2020 GSPP Conference Program

2020 GSPP Conference Program

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Advisory board

Miro Hacek

Professor at the Department of Political Science at the University of Ljubljana. Teaches courses Political Systems, Public Administration, Comparative Civil Service, Comparative Local Governments. Head of Political Science Department (2005-7, 2013-17). President of Central European Political Science Association (2018-21). Former General Secretary, Vice-President and President of the Slovenian Political Science Association. Editor In-Chief of Journal of Comparative Politics.


Reuven Hazan

Reuven Y. Hazan is a Professor and former Chair of the Department of Political Science at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem (affiliation ). His research focuses on the interplay between electoral systems, political parties and legislative studies. He is on the editorial board of several major journals (Party Politics, International Political Science Review, Journal of Legislative Studies) and serves on the Executive Committee of the ECPR (European Consortium for Political Research).

Gianfranco Pasquino

Prof. Gianfranco Pasquino, professor emeritus of political science, University of Bologna,  Fellow, Accademia dei Lincei, former President of the Italian Political Science Association, former Director of the Rivista Italiana di Scienza Politica, and former Senator of the Italian Republic.

Phoebe Koundouri

Professor Dr. Phoebe Koundouri is Chair of Sustainable Development (Economics and Econometrics) at the School of Economics, Athens University of Economics and Business (Greece). She is also the elected President of the European Association of Environmental and Natural Resource Economists https://www.eaere.org/ with more than 1200 scientific institutions as members from more than 75 different countries. Prof. Koundouri is listed in the 1% of most-cited women economists in the world, with 15 published books and more than 250 published scientific papers.

Vladimir Smakhtin

Vladimir Smakhtin has 30 years of experience as a Researcher and Manager in the broad area of water resources with an emphasis on global and regional water scarcity and food security. He initiated, managed or contributed to numerous research initiatives in over 20 countries worldwide and authored over 200 publications. He is currently the Director of the United Nations University Institute for Water, Environment and Health based in Canada.

Stefanos Fotiou

Stefanos is an accomplished expert on environment and sustainable development and currently serving as the Director or the Environment and Development Division in the UN Economic and Social Commission for Asia-Pacific. In this capacity, Stefanos is providing strategic guidance for the planning and implementation of the UN ESCAP work on Sustainable Management of Natural Resources, Climate Change, Sustainable Urban Development and he is also coordinating ESCAP's overall approach on supporting the implementation of the 2030 Agenda.

Keynote speakers

Vinod Thomas

Vinod Thomas is currently Visiting professor at National University of Singapore.

Previously he was Director General of Independent Evaluation at the Asian Development Bank (2011-2016).
Prior to ADB, Vinod was Director-General and Senior Vice-President of the Independent Evaluation Group at the World Bank Group (2006-2011). He was formerly Country Director for Brazil and Vice-President of the World Bank Institute. Having joined the World Bank in 1976, he was Chief Economist for the East
Asia and Pacific region, Director for the World Development Report, Chief of Trade Policy and Principal Economist for Colombia, and Economist for Bangladesh.

Vinod has a PhD and MA in Economics from the University of Chicago and a BA from St. Stephen's college, Delhi. He has authored 16 books, articles, and reports on macroeconomic, social and environmental issues. His books include The Quality of Growth, 2000, Multilateral Banks and the Development Process, (with Xubei Luo), 2012, Climate Change and Natural Disasters, 2017, and (with Namrata Chindarkar) Economic Evaluation of Sustainable Development, 2019. 

He has taught at Vassar College, New York and the University of Sao Paulo, Brazil, been on several Boards and has addressed numerous fora in all regions. He has been advisor for evaluation at Global Climate Fund and at IFAD, and for Results for Development and the Emerging Market Forum.

Phoebe Koundouri

Professor Dr. Phoebe Koundouri holds a PhD and MPhil in Economics and Econometrics from the University of Cambridge (UK). She is Professor (Chair) of Sustainable Development (Economics and Econometrics) at the School of Economics, Athens University of Economics and Business (Greece) and she is the elected President of the European Association of Environmental and Natural Resource Economists (EAERE) (with more than 1200 scientific member institutions, from more than 75 different countries). Prof. Koundouri is listed in the 1% of most-cited women economists in the world, with 15 published books and more than 250 published scientific papers.
Prof. Phoebe Koundouri is also the Founder and Scientific Director of the Research laboratory on Socio-Economic and Environmental Sustainability ( ReSEES ) at the Athens University of Economics and Business and an affiliated Professor at the ATHENA Research and Innovation Center (Greece) where she directs EIT Climate-KIC Hub Greece of the European Institute of Innovation and Technology. She is also the co-chair of the United Nations Sustainable Development Network Greece (UN SDSN Greece), chair of the Scientific Advisory Board of the International Centre for Research on the Environment and the Economy (ICRE8) and chair of the scientific advisory board of the European Forest Institute.

In the past, Professor Koundouri has held academic positions at the University of Cambridge, University College London, the University of Reading and the London School of Economics. She acts as an advisor to the European Commission, World Bank, EIB, EBRD, OECD, UN, NATO, WHO, numerous national and international foundations and organizations, as well as national governments in all five continents. Notably she is currently member of the drafting Priministerial Committee for 10-year development plan for Greece, as well as in the Climate Change Committee of the Greek Ministry of Environment and Energy. She holds a global leadership role in the UN SDSN for European Green Deal (EGD) implementation, Sustainable SHipping and Ports, 4-seas Blue Growth Initiative and is leader (together with Prof. Jeff Sachs) of the Senior Working Group on Transformation Pathways for the implementation of EGD. She is also a member of  the CEPR (Center for European and Policy Research)  Network (RPN) on Climate Change https://cepr.org/content/cepr-rpn-climate-change-researchers. Since 1997, she has coordinated more than 77 interdisciplinary research projects and has attracted significant competitive research funding. Professor Koundouri and her large interdisciplinary team have produced research and policy results that have contributed to accelerating the research commercialization for the sustainability transition in Europe, as well as shaping European policies. Over the last two decades, Professor Koundouri has given keynote and public lecturers all over the world and received various prizes for academic excellence.


Colin Knox

Professor, Graduate School of Public Policy, Nazarbayev University,
I am originally from Belfast, United Kingdom and now living and working in Nur-Sultan, Kazakhstan. I have worked as an academic in the field of public administration and public policy for over 30 years in three universities: Ulster University (UK); University of Western Ontario (Canada); and, Nazarbayev University Kazakstan.
Meaningful projects related to my participation in the GSPPCONF2020 include the following:

Latvia - designed and delivered a policy analysis course under Phase 1 of the Latvian Public Administration Reform project in cooperation with the legal drafting component (1998 - 2000).

South Africa, Israel/Palestine – conducted extensive research in the field of community conflict and peace building in transitional (post-conflict) countries (1995 –1999).

Italy and France – appointed expert in concept mapping (a quantitative evaluation technique) by the European Union. Provided advice to the EU on this methodology in relation to the evaluation of structural funds programmes (1996 – 2004).

