Louis Albertini is the Managing Partner of Redfern Partners, a strategy and innovation consultancy that specializes in launching new ventures and transforming existing ones. He has worked in a number of international companies and technology startups with a professional focus on global marketing and business development. He specializes in emerging market strategy, market planning, and new business innovations with a keen interest in harmonizing international best practices with local capabilities.
Business-analyst at EPAM with more than 5 years of experience in cloud technologies, eCommerce and data science fields. Passionate about explaining technical topics to non-technical business audiences.
Duman Smakov is the chief editor of the Kazakh version of the site factcheck.kz and the project manager at the International Center for Journalism MediaNet. An expert in the field of new media, multimedia journalism and MIG, media-trainer. Duman graduated from Al-Farabi KazNU with a degree in journalism. He is the author and co-author of about 10 studies and books on journalism, he conducted about 50 trainings on media and law.
Samaruddin Stewart is an independent journalist and media technologist based in California. He also serves as a program manager for the SPJ Training Program in partnership with the Google News Initiative which has trained over 20,000 US journalists in the past two years across 48 US states. Prior, he was awarded a Knight Foundation Prototype Grant for his innovative work in verification of visual content for journalism and was also selected as a Stanford University John S. Knight Journalism Fellow where his research focused on countering misinformation through technology. His prior work includes senior managing and editing roles at Aol News, Agence France-Presse, The Arizona Republic, and he was also selected as the US Department of State’s 189th Franklin Fellow, serving as a media expert providing strategic advising on media outreach and audience engagement. He holds an MBA from Central European University and both a Master’s and Bachelor’s degree from Arizona State University’s Cronkite School of Journalism. In his work he has traveled to over 80 countries on 6 continents but more so cherishes his time at home with his wife and young daughter.
John Smock is a photographer, educator and story experimenter. Smock is the Director of Photography at the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism and a freelance photographer based in New York City. Previously Smock worked for the Associated Press and SIPA Press, a photo agency with offices in New York and in Paris. His work has appeared in publications including The New York Times Magazine, Newsweek, Paris Match, Der Spiegel and many other publications. Smock has also worked as a visual journalism trainer in several former Soviet Republics, Cambodia and most recently Afghanistan. In 2005 he received a Knight International Press Fellowship to the Middle East, where I assisted regional publication in developing the visual components of their publications. He is a graduate of the Columbia School of Journalism, where he also worked as an instructor.
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Data Scientist at Kolesa Group. Previously - BI analyst at Microsoft, USA. A representative of one of the most attractive IT professions of the 21st century, came into the IT field from Economics. independently mastered the necessary skills for this. Having received a BSc in Economics degree at the Moscow Higher School of Economics at KBTU and the University of London in 2015, Catherine began her career by developing the Procter & Gamble business in Russia and working on her business projects in Kazakhstan. And then flew to the United States, where implemented Business Intelligence at Microsoft for 1.5 years as an analyst. Today, she continues to work with data in one of the best IT companies in Kazakhstan - Kolesa Group and actively participates in the development of the local IT community.
Dmitriy Stupin is the founder of the studio called "Breath Time Creative Agency" which specializes in development and production of various visual solutions for films and television, including aerial photography, 3D photography, Concept Art development, film shooting and color correction of varying degrees of complexity, etc. For more than 20 years of work experience, the company has participated in projects of such TV channels as BBC, Discovery Channel, National Geographic, in production of many feature films and documentaries, music video clips, etc. The company's specialists had trainings and internship in such companies as "Lucas Film", "Alias Wavefront", "RealTime", "Video Smaile", etc. Currently, the studio pays great attention to development and implementation of VR technologies in the field of visual media.
Drawing on two decades of leadership and innovation, Jim strives to transform businesses from traditional to modern by solving problems and applying appropriate technologies weighted against a diverse background/skillset. Leveraging his passion to coach and inspire others to positively influence the bottom line, he has transformed hundreds in an organization as his day-job. Having mastered multiple disciplines, he can more effectively position organizations for their future by sharing patterns from experience that yield the greatest results. Jim's innovative products: Internet Banking, Mobile Banking, the Octahedral Hexapod, Digital Transformation and creating a Data Engineering discipline.
More than 10 years of experience working in private and non-profit sectors - project management, business development, international cooperation and fundraising. Certifies fundraiser - Institute of Fundraising, UK, MSc in Advanced Management Practice, University of Bath, UK.
