Aytakin Huseynli is a doctoral student in social work at the Brown School at Washington University where she also earned her masters of social work (MSW) degree. Her research interests include social welfare in resource-rich countries, international social work and social development. Teaching interests are natural resources and social development, international social work, social policies and services, statistics and research methods. Before entering the doctoral program she served as a country director of Hilfswerk Austria International and Second Deputy Member of Executive Committee at International Federation of Social Workers. She also founded and served as the chair of the Azerbaijan Social Work Public Union (AZSWU) which is the association of professional social workers in Azerbaijan (www.azswu.org). Prior to the doctoral program, Huseynli’s work encompassed educational, program, and policy development in Azerbaijan. She was an instrumental leader in the organization and establishment of the social work education and profession in Azerbaijan, subsequently accruing 7 years of experience teaching social work and social policy courses. In addition to introducing social work to Azerbaijan, she actively lobbied for governmental policies and services for children and their adoption. Notable services she established includes; the first small group home, family training-counseling, family support centers, and the development of a legal framework and implementation mechanisms for foster and respite care services in Azerbaijan. Huseynli’s extensive contributions to the development of social work in Azerbaijan and the region has been recognized and rewarded by many associations, most notably the US Embassy to Azerbaijan in 2012, by Turkish Association of Social Workers and Antalya Municipality of Turkey in 2013 and by the International Federation of Social Workers in 2016. Currently she serves at Editorial Board of International Social Work Journal, member of Social Services in the Context of Conflict Network and continues her leadership as a Board Member and Chair for AZSWU.