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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Elle is a well-known journalist in Kyrgyzstan with large scale investigative reports and is an Assistant Professor at the American University of Central Asia. She is a TV-presenter at state-owned “Fifth Channel” television.She was awarded the "Report of the Year" prize by the Institute for War and Peace Reporting Kyrgyzstan and the “Breakthrough of the Year” by the Kyrgyz Committee for Freedom of Speech. She is an alumna of the U.S. Department of State Edward R. Murrow Program for Journalists in Washington D.C., Transparency International Young Journalists, and The Poynter Institute program.
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.
Clarisa Piccione works for RACI – national platform for CSOs in Argentina since 2017. Clarisa has a bachelor degree in International Relations from Torcuato Di Tella University in Buenos Aires and postgraduate diploma in Civil Society Organizations from FLASCO (Latin-American Social Sciences Faculty). Clarisa is a member of the Latin American Hub initiative of the Innovation for Change.Clarisa is a sharing economy expert for civil society organizations in Latin America and the Caribbean.
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.
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.
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.
Prior to becoming a partner at PapaJohn's international franchise chain Monolbaev Daniyar was a shareholder and owner of several bars. In 2015 he purchased the first franchise in restaurant sphere. For more than 8 years his team of like-minded people strives to provide quality service and goods to their clients. This principal approach has become a link between Daniyar and PapaJohn's team. "The idea of purchasing PapaJohn's franchise was born when I was on a foreign trip with my business partner. We always try new and unusual products and always look for ways to adopt experiences of other players in HORECA. When we tried PapaJohn's we were ignited to make such pizza in Central Asia."
Worked in the marketing field in multinational companies. Headed the E-commerce and franchising program for Central Asia in the USAID project. Founder of Kazakhstan and Eurasian Franchise Associations. He was the author of the development program for SMEs and books on franchising. The author of several novels, short stories and poems. Entered the short list of the Eurasian Book Forum. Jury member of a number of literary contests. He was the author of the idea of organizing the festivals “Toykan” and “Kitapfest”.One of the initiators of the Alma-Qala movement. Founder of the Encyclopedia.kz project. Member of the Public Council of Almaty (Chairman of the commission on housing and communal services and entrepreneurship) and the Business Council of Almaty.
Currently, Ahmejan is a top manager, commercial director of KDL OLYMP. He also heads the KDL OLYMP Franchise direction. The independent network “KDL OLYMP”, founded in Astana, has been operating since January 2007 and today is the largest network of private laboratories in Kazakhstan. "KDL OLYMP " has more than 320 reception units for biomaterial sampling and 18 accredited laboratories. KDL OLIMP " is the winner of the Choice of the Year award (2017, 2018, 2019) and the Ickere award. " KDL OLIMP " is also the winner of the Kazakhstan Best Domestic franchise 2019 award.Ahmejan has medical and legal background, he also has an MBA degree. Ahmejan has more than 13 years of experience in the medical field and management.