Founder, CEO at Green Business Innovation. Technovation ambassador in Uzbekistan. Sustainable development specialist with an emphasis on sustainable energy, green technology and innovations. Extensive experience in working with international organisations (UNDP, ILO, IREX), research, project development/management, cooperation with Government partners.
Mirzoyeva Firuza, in the recent past, General Director of “Softline Tajikistan”, with more than 12 years of experience in the IT field. Currently, she is a business coach in “Accelerate Prosperity” and a specialist in digital communication risks. She has an MBA degree. Firuza was an intern in the United States in the program "Intellectual Property Rights for Eurasia. Transfer and commercialization of technology”. A practicing psychologist -consultant. Adherer of cyber psychology. In her practice Firuza uses work experience in the field of information technology, communication risks and the psychology of human relationships. In the frame of social responsibility, she is a mentor of various start-up development projects, such as “StartUp Weekend for Woman”, EBRD's “Mentoring for Women Entrepreneurs” program.
Seasoned entrepreneur, thinker, leader, mentor, advisor and investor. Key Speaking 2018: - AI in Healthcare Conference, Harvard - AI, Chatbots, Big Data in Healthcare, HIMSS NorCal Innovations Conference, Silicon Valley- Blockchain in Healthcare, DC - AI, BIg Data Analytics in Healthcare, World Health Congress, DC - Blockchain in Healthcare, Healthcare Innovation Talk Show - Innovations in Healthcare, Alzheimer's Global Conference, Chicago.
Director and partner of Namba Food Kyrgyzstan. Worked for Megaline, the leading telecommunication operator. Starting 2015, Aziza joined Namba team. She is co-founder of "Ozelenim" project - ecological way of doing business and living.
Co-founder of Manshuq Media. Responsible for the technical part of the project and social networks. A programming specialist by education, MBA. Manshuq rejects sexism and accepts equality in the political, economic, personal, and social rights of women and men. At the same time, Manshuq does not go on the warpath and does not fight against anyone.
Annual Central Asian 48 Hour Film Race is a program that supports the growth and development of emerging independent filmmakers across Central Asia and inspires videographers and filmmakers to learn, network, and create. The signature event is a two-day film race, challenging participants of all abilities – from novice to professional – to create a four-minute movie, incorporating mandatory elements like a prop and a line of dialogue, in just 48 hours. Completed films are then screened at movie theaters across the region and compete in a juried selection for prizes. The project is supported and sponsored by US Mission to Kazakhstan. At Go Viral festival we will screen TOP10 films from 2019. https://48hourfilmrace.com/
Zhanna Issabayeva is a director, screenwriter and producer from Kazakhstan. In 1991 she graduated from Al-Farabi Kazakh National University with a degree in Journalism. Her movies are Nagima, Karoy, Sveta, Bopem, Talgat, Losing Innocence in Alma-Ata, My Dear Children. She was nominated for an International Critics' Week Award.
Glenn is the Director of SAP Global Security. His experience is in cybersecurity, privacy, architecture, and data management. Most of his programs focuses on improving governance, risk and compliance capabilities. Glenn worked for PwC and Microsoft and he also has an experience in Corporate Innovations field.
15 years of experience in journalism, head editor of the several leading printed media as Forbes Kazakhstan, Capital.kz, and others. Last several years Rashid actively develops Kazakhstani startup-ecosystem. Helped many young talented teams to launch joint IT projects with the biggest kazakh and international companies
Heaf of IT Department at Alfa Bank. Expert on Corporate Innovation.
Amirkhan Omarov is CEO of BeInTech and BeInTech Ventures, innovations & VC arms of BI Group, the #1 real estate developer and owner in Central Asia. In past, he is a founder of SmArt.Point, 12 000 sqm space for tech & art communities & activities. His expertise is in strategy, business development & managerial efficiency, with respective experience in Ernst & Young, Alageum Electric and Mercury Properties.
Bakhytzhan is the ex-CEO of Ace Light, successful IT company. Developer. Winner of the international competition Seedstars Astana. The CEO and founder of Otbasy, P2P online platform. The winner of many hackathons and startup competitions. Has successfuly launched several projects with corporates.
Entrepreneur, business-angel, partner of Method.School, ex-partner of Sary Arka Business Solutions. For several years he worked for ALTEL as Marketing Director where Yerdos managed the budget of $8 mln and 30+ professionals. He has a strong expertise in pre-deal due diligence, investment screening, and asset companies corporate governance.
