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.
Gani Abadan is a professional business coach. Over the past 5 years he has trained more than 9,000 people. He has extensive experience in conducting trainings in Kazakhstan and beyond and is one of the "Seven Successful Kazakhs" according to the @look.tm magazine. Gani is a certified mentor and business coach of the international business association Youth Business International; business coach of the National Chamber of Entrepreneurs of the Republic of Kazakhstan, Atameken; member of the Science Council of the Foundation of the First President of the Republic of Kazakhstan; and author of the first training book in Kazakhstan related to business creation, #Business by Love (#БизнесПоЛюбви).
Almas Moldakanov is helping to enable Digital Transformation for the era of an intelligent cloud and an intelligent edge. He has held various positions in the marketing and operations departments at Microsoft for 3 years in Kazakhstan, other CIS, Central and Eastern Europe countries’ markets. Almas has worked in the field of marketing and business development for more than 11 years, during which he spend more than 8 years in the IT industry in the areas of cloud technology, Artificial Intelligence, software, development and e-Commerce. For fun, Almas enjoys graphic design, reading business literature, psychology of personal development, professional dubbing of documentary, doing "Stand Up" and going to the gym.
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."
Geniyat Issin is the Country Manager for MasterCard Kazakhstan. Payment industry professional having the practical business understanding of all range of card products, money transfers, innovative payment solutions including mobile and contactless payments and e-wallets. Freelance journalist - marketing, finance, banking, investments.
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.
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.
Business-analyst at EPAM with more than 5 years of experience in cloud technologies, eCommerce and data science fields. Passionate about explaining technical topics to non-technical business audiences.