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Meet the founders

DR ZARIFA HAMZAYEVA

GAZELLI GROUP PRESIDENT, GAZELLI CO-FOUNDER, HEAD OF RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT

Dr. Zarifa Hamzayeva is a genetic scientist and doctor with over 40 years’ experience. She developed pioneering techniques to identify and treat the early symptoms of chronic illness, including vitamin and phyto-therapy, bespoke diets, and lifestyle advice.

Dr. Hamzayeva’s in-depth Diagnostic methods marked a shift in not only the approach to skincare and medicine, but also our cultural attitude towards beauty and wellbeing. Through her experiences as a scientist, a doctor, and a mother she cultivated her firm belief that when a person is balanced, fulfilled and confident, they achieve a beautiful health and glow that cannot be attained through purely superficial means.

Dr. Hamzayeva launched the first cosmetics manufacturing facility in Azerbaijan, is Head of her own Research and Development facility, and in 1999 founded the Gazelli House, Baku. From here, alongside her daughter Jamila Askarova, she laid the foundations for the evolution of the brand into the European market and her expertise and foresight inspired Gazelli as it is today.

Dr. Hamzayeva lives in Baku with her husband of more than 30 years and still heads up all Gazelli Group activity as well as her R&D facility.

JAMILA ASKAROVA

GAZELLI GROUP VICE-PRESIDENT, GAZELLI CO-FOUNDER AND CREATIVE DIRECTOR

After graduating with a degree in Business Strategy, Visual Communication and Marketing, Jamila joined the family business to create and implement a global expansion strategy. Her aim was to further share her mother’s existing approach to wellbeing with a fully integrated lifestyle model that combines science, the diagnostics, unique product formulations and the awareness of the mind and emotional state.

Creating the premium skincare range, Gazelli Triple Youth, Jamila and Dr. Hamzayeva used the strength of the Gazelli White Oil™ formulations as the launch pad on to the European market. The brand debuted in Harrods, London’s most prestigious department store, in 2011.

In 2015, Jamila launched the first European Gazelli House. This intimate and inviting space in the heart of London’s South Kensington is where her and her mother’s shared vision comes alive. Jamila’s creativity and instinct continues to drive the business forward with ambitions plans for its on-going evolution and multinational expansion.

Jamila lives in London, travels extensively and balances her hard work with family life and caring for her son, with the hope that he will one day join the family business and continue in his grandmother’s footsteps, just as she did.