Talshyn Tokyzhanova is a Kazakh podcaster. Her podcast “The Big Year” (Тамаша жыл) is available on iTunes and Android Player. There are currently around 100 episodes. The podcast is one of the first podcasts in the Kazakh language and she presents content on personal development, productivity, positive thinking, and more.Talshyn is a Bolashak alumna and graduate of the Kazakh-British Technical University and the University of Southern California in Los Angeles. Currently, she is a lecturer at Suleyman Demirel University on Economics.
Nurdana Kulbaeva is a certified trainer of the international company Franklin Covey. She has over 15 years experience in journalism and PR. Nurdana joined the FC team in 2017. She conducted trainings on the Stephen Covey system “7 skills of highly efficient people” for representatives of large Kazakhstan companies (Anelli Jewelry, Tender First, FBC Association of Entrepreneurs). Nurdana Kulbayeva has extensive experience in the media, she began her career as a television reporter (“Southern Capital”), then she was the editor of the information service on the Almaty TV channels, the editor of the information and analytical program on the Kazakhstan TV channel, and she headed the publishing house "Kit Publishing". Nurdana was responsible for the development of magazines, PR, working with authors, brand creating for such magazines as “Kangaroo”, “Academy of Style”, “Heir. Person”, Visa and professional publication “Dentist Professional”. Since 2016, Nurdan has been developing her own projects. She was a co-founder of the tattoo studio 'Zabey Tattoo' - the largest studio in Central Asia. FranklinCovey Qazaqstan is the company, the only owner of the license, which gives the right to conduct all trainings of FranklinCovey in Kazakhstan.
Sholpan Aitenova (Sholpan.email@example.com) is co-founder and executive director of thenon-governmental think tank NGO, Zertteu Research Institute. She has 15 years comprehensive experience in public policy, public finance, and public monitoring.Experienced in promotion of international good governance initiatives and standards such as Extractive Industry Transparency Initiative(EITI), Open Budget Index(OBI), Open Local Budget Index(OLBI), and Local Self-government. Sholpan is member of the National Stakeholders; Council on EITI, The Eurasian Alliance of National Evaluation Associations and co-founder of the National Budget Network of Kazakhstan(NBSK).She has experience in legislative activities, research, and evaluation of state programs;consultancy and trainings.
Co-founder and Chairman of Urban Forum Kazakhstan, works with the research, strategic planning and advocacy tracks of the organization’s multidisciplinary activity, and curates the “City and People” educational program. Trained as a political scientist, Adil holds a Candidate of Sciences degree and authored numerous articles in local and international news and academic media.
Rinad is a member of the National Committee for the UNDP Global Environmental Facility and the Science Park & Innovation Center Expert (SPICE) Group, Berlin. He also serves on expert groups for the Small Grants Program of the World Bank in Kazakhstan, the Association of Civil Society Development (ARGO), the Soros Foundation’s Economic Development program, the tourism working group (IEWG) under the Foreign Investors' Council supported by the President of the Republic of Kazakhstan, and the Board of Trustees of the Non-Commercial Partnership of Local Community Foundations.Rinad holds diplomas from a number of Kazakhstan’s leading universities. He graduated from the departments of economics and history with a master’s degree from East Kazakhstan State University, the department of jurisprudence at Kainar University, and the MBA program at the Kazakhstan Institute of Management, Economics, and Strategic Research (KIMEP). He also has research and analysis experience. Rinad speaks English and Russian.Coauthor of the project "Accessible Kazakhstan", that aimed to create accessible environment for people with disabilities and other people with limited mobility.
Director of Method Digital Education the programming school , blogger.
Certified YouTube Specialist. Head of the Central Asian region YouTube official partner company AIR. Teaches a copyright course at the First YouTube Blogging Academy in Central Asia.
- bloggers to develop their YouTube channels,
- musical performers to promote their songs,
- film companies to protect their films from piracy,
- and business to turn the channel into a sales tool.
The father of three daughters.
Managing Director of PBN Hill + Knowlton Strategies in Kazakhstan. Over 10 years of professional experience. Inna leads the implementation of client projects of PBN H + K Strategies in Kazakhstan in the field of corporate communications, social media marketing and cooperation with mass media. Among her past and current clients are Capital Partners, Dell, Cameco, Beeline, Google, Shell, Huawei, P & G, Rio Tinto, Verny Capital, Citi, Megafon, and others. Inna graduated from the Novosibirsk State University of Economics and Management with a specialization in public relations, she has a PhD candidate in Sociology.
