Radhika has over 30 years of experience in the technology sector, working at leading organizations like Google, Hewlett Packard and Siemens.
At Google, Radhika was a Senior Eng. Director and was responsible, over a period of 20 years, for initiating and scaling up several critical products. Starting with leading Google Ads in 2000, Radhika founded Google Images, building the teams and growing it over several years to 1B+ queries/day. In addition to starting Google LocalSearch, and building several core backend systems for Google Web Search, she also founded and lead Google Travel Search to help users better plan their leisure trips.
Prior to Google, Radhika was a researcher at Hewlett Packard Labs where she created a new networking product focused on managing multicast for the IP network backbone, primarily to enable the spreading use of multimedia. Before HP Labs, she built SCADA systems at Siemens.
Radhika has always been interested in the application of technology for social impact and recently left Google to focus full-time on helping mission-oriented startups scale. She uses her long experience with building and scaling successful products and organizations, to help founders think through critical strategic issues. She currently sits on the boards of Nexleaf Analytics, Simprints, as well as Educate! and advises several startup CEOs including Francis Energy, TalkingPoints, Dost Education. She is also a technical advisor to CIFF (Children's Investment Fund Foundation), and a mentor with the Unreasonable Group and Ripple works.
Radhika holds a Graduate degree in Comp. Sci. from U. C. Berkeley.
Samson Bezmyatezhny is a media-trainer, Director of "Genesis Youtube Kazakhstan and Central Asia", producer. "Genesis" is an Official Certified Youtube partner in Kazakhstan and Central Asia, part of NurKZ IT Company.
• promotion of YouTube channels in Central Asia
• development of the Kazakh blogosphere on the yvision.kz
• digital management of Internet projects of "Seven Channel"
• creator of the first mobile app with a "second screen" technology for the game show "BOOM"
• сo-organizer of the only YouTube Festival in Kazakhstan "VideoBaiga"
Digital transformation strategist working with organizations both large and small on navigating the challenges and opportunities presented by the digital age. His clients are global and regional brands across multiple sectors including telecommunications, government, pharmaceuticals, financial services, retail, beverages, and advertising. He has done work for clients such as the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), Government of Montenegro, Social Innovation Laboratory Zagreb, Publik (for Alkaloid Skopje), Regional School of Public Administration (ReSPA).
Co-founder of Digitalizuj.Me, a non-governmental organization helping citizens and organizations in Montenegro to understand and realize exciting new opportunities for social change and business in the digital environment. Program Director of Spark.me conference, one of the most carefully curated tech/business conferences in Southeast Europe organized annually since 2013. Recognized as “Project Manager of the Year” by the Association of Montenegrin Managers. Teaches “Transforming Business in the Digital Era” at the COTRUGLI Business School (E)MBA program, one of the leading business schools in Southeast Europe. Has 12 years of experience teaching Strategic Management at the University of Montenegro. Keynote speaker in 20 countries across 4 continents, from Peru to Taiwan. Three-time TEDx speaker, including a talk at TEDxZagreb in front of 1,000+ attendees.
Zhannat Alshanova is an award-winning writer, director and producer from Kazakhstan. She wrote and directed several short films that played at various international film festivals, such as Cannes (Cinéfondation), Sundance, Locarno (pardino d'argento award), Toronto International Film Festival, PÖFF Shorts and many others.
Her debut feature project, Mother Tongue, won the ArteKino International Award at the Asian Project Market 2019 (Busan IFF). She holds an M.A. in filmmaking from the London Film School and is also a Berlinale Talents alumna. Recently, she has served as a juror for Sundance Collab Challenge "Time Capsule". She is Berlinale Talents and Sundance Institute alumna.
Bill Aulet is changing the way entrepreneurship is understood, taught, and practiced around the world. Bill, who has degrees from Harvard and MIT, has over 25 years of business success first at IBM and then as a three-time entrepreneur. He has directly created hundreds of millions of dollars in shareholder value through his companies.
During the past seven years, he has been responsible for leading the development of entrepreneurship education across MIT, where he has been recognized with numerous awards. His book, Disciplined Entrepreneurship, which was released in August 2013, has become an award-winning international bestseller due to its accessible and methodical approach to entrepreneurship. In April 2017, the companion book, the Disciplined Entrepreneurship Workbook, was released. Bill writes and speaks logically on how entrepreneurs are created and the importance of both education and ecosystems. He has been widely published in publications such as The Wall Street Journal, TechCrunch, the Boston Globe, the Kauffman Foundation, the Huffington Post, and more.