Bangladesh – training senior civil servants in public management skills (towards their attainment of a Masters Degree in Government Financial Management, awarded by the University of Ulster (DFID, 1998 – 2006). 

In addition, completed an evaluation of the work of Transparency International Bangladesh (TIB) on behalf of DFID and other international donors (Making Waves: Phase II: 2009 – 2013].

Georgia – DFID funded Good Governance 3-year programme providing technical assistance to accelerate regional reform at the State Chancellery level, support for local municipalities, and strengthening civil society (DFID, 1998 –2001).

Poland – Provided technical assistance to a team of Polish consultants undertaking empirical work to improve staff development and policy evaluation in Poland’s local government. (I&DeA – London and DFID, 1999)

Nizhny Novgorod (Russia) – Involved in setting up and developing a community partnership to strengthen participative democracy and work with the Oblast administration (DFID, 1998 – 2004).

China (Liaoning Province) – Liaoning Provincial Government. Involved as a member of a course team delivering a Masters in Public Administration programme to civil servants working in various ministries throughout the public sector (2000 – 2010)

Kazakhstan (Astana) – Trained Kazakhstan civil servants in public administration and policy evaluation at the Eurasian Training Centre and Civil Service Academy in Astana. Funded by European Union, DIFD and the Government of Kazakhstan Bolashak Scholarship Programme (2004- 2016).

Turkmenistan (Central Asia) – inputs to EU Project on designing a Masters in Public Administration Programme for Turkmenistan Academy of Public Administration, drawing on the experience of Nazarbayev University Graduate School of Public Policy’s teaching portfolio (2018)


Riccardo Pelizzo

Riccardo is an Associate Professor & Vice Dean for Research
He has a Ph.D. degree in Political Science, 2004, The Johns Hopkins University
His research areas are Political Development, Political Parties, Good Governance, Parliamentary Strengthening, and Anti-corruption. Dr Pelizzo is the Associate Editor of Politics and Policy. He is the recipient of several fellowships, scholarships, competitive grants and awards. In addition to editing 3 volumes, Dr Pelizzo has authored 7 monographs and more than 50 peer reviewed articles. His studies have appeared or been translated into 11 languages (Arabic, Bahasa, Chinese, English, French, German, Italian, Russian, Spanish, Kazakh and Vietnamese). In addition to keeping an active research agenda, he has engaged academic and non-academic audiences in 25 countries and has provided expert opinion to constitutional drafters, institutional reformers, and legislatures in developing countries from Africa, Asia and the Pacific region.


Peter Howie

Peter is an Associate Professor. He has a Ph.D. degree in Mineral Economics. 2002, Colorado School of Mines (USA) Peter’s research interests include energy and development issues in both developed and transition economies. The latter research uses Kazakhstan as a case study. Peter has published several articles including “An Application of a Stated Preference Method to Value Urban Amenities,” “Regional Development in Kazakhstan,” “Electricity Demand in Kazakhstan,” and “Mineral industry demand: The theory in practice.” Dr. Howie received a grant from the Economics Education and Research Consortium, based in Moscow, for his research on “Electricity Demand in Kazakhstan” and has presented his research findings at international conferences in Russia, the Ukraine, USA, and Canada. At Nazarbayev University he is teaching Natural Resource Economics, Public Finance, and Quantitative Methods.


Alikhan Baimenov

Chairman of the Steering Committee of the Astana Civil Service Hub (2014 – present)

Education: Moscow Motor-Road Institute, Karaganda Technical Institute

Mr. Alikhan Baimenov was Deputy Head of Administration of the Zhezkazgan region (1992-1994), Member of the Supreme Council of the Republic of Kazakhstan (1994-1995), the First Deputy Minister of Labor of Kazakhstan (1995-1996), Deputy Head of the Administration of the President of Kazakhstan (1996-1997), Head of the Office of the Prime Minister (1997-1998), Head of the Administration of the President of Kazakhstan (1998-1999), Chairman of the Agency for Civil Service Affairs (1998-2000), Minister of Labor and Social Protection of Population (2000-2001), Member of Mazhilis of the Parliament of Kazakhstan (2006-2007), Chairman of the Agency for Civil Service Affairs (2011-2014).

Under his leadership, two stages of civil service reforms were implemented in Kazakhstan, as well as the concept of a three-level social protection model and a social insurance model were developed.


Catherine Kardava

Dr. Catherine Kardava is a Head of the Civil Service Bureau of Georgia, where she leads the implementation of the Civil Service Reform which aims to create effective and transparent state institutions in Georgia. Catherine Kardava was awarded with a degree of Doctor of Laws at the Humboldt University of Berlin in 2012, as well as a degree of Doctor of Juridical Sciences at Ivane Javakhishvili Tbilisi State University. She is an author of several books and articles published in scientific journals of different countries. Catherine Kardava is actively involved in educational activities and she is an associated professor at the leading universities of Georgia.


Simeon Nanovsky

Simeon is a Post-Doctoral Scholar at Nazarbayev University. He has a Ph.D degree in Economics from the University of Kentucky. Simeon Nanovsky joined the Graduate School of Public Policy as Post-Doctoral Scholar in 2017. Dr. Simeon Nanovsky obtained his Ph.D in Economics from the University of Kentucky. Research interests of Dr. Nanovsky include International Economics; and Macroeconomics. Before joining Nazarbayev University Semion Nanovsky was teaching as Visiting Assistant Professor at the University of North Florida.


Kanat Abdulla

Kanat is a Post-Doctoral Scholar at Nazarbayev University. He has a Ph.D degree in Economics from the University of North Carolina at Chapel. His research areas include Human capital and Macroeconomics. Kanat Abdulla joined the Graduate School of Public Policy as Post-Doctoral Scholar in 2019. Dr. Kanat Abdulla has completed the five-year Ph.D. program in Economics at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 2018. Research interests of Dr. Abdulla include Human capital and Macroeconomics. Before joining Nazarbayev University, Kanat Abdulla worked in the public sector.


Phua Kai Hong

Phua Kai Hong is a Visiting Professor from Lew Kuan Yew School of Public policy from at Singapore National University. His education background is PhD (LSE), SM, AB cum laude (Harvard) University. Dr. PHUA Kai Hong is a tenured professor at the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy, National University of Singapore, where hegives lectures in global health, health economics and financing, population ageing and social policy. Previously, he was an Associate Professor and Headof Health Care Division, and Head, Health Services Research Unit, at the Department of Community, Occupational & Family Medicine, Faculty of Medicine, and Adjunct Senior Fellow at the Institute of Policy Studies, Singapore. He graduated with honours cum laude from Harvard University and received graduate degrees from Harvard School of Public Health and the London School of Economics & Political Science.He had worked previously at the Ministry of Health, Singapore, and the Office of Health Systems Management, New York State Department of Health, USA.