Jeffrey Donenfeld is an international business strategy advisor, investment manager, and startup venture mentor with experience in tech ideation, investment analysis and market positioning. He has been instrumental in raising and managing multi-millions in private equity, seasoned working with sector-leading technology and lifestyle brands, and successful in guiding teams and companies to profitable growth. Jeffrey is currently the Investment Director of Boomtown Accelerators, and Director of Four North Ventures. He holds a Master of Business Administration (MBA) from the University of Denver Daniels College of Business. He’s also worked globally as a photojournalist, public speaker, and Antarctic expedition technician. He blogs at http://JeffreyDonenfeld.com and @Jeffzilla.
Akmurat Hayytbayev is a 22-year-old entrepreneur from Ashgabat. He graduated with a degree in finance from the Belorussian-Russian University in Mogilev in 2017 and founded his startup readit.store right out of college. His project is a curated online bookseller that delivers foreign-published books throughout Turkmenistan. His company has more than 10,000 Instagram followers, and he actively markets through a locally popular messaging app IMO.
Yernar Kurmashev is a Kazakhstani film and animated cartoon producer. He graduated from the Satpayev KazNTU as an engineer. He was an intern at the New York Film Academy on the basis of Universal Studios Hollywood in filmmaking. The founder of Kazakhstan's largest visual effects studio in cinema and 3D-animation “Kazakhstan Computer Graphics”, which includes films such as “A gift to Stalin”, “The Sky of My Childhood”, “Return to A”, “Road to Mother” and “The Leader’s Path of Life. Astana”. He was awarded the international prize "Teffi" in the category "Best Animated Feature" for the project "Batyrlar". In 2015, in collaboration with a film director Akan Satayev, he established a film company called “Astana Film Fund” LLP and produced such films as “Hoods”, “Businessmen”, “Vacations offline”, “Sweet Indifference of the World”, “She” and so on. In 2018, “Astana Film Fund” in collaboration with the Almaty City Administration (City Akimat) established an international film festival called “Almaty Film Festival”. This year “Almaty Film Festival” will be held from Septembe14 to September 20 and will present a large number of world and domestic films.
Roman was studying in National Research Nuclear University MEPhI in period from 2000 to 2005 years. Until 2009 he has been working as postproduction manager and compositing artist in Action Film and Life Graphics. From 2008 to 2010 he passed intensive and one-year program at the Scream School, a department of the British Higher School of Design. Later, form 2011 to 2015 he was holding master-classes and lecturing there. In 2010 he worked in Bazelevs VFX (compositing artist). Roman worked as lead compositing artist in Life Graphics, Piastro VFX, Green Light VFX, Argunov Studio, Revolution Studio, Qazaq Animation и Satay Film. He has participated in creation of movies such as Legend № 17, Ivan Poddubny, The Champions, Leviathan, Legend of Kolovrat, Rag Union, The Grail and others
Jamila Asanova is CEO of Civil Society Development Association ARGO. She has 20 years of experience in civil society development, managing Civil Society Development Programs in Kazakhstan and Central Asia, and is versed in organizational and community development based on local environmental needs. Jamila has extensive experience in Program Design, Management and Evaluation (both large and medium size projects), grant administration, cooperative agreements, training and organizational consultancy, and conducting advocacy campaigns.
Philipp is an international expert in management and organizational development. He has a PhD in Islamic studies (Germany) and is a specialist in strategic management consulting, change and innovation management in the private sector, educational and non-commercial organizations, as well as in the area of system organizational development in the cross-cultural context. He works as a consultant in Kyrgyzstan, Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan both in scientific research and international development.
The Independent Research Institute of Mongolia is one of leading organizations in development policy planning, consulting and research with key focus in governance, education, employment and mining sectors. Mr. Tsedendamba has been working to promote civic empowerment and civic engagement through improved governance practices and better application of innovative technology and approach. He also shares the agenda to promote international cooperation to accelerate exchange of best practices in the global south.
Saniya is vice-president of the Tel Aviv University Friends’ Association in Kazakhstan. Saniya has been heading the office since the beginning of 2016. During this time, she has initiated and implemented such projects as Make-a-thon TOM: Kazakhstan and the project “Ecosystem of Student Entrepreneurship” and the Momentum entrepreneurship-training program for schoolchildren.
