Alik Ismail-Zadeh, born in Baku, Azerbaijan, graduated from the Baku State University (BSc in mathematics) and the M. Lomonosov Moscow State University (MSc in mathematical physics) before being awarded PhD (1990) and DSc (1997) degrees in mathematical geophysics from the Russian Academy of Sciences (RAS).
Currently he is Chief Scientist/Research Professor at the RAS’s Institute of Earthquake Prediction Theory and Mathematical Geophysics in Moscow, and Senior Scientist at the Institute of Applied Geoscience, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, Germany. He has been a visiting scholar/professor in several universities, including the University of Cambridge, Institut de Physique du Globe de Paris, University of Uppsala, KTH-Stockholm, UCLA, the University of Tokyo, and the Abdus Salam International Centre for Theoretical Physics in Trieste. His scientific interests cover geophysics, mathematical geosciences, natural hazards and disaster risk research. He is principal author and co-author of over 100 peer-reviewed research papers, book chapters and books. Alik is Secretary-General of the International Union of Geodesy and Geophysics (until 2019). He has served on the advisory committees of several regional, international and intergovernmental organizations including the American Geophysical Union, CTBTO, European Geosciences Union, EuroScience, the U.N. Global Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction and UNESCO. He is a Member of Academia Europaea and an Honorary Fellow of the Royal Astronomical Society.