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.
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.
Co-founder of Green Business School Almaty, host - Organizer of environmental and social projects ROO Posadiderevo.kz (2012-2015) - Co-founder of projects O'gorod, Color Marathon YARKOkross, Ecocross - Program Director of the Foundation for Towards Change in Kazakhstan (Reach For Change Kazakhstan) (2016-2017) - Research Coordinator Urban Forum Almaty (2016-2017) - Bachelor of Economics, Moscow State University. Lomonosov, Fulbright Fellow, Master in Urban and Regional Planning, Clemson University, South Carolina, USA.
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.
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.
Derek Caelin is an Innovation Specialist at the Innovation for Change project in Counterpart International. Derek applies technologies and innovative processes for social good. He has supported nonprofits, activists, and journalists in developing countries and conflict zones to apply technology to communicate, to organize, to capture data and extend their impact.A former independent games designer, Derek has analyzed a variety of impact games, particularly games used for resolving or continuing conflict.