Natig Aliyev is an Azerbaijani politician who has been Minister of Industry and Energy since 2004. Prior to entering the government he was the Chairman of Board and President of the State Oil Company of the Azerbaijan Republic (SOCAR). Aliyev has a PhD in geology and mineralogy from the Azerbaijan State Oil Academy, and has published numerous scientific papers in these fields. In 2008, he was elected a member of the International Engineering Academy in Moscow. In his current position, Aliyev is ultimately responsible for the development and production of Azerbaijan's extensive mineral and energy resources.