Aida has over 15 years of experience in the World Bank Group (HQ). Proven strengths in developing strategies for effective operations procedures, research, assessment of range of subjects and areas, knowledge management, learning, as well as performance reporting on results at international, national, corporate and project levels. Background includes business planning and strategy, communication, data analysis and reporting of World Bank Group operations.
Firuza Nasyrova is one of the successful women leaders in Tajikistan. In less than three years she has successfully established the NGO «Idea», developed and implemented several social projects. Her NGO is implementing the social project called I’m different”. This project is dedicated for women who wants to change their lives. The NGO Idea has selected a focus group of vulnerable women and helps them to improve their lives. Moreover, Firuza has gathered a team of experts, which provides different women with necessary skills and information and helps them to find proper jobs and their place ion the society. In addition, the experts also help them to adopt to the current trends of socio-economical life of the country through different trainings and consultations.
Elaine Buckholtz is a Light Installation Artist and Professor of Interrelated Media Art at Massachusetts College of Art and Design in Boston, Massachusetts. Her recent work utilizes video and light in relation to sculptural forms, digital prints, and preexisting sites in architecture and nature under the cover of darkness. A significant aspect of her visual work has involved direct experiences and immersive environments for the viewer to engage in – the materials of her work have included light, vision, and perception in relation to objects as large as cathedrals and as small as a pair of glasses. Buckholtz received 2 consecutive MFA’s from California College of the Arts and Stanford University from 2002 to 2006 with the support of The Jacob K. Javits Fellowship. Her work was recently exhibited at The Minnesota Street Project and Gallery 308 in San Francisco CA., The International House of Japan in Tokyo, Japan, and The Lumiere Festival in London, England. She received a Fulbright Specialist Fellowship in 2018 and the Japan Friendship Commission Fellowship for 2017. Her work is held in the collections of numerous private collectors on the East and West coasts of the US and abroad.
Adjunct Assistant Professor of Interactive Media & Games at University of Southern California. Mike Fischer is an experienced executive in interactive entertainment, having held senior positions at Amazon, Microsoft, and top video game companies, including CEO of Square Enix America. He has led the publishing strategy for some of the biggest franchises in video games, including Fortnite, Final Fantasy, Tomb Raider, Halo, Gears of War and Sonic the Hedgehog. Mike is also an angel investor and advisor to a number of firms across interactive entertainment, including eSports, AR/VR, digital communities, AI and network technology. He has also represented the industry as a board member of the Entertainment Software Association and President of the Academy of Interactive Arts & Sciences.
Daniyar Amanaliev is a co-founder and CEO of the “ololo” group of companies in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan. Until 2016, Daniyar used to be a head of the largest tourist company in Kyrgyzstan for 12 years. In addition to tourism competence, Daniyar has a consulting experience in the field of strategic planning, finance and business model building. The “ololo” group of companies includes an art studio, the “ololohaus” coworking network in Bishkek and Osh, a real property management company, an event company, and a business incubator.
Almas Moldakanov is helping to enable Digital Transformation for the era of an intelligent cloud and an intelligent edge. He has held various positions in the marketing and operations departments at Microsoft for 3 years in Kazakhstan, other CIS, Central and Eastern Europe countries’ markets. Almas has worked in the field of marketing and business development for more than 11 years, during which he spend more than 8 years in the IT industry in the areas of cloud technology, Artificial Intelligence, software, development and e-Commerce. For fun, Almas enjoys graphic design, reading business literature, psychology of personal development, professional dubbing of documentary, doing "Stand Up" and going to the gym.
Asel is currently the Co-Founder and Managing Director of the Asian World Film Festival. She is an integral part of the Festival, managing the structure and strategic content as well as coordinating programming. She also controls Festival sponsorship, overseas promotional activities and is the liaison point between Consulates, Embassies, Ministries and various organizations from the Asian Continent. Asel Sherniyazova has an economic and business educational background and for two years studied in China (Shanghai Organization of Cooperation program), representing Kyrgyzstan on the Cross-Cultural Exchange Program. She is fluent in English, Chinese, Russian and Kyrgyz and is a Co-Founder of a Business Consultancy Company in China, an Investment Corporation in the USA and a non-profit organization in Kyrgyzstan. During 2014 Asel worked on the Oscar and Golden Globe campaigns for the multi-award-winning film Kurmanjan Datka Queen of the Mountains which was Kyrgyzstan's submission for Best Foreign Language Film, and every year she helps to guide and consult on films from Central Asia submitted for the Golden Globes.