Stefanos Xenarios

Stefanos is an Associate Professor at Nazarbayev University. His educatiuon background is Ph.D., Environmental Economics, 2007, Panteion University of Social and Political Sciences (Greece). Stefanos Xenarios joined the Graduate School of Public Policy in 2018. He is an environmental economist by training with focus on water resources and climate change aspects. He initially acquired a 3-years of postdoctoral experience in India and Ethiopia as a staff member of the International Water Management Institute (IWMI). Subsequently, Stefanos did research on climate change and agriculture in South Asia, based at the Norwegian Institute of Bioeconomy (NIBIO), and worked as Head of the Water and Energy Security Unit at the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) Office in Tajikistan. Before joining Nazarbayev University, he was a Senior Researcher in University of Central Asia leading activities on water-energy-food and environment nexus in the region. Xenarios is Co-Editor-in-Chief of the Central Asian Journal of Water Research (CAJWR) while he is a committee member of the International Water Association’s Specialist Group on Statistics and Economics.


Vitalis Nakrošis

Dr Vitalis Nakrošis was awarded a Master’s degree in Political Economy of Transition from the
London School of Economics (in 1998) and a PhD in social sciences from the Vilnius University (in
2004). Vitalis is a professor in public administration in the Institute of International Relations and
Political Science (Vilnius University). His work appeared in many international peer-reviewed journals
(such as International Review of Administrative Sciences, Public Policy and Administration, International
Journal of Public Administration, Evaluation, Public Money and Management). One of his main research
interests is the management of public sector organisations and programmes. He is currently leading a
research project on the policy response to COVID-19 in the EU and the management of the emergency
situation in Lithuania funded by the Research Council of Lithuania.


Iftikhar Lodhi

Iftikhar Lodhi is an Assistant Professor, PhD in Public Policy, from LKYSPP, NUS, Singapore Dr. Iftikhar joined GSPP in 2016 as an Assistant Professor. His previous position was Assistant Professor (Tenure- track) at National Research University, Higher School of Economics, Moscow, Russia. He is interested in public policy (theory, analysis, and evaluation), quantitative and qualitative Research Methods (Stata), international and comparative public policy, international relations and institutions, energy security and climate change, political and regulatory risk analysis.


Paul Reynolds

Paul has more than 30 years experience advising government ministers, senior civil servants and IFIs, on public policy matters, especially in addressing combined economic, administrative and fiscal problems which are pan-governmental in nature. His work has involved more that 70 countries worldwide, and included difficult problems in many countries-in-conflict, from Iraq and Afghanistan to Sierra Leone and the Philippines. He has worked in Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan and other countries in the region including China. Paul designed and taught a Masters programme on economic and governmental reform, in London, for ‘senior generalists’ in governments across the globe.


Fadi Farra

Co-founder, Director & Partner at Whiteshield Partners with more than 20 years of experience in strategy consulting
and policy advisory globally, including industrial and innovation policies, agro-business, micro-economics, private
sector development and competitiveness policies.
Fadi Farra is also an academic and senior lecturer at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government since 2009. Prior
to founding Whiteshield Partners, Fadi was a senior economist and head of unit at the OECD in the Secretary
General Office in Paris. He had joined the OECD after a career in strategy consulting with the Boston Consulting
Group and AT Kearney in New York and London (Principal position).
Fadi chaired the Global Agenda Council on the Future of Manufacturing Council of the World Economic Forum and is
a regular commentator in global media.

Areas of Expertise
▪ Manufacturing and industrial policy, Smart City, International trade, Logistics strategy, Sector
competitiveness, Private sector development, Agribusiness and food security, Capital and labor markets,
Investments, Venture capital, Capability building, Strategy, Market entry
▪ M.Sc. Management Economics, London School of Economics
▪ M.Sc. International Management, HEC Paris / Community of European Management Schools
▪ M.A. Government, Institut D'Etudes Politiques d’ Aix-en-Provence


Dharish David

Dr. Dharish David, Associate Faculty, (University of London) SIM-Global Education, Singapore.
Dr. Dharish David is an associate faculty for the University of London at the Singapore
Institute of Management – Global Education (SIM-GE), Singapore teaching courses relating to
political economy. He previously worked at the Asian Development Bank Institute in Tokyo as
a research associate working on Green Growth and Infrastructure Development in Asia. He
received his doctorate from Waseda University (Tokyo, Japan) specializing in infrastructure
development and financing. He has written academic articles, business reports, and op-eds
on infrastructure development, Asian political economy, economic development, and
international relations. He also has work experience in startups and consulting for other
regional think tanks in Asia.
The article I will present at the conference will also serve as a background paper for another
an accepted article I am publishing through the Asian Development Bank Institute on PPPs in
renewable energy in CAREC and South East Asia.

Dr. Dharish David, Associate Faculty, (University of London) SIM-Global Education, Singapore.
Dr. Dharish David is an associate faculty for the University of London at the Singapore
Institute of Management – Global Education (SIM-GE), Singapore teaching courses relating to
political economy. He previously worked at the Asian Development Bank Institute in Tokyo as
a research associate working on Green Growth and Infrastructure Development in Asia. He
received his doctorate from Waseda University (Tokyo, Japan) specializing in infrastructure
development and financing. He has written academic articles, business reports, and op-eds
on infrastructure development, Asian political economy, economic development, and
international relations. He also has work experience in startups and consulting for other
regional think tanks in Asia.

The article I will present at the conference will also serve as a background paper for another
an accepted article I am publishing through the Asian Development Bank Institute on PPPs in
renewable energy in CAREC and South East Asia.


Christine Leitner

Dr. Christine Leitner is Senior Adviser and co-founder of the Centre for Economics and Public Administration Ltd. (CEPA) in London and Vienna where she focuses on Public Sector Innovation, Digital Government and Participatory Governance in the European Union. Since 2013 she has been a Senior Policy Advisor at the Austrian Ministry for Digital and Economic Affairs. From 2002 to 2010 she was the Director of the European Union’s e-Government Awards, a 'lighthouse' project initiated and funded by the European Commission. From 2006 to 2013 she headed the Department for eGovernance and Public Administration and the Center for European Public Administration at Danube University, Austria. Previously, she was Senior Lecturer at the European Institute of Public Administration (EIPA) in Maastricht (NL).

From 2006 to 2019 she was a Supervisory Board member of the Estonian eGovernance Academy, and has been an Associate of the Austrian Institute for European Law and Policy. She was as a member of the European Commission's Expert Group on Public Sector Innovation, an evaluator in the 2017 European Public Service Awards, and a member of the Selection Committee of the 2014 Bloomberg Mayors Challenge for Europe. She regularly works with the EU, the OECD and UNDP and as an assessor, evaluator and jury member for excellence programmes in public sector innovation and digital government in the EU and the Middle East.

Dr. Leitner is the programme chair of the international Conference on “The Human Side of Service Engineering” (AHFE/HSSE). She is the editor and author of numerous publications on technology and public administration and a frequent speaker at international conferences. She teaches and lectures regularly at a number of academic institutions internationally, and designs and conducts trainings for civil servants, in particular from EU member states.



