Oktay Veliev received his B.S. degree in Mathematics in 1977 and Ph.D. degree in Mathematics in 1980 from Moscow State University, earning a Doctor of Sciences degree in 1989. From 1980 to 1983, he was a researcher and then a senior researcher (1983-1988) at the Institute of Mathematics of the Academy of Sciences of Azerbaijan SSR. At Baku State University (Azerbaijan), he has been Associate Professor (1988-1991), Professor (1991-1992), and Head of the Department of Functional Analysis (1992-1997). Between 1993 and 1997, he was President of the Azerbaijan Mathematical Society. He was Visiting Professor at the University of Nantes (France), the Institute of Mathematics at the ETH (Switzerland), and Sussex University (England). From 1997 to 2002, he was Professor at Dokuz Eylul University (Turkey) and since 2003 has been Professor at Dogus University (Turkey). He has received grants from the American Mathematical Society and the International Science Foundation (Grant No. MVVOOO).