Aigerim Agyltayeva is a TV journalist with 15 years experience. She has worked as a TV presenter for information services and social programs. At the moment, she is a host of the medical program “Shipager” at the National TV Channel “Qazaqstan.” She is also an editor of the online-magazine i-Sulu.kz. She believes useful content is the most important thing for a journalist.
Rolf Potts is truly a man of the world. He has reported from more than 60 countries for the likes of National Geographic Traveler, The New Yorker, Slate.com, Outside, the New York Times Magazine, The Believer, The Guardian (U.K.), Sports Illustrated, National Public Radio, and the Travel Channel. Rolf is perhaps best known for promoting the ethic of independent travel, and his book on the subject, Vagabonding: An Uncommon Guide to the Art of Long-Term World Travel (Random House, 2003), has been through thirty-one printings and translated into several foreign languages. His collection of literary travel essays, Marco Polo Didn’t Go There, won a 2009 Lowell Thomas Award from the Society of American Travel Writers, and became the first American-authored book to win Italy’s prestigious Chatwin Prize for travel writing. He has taught nonfiction writing courses at University of Pennsylvania, Yale University, and the Paris American Academy.
Gani Abadan is a professional business coach. Over the past 5 years he has trained more than 9,000 people. He has extensive experience in conducting trainings in Kazakhstan and beyond and is one of the "Seven Successful Kazakhs" according to the @look.tm magazine. Gani is a certified mentor and business coach of the international business association Youth Business International; business coach of the National Chamber of Entrepreneurs of the Republic of Kazakhstan, Atameken; member of the Science Council of the Foundation of the First President of the Republic of Kazakhstan; and author of the first training book in Kazakhstan related to business creation, #Business by Love (#БизнесПоЛюбви).
Computational Mathematics and Cybernetics, Lomonosov Moscow State University.13 years of experience in finance, business development and marketing. Opened an IT company in Cambodia and became a partner of SmallWorld Venture in 2017. Organized the production of laptops and a platform for novice programmers. His venture fund financed 30 startups. The nearest plans are financing and development of several startups in Central Asia in the field of TravelTech, FinTech and EdTech.
Manages and develops Internet products for 8 years. Was leading development team in one of the largest web studios in Kazakhstan. Has opened an online store and successfully sold the business. Has launched a startup about primary real estate. The project has become profitable after six months of team work instead of twelve months of the initial business plan.Since 2014 works in Kolesa Group. Supervised the product Market.kz. Last six months he is responsible for data, Analytics, DS and ML in KolesaGroup. Believes that Big Data helps improving business decisions and contributes in the growth of multiple products.
Entrepreneur, CEO and co-founder of Verigram, a service which uses the computer vision technologies, for image analysis. It can find and compare images, recognize text. It works in real time mode. The company already has the contracts with corporates and grows rapidly. Uakhat is a professional with profound experience in technology and project management with more than 9 years’ work experience. Has worked as a software developer more than 3 years in a various projects and gained knowledge in analysis, design, development, testingand supporting software applications. As an IT consultant he has improved analysis, problem solving and communication skills to manage and interact with individuals at all corporate levels. Working as a project manager Uakhat has gained core skills how to deliver project from kick-off meeting to the successful implementation in time and do it in a various approaches such as Waterfall and Agile.
Dan Petty is the digital director of audience development at MediaNews Group, the U.S.-based parent company of publications including The Denver Post, Orange County Register, San Jose Mercury News and Boston Herald. He oversees efforts to build loyal and engaged audiences on the company's digital platforms as well as off-site efforts, including mobile apps and social media. For the past year, he has focused on content strategy for growing newsletters and paid digital subscriptions while also leading efforts to grow audience for video and still photography. He has trained hundreds of journalists in digital best practices, including search engine optimization and social media. Prior to MNG, he spent seven years at the Denver Post as a digital editor and producer, working in the news and sports departments. He was a part of the staff that won the 2013 Pulitzer Prize in breaking news for its coverage of the Aurora theater shooting. He works and lives in Denver, Colorado, USA, with his wife, Anya.