Rupinder Singh

Dr Singh is a senior British expert specialising in International Finance and Economics
with 25 years experience across 50 economies. A former academic at the University of
London and Director of CETRAN in Portugal, he edited over 300 Working Papers at the
CEPR in London and worked on sovereign debt issues. A leading macroeconomist
advisor in the CIS during the 1990s he led the development of Economic Trends
publications and policy advice in Belarus, Russia and Ukraine before working for the
Central Bank in Finland, the Economist Intelligence Unit and then at the European
Commission where he was part of the enlargement process and managed the
accession of Estonia. In the last two decades he has worked on advisory work across
Emerging and Developing economies for the UNDP, EU, World Bank, OECD and the
Commonwealth Secretariat on a range of issues and policy reforms including
development of Budget Support operations for the EU, financial blending including
Climate Finance and Public Finance/Public Administrative Reforms at senior levels and
acted as Chief Advisor to the PM in Moldova and advised the coalition government in
the UK.


Joost Buurman

Dr Joost Buurman is Senior Research Fellow at the Institute of Water Policy, Lee Kuan Yew
School of Public Policy, National University of Singapore. He obtained his Masters and PhD in
Economics from the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, the Netherlands, where he spent his initial
working years at the Department of Spatial Economics. After working five years in Vietnam on
consulting and applied research projects in the field of water management he moved to
Singapore, where he worked for private consulting companies and the National University of
Singapore. His current work at the Institute of Water Policy revolves around two main topics:
adaptation to climate change, in particular decision-making surrounding adaptation
interventions, and urban water security, which covers projects such as non-domestic water
demand management, smart showers and measuring urban water security.


Akbikesh Mukhtarova

Akbikesh Mukhtarova - 3rd year Ph.D student, Graduate School of Public Policy (GSPP),
Nazarbayev University, Nur-Sultan, Kazakhstan. 
Ph.D.thesis entitled: "Land Commissions in Kazakhstan: Understanding Policy Change in "homeostatic" Policy Systems". In 2010, as a DAAD scholarship holder obtained a Masters Degree in Peace and Security Studies
(M.P.S) at the Institute for Peace Research and Security Policy (IFSH)/University of Hamburg,
Germany. In 2014, as an Erasmus Mundus scholar completed second Master`s Degree: MA in
Public Policy (MUNDUS MAPP) at the Institute of Social Studies (ISS), The Hague/Erasmus
University Rotterdam, the Netherlands and the Institut Barcelona d`Estudis Internacionals (IBEI),
Barcelona, Spain. In 2008 obtained Bachelor of Arts in International Relations degree from Al-Farabi Kazakh National University, Almaty, Kazakhstan. Research interests include: Institutions, institutional/policy change studies and Land Governance.


Kuat Akizhanov

Dr. Kuat B. Akizhanov is a Teaching Fellow in Public Policy and Management in International Development Department, School of Government, University of Birmingham. He is from Nur-Sultan (Kazakhstan) where he is currently located. Kuat joined academia in 2015 after serving for 15 years in different governmental agencies including ministries of justice, finance, the Kazakh President’s office and as a head of a state insurance company. His academic and research interests include socio-economic inequality, public policy and development economics. More specifically, from the perspective of international political economy his research focuses on neoliberalism and
financialisation in various countries, developmentalism, financial crises and regulation. Kuat is currently working on a book manuscript which explores how financialisation impacts income inequality. His research agenda involves investigating economic inequality in countries of the Eurasian region. The ultimate goal is to test the financialisation-induced income inequality hypothesis in relation to the five former Soviet republics (Kazakhstan, Azerbaijan, Russia, Ukraine and Uzbekistan). His research on the political economies of the Eurasian countries needs to be seen in the context of sustainable development of the Eurasian region.


Aliya Tankibayeva

PhD, MPA, Assistant Professor, Chair of Public Administration and International
Development, KIMEP University, College of Social Sciences, Kazakhstan, Almaty

Aliya Tankibayeva holds a master degree of Public Administration with specializations in Public Management and Public Finance. She defended her PhD dissertation at the University of Northampton, UK. Among others, her current research interests include women and development, public-private partnerships for sustainable development, governance, and financing of water-agriculture nexus in Central Asia.


Ferhat Karaca

My research area lies in a multidisciplinary area in the field of civil and environmental engineering, including sustainable buildings, air pollution and its impact on public health, cultural heritage, build environment and ecosystems, and environmental modelling research. I worked in different institutions and several research projects in the USA, UK, Turkey, Germany, Finland, and Kazakhstan. I have the expertise and motivation to continue working on the impacts of pandemics on the sustainability of future buildings, urban air pollution, and Environmental Research areas.  I have been assigned several leadership roles from department to institutional levels leading group-driven modules in administrative, teaching and research. Besides, I successfully published several high impact peer-reviewed papers from each project. https://www.scopus.com/authid/detail.uri?authorId=8632194500
My contribution to Sustainability Research: Sustainable civil infrastructure research is increasingly a key priority in engineering practices. I involved a body of research at the cutting edge side of the domain, addressing the urgent needs to develop materials, designs, and methods to ensure the sustainability of future civil infrastructure needs. For
example, “All in one” utility infrastructure solutions for future cities were suggested to overcome the ageing civil infrastructure problems of Europe. Sustainable and green building solution requirements.  We developed a novel sustainability assessment tools for Central Asian countries and cities. My recent research project focuses on the post-
pandemic developments on the building sustainability paradigm. These studies demonstrate the civil infrastructure design and management policy and current and future commercial implications associated with these findings.


Rita Kasa

Title: University funding in a time of crises: Kazakhstani approach to ensure access to
affordable and quality higher education.

Presenter: Rita Kasa is an Assistant Professor at Nazarbayev University Graduate School of Education in Nur-Sultan, Kazakhstan. Rita holds a PhD in Comparative Education from the State University of New York in Buffalo, USA, and a Master’s degree in Political Science from University of Latvia, Riga, Latvia. Her research interests concern educational policy, finance and governance. Her recent research projects in Kazakhstan have focused on cost and benefit analysis of Bolashak Scholarship Program, implementation of higher education funding reform, and implementation of inclusive education in general education.

Relevant projects: This presentation draws on conclusions that have emerged from several research projects conducted by NUGSE on higher education in Kazakhstan. These projects include research for diagnostic reports on Development of Strategic Directions for Education Reforms in Kazakhstan for 2015-2020 and NUGSE research project Methodology of financing higher education in Kazakhstan as a condition for the development of internal student mobility and sustainability of institutional budget, funded by the Ministry of Education and Science,
Kazakhstan, grant № AP05136037/ГФ. 

