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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.