Eldana Satybaldiyeva. She is originally from the city of Bishkek. She graduated from the Faculty of Mass Communication in Malaysia, specialization - advertising. Now she lives in Almaty and maintains her blog in Instagram and YouTube
Katrina Goldsaito is the author of the award-winning book The Sound of Silence (Little, Brown and Company), which Maria Popova of BrainPickings called “an illustrated serenade to the art of listening to your inner voice amid the noise of modern life.” Other writing of Katrina’s can be found in NPR, National Geographic, NHK-World, the Christian Science Monitor, and the Japan Times. She acted as Vice-Editor of Tokyo Art Beat. Her travel essay, Assailing Otherness received a Pushcart Prize Nomination. A founding member of the New York NeoFuturists and UnionDocs in Brooklyn, Katrina’s performance art piece Tea Pourings at Om I’m Home invited strangers to connect over intimate conversation in a fresh take on a traditional Japanese tea ceremony. Katrina performed in San Francisco at the Luggage Store Gallery, Parlor Art Gallery, Art Night SF and the Parking Lot Art Fair. Katrina’s performance career spans the Volkhsbuhne Theater in Berlin, the Joyce Soho, the Penumbra Theater Company, Cherry Lane Theater, the Shakespeare Theater of New Jersey, the Maine Shakespeare Festival, the Brooklyn Historical Society among others, and her work has been funded by the Brooklyn Art Council, the Berwick Research Institute and the Earhart Foundation.
Jonah Goldsaito has been designing and building digital tools that enable content creation for over two decades. The acquisition of his most recent video storytelling app by Google brought him to YouTube where he created new arms of the business around video creation from entirely automated systems to professionally driven services. While pixels and APIs enable much of his exploration, Jonah is equally drawn to building in wood, copper and other mixed media.
Head of Product Education for Chartbeat, recovering journalist, amateur mixologist and crazy cat lady.
Marina is theatrical producer born and grow up in Kazakhstan. Her education is Al-Farabi Kazakh National University and University of Tübingen - both as a physiologist. Also, she educated as art manager in Narxoz’s business school. In 2006 she was organizing and supporting events at The FIFA World Cup (Germany). Form 2008 she professionally does photography. Marina has two personal photo exhibits that is Don’t Put a Labels on Woomen (for women that have passed thought violence and stigmatization) and The Tango of My City. From 2015 she is producing theatrical projects such as Kyz Kyy, The Unnecessary Love, Second Hand.
At the festival Marina is producing a play Disconnect… that is based on play of famous Kazakhstan playwright Almira Ismailova. The play creates new viewer's experience for it’s using of artificial intelligence, augmented reality and automatic management of light, sound, and video. The spectacle shows abilities of artificial intelligence for tracing of performances’ context and managing light, sound and video appropriately. On an emotional level the play crates a new viewer’s experience from live interacting of actors with interactive new technologies. Disconnect… shows ironically a gap between modern technologies and archaic society and forecasts it’s inevitable transformation.
Farkhat Sharipov is Kazakh director, screenwriter, producer, and actor. He was passioned by music in childhood and also was playing in rock band Utopia. Farkhat graduated from Kazakh National Academy of Arts as director and sound engineer. After that, he was mastering screenwriting and photography directing in New York Film Academy. His debut is a directing and screenwriting for Tale of a Pink Hare. In 2018 director issued dramatic movie The Secret of A Leader that was awarded for the Best film at Moscow International Film Festival.
Musician, actor. 23 years old. T. Zhurgenov School graduate. He completed degree in theater and cinema at the Moscow Institute of Theatrical Art. after P. Ershov. Actor of an independent theater Lab 316 in "Transforma" art space. Member of the JańǵyryQ musical project on the Kazakhstan national television channel.
Jonathan Scales is one of the most innovative steel pannists on the planet, and is redefining and challenging traditional expectations of his signature instrument. In his hands, the sonic palette of an instrument often associated with cruise ships and tropical resorts is radically expanded to mimic the role of horns, piano, vibraphone or marimba due to his stunning, virtuosic technique. Scales’ mesmerizing compositions have captivated listeners and elevated him to the status of a true composer, forging new territory in the medium of instrumental music. Although Scales’ writing produces songs that are ultimately accessible and danceable, the compositions can be remarkably complex and difficult to perform. As a result, the power trio whimsically named Jonathan Scales Fourchestra has always had a fluid lineup top-notch musicians, and even included an “all-star” version with bassist MonoNeon (Prince, Ghost Note), drummer Robert “Sput” Searight (Snarky Puppy, Snoop Dogg) and percussionist Weedie Braimah (Trombone Shorty, Nth Power), as well as a number of other talented marquee value players.