Presentation abstract: UN Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 4 names two policy targets which speak directly to
higher education affordability and access. SDG target 4.3 aims to ensure equal access for all to affordable and quality tertiary education. The focus of this target is on achieving such higher education outcomes which enable lifelong learning opportunities. Another related SDG target is 4.b which emphasizes the role of scholarship-funded higher education as means of university access for students from disadvantaged backgrounds. This presentation will discuss how Kazakhstan’s higher education funding policy fulfills these SDG goals in general and in the light of COVID-19.


Aliya Assubayeva

Ph.D.Candidate, Graduate School of Public Policy, Nazarbayev University.

Aliya is a Ph.D. Candidate in Public Policy at GSPP NU, Kazakhstan. Her background is agricultural economics and water resources management. Currently, she is writing the Ph.D. thesis on Water Security in Central Asia: Economic and Policy Implications. Aliya is working with Prof. Stefanos Xenarios on establishing a Regional Center of the UN Sustainable Development Solution Network in Central Asia.


Ardak Nassir

Ph.D.Candidate, Graduate School of Public Policy, Nazarbayev University.

Ardak Nassir's CV.


Saltanat Tleuberdiyeva

Associate Professor of the Department "Management" of L.N.Gumilyov Eurasian National University.

Saltanat Tleuberdiyeva's CV.


Aalia Rebekah Khan

Claremont Graduate University in Claremont, Southern California.
I am currently pursuing a Masters degree in K12 Education and Equity. I also serve as an assistant editor in the Higher Education Abstracts of our school. I am from India but am currently living in California, USA. The pursuit of knowledge and solutions has led me to enter varying roles of responsibility over the last few years. Though I majored in History in my Undergrad, I've had a strong inclination towards student- teacher development, child growth and socioeconomic issues. Contributing my services as a teacher, care taker  and curriculum developer in various Non- Profit Organisations for varied marginalised communities and an International School allowed me to develop skills to help provide communities with tools to nurture their wisdom, ensure equitable resource distribution to maintain themselves as active and self- resilient members of society. My current research interests delve heavily into migrant education and assimilation from a macro-policy view; ESL education and teacher preparedness; and Covid and its impact on marginalised communities.


Lilia Burunciuc

Regional Director for the Central Asia Region at the World Bank. Since joining the World Bank in 1996, she held a range of increasingly challenging positions: Manager in Operations Policy and Country Services; Country Manager for
Macedonia; Country Program Coordinator for Southern Africa and Central Asia; Senior Country Officer for Ukraine and Belarus. She has strong and diversified World Bank experience in leading teams and complex operational and corporate assignments such as regional and country strategies, World Bank’s operations simplification and coding reform. She has extensive experience on leading policy dialogue with governments on various aspects of development. She led the preparation of the first World Bank regional strategy for Central Asia. Prior to joining the Bank, Ms. Burunciuc was a Deputy Governor of the National Bank of Moldova (central bank). In that capacity she worked on the establishment of a regulatory framework for the foreign exchange market, reform of banking supervision and bank
restructuring. She has a master of public administration degree from George Washington University (USA) and a degree (master level) in Economics, Management and Planning form the Technical University of Moldova.


Johannes Stenbaek Madsen

Head of Cooperation at the EU Delegation to Kazakhstan in Nur-Sultan.
Mr. Johannes Stenbaek Madsen supervises the management of EU funded programmes in Kazakhstan, Turkmenistan and the Central Asia Region. Between 2013 and 2017 he was Head of Cooperation at the EU Delegation to Kyrgyzstan. Before joining the European Commission and the European External Action Service (EEAS) he worked as Team Leader at the Luxembourg-based European Court of Auditors (ECA), the independent EU institution responsible for auditing the European Commission and the EEAS. Prior to his time at ECA he worked as Sr. Financial Management Specialist at the World Bank in Washington DC and before that as a programme Administrator for SIGMA at the OECD in Paris. At the World Bank and OECD he was responsible for assessments of and managed technical assistance projects on Public Financial Management in Europe and Central Asia. During his time at the ECA he led high profile performance audits, including on EU development assistance to the Turkish Cypriot Community and
EU Financial Support to the Palestinian Authority.


Guy Bonvin

Swiss Special Envoy for Water in Central Asia at Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation.

Professional experience focused on the development and management of water and electricity resources: it included operational management of international business, infrastructure financing, strategy and policy making.
Dr. Guy Bonvin previously held positions as Head of Infrastructure Financing at Seco Economic Cooperation and Development Deputy Head of Infrastructure Financing at Seco Swiss State Secretariat for Economic Affairs Economic Cooperation and Development. Dr. Guy Bonvin obtained a degree of Doctor of Philosophy in Energy, Engineering at Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, Lausanne And Masters in Chemical Engineering at Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, Lausanne. Areas of specialization: water diplomacy, International contract management, Infrastructure
financing, International and diplomatic negotiations, International team Management, Project management, Program management, International procurement, Water and energy nexus, Water and energy policies, Geobiology, Ecobiology. Languages: French (fluent), English (fluent), Spanish (fluent), German (good), Russian (basic).


André Wehrli

Dr. André Wehrli has been working as Switzerland’s Regional Advisor for Water Resources in Central Asia since the beginning of August 2017. Prior to that, he worked for the Global Climate Change and Environment Program of the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation, where he was responsible for several global and regional climate change mitigation and adaptation activities, with a focus on climate services, mountains and South Africa. In addition, he was a member of the official Swiss delegation to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change and the leading negotiator of Switzerland on adaptation to climate change, including loss and damage. Prior to joining the SDC, he worked for several years as a scientific expert at the Swiss Federal Environmental Protection Agency FOEN, where he was responsible for managing protected forest / natural risks in Switzerland. In the period 2009-2011. Dr. André Wehrli was seconded as a national expert to the European Environment Agency EEA to help the EEA determine its climate change adaptation activities.


Karine Badr

Policy analyst at the OECD’s Open Government Unit, passionate about tackling inequality in all its forms. Works with reformers inside and outside government to strengthen transparency, integrity, accountability and participation in public life. Currently focuses on the contribution of public communication for open government principles. Former UNDP staff advising governments in the MENA region on anti-corruption reforms in the Arab Spring context.


Yakup Beris

Resident Representative, UNDP Kazakhstan.

Yakup Beris assumed his function of UNDP Resident Representative on 23 April 2019.
Mr. Beris has more than 20 years of work experience in various international organizations at headquarters, regional, and country levels. Prior to joining UNDP in Kazakhstan, Mr. Beris led UNDP’s Regional Programme for Arab States
based in Amman, Jordan and served as Regional Programme Adviser for the UNDP Regional Bureau for Arab States in New York. He lead a team delivering various regional projects in a diverse development setting across the region, including on economic integration, social cohesion, anti-corruption, gender, climate resilience, and crisis response.
Mr. Beris also worked in senior positions in UNDP country offices in Khartoum, Sudan, during the finalization of the Comprehensive Peace Agreement as well as in Amman, Jordan, leading a programme focusing on policy advise and capacity support in a middle income country setting. Prior to UNDP, Mr. Beris worked for the World Bank in its several departments in Washington, DC, focusing on social development, governance, and decentralization in Africa and Middle East. He also worked for Turkish Business Association (TUSIAD), an NGO/think tank, established by business leaders in Turkey, both in its Istanbul and Washington, DC offices. Mr. Beris co-authored book chapters and articles on governance and decentralization and wrote on political and economic reforms in Turkey. He holds an MA in public management from Maryland University, College Park in USA and a BA (double major in political science/international relations and sociology) from Bogazici University in Turkey. He is married and is a proud father of two kids.


