Overview of 2015 and new in 2016

Dear Friends,
Another year has gone by. And it is time again to share the accomplishments of Azerbaijan Center for the year of 2015. We would like to congratulate all the members of Azerbaijani community, all volunteers with the successful 2015 year.
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have been organized by the Azerbaijan Center and its members and volunteers in 2015. All of them have attracted a large audience. Azerbaijan Center made new friends!
 2015 was full of educational, business and cultural projects in cooperation with various institutions and with the tremendous support of our partners, sponsors and volunteers.
 As a non-profit organization Azerbaijan center continues to focus on enabling official and economic exchange between the State of Texas and the Republic of Azerbaijan.
 It is thanks to the dedication, hard work and unwavering support and belief of everyone helping us in 2015, we were able to implement the Azerbaijan Center’s vision of…
Let us remind you some of the most interesting projects of 2015. Going backwards:
The year of 2015 ended with Children’s Recital Concert. In December talented students of Tarana Taylor Kamilah Obaidy and Timur Balametov have presented the results of their hard work to the grateful audience . On behalf of Azerbaijan Center we would like to wish both  Kamilah and Timur further success in learning the beautiful world of music and continuous diligence in reaching their goals.
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 November of 2015 is going to be remembered as a month of the first Oil and Gas Conference organized by the Azerbaijan Center in partnership with the Consulates of Turkey, Greece and Italy, and the University of Houston and with the support of the numerous sponsors. Southern Gas Corridor Conference 2015 gathered about 150 participants, including representatives from oil and gas companies,  consulates and legislative authorities; students from the University of Houston and Rice University; 20 notable  speakers of educational and legislative institutions (University of Houston, Georgetown University, Mayor’s Office,  the Senate). Read more…
And also in November the whole Azerbaijani community in Houston as well as all Azerbaijani nation celebrated Azerbaijan National Flag Day. The Reception took place in Zaza hotel, Houston, Tx. The event was recognized state and city officials to express respect to this meaningful national holiday of Azerbaijan. Find more information and pictures here.
And of course there were Picnics, Holiday Celebrations, Competitions, Festivals, Commemorations which were organized by the Azerbaijan Centre or where the Azerbaijan Center took an active part.
Please look through the pages on our website to remember all those events and watch for the new ones planned in 2016!
 The nearest events even though not organized but supported by the Center are the Exhibition

“Slavs and Tatars” and “Pan-African Women’s Economic Empowerment Summit”.

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Schedule of the Exhibitions and Lectures
January 15 – March 19, 2016:
Admission Free, reservations required, see countercurrentfestival.org
Jan 15, Friday at 7-9 pm   
LOCATION: BLAFFER Museum of the University of Houston
Jan 15, Friday at 6 pm 
“The Tranny Tease”
LOCATION: DUDLEY Recital Hall 4173 Elgin St, Houston 77004
LOCATION: Asia Society Texas Center, 1370 Southmore Blvd
Marriott West Loop, near Galleria, Houston 
February 25-28, 2016

Ndileka Mandela, Mandela Foundation, granddaughter of Former President Nelson Mandela,(South Africa)

H.E. Veronica Macamo – Speaker of The Parliament, highest woman in leadership (Mozambique)

Bernard Katompa front-runner candidate for president & former CEO of Liberty Africa Group (Democratic Republic of Congo)

Mme. Rosalie Lo, New Partnership for Africa Development, Gender Unit NEPAD

Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner 

Senator Rodney Ellis (Texas State Senator)

US Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee (Texas)

US Congresswoman Fredricka Wilson (Florida)

Senator Donzella James (Georgia State Senator)

Ms. Donna Cole Cole Chemicals – Welcome Breakfast

Rt. Hon. Saara Kuugongelwa-Amadhilas Prime Minister (Namibia)

Ms. Susan Hodge, Women Leading Together, former Treasurer of Shell Oil and VP with Royal Dutch Shell

Hon. Netumbo Nandi-Ndaitwah Deputy Prime Minister. (Namibia)

Dr. Mae Jemison (NASA Space Shuttle veteran & Star Trek alumni)

Hon. Pendukeni Livula-Ithana (Minister of Home Affairs & Immigration-Namibia)

Hon. Haija Khadija Bukar Ibrahim (Minister of Foreign Affairs,  State – Nigeria)