Ambassador Rafael Ibrahimov has served as the Azerbaijani Head of Mission in London (2001-2007) and Stockholm (2007-2013). Before joining the Foreign Ministry in Azerbaijan in 1993 he served in Yemen (1985-1986) and Algeria (1987-1990) as military interpreter of Arabic, French and Russian. His later ambassadorial postings include Dublin, Oslo and Helsinki.
He acted as political commentator on the Middle East and the former Soviet Union with BBC World Service, Channel Four, Al-Jazeera, Channel 5 (UK). Rafael Ibrahimov held a number of speaking engagements in the leading UK and Scandinavian educational establishments and think-tanks.