Marton Krasznai

Scientific Director of Central Asia Center, Corvinus University, Hungary.

Marton Krasznai is the Scientific Director of the Center for Central Asia Research of Corvinus University. His main areas of interest are economic, institutional and strategic aspects of water and energy resources management in Central Asia and the influence of institutional genes on the process of economic and political transition and state building. He had a long career in multilateral organizations: he worked for the UN Economic Commission
for Europe as Inter-Regional Adviser for the UN Special Programme for the Economies of Central Asia and served as the Director of the Conflict Prevention Center of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe. As a career diplomat in the Hungarian foreign service he was posted in Beijing, China and was Ambassador of Hungary to the OSCE. He graduated from the Moscow Institute of International Relations.  


Nicole de Paula

Dr. Nicole de Paula, Founder- Women Leaders for Planetary Health| Klaus Töpfer Sustainability Fellow at IASS-Potsdam. Nicole.dePaula@iass-potsdam.de

Dr. Nicole de Paula is the first Klaus Töpfer Sustainability Fellow awardee at the International Institute for Sustainable Development (IASS) in Potsdam, Germany. For more than a decade, she has been globally connecting policymakers and researchers to create a public understanding on key issues related to sustainability and public health. As a Planetary Health advocate, she champions the socioeconomic advancement of women through environmental conservation. She is the founder of the Women Leaders for Planetary Health and is currently co-organizing the global meeting of the Planetary Health Alliance, to be held in Brazil in April 2021.


Riyanti Djalante

Dr. Riyanti Djalante, Academic Programme Officer, United Nations University, Tokyo.

Dr. Riyanti Djalante is an Academic Programme Officer at UNU-IAS, as of July 2017. She coordinates the Research and Policy Development stream on Global Change and Resilience, which develops approaches to address climate change, build community resilience, and reduce disaster risks. Dr. Djalante’s research focuses on issues related to sustainable development, governance, disaster risk reduction, and climate change adaptation. Since joining IAS, she has taught numerous courses on various aspects of sustainability science and supervised the research of both Master’s and Ph.D. students. Previously, she worked as a Research Associate at the UNU Institute of Environment and Human Security (UNU-EHS) in Bonn, Germany. Dr. Djalante is involved in various research networks and collaborations. She is an IPCC Lead Author on the Special Report on Impacts of 1.5 Degree Celsius (SR 1.5) and the UN Environment Global Environmental Outlook (GEO) 6. She previously received an Alexander von Humboldt stipend for experienced researchers. She has participated in various initiatives such as the Earth System Governance Network as an Earth System Governance Research Fellow and the International Social Science Council (ISSC) as a World Social Science Fellow on Risk Interpretation and Action. She has also been an “Enhancing scientific capacity to inspire informed
action on global environmental change” (START) Fellow, an Integrated Research on Disaster Risk (IRDR) Fellow, and worked with the Urbanization and Global Environmental Change (UGEC) Research Associates. In Indonesia, she worked as Head of Division of the Disaster Management Department of the local government of Kendari City. She worked in local government for a total of ten years where she was involved in development planning, implementation, and evaluations–and project planning and management, from the community to the national level. She also taught as an Honorary Lecturer at Halu Oleo University, teaching on subjects of disaster risk reduction, climate change adaptation, and sustainable development. In addition, Dr. Djalante has consulted for various international organizations (World Bank, ADB, USAID) on issues related to sustainable development, governance, and disaster risk reduction in Indonesia. For more information, please refer to her Google Scholar profile https://scholar.google.com/citations?user=3WdneykAAAAJ&hl=en.


Solene le Doze

Ms. Solene le Doze, Environmental Affairs Officer, United Nations ESCAP, solene.ledoze@un.org.

1. Support the organization and implementation of inter-governmental processes such as the Asia-Pacific Sustainable Forum for Sustainable Development (APFSD) and the sessions of the ESCAP Commission and meetings of its Committee on Environment and Development
2. Contribute to the enhanced understanding and capacity of government officials and other stakeholders to operationalise the 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda through:
-analytical work
-policy and technical support
-production of knowledge products
3. Support the strengthening of regional cooperation frameworks and networks of national governments and major stakeholders with respect to policy making for sustainable development.
4. Management of projects in the area of natural resources management, resource efficiency and UN-Water.


Cecilia Tortajada

Dr.Cecilia Tortadaja, Senior Research Fellow, Institute of Water Policy, Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy, Singapore, cecilia.tortajada@gmail.com

Dr. Cecilia Tortajada is Senior Research Fellow, Institute of Water Policy, Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy, Singapore. The main focus of her work at present is on the future of the world´s water, especially in terms of water, food, energy and environmental securities through coordinated policies.

She has been an advisor to major international institutions like FAO, UNDP, JICA, ADB, OECD and IDRC, and has worked in countries in Africa, Asia, North and South America and Europe on water and environment-related policies. She is a member of the OECD Initiative in Water Governance.

She is a past President of the International Water Resources Association (2007-2009) and an honorary member of the IWRA. Editor-in-Chief of the International Journal of Water Resources Development, Associate Editor of Water International, member of the Editorial Boards of the Journal of Natural Resources Policy Research, International Journal of Water Governance, Urban Planning and Transport Research Journal, Frontiers in Environmental Science and IWRA (India) Journal, and editor of book series on Water Resources Development and Management of Springer. She is also editor of Springer Briefs on Case Studies on Sustainable Development and on Water Science and Technology; and member of series Advisory Board of Springer Briefs in Earth Sciences, Geography & Earth System Sciences. She is the author and editor of more than 30 books by major international publishers. Her work has been translated into Arabic, Chinese, French, German, Japanese and Spanish languages.

Source: https://lkyspp.nus.edu.sg/our-people/faculty/tortajada-cecilia.


Barbara Janusz-Pawletta

Dr.Barbara Janusz-Pawletta, Vice Rector on International Cooperation and Public Relations at Kazakh-German University, janusz-pawletta@dku.kz

Since 2011 on behalf of DAAD (German Academic Exchange Service) I'm building up and supervising the regional MA Program on Integrated Water Management in Central Asia at the German-Kazakh University in Almaty.

Since 2016 I'm UNESCO Chairholder for water management in Central Asia. My teaching and research fields cover legal framework and institutional interstate cooperation including on water and energy nexus.

I am also the сo-editor of the Journal of the Central Asian Journal of Water Research (CAJWR), which is open-access, peer-reviewed e-Journal dedicated to all aspects of water management in the region of Central Asia.

