebranded as the OJSC State Special Design Bureau Almaz-Antey, the Russian abbreviation of this company GSKB Almaz–Antey should not be confused with JSC Concern Almaz-Antey. These are two different companies).

1994 Created and published the Russian Encyclopedia of Information &Telecommunications.

1992 Co-founded the International Bureau of Information and Telecommunications.


1992 Founded and Published Who’s Who, a monthly newspaper in Baku.

1989 Vice-President of the Union of Cooperatives, a small business association of Azerbaijan.

1988 President of the Association of Scientific and Industrial-technical Enterprises of Azerbaijan (ASITEA).

1988 Co-Founded and held the GM position of a private enterprise – Cooperative Coordination and Production Association (CCPA) Socium.


Over 100 scientific publications, including two encyclopedias, three books, and a number of patents.

Personal Life:

Married, has one son.

Scientific Awards:

Gold UNESCO Medal "For contribution to the development of nanoscience and nanotechnologies"

February 5, 2016
Igor Ashurbeyli, ROOM Editor-in-Chief, is among this year's UNESCO Medal winners.

Medal of Honor

September 1, 2012
Awarded by the Russian Academy of Military Sciences.

Medal of Honor for Achievements in the Field of Radio Electronics and Communications

February 17, 2010
Awarded by the Russian Academy of Military Sciences.

State Science & Technology Prize

March 17, 2010
Given by the Russian government for achievements in the development and use of new generation micro technology communications systems and controls for mobile air defense systems and critical facilities.

Silver Medal – The Raspletin Academic of the Soviet Academy of Sciences Award

February 22, 2007
Given by the Presidium of the Vavilov Scientific-Technical Organization and the Association of Cosmonautics Museums for achievements in the field of radio-location systems and anti-aircraft defense systems.

Medal of Honor

April 23, 2007
Given by the office of the Russian president for significant contributions to the design, creation and development of new generation technology.

The Prokhorov Engineering Science Gold Medal

October 25, 2006
Given by the president of the Academy of Engineering Science in commemoration of the 90th Anniversary of Novel Laureate A.M. Prokhorov in recognition of achievements in science.

Utkin Academic Medal

October 15, 2005
Given by the Vladimir Utkin Public Committee in recognition of achievements in science.

International Socrates Award

August 1, 2004
Given by the World Business Assembly for contributions in various fields such as management, science and technology, culture and art, economics and business, medicine and pharmacy.

Medal for Honor and Valor and Golden Olympus Laureate Diploma

November 18, 2003
Given alongside the status of Honorary Industrial Scientist by the Russian National Olympus organization.

Anniversary Medal – 50 Years of the Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology

September 17, 2001
Given for achievements in training highly-qualified scientists.