He has also been a featured speaker on shows such as CNBC’s Squawk Box and Bloomberg News as well as at events and conferences around the world. He is a board member of MITEK Systems (NASDAQ: MITK) and XL Hybrids Inc. (Private). In addition to his academic work at MIT, he is a Visiting Professor at the University of Strathclyde (Scotland) and is on the Faculty Committee at the Asian Business School.
Rashid Nugmanov – Film Director, Screenwriter, and Producer.
Education: Kazakh Polytechnic Institute (Diploma in Architecture); All-Union State Institute of Cinematography named after S. A. Gerasimov (Diploma in Feature Films Directing). Sergei Solovyov’s, Anatoly Vasiliev’s, Pavel Lebeshev’s and Sergei Bodrov’s student.
Awards: “Ya-Hha” short feature film (FIPRESCI Prize in The Young Soviet Cinema Program at Year 1987 International Moscow Film Festival,); “The Needle” full-length feature film (Main Prize of Year 1990 International Film Festival in Nuremberg; Year 1989IFF in Berlin – Prize for Participation in “The Panorama” Program; Prize awarded by Film Clubs in “Un Certain Regard” (A Special View) Category at Year 1988 Golden Duke Film Festival in Odessa); and “The Wild East” full-length feature film (Special Jury Prize awarded to the film at Year 1994 5th IFF of Adventure Films in Valenciennes, France).
Participated in developing The Citadel of Death American Projects featuring William Gibson, for Edward Pressman, Producer; and The Spirit Break for Leonard Schrader, Screenwriter and David Wiseman, Producer.
Original scripts in English: The Russky Swing, The Golden Idol (all tickets sold out, or Full House), The InnerVision, The Spell, and The One (option).
From 2015 through 2017 – General Director of The Eurasia IFF, accredited by the International Federation of Film Producers (FIAPF). Founder and First President of the National Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences of Kazakhstan. Commander of the Order of Arts and Literature of France.
In YY 2018-2019 developed THE DRAMATICON, a unique course in practical drama, and signed a contract with EKSMO Publishing House for the publication in 2020 of the book of the same name. Currently is preparing for production the Batu documentary drama and The God fiction film, where he acts as a screenwriter, director, and producer. In 2020, he recruited a director’s masterclass (workshop) at VGIK together with Sergei Solovyov and teaches a course in drama there.
Gulnaz Balpeisova – Theater Director
As a Director R. Tuminas’ Assistant-trainee, Gulnaz took part in the releases of such performances as Eugene Onegin (scenes from the novel by Alexander Pushkin), Smile Upon Us, Lord based on the novels by G. Kanovich, and Minetti by T. Bernhard. She also worked as an assistant to such directors as Yu. Butusov (The Flight after M. A. Bulgakov) and S. Purcarete (The Imaginary Invalid after Jean-Baptiste Moliere).
Theater named after Evgeniy Vakhtangov stage performances: In Paris based on stories by I. Bunin within the framework of The Rimas Tuminas’ Workshop Performances Project, and Fröken Julie based on the play by A. Strindberg. On the Simonovskaya Stage of the Vakhtangov Theater, Gulnaz directed staging Leporella short story in the play Stefan Zweig. Novels, and Everything Will Come True play by Nina Sadur.
Seth Sinclair is a language instructor and teacher trainer with a master’s degree in applied linguistics from UMASS Boston.
He has more than a dozen years of experience in the United States, South America, the Middle East. and Central Asia. He served as an English Language Fellow and English Language Specialist in Almaty Kazakhstan from 2019-2020.
9 Stories – a collection of short stories by contemporary American authors in the Russian language. This project was led by Yuriy Serebryanskiy, a Kazakhstani author and alumnus of the IWP International Writing Program, and Anton Platonov, translator and cultural researcher.
The project supported by U.S. Consulate in Almaty has started in 2018 as a translation workshop turned later into Literary Translation Laboratory, the group of Kazakhstani authors and literary translators - Polina Chhichina, Oral Arukenova, Mairzhan Kourmanov, Victoriya Russakova, Anna Kozhanova, Ekaterina Patrikova, Alyona Kim, Olga Abramova, Mariya Kuznetsova, Meruert Tair, Kamilla Mushkina, Katerina Dzvonik, Marina Mihtayeva, Katerina Hodyreva, Jamilya Akhmedova.
Dequine is a Kazakh singer. She began her career in 2016 when she published her first tracks on the YouTube channel.
They got a good response from the public and got lots of likes. In mid-2019, Dequine released their first album, Drunk Cherry, which immediately reached the local TOPs.