I have a membership at the Technical Committee of the Global Water Partnership (GWP) and at International Law Association within the named Committee ”Role of International Law in Sustainable Natural Resource Management for Development”.

Since 2019 I take a leading position at Kazakh-German University as Vice-Rector on International cooperation and continue to enhance positive water diplomacy in the region.

The obsolete ways of nowadays governance of water and energy, representing a challenge for the sustainable management of resources, as well as relevant tools to resolve these issues, remain in my research focus.

I was previously scholar at the German Institute for International and Security Affairs (SWP) in Berlin,
Woodrow Wilson Center for International Scholars, Washington DC, etc.


Yelena Kalyuzhnova

Professor Yelena Kalyuzhnova, Director of the Centre for Euro-Asian Studies at the University of Reading, University of Reading, UK, y.kalyuzhnova@henley.ac.uk.

After working as an Economic Adviser to the President of Kazakhstan, Yelena founded and is Director of the Centre for Euro-Asian Studies at the University of Reading. She has a wide knowledge of the transition and emerging economies, was an economic adviser on Caspian issues to the Rt. Hon. Lord Fraser of Carmyllie, Q.C., House of Lords and an economic adviser to All-Party Parliamentary Group on Kazakhstan (2006-2010). Yelena is currently a Senior Visiting Research Fellow of the Oxford Institute for Energy Studies.


  • Association for Comparative Economic Studies
  • British Association of Slavonic and East European Studies
  • European Association for Comparative Economic Studies
  • British Institute of Energy Economics
  • Professor, International Institute of Energy Policy and Diplomacy, Moscow Institute of International Relations, Moscow, Russia, 2017 - present.
  • Adviser to Astana city’s Department of International Development on alternative energy development, Astana, Kazakhstan. 2016 - present.

Professor Kalyuzhnova received a prestigious Bergson Prize for her paper "Corruption and Economic Development in Energy-Rich Economies" (co-authored with Ali Kutan and Taner Yigit). The paper has been selected as the winner of the Bergson Prize for the best paper published in Comparative Economic Studies during the two years 2009 and 2010. The award includes a monetary prize and a plaque that was presented at the same time the award was announced during the annual meetings of ACES in Chicago last month.

Yelena joined the school of Leadership, Organisations and Behaviour in Henley Business School on 1 October 2012.

Professor Kalyuzhnova has carried out the following external positions:

  • External Adviser on Educational and International Programmes at the Kakazh-British Technical University, March 2017 - present.
  • Adviser to the Department for Investment and Development of Astana City on alternative energy development (related to preparation to Astana EXPO 2017).
  • Economic adviser on Caspian Issues to Rt. Hon. Lord Fraser of Carmyllie, Q.C., (chairman of Kazakh-British Society and Chairman of British-Azerbaijani Society), House of Lords, 2006 - present.
  • Member of International Advisory Board of Neftegazkonsult (Russian resource auditing company), 2011 - present.
  • Visiting Professor of Academy of the regional financial centre of Almaty city (providing strategic teaching and learning advice in developing curriculum of the Academy), May 2010 - present.
  • Visiting Professor, Kainar University, Almaty, Kazakhstan, April 2011 - present.
  • Visiting Professor, The School of Business of the Plekhanov Russian University of Economics. (Providing strategic advice on the issues of teaching and research development, teaching quality assurance, course design, etc), February 2009 - present.
  • Senior Visiting Research Fellow at Oxford Institute for Energy Studies (very prestigious and respectable institution in the field of energy economics), 2009 - present.
  • Invited by H. E. Kairat Abuiseitov (the Kazakh Ambassador in the UK), to join the executive board of newly established Kazakh-British Club (think-tank that promotes diplomatic and economic relations between two countries). Only a few academics in the UK were asked to participate, 2009.
  • Resource scholar for IMF staff working on issues related to oil funds, local content and energy policy, 2008 - present.
  • Member of Council of British Institute of Energy Economics.

In October 2012 Professor Yelena Kalyuzhnova was elected to the Council of British Institute of Engery Economics (BIEE). BIEE provides a focal point for informed discussion and debate of key energy issues in the UK.

Yelena was announced as the winner of the National Teaching Fellowship Scheme 2019, a prestigious award led by Advance HE to celebrate and reward outstanding individual impact across the UK. The full story can be viewed here.


Gerhard Toews (Töws)



2018 - Assistant Professor, New Economic School 

2014 – 2018 Post-Doc, OxCarre, Economics Department, Oxford University 

Graduate Studies 

2009 – 2014 DPhil (PhD) in Economics, University of Oxford 

Local Impacts of Natural Resource Booms and Busts 

Advisors: Anthony Venables and Paul Collier 

2008 MSc in Economics, University of Edinburgh 



Boom goes the price: Giant resource discoveries and real exchange rate  appreciation (with Torfinn Harding and Radek Stefanski), accepted  Economic Journal. 

Mining Closure, Gender and Employment Re-allocations: The case of UK  coal mines (with Fernando Aragon and Juan Pablo Rud),  

Labour Economics 52, 2018. 

The Relationship Between Oil Price and Costs in the Oil Industry (with  Alexander Naumov), The Energy Journal 36, 2015. 

Working Papers 

Resource discoveries, FDI bonanzas and local multipliers: An illustration  from Mozambique (with Pierre-Louis Vézina) 

R&R Review of Economics and Statistics  

What’s in a Wedge: Misallocation and Taxation in the Oil Industry (with  Radek Stefanski) 

Institutions and Relational Taxation in the Oil & Gas Industry (with Radek  Stefanski and Marta-Troya Martinez) 

Rent sharing and conflicts: Evidence from Kazakhstan (with Victoire  Girard and Alma Kudebayeva) 

How to buffer an economic collapse: Evidence from the UK (with Fernando  Aragon and Juan Pablo Rud)  

Enemies of the People (with Pierre-Louis Vézina)

Teaching Experience 

2018 - Natural Resource Economics (Graduate and Undergraduate Level), New Economic School 

2016 – 2018 Lecturer on Natural Resources and Development, IARU Global  Summer Program, University of Oxford 

2016 Lecturer on Natural Resources and Development, MSc in Economics,  Department of International Development, University of Oxford 

Relevant Professional Positions 

2017 Paris School of Economics (PSE), Visiting the Regulation and  Environment Group 

2016 – 2018 World Bank Consultant 

2013 – 2014 British Petroleum (BP), Economic Team Consultant Scholarships and Grants 

2017 Grant from Oxford Martin School, University of Oxford (6,500$) 2017 Joint OxCarre and King’s College London Grant (15,000$) 2015 – 2017 Grant from the International Growth Centre (29,000$) 2015 – 2016 OxCarre Grant (10,000$)


Yik-Ying Teo

Professor Yik-Ying Teo is the Dean of the Saw Swee Hock School of Public Health at the National University of Singapore. Prior to his Deanship, he was the Founding Director of the School’s Centre for Health Services and Policy Research (CHSPR) and also served as the Director of the Centre for Infectious Disease Epidemiology and Research (CIDER) from 2015 to 2017. He is presently a member on the Council of Scientists for the International Human Frontier Science Program, as well as a governing board member of the Regional Centre for Tropical Medicine and Public Health Network for Southeast Asia.
-Dean, NUS Saw Swee Hock School of Public Health (Primary)
-Department of Statistics and Applied Probability, Faculty of Science, NUS (Secondary)
Research Areas
-Statistical Genetics
-Endocrinology statistics
Academic/Professional Qualifications
-D.Phil., (University of Oxford)
-MSC Applied Statistics (University of Oxford)
-BSc in Mathematics (Imperial College, London)
Awards/Honours (Post-PhD)
-Faculty Teaching Excellence Award, Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine, National University of Singapore
-Faculty Teaching Excellence Award, Faculty of Science, National University of Singapore
-Singapore Youth Award (highest accolade in youth for Science and Technology category), Singapore National Youth Council
Career History
-Adjunct Visiting Group Leader, Genome Institute of Singapore, Agency for Science, Technology and Research
-Scientific Member, National Healthcare Group Domain-Specific Review Board, Ministry of Health, Singapore
-Member, Programme Management Committee, PhD in Biostatistics, National University of Singapore
-Senior Research Fellow, Centre for Molecular Epidemiology, National University of Singapore
-Postdoctoral Statistician, Wellcome Trust Centre for Human Genetics Administrative Leadership

-Vice Dean (Research); Domain Leader (Biostatistics Domain); Centre Director (CIDER and CHSPR), Saw Swee Hock School of Public Health, National University of Singapore
-Programme Leader, Life Sciences Institute, National University of Singapore
Professional/Consulting Activities
-Singapore Genome Variation Project: Chair of the Analysis Group
-MalariaGEN Consortium: Member of the MalariaGEN Analysis Group
-Review Editor, Frontiers in Statistical Genetics and Methodology Major Publications
-Copy number polymorphisms in new HapMap III and Singapore populations. Journal of Human Genetics
-A method for identifying the haplotypes carrying the causative allele in positive natural selection and genome-wide association studies. Bioinformat
-Identifying candidate causal variants via trans-population fine-mapping. Genetic Epidemiology


Byron Crape

Byron spent four years in El Salvador with a non-governmental organization working with thousands of war displaced living in mud huts along a railroad track. During that time he established a clinic, trained health workers, developed a disease surveillance system, and help build a community center that included a library for children. Following that work he continued his education for his PhD at Johns Hopkins in Maryland, acting as a teaching assistant and later teaching a range of courses and guest lecturing. During his time at Hopkins he established workshops to support graduate and medical students in biostatistics and epidemiology and founded the Health and Human Rights Group.  He was a biostatistician for a range of major on-going cohort studies and clinical trials at Hopkins, including HIV/AIDS, addictions, program evaluations, and treatment protocols.  He also worked on many dozens of smaller projects as a biostatistician and analytical epidemiologist. For his PhD he received a grant from NIH to conduct a study of the associations of weight cycling and type II diabetes (both hormonal processes) on postmenopausal breast cancer. Outside of these research and teaching activities on-location at Hopkins, Byron has also supported health service evaluations and taught various courses for Hopkins in Cambodia, Vietnam, Afghanistan and Spain. While in
Baltimore he also worked for the State of Maryland in the AIDS Administration as a research statistician and as a TB Epidemiologist for the TB Division of the Maryland State Department of Health & Mental Hygiene.   Following these positions, Byron worked with the WHO office for the region that included Cambodia, Vietnam, and the Philippines.  On completion of that contract, he took a position in the technical unit of the regional headquarters of the World Health Organization (WHO) for the Western Hemisphere, based in Washington, DC. Responsible for a large variety of projects and technical assessments in this office, his responsibilities included coordination of major
renovations on-location for national health information systems in Suriname, Trinidad and Tobago, Belize and other countries. Following these positions, Byron worked with the WHO office for the region that included Cambodia,
Vietnam, and the Philippines.  Leaving the regional WHO headquarters to work in a WHO field office in Caribbean Guyana, he taught a variety of workshops and courses to a variety of health professionals and students.  With WHO and Ministry of Health colleagues he redesigned the national health information systems, with a colleague he also designed and conducted a comprehensive assessment of maternity ward protocols and procedures to reduce infant mortality and maternal mortality rates, improved the HIV screening process for the blood bank.  During this time he
designed and directed a disaster syndromic surveillance system that involved the participation of a few thousand professionals during a historically disastrous flood that severely impacted a quarter of a million people for a couple of months. Following his work in Guyana, Byron returned to the technical unit at the regional WHO headquarters in Washington D.C.  Afterwards he joined the teaching and research faculty in the College of Health Sciences at the American University of Armenia in Yerevan, Armenia.  In Armenia, he was a member of the Ministry of Health/Global Health TB Working Group and the Chair of the Operational TB Research Committee.  During this time he continues to work on projects and teach in the Anton de Kom University School of Medicine in Suriname, the King Saud University College of Medicine and occasionally for Johns Hopkins. He recently left the College of Health Sciences at the American University of Armenia to join the faculty at the Nazarbayev University School of Medicine.


Anar  Zhailganova

Chairwoman of the Agency of the Republic of Kazakhstan for Civil Service Affairs. 

Career: 1991 - Junior Researcher, Institute of State and Law, Academy of Sciences of the Republic of Kazakhstan;

1994–1997 - senior consultant for civil cases of the South Kazakhstan Regional Court;

1997–1999 - Judge of the South Kazakhstan Regional Court;

1999 - Deputy Head, Head of the Office of Analysis and Improvement of the Judicial System of the Department for Organizing the Activity of Courts of the Ministry of Justice of the Republic of Kazakhstan;

1999–2000 - Senior Expert of the State and Legal Department of the Presidential Administration of the Republic of Kazakhstan;

2000-2004 - Advisor to the Chairman of the Supreme Court of the Republic of Kazakhstan;

2004–2008 - Judge of the Supreme Court of the Republic of Kazakhstan;

2008-2016 - Member of the Constitutional Council of the Republic of Kazakhstan;

2016-2019 – member of the Parliament (Majilis) of the Republic of Kazakhstan, member of the Committee on legislation, legal and judicial reform of the Majilis of the Parliament of the Republic of Kazakhstan.

On 14 June 2019 she was appointed the Chairwoman of the Agency of the Republic of Kazakhstan for Civil Service Affairs.

Education: Kazakh State University named after Al-Farabi with a degree in law, Higher School of Banking with a degree in taxes and taxation, the postgraduate school of the National Academy of Sciences of Kazakhstan, Ph.D.
Under the leadership of Anar Nuralykyzy in this position changes to the legislation to improve the civil service have been introduced and the project of the Presidential Youth Personnel Reserve has been implemented.