Murat Abenov is a public figure in Kazakhstan, elected twice as a parliamentarian of the Mazhilis (lower house) of Kazakhstan, during which he was elected to serve as the Secretary of the Committee on Economic Reform and Regional Development. He is also a former Vice-Minister of Education and Science of the Republic of Kazakhstan. He used to be the Head of the Board of Directors of JSC National Center for Staff Training, Orleu. He served as the Deputy Chairman of the Board of the National Chamber of Entrepreneurs of the Republic of Kazakhstan, Atameken, as well as Chairman of the Committee of ICT, Education and Innovation and the Committee on Scientific and Production Enterprise. Currently, Murat is a member of the Council on Relations with Maslikhat and Civil Society Institutions of the “Nur Otan” parliamentary faction and a member of the Special Monitoring Group at Agencies. He is also a Franlin Covey certified trainer.
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.
Expert number 1 in Kazakhstan in the field of corporate e-learning, head of the “Studio e-learning”, developer of e-courses, online trainer, consultant. 18 years of experience in development and conducting of training programs, in the field of e-learning - since 2008.The author of e-courses: “Time Management”, “Effective Management”, “First Aid and Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation”, “Customer Service Standards”, “Financial Analysis for Non-Financiers”, “Fundamentals of Business Communication”, “Adaptation of Employees in the Company” , "Company Security Policy" and others. Repeatedly spoke at international and Kazakhstan conferences, introducing the topic of e-learning. Creator and moderator of E-learning community Almaty. Co-organizer of the conference “ELForum in Kazakhstan 2017, 2018”, organizer of the eLearning- hackathon “Development of electronic courses for social projects”.
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.
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.
Ling Ling Phung is executive director of Two Lings, a business design and innovation studio. She has20 years of experience in business design and strategy. Specifically she was Unilever’s Director of New Businesses in Developing and Emerging Markets, advisor to DFID’s private sector team, and continues to serve as an advisor to Pearson’s Tomorrow’s Markets Incubator. She guides corporate teams through the innovation process taking early stage ideas through proof of concept to createviable new business models that bring these ideas to life. Her portfolio of work spans from infant malnutrition and safe drinking water to education and youth employability. Ling Ling has ledinitiatives in the US, UK, Kenya, Senegal, Mali, Swaziland, South Africa, Ghana, India, Bangladesh,I ndonesia, and China. Ling Ling is also a published author and speaker on innovation and intrapreneurship. She holdsdual degrees, an MBA from MIT Sloan School of Management and an MPA/ID from Harvard Kennedy School. Learn more about Ling Ling’s work at www.twolings.com.
David Mashuri is a senior executive with international experience in the USA, Russia, Yemen and Kazakhstan. His most recent experiences include roles as Independent Director, Member of the Board of Directors at Bank FHB and Managing Director, Member of the Executive Board at Qazkom. Prior to that, he headed WE Partners Kazakhstan, an alliance of Korn Ferry, a global leader in HR-consulting. Mr. Mashuri has over 20 years of entrepreneurial and management experience in banking, consulting, real estate, transport and publicsector. He is experienced in top management selecting, assessing, developing and coaching. David Mashuri holds a Master's Degree in Public Policy from Pepperdine University in Malibu, CA, USA and a Bachelor's Degree in Linguistics from Russian People's Friendship University in Moscow, Russia. In addition to his degrees, David Mashuri has completed certificate programs in HR at Cornel University in Ithaca, NY and is working on HR Management Certificate at Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD). He is a certified Executive Coach, a member of the ICF, holds a Coaching certificate from Erickson International, and is a certified in Decision Dynamics Decision Style Model assessment (Lund, Sweden), and viaEDGE assessment.
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.
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.
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.
Karim is a strategy, marketing and business development expert with extensive background in e-commerce and management consulting. He has successfully executed various projects in companies such as Novartis, Merck, Reebok, McKinsey and ran his own business. His current focus is on strategy and growth hacking at Rahmet App, a project by ChocoFamily Holding.
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.