Rustam Ospanoff (New York, USA) Resident DJ at Public Records, Ace Hotel, Public, Soho Grand Hotel (NYC). Founder & Producer of the Jazzystan Music Festival in Almaty (2009-2018) Rustam Ospanoff gathers all the deepest soul sounds from around the world and elegantly delivers them in gorgeous musical journeys.
Hailing from Kazakhstan, his creative goal has always been to expose diverse music to people through the curation of special events, live concerts, and radio shows. He is best known for being the founder of the Jazzystan Music Festival (this ran from 2009 in Almaty, Kazakhstan) and producing 28 music festivals over 9 years in his home country.
Now that Rustam lives in New York City, he has become a polished and versatile DJ who is as comfortable playing a dark underground house party as he is at an upscale hotel bar. Rustam possesses a record collection that has a unique worldview - every song he plays has a beautiful deep sound and a dynamic rhythmic beat that fills a room with warm and upbeat energy. Crowds might not know what he’s playing, but they will know that it is the right sound for a magical moment in New York City. When Rustam isn’t DJing all over NYC, he can be found happily dancing and socializing at New York’s finest dance parties where legendary figures still hold court.
Rustam is a DJ but he is a music enthusiast first. You can find him any day of the week, digging devotedly in the city’s record stores with his son, Mansur, a 4-year-old with the world’s most sophisticated taste in music! Rustam initiated, booked and produced live acts featuring artists like Jamiroquai, Incognito, Joss Stone, Omar, Marcos Valle, Jazzanova, Gilles Peterson, LEFTO, Nubya Garcia, EZRA Collective, Soil & Pimp Sessions, Kutiman Orchestra to name a few. His DJ sets have taken him all over the world from music festivals like Worldwide (France), Cully Jazz (Switzerland), Southern Soul (Montenegro), Terraneo (Croatia), Sunsplash (Turkey) to numerous parties in London (Plastic People), New York, Los Angeles, Tel Aviv, Tokyo, Shanghai, Singapore, Hamburg, Paris, Lyon, Sete, Lisbon, Brussels, Liege, Ghent, Geneva, Sierre, Prague, Bratislava, Vienna, Moscow, St. Petersburg, Dubrovnik, Zagreb, Maribor, Tbilisi, Bishkek, and other parts of the world.
He opened for Sun Ra Arkestra, Roy Ayers and has shared decks alongside contemporary luminaries like Gilles Peterson, LEFTO, Ge-Ology, DJ Kon, Sadar Bahar, Nickodemus, DJ Rahaan, Rick Wilhite, Dez aka Andres, Bradley Zero, Kenny Dope (MAW), Joey Negro to name a few. Rustam is a Red Bull Music Academy alumni (Rome/2004). He hosted his own 6 hrs weekly radio shows – "Lazy Town" at Radio 31 (2001-2003), ‘Gravity” & “Nevesomost'” (2004 – 2012) at Energy FM (Shahar), "Jazzystan" (2014-2016) on Ne.FM. Also, he played guest shows at The Lot Radio (USA), Worldwide FM (UK), Le Mellotron (FR), Kiosk (BE), FM4 Unlimited (AUS), Bruzz (BE), J-Wave Tokyo (JP).
Music genres: Jazz, Rare Groove, Soul, Funk, Boogie, Disco, Gospel, International (Latin, Tropical, Brazilian, African, Japanese, Middle Eastern Grooves), House, Techno, Electronic music.
Rustem is a founder and former CEO at Robo Technologies (Robo Wunderkind), the pioneer in the educational robotics market. Arkley was lead investor in Robo Wunderkind’s seed round. Rustem with two co-founders started Robo Wunderkind in 2013 during studies at the Vienna University of Technology and brought the idea to a successful company with customers from 58 countries. During 2014-2017 Rustem lived 1,5 years in Shenzhen, China working with factories and building up a supply chain for his robots. Prior to Robo Wunderkind Rustem worked at Pioneers (acquired by Startup300 AG) in Marketing & Sales team.
Rustem is included in Forbes Magazine’s 30 under 30 and New Europe 100 List by Financial Times & Google. Graduate of HAX and finalist of Techcrunch Disrupt Startup Battlefield 2015. Rustem has spoken at TedX and other events in Taipei, Innsbruck, Munich, Astana, Hong Kong and Shenzhen. Rustem holds an international patent in the field of modular robotics. During free time he enjoys playing tennis, piano and reading booksRustem is based in Vienna, Austria and responsible for Arkley’s investments in DACH and CIS regions.Rustem Akishbekov is a Partner at Arkley VC with a focus on helping DACH & CIS entrepreneurs to succeed at the global stage | Founder at Robo Wunderkind | Forbes 30 Under 30