Sharifov Zahid Ziyadkhan oglu was born on 08.01.1962 in the village of Kichik Mazra of Goycha region of Western Azerbaijan.

In 1985, he graduated from Azerbaijan Polytechnic Institute (now Azerbaijan Technical University - AzTU) with honors. From the same year he worked as a senior laboratory assistant, senior teacher, associate professor at Azerbaijan Technical University and from 2008 through 2010 he worked as a professor at the “Technology of structural and composite materials” department. In 1992, having completed postgraduate studies, he defended his thesis at the Specialized Thesis Board  for Defense D004.08.01. of Azerbaijan Academy of Sciences.

In 2004, having defended the doctoral degree in Theses Board of AzTU D02.031, received an academic degree of the Doctor of Engineering in the field of materials science. He was awarded the title of professor by Supreme Attestation Commission (SAC) in 2010. He workes as a chairperson of students’ trade union organization at Azerbaijan Polytechnic Institute in 1984-1995. In 1995-2001, he was the chairperson of the Trade Union Committee of the teaching staff of Azerbaijan Technical University (AzTU).

In 1997-2003, he worked as an associate professor at “Shipbuilding and Ship repair” department of Azerbaijan State Marine Academy and from 2003  to 2010 he worked as head  and professor of the department. From 2010 to 2014 he served as the dean of “Marine Engineering and Technology” faculty. From 2014 to June of  2017 he took the position of Vice Rector on Academic and Educational Affairs and International Relations of Azerbaijan State Marine Academy. Currently, he is the Vice-Rector on Academic and Educational Affairs of Azerbaijan State Marine Academy.

 He is a member of the Expert Council of Supreme Attestation Commission under the president of the Republic of Azerbaijan, a member and chairman of the dissertation council for defense. He is also a member of the International Mechanical Engineering Union. 

His researches are connected with the creation of highly corrosion resistant alloys for shipbuilding, metallurgical and mechanical engineering industries and processing of powder composite materials with the metallized disperse non-metallic impurity. He is the author of more than 150 scientific works, 3 monographs, 7 course books and 5 inventions.  

Professor Zahid Ziyadkhan oglu Sharifov is a member of the editorial board of such magazines as “International Juurnal on Marine Navigation and Safety of Sea Transportation” (Poland), “Journal of Maritime and Engineering “ (Latvia, Lithuania, Estonia), “Water transport” (Ukraine), included in Web of science in international summarization and indexing systems. 

Under his scientific supervision 5 doctoral and post graduate students  successfully defended their dissertation and received PhD academic degree in technical sciences.

At present time, under his scientific supervision, 3 doctoral and 2 post graduate students are working on research works.  

On 17.09.2012, he was awarded "The honored worker of the fleet" badge of the board of State Maritime Administration of the Republic of Azerbaijan and  the “Taraggi” medal by the Presidential decree of  24.06.2014.

He is married with 3 children. He is a member of New Azerbaijan Party (NAP).