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.
Jonathan Scales is one of the most innovative steel pannists on the planet, and is redefining and challenging traditional expectations of his signature instrument. In his hands, the sonic palette of an instrument often associated with cruise ships and tropical resorts is radically expanded to mimic the role of horns, piano, vibraphone or marimba due to his stunning, virtuosic technique. Scales’ mesmerizing compositions have captivated listeners and elevated him to the status of a true composer, forging new territory in the medium of instrumental music. Although Scales’ writing produces songs that are ultimately accessible and danceable, the compositions can be remarkably complex and difficult to perform. As a result, the power trio whimsically named Jonathan Scales Fourchestra has always had a fluid lineup top-notch musicians, and even included an “all-star” version with bassist MonoNeon (Prince, Ghost Note), drummer Robert “Sput” Searight (Snarky Puppy, Snoop Dogg) and percussionist Weedie Braimah (Trombone Shorty, Nth Power), as well as a number of other talented marquee value players.
Farkhat Sharipov is Kazakh director, screenwriter, producer, and actor. He was passioned by music in childhood and also was playing in rock band Utopia. Farkhat graduated from Kazakh National Academy of Arts as director and sound engineer. After that, he was mastering screenwriting and photography directing in New York Film Academy. His debut is a directing and screenwriting for Tale of a Pink Hare. In 2018 director issued dramatic movie The Secret of A Leader that was awarded for the Best film at Moscow International Film Festival.
Darkhan Dzhunusbekov, better known under the creative nickname Darkhan Juzz, was born in Almaty in 1990. He began his journey into the world of music at an early age, having familiarized himself with the activities of Bob Marley and Viktor Tsoy. A simple interest in their magical music very soon turned into a desire to compose and perform his own music - from the age of 14 he has been writing author's songs. In his music Darkhan does not limit himself to certain genres and he is able to endow with a unique author's style both indie-rock compositions and hip-hop tracks. He writes texts mainly in the Kazakh language. In spring of 2019, together with the music label ÕZEÑ, Darkhan released a collection of the best songs published from 2014 to 2018 - "TBRN". Also, at the end of this year a full-fledged studio album is expected to be released.
Bagytzhan Beksultan acting under the nickname Jeltoksan was born in Atyrau on April 20, 1996. Since his childhood, he began to get involved in music. At the age of 13 he tried himself in beat-making, and from the same age he had growing interest in writing poetry. The range of his musical interests is varied from electronics and hip-hop to folk music, and the musician writes texts mainly in the Kazakh language. He began to release songs since 2014. In June 2018, Beksultan released the instrumental album “BUTTERFLY”. This year he plans to release a full-fledged album as an author-performer. Since December 2018 he has been subscribed to the label “Blood with milk”.
Musician, actor. 23 years old. T. Zhurgenov School graduate. He completed degree in theater and cinema at the Moscow Institute of Theatrical Art. after P. Ershov. Actor of an independent theater Lab 316 in "Transforma" art space. Member of the JańǵyryQ musical project on the Kazakhstan national television channel.
Laureate of the "Padida" national award for literature of the Writers Union of Tajikistan for innovation in literature, as well as the Central Asian "Golden Chair" award. The official speaker of the 80th jubilee session of the World Congress of Writers of PEN club from Central Asia with a report on the situation of female writers in the Central Asian region. Author of the "Devanagrad" prose and poetry book. The winner of the Olympiad in philosophy held among the post-Soviet republics, organized by the Higher School of Economics. She studied directing and scripting under such great masters of the film as Irakli Kvirikadze and Fred Kelemen. The author of the short film "Atonement" ("Iskupleniye"), which premiered at the 28th "Kinotavr" Open Russian Film Festival.
Starting from 2014 Yaroslav tought the robotics for students in Almaty. The author of the library for BP development which were bought by UNITY in 2017. Currently working for Singularity Lab, the leading company in Virtual Reality and Augmented Reality
Entrepreneur, business-angel, partner of Method.School, ex-partner of Sary Arka Business Solutions. For several years he worked for ALTEL as Marketing Director where Yerdos managed the budget of $8 mln and 30+ professionals. He has a strong expertise in pre-deal due diligence, investment screening, and asset companies corporate governance.
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.