Dr Igor Ashurbeyli 

Founder of Asgardia, Head of Nation, Head of Supreme Space Council 

Igor Raufovich Ashurbeyli was born September 9, 1963 in Baku, Azerbaijan.

Since 2012 he has a Doctorate of Science in Engineering with a specialisation in Automated Control Systems for aerospace applications. In 1988, he founded Socium Holding, where he is still Chairman of the Board and a beneficiary. From 2000 to 2010, Dr. Ashurbeyli was the CEO of the Almaz Central Design Bureau.

In 2010, he was awarded the State Science & Technology Prize of Russia for his achievements in science and technology and the National Order of Honour. In 2013, Dr Ashurbeyli founded the Asgardia Independent Research Center (AIRC) in Vienna, Austria.

Dr. Igor Ashurbeyli, a distinguished aerospace scientist, visionary and philanthropist, announced the creation of Asgardia at a press conference in Paris on 12 October 2016.

Dr. Ashurbeyli was elected as the Head of Nation in a referendum in 2017.

Dr. Igor Ashurbeyli was inaugurated as the Head of Nation on 25 June 2018 at the Hofburg Palace in Vienna.

The second inauguration of Dr. Igor Ashurbeyli, re-elected as Head of Asgardia, was held digitally on 13 December 2022.


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.

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

2013Founder of Asgardia Independent Research Center, Vienna, Austria.

2004Chairman of the Board of the Nonprofit Non-Government Expert Society on Space Threat Defense (ESSTD), with has 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.

In Russia

2011 - Present 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 2011 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 Encyclopaedia of Information & Telecommunications.

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

In Azerbaijan

1992 Founder